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

Updated 05/05/19

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, and it's ultra-flattering on every skin tone.

Arguably the easiest way to wear the hue is in the form of nail polish. 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. Here, we rounded up our favorite rose-gold nail polishes.

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in A Little Lovely $18

This new 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 KiraKira bait (and we mean that as a compliment).

Mirror Metallics Nail Polish Collection
Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish Collection in Penny Talk $9

This rose-gold nail polish has copper undertones and manages to be at once festive and subdued.

Breathable Treatment + Color
Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Fairy Godmother $9

This nail polish helps condition nails with a blend of argan oil and vitamins. Plus, the application is easy (no bubbles!), and it doesn't need a basecoat or topcoat.

Nail Colour - The Metalinudes Preciosa 0.4 oz/ 13 mL
Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in The Metalinudes in Preciosa $50

If you're looking to splurge on your nail polish, this shade from Christian Louboutin really can't be beat. It's über-glossy and -pigmented, with just the right amount of metallic for any occasion. Also, shout-out to the packaging, which is to die for. 

Complete Salon Manicure
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in World Is My Oyster $8

This polish is infused with a keratin complex and growth treatment to strengthen nails. The rosy-gold color is perfect for those times when a neutral won't quite cut it, but you're not in the mood for something super bold.

Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish Sea Of Love 0.50 oz/ 15 mL
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Stargasm $20

Let's raise a glass to whoever named this polish because it's amazing. The shimmery shade is a touch pinker than most of the others on this list, and the formula mimics that of a gel without the damage. (Read: It's long-lasting.)

OPI Nail Lacquer in Made It to the Seventh Hill! $11

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.

Cote No. 13 $18

This shimmery shade is pretty and free of the major toxins found in traditional nail polish. 

UO Sparkle Collection Nail Polish in Metallic Rose $5

This pinky-copper polish will bring a festive look to your nails without breaking your budget. 

Kendra Scott Rose Gold Metallic Nail Lacquer $16

Leave it to jewelry designer Kendra Scott to come up with the perfect shade of rose-gold nail polish. The five-free formula is also not tested on animals. 

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