FYI: Rose-Gold Nail Polish Is Totally a Neutral, and These Are Our Favorites

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Do you remember a time when gold and silver were the two main metallics of note? We don't either. It feels like rose gold has always been part of our beauty lexicon, but really it's only spiked in popularity over the past few years. It's the perfect festive shade because it toes the line between being neutral and over-the-top, plus it's ultra-flattering on every skin tone.

Arguably the easiest way to wear the hue is in the form of a rose gold manicure. A few swipes of the warm metallic can instantly upgrade your look, and because it's so close to a neutral, it goes with everything. Plus, it's really, really pretty. Below, we rounded up our favorite rose gold nail polishes.

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in A Little Lovely

Smith & Cult nail polish in A Little Lovely
Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in A Little Lovely $18
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This shade from Smith & Cult is definitely on the pizzazz end of the rose-gold spectrum. It's a blend of light pink and platinum gold glitter that's basically Instagram bait (and we mean that as a compliment).

Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish Collection in Penny Talk

Penny Talk polish
Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish Collection in Penny Talk $11
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This rose-gold nail polish has copper undertones and manages to be at once festive and subdued—meaning it works as well for a casual dinner as it does for a night out. Plus, it's vegan and 8-free, meaning it's made without the usual suspects we're used to seeing in polishes: formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, to name a few.

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Fairy Godmother

Orly breathable treatment + color
Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Fairy Godmother $10
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Have damaged nails? This pick from Orly coats with a dreamy rose gold shade all while conditioning the nails with a blend of argan oil and vitamins. Plus, the application is easy (no bubbles!), and it doesn't require a base coat or topcoat to stand out. Impressive.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sunlight

Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sunlight
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sunlight $28
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If you're looking to splurge on your nail polish, this shade from Chanel really can't be beat. It's über-glossy and pigmented, with just the right amount of metallic for any occasion. What's more, it's infused with protective benefits to keep your nails healthy over time.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in World Is My Oyster

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in World Is My Oyster $5
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The rosy-gold color of this Orly polish is perfect for those times when a neutral won't quite cut it, but you're not in the mood for something super bold. It's also infused with a keratin complex and growth treatment to strengthen your digits.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Stargasm

Stargasm polish
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Stargasm $20
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Let's raise a glass to whoever named this polish because it's amazing. The shimmery shade is a touch more pink than most of the others on this list, and the formula mimics that of a rose gold gel polish, but without the damage. (Read: It's long-lasting.)

OPI Nail Lacquer in Made It to the Seventh Hill

Made it to Seventh Hill! polish
OPI Nail Lacquer in Made It to the Seventh Hill $13
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We can always count on OPI to deliver gorgeous nail polish shades at an affordable price (and with clever names), and this metallic rose is no exception. It's like rosé in a bottle, perfectly marrying pink and metallic for a glamorous finish.

Londontown Lakur Enhanced Color Nail Polish in Kissed By Rose Gold

Lakur Enhanced Color Nail Polish
Londontown Lakur Enhanced Color Nail Polish $16
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If we didn't know any better, we'd think this shimmery shade could glow in the dark. Not only does the polish make a bold statement, but it's also free of the major toxins found in traditional nail polish. The formula delivers the long-lasting power and shine of a gel—without the damage.

Zoya Nail Lacquer in Beth

Nail lacquer in Beth
Zoya Nail Lacquer in Beth $9
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Looking to amp up your boring nude nails? Zoya's pinky-copper polish (described as a "soft, sandy, champagne metallic) will bring a festive look to your nails without breaking the bank. The formula is 10-free and doesn't lean too warm or cool, making it a go-to for a variety of skin tones.

10+ Free Chemistry Platinum Rose Quartz

Platinum Rose Quartz
10+ Free Chemistry Platinum Rose Quartz $18
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A rose gold manicure only looks as good as how healthy your nails are, which is why 10+ Free Chemistry polishes are formulated with a built in nail growth serum that strengthens and protects. Plus, all of the polishes are 100% vegan and plant-based.

Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer in Rose Gold Edit

Liquid Glass Lacquer in Rose Gold Edit
Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer in Rose Gold Edit $16
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Leave it to beauty protégé Alexis Irene of Static Nails to come up with the perfect shade of rose gold nail polish. Rich pigments and antioxidants make up the opaque formula, which promises to last over 10 days without chipping. The 8-free formula is also vegan, non-toxic, and not tested on animals. 

Olive and June OJSM

OJSM
Olive and June OJSM $8
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Bring a rosy sunset glow to your mani with this rose gold shade that's equal parts glittery and metallic. While the gel-like formula promises to be as long-lasting as your in-salon manicure, it's still easy to remove when the time comes. Newbies will appreciate the wide, fan-shaped brush—it creates the perfect stroke each and every time.

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