Our picks for the best holiday nail colors 2023

Woman's hand with shimmery red nails

The holidays are the perfect time to accent your fingertips with rich and vibrant nail color.  With all of the new colors and innovations for nails–think chromes, iridescents and holographics–this is your time to shine.  Here are some of the best nail looks we found: 

CND Vinylux Longwear Blue Nail Polish

CND Vinylux long wear polishI

t’s not as harsh as black; it’s not as garish as blue.  It’s a gorgeous sparkly navy that goes so well with reds and greens.  It’s called Midnight Swim (which no one wants to take at this time of year) but it’s perfect for the holidays.  When Taylor Swift wore navy nail polish on her latest tour, sales skyrocketed.  We’re not trendy at our age but how nice to be up-to-date. Buy it on 

ILNP’s Cherry Luxe Rich Red Holographic Nail Polish

ILNP Cherry Luxe nail polish

ILNP’s Cherry Luxe is a color made for the holidays.  No understated nail look here, this color announces, “I have the holiday spirit, right down to my fingertips.”  Wear a little black dress or silky, fine fabrics and this polish will look stunning. Avoid glittery or metallic fabrics as this would be too much of a good thing.  A pair of sparkly earrings and you’ll be looking fine…very fine indeed.  Find it on

Snow Angel sheer milky white shimmer jelly nail polish

'Snow Angel' ILNP Boutique Nail Polish

From ILNP’s Winter Wonderland Collection, the Snow Angel effect is lights dancing on freshly fallen snow.  This cool, icy polish has silver metallic flakes that give Snow Angel a dainty yet dazzling appearance.  Wear it with black or clear red and icy jewellery like pearls or diamonds.  Brrrrr!  Buy it at 

RARJSM Sparkly Red Shimmer Iridescent Glitter Gel Polish 

sparkly gel nail polish

Red is always right for the holidays but now, more than at any other time, there are so many variations of red.  This holographic polish looks like sparkly tissue paper. Buy it at 

ella mila glitter nail polish

Of course, no holiday nail roundup would be complete without a little gold and silver. For the gold, we chose Ella+Mila’s Drippin’ Gold.  The color is the subtle rose gold that’s so popular now.  Sure, the effect is disco ball but the end result is elegant.  Wear it with classic colors like black, navy or rich emerald green, no competing glitter fabrics, and keep the warm rose tone going with a warm rose gold lipstick. Find it on

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Color 540 Liquid Mirror

Le Vernis nail polish by Chanel

Now for the silver.  From the House of Chanel, those purveyors of beauty who brought us the cult favorite Ballerina, comes an absolutely perfect silver called Liquid Mirror.  This silver is sophisticated and timeless–it looks like liquid sheet metal on the nails.  It whispers private jet, limousines and holiday parties in the Hamptons. Wear it with literally anything—this color carries itself. Find it on

ILNP Abundance Ultra Chrome Color Shifting Nail Polish

What better name to celebrate the holidays and remember how lucky we all are.  From a distance, abundance looks like a warm copper; up close you see the subtle shades of blue and green.  The effect is holographic depending upon which way the light catches your nails.  Buy it at

OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red

OPI nail lacquer in Red

As red as Santa’s suit, as red as a Christmas bauble, as red as Rudolph’s nose, this red exemplifies the holidays.  If you shy away from the holographic or the glitter and prefer a classic, this polish is for you.  Buy it at

Dior Vernis Nail Polish 

DIOR Rouge nail polish

Another classic from the House of Dior, this one more expensive than OPI’s Big Apple Red but worth every cent.  Dior nail varnish is known for its long wear, its smooth application and its ergonomic brush. Buy it at or major department stores.  

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