Hit Refresh: 27 Nail Polish Shades That Will Pep Up Your Look

They're affordable, too

Updated 01/30/18

The best nail polish has the ability to brighten your mood and help you look more groomed, and it's the easiest way to start transitioning both your beauty look and your wardrobe for the New Year. In fact, it's through our nail polish choices that we like to first experiment with a colour. And not to mention that for the strapped-of-cash among us (that's everyone, right?), this is an affordable way to try something new now.

So which nail colours are the shades du jour? Well, the autumn/winter catwalks were all about colour, and the same can be said for the nail trends. From poppy reds to rich greens via pretty lilac hues, the shade you choose is totally down to you, but if we were to pick? Well, we're really into wearing mood-boosting sunny nail shades right now—if nothing else but to brighten up these grey skies.

Metallics were everywhere on nails at the autumn/winter shows, but so were personalised, individual manicures, like these quirky nail-art looks. Whatever nail polish you choose, make sure you wear it on neat nails with tidy, nourished cuticles—CND's SolarOil (£13) can help with that. Once your nails are in check, scroll down for 27 of the best nail polishes to wear now.

Best nail polish: Smith + Cult Nail Lacquer in Dark Like Me
Smith + Cult Nail Lacquer in Dark Like Me $19
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Like a delicious glass of Malbec, Dark Like Me is a rich shade that just looks expensive. 

Best nail polish: Oribe The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish in Lavender Smoke
Oribe The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish in Lavender Smoke $26
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Lilac shades are having a bit of a moment right now, and Lavender Smoke is like a soft heather hue that is supremely forgiving to a not-so-steady hand.

Best nail polish: Nails Inc Alice + Olivia Nail Polish in Black Diamond
Nails Inc Alice + Olivia Nail Polish in Black Diamond $15
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The flecks of silver shimmer in this polish will make nails look like mini starry skies.

Best nail polish: RGB Cosmetics Nail Polish in Pansy
RGB Cosmetics Nail Polish in Pansy $15
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It's a classic, but RGB's baby pink comes up pretty true to the bottle—not sheerer.

Best nail polish: Urban Outfitters Raw Gem Top Coat
Urban Outfitters Raw Gem Top Coat $6
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Either wear this top coat above your favourite pastel polish shade or on its own for nails that look like crystals.

Best nail polish: Jessica Custom Colour Nail Varnish in Enter If You Dare
Jessica Custom Colour Nail Varnish in Enter If You Dare $11
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The slightly grey undertones give Jessica's plum shade a creamy finish.

Best nail polish: Topshop Nail Polish in Drama Queen
Topshop Nail Polish in Drama Queen $6
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Soft metallics and holographic shimmers, like this one by Topshop, are great for matching with your New Year's Eve party look.

Best nail polish: Butter London Patent Shine 10X™ in Bang On
Butter London Patent Shine 10X in Bang On $11
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 Butter London's teal polish is glossier than most.

Best nail polish: Autograph All in One Nail Colour in Cappuccino
Autograph All in One Nail Colour in Cappuccino $6
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It's an unusual pairing—dark brown polish with super-fine gold glitter—but weirdly enough, it works.

Best nail polish: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Chai
Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Chai $4
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Grey is the new nude, haven't you heard?

Best nail polish: Le Mini Macaron Gel Polish in Gold Glitter
Le Mini Macaron Gel Polish in Gold Glitter $12
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You'll need Le Mini Marcaron's special light for this polish, but considering it'll give you gel nails to rival a salon, it's worth the investment.

Best nail polish: Ciate Paint Pot in A Dangerous Affair
Ciaté Paint Pot in A Dangerous Affair $9
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A Dangerous Affair is the sort of toned-down red colour that the most polished women wear.

Best Nail Polish: Christian Louboutin Loubichrome
Christian Louboutin Loubichrome in I, II and III (sold separately) $23
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Chrome nails are big news on Instagram, and this is Louboutin's take: bold and bright.

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Jinsoon Nail Polish in Crush $15
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This rich, juicy orange-red hue is sure to brighten your mood.

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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Polish in Lilac Belt $18
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Want a luxe shade for your nails? Look no further than this rich lilac.

Best nail polish: Ysl Nail Lacquer in Jaune Babouche
YSL Spring Nail Lacquer in Jaune Babouche $20
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It's bright, but just looking down at YSL's orangey-yellow on your typing fingertips is seriously uplifting.

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Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Bitter Buddhist $19
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Dreaming of your next beach holiday? This watery aqua shade will inspire you.

Best nail polish: Nailberry Cocoa Cabana
Nailberry Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Cocoa Cabana $15
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This off-looking purple is achingly cool.

Best nail polish: Bourjois Pink Pocket
Bourjois La Laque Gel Nail Polish in Pink Pocket $7
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Want a low-commitment shade? Bourjois's Pink Pocket will perfect the look of nails, and you don't need serious mani skills to apply it.

Best nail polish: Chanel Le Vernis in Coralium
Chanel Le Vernis in Coralium $20
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Chanel's Le Coralium is just the right side of fluorescent.

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Colour in Moheato $7
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For some reason, Sally Hansen's Moheato has us dreaming of mint-filled mojitos.

YSL Spring Nail Lacquer in 81 Vandal Orange $18
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The colour orange is the darling of the fashion world right now, and we love wearing it on our nails too.

Best Nail Polish: OPI Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet
OPI Nail Lacquer in Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet $8
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Sunshine in a bottle—we're obsessed.

Best nail polish: Lauren B Catalina Cruise
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Catalina Cruise $11
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Lauren B's Catalina Cruise will make you feel anything but blue.

Best nail polish: Nailberry Glamazon
Nailberry Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Glamazon $17
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Metallics were all over the spring/summer 2017 catwalks, and this inky green shade is a standout.

Best Nail Polish: Dior Maybe
Dior Vernis in Maybe $20
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You can't round up the best nail polishes without a creamy peach hue, and this limited-edition Dior shade called Maybe will definitely sell out (no maybe about it).

Best Nail Polish: Ciate Iced Frappe
Ciaté Nail Colour in Iced Frappe $9
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This soft coffee-hued polish is a great alternative to a classic nude or barely-there pink.

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