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

Rose Gold manicure


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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, 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 polish in A Little Lovely
Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in A Little Lovely $18

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).

Penny Talk polish
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—meaning it works as well for a casual dinner as it does for a night out.

Orly breathable treatment + color
Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Fairy Godmother $10

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 $11

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.

Stargasm polish
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 more pink than most of the others on this list, and the formula mimics that of a gel without the damage. (Read: It's long-lasting.)

Made it to Seventh Hill! polish
OPI Nail Lacquer in Made It to the Seventh Hill $13

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.

Rose gold polish in shade 13
Cote No. 13 $18

This shimmery shade is pretty and free of the major toxins found in traditional nail polish. The shade is warmer than some of the others on our list, too, so it skews a bit less precious.

Nail lacquer in Beth
Zoya Nail Lacquer in Beth $10

Zoya's pinky-copper polish (described as a "metallic champagne" hue) will bring a festive look to your nails without breaking the bank. 

Kendra Scott rose gold polish
Kendra Scott Rose Gold Metallic Nail Lacquer $12

Leave it to jewelry designer Kendra Scott to come up with the perfect shade of rose-gold nail polish. The five-free formula (meaning it contains none of the five most hazardous ingredients commonly found in nail polish) is also not tested on animals. 

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