Nail Files: My Summer Polish Picks

If you’re a regular reader, you know that every season I like to share my favorites polish colors of the moment. Spring’s pastel shades were pretty, but now that summer is in full swing I’m making the move toward brighter hues. Here are five of the shades that will be making an appearance on my nails this season…

Nail Files: My Summer Polish Picks

Pool Blue

This cool, clear blue reminds me of one of the places I spend the most time during summer… the pool. Try Essie’s ‘I’m Addicted,’ which is the color in the picture above. ‘Boom Box’ from Ciate is another similar shade I’d recommend.


Bright white was all the rage on the Spring 2014 runways, but I prefer a slightly creamier, eggshell hue. This subtle shade is romantic, light, and airy—just like the summer season should. Get the look with Deborah Lippman’s ‘Prelude to a Kiss.’


I couldn’t leave this fun, citrus-y hue off of my polish list. Coral was one of my go-to nail colors last summer, and this feels like an updated take on the trend. The color above is Topshop’s ‘Carnival.’

Cherry Red

Red is vibrant and fun, but also such a timeless shade. It’s one of those colors that your friends will compliment you on and your grandmother will also approve of. The red in the photo is actually called ‘Summer Time’ (it’s from Treat Collection). Pretty fitting if you ask me. (P.S. I love how it pairs with a hot pink pedi!)


Fuchsia is one of those colors that just flatters every skin tone. No matter what your skin tone is, it will look good on your fingers and toes. Give ‘Too Taboo’ by Essie a try for a look that is vivid, intense, and feminine all at once.

What color is on your nails right now?

Let me know!

XO Lauren

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  • BerryBloomXO

    I LOVE this! I was obsessed with Coral last summer too – and to this day is one of my favourite shades. I agree with you that I’d go for creams rather than whites, too! :)

    I have a summer mani inspiration post too: here

    Thanks for the recommendations!

    xoxo, | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • arielle q.

    definitely going to have to give that tangerine a go. I get so stuck in my go-to shades that I often just forget to try something new. thanks for sharing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Dana Kay

    I am obsessed with these colors! Fuchsia and pool blue have been my go-to colors lately but I am loving the cream.


    Dana Kay

  • Katie

    I love that fuchsia polish! Perfect for my toes =]

  • fallyfall

    you inspired me to use tangerine on my next manicure. I love it. Pops of color in my neutral wardrobe always makes me feel edgy, like the adorable orange shown above.

  • Leanne

    I can’t decide which colour I love best!

    Love from South Africa

  • Jamie G @ SnapGinger

    A great summer coral has been my staple this year, but I am inspired to go punchy with tangerine or cherry!

  • julia

    Tangerine is my color this summer!!

  • Rachel Sanders

    Great colour picks! I am all for cream and tangerine during the summer

  • Joules

    Colors come and go, but my favorite will always be a classic french mani.

    Style by Joules

  • Grace

    My favourite is the cream one because it doesn’t look like you’re wearing colour but makes you feel so put together! 😉

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Coral is one that is on my nails every summer! I just love it.

    All That Glitters

  • Ashley of Dream.Live.Repeat.

    I definitely agree with you on red being timeless and fuchsia complementing an array of skin tones! I enjoy rocking both of these shades. However, I usually reserve red for fall and winter, with the exception of patriotic holidays.. I should try wearing it more often!

  • The Girl

    I love the cream for finger nails and Cherry Red or Fuschia for toes.. I always prefer to do my fingers and toes differently!

    Right now, I’m loving a purplish gray for summer – not too neutral, not too bold, and matches with everything I wear…

  • Lynne kayenne

    Red Nail all the way. Theres something glamourous about a red nail and it works whether your outfit is dressed up or dressed down, it’s fab for the winter and summer. x

  • Beej Whitley

    I’m wearing silver

  • Cassie

    I’m wearing a pastel purple on my nails right now!

  • Jo Shauna Allen

    pick the cream, pick the cream! :)

  • claudia

    for the cream colour, check the new maybelline collection out! :)

  • Kelsey

    I LOVE treat collection polishes!! Free shipping on amazon too! They are the best!!

  • Lisa

    OPI’s “Alpine White” on my fingers, Venique’s “Sugar on High Platforms” (bright neon pink) on my toes. I’m pale and I love how neon polish makes my skin look tan 😉

  • Kaitlyn

    Neon pink on my nails right now. At first I thought it would look tacky but it actually is really cute and makes me look tanner haha.

  • Project Petite

    I love the pool blue one! Have a blue obsession and that one is so pretty!

  • Holly

    A mermaid tale blue.

  • Antonia

    I love any green

  • Mimis

    WHITE! These is the color of the year, everybody should use it. It’s look so good in short and long nails.

  • Nicole

    I have this classy brown-ish color that works for business.

  • Taty Dutra

    I love all the colors, But the red is my favorite!

  • India

    I love dark red nail polish. Always looks great. <3

  • Micaela Luis

    My nails are currently coated in a bordeaux color, it’s Winter here in Buenos Aires so I think it’s pretty fitting! Can’t wait for Summer…

  • Stef Gibson

    That blue has been my summer go-to as well! <3

  • Cella

    Pale pink is my go to color – it matches with almost everything in my wardrobe.

  • Emily Marie Ancona

    I just bought OPI’s “Skating on Thin Ice-Land” from The Nordic Collection


  • kahi

    I think that the cream one is the best any where and any event



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