31 Best Winter Nail Polish Colors of 2021

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K, I’ll be honest here: I’m not a huge fan of seasonal beauty trends. My motto 99 percent of the time? Just go ahead and wear whatever your little heart desires, no matter the month or the vibes on your Instagram. However, when it comes to nail polish colors and trends? That’s my only exception. Like right now, I’m all about winter nail trends. Call me basic (hey, wow, mean), but there’s just something fun about swapping your polish stash with the seasons to contrast or match with your cold-weather clothes. And because winter is practically here, I’ve rounded up the 31 trendiest winter nail colors to try ASAP. Get ready for a lot of sparkles, moody blue, grays, and blacks plus a few classics on the list too.

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Winter Nail Color Idea: Bold Berry

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Vibration

This bold berry shade has a mix of purple, pink, and red pigments that are flattering on all skin tones and undertones—from super-fair to deep. It’s not as expected as classic red but not as cutesy as bright pink—basically it’s the ideal shade for anyone who wants to make a statement with their mani this winter.


This Winter Nail Color Duo

Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer Set in Manicured + Angel

Muted mauve + rusty rose = the perfect winter nail color combo for anyone who is into minimalist manicures. You can wear these shades alone or mix and match them on alternate fingers for a subtle nail art look.


This Shimmery Black Winter Nail Color

Lakur Nail Lacquer in Skyline Reflect

This shimmery black polish happens to be one of the prettiest winter nail colors of 2021. Trust me—you’ll be wearing this shade on repeat as soon as December/January rolls around, especially when paired with New Year’s Eve makeup.


This Chocolate-Inspired Winter Nail Color

Nails Inc. Coco For Real Chocolate Scented Nail Polish in Coco Kisses

Not only is this milk-chocolate polish shade legit perfect to wear on your nails this winter, it’s also infused with a sweet, cocoa scent (it reminds me of hot chocolate) that smells straight-up delicious. 


This Jet-Black Winter Nail Color

Gucci Vernis À Ongles Nail Polish in Black Crystal

If you live in all-black outfits during the winter (umm, hello me), it only makes sense to wear a moody manicure to match. This shiny, jet-black nail polish color from Gucci (!!) is a great option.


These Gift-able Winter Nail Colors

OPI Hollywood Infinite Shine Mini 4 Pack

This cute little nail polish set is perfect to give yourself (or a friend) this winter. It comes with a priming base coat, two pretty pink and red polish shades, and a long-wearing top coat too.


Winter Nail Color Idea: Steel Blue

OPI Nature Strong Natural Origin Nail Lacquer in Force of Nailture

This steel blue polish is perf for anyone who wants their mani to have a little edge this winter. Also cool: The all-natural nail polish is nine-free and made with plant-based ingredients, so it’s actually good for your nails.


This Neutral Winter Nail Color

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Mink Brule

TBH, you can never go wrong with a neutral/nude nail polish shade like this one from Tom Ford. It looks good any time of year—including the winter months. And if (okay, when) it starts to chip, that won’t be super noticeable.


This Gray Winter Nail Color

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Show Steel-er

I consider this creamy gray nail color from Sally Hansen a neutral for winter—it looks great on all skin tones and goes with whatever you’re wearing. The best parts though? You don’t need to use a base or top coat with the formula, and it dries insanely fast.


This Shimmery Purple Nail Color for Winter

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Plum Euphoria

I’ll be wearing this shimmery purple nail color on repeat until March, folks. The unique shade is moody, edgy, and eye-catching too. Just paint on two thin coats (key word here is “thin”—you don’t want it to get all goopy), and you’re good to go. 


Winter Nail Color Idea: Shimmery Slate Winter

Cirque Colors Velvetine Slate Shimmer Nail Polish

I know winter is still, like, a month away, but I love this shimmery slate nail polish so much, I’m already using it to DIY my manis and pedis. The gray-blue shade is infused with teeny tiny copper flecks for a cool, multidimensional effect.


This Off-White Nail Color for Winter

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Stonehearted

I’m in loooove with this creamy, off-white nail polish. The stone-colored shade (it’s a little bit white, a little bit sand), looks gorgeous on all skin tones, and the natural, 17-free formula is as clean and green as they come.


This Dark Pink Winter Nail Color

Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Front Row

If you typically wear pastel pink polish in the spring and summer, then this is the nail color you need to transition to for the winter months. The rich, pink shade (it’s almost like magenta) has *just* the right amount of shimmer.


This Royal Blue Winter Nail Color

Sundays Non-Toxic Nail Polish No.35

Proof that you can DEF wear bright polish during the winter months? This royal blue lacquer from Sundays (P.S. it’s one of my fave natural, non-toxic nail brands). It’s bold and impactful and has a cool, wintry vibe. 


This Silver Nail Color for Winter

Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer in Magnifique

This holographic silver nail color from Mischo Beauty basically screams “wear me for winter!” Try it with your favorite silver jewelry for a trendy, monochromatic metal effect.


This Metallic Lilac Winter Nail Color

Essie Nail Polish in Girly Grunge

I get it: Lilac can sometimes feel like a spring or summer nail polish color. But when combined with an icy, foil-like finish? It’s totally on trend for the winter season.


This Holographic Winter Nail Color

China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners

Love a little shimmer? Same. Which is why I’m going to be living in this holographic winter nail color for the next three months. It has a sheer, silvery-pink iridescent finish that gives your manicure a cool, Euphoria-like vibe. 


This Winter-White Nail Color

OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow

OPI’s Alpine Snow is the perfect crisp white nail color for winter. I mean, it legit looks as white as snow on your nails.  Just apply three thin coats for an opaque, streak-free finish.


This Plum Nail Color for Winter

Rooted Woman Nail Polish in Renewed

Even if you’re not into most purples, I guarantee you’ll like the way this deep-plum nail polish color looks on your nails for winter. The almost-black shade is moody, edgy, and super pretty.


This Oxblood Winter Nail Color

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Spiked With Style

Once it gets cold outside, I retire my bright polishes and bust out the darker, edgier winter nail colors, like this oxblood shade from Essie. It’s the perfect amount of sexy and vampy—plus, the gel-like formula lasts for a solid week without any chips.


This Rose-Gold Winter Nail Color

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in A Little Lovely

If you love winter because of all the holiday fun, this festive gold and rose-colored glitter nail polish is definitely for you. Apply one layer for a subtle sheen, or multiple coats for a thick, chunky-glitter effect.


This Blue-Gray Nail Color for Winter

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Color in Air Dry

I’ve been using this polish from Essie for weeks now and I love how easy it makes doing your nails at home (P.S. you can watch me demo it in our new Sh*t We Stole video series). Anyway, it requires no base or top coat and dries in 60 seconds (go ahead and time it if you don’t believe me). And the soft, blue-gray shade is pretty much the perfect winter nail color.


Winter Nail Color: Shimmery Navy

Christian Louboutin The Noirs Nail Colour in Bianca

I know this shimmery navy nail color is pricey (’sup, Louboutin), but you guys, it’s honestly so perfect for the winter months. It’s dark, moody, and the bottle is pretty damn cool looking too.


This Pale-Pink Winter Nail Color

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Delicate

This creamy, pale-pink nail color is infused with shimmery light-blue flecks that make it so pretty and refreshing for winter. I love wearing it with cozy knits and soft cashmere.


This Earthy Winter Nail Color

Tenoverten Nail Color in Hester

Earthy, clay-inspired nail polish colors are going to be everywhere this winter—trust me. So get in on the trend and try this warm tan shade from Tenoverten. The all-natural formula is 8-free, which means it’s made without iffy ingredients commonly found in conventional nail polish brands.


This Wintery Icy Blue Nail Color

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Nail Polish in Crystal Blue

Not only is this icy blue a super-pretty winter nail polish color, it’s 16-free (aka formulated without the chemicals traditionally found in nail polishes), made with plant-based ingredients, and completely vegan too. Pretty impressive for a drugstore nail polish that’s less than $7.


Winter Nail Color Idea: Multi-Color Dots

JINsoon Nail Polish in Dotty

This confetti-style nail polish from Jin Soon is the fastest way to make dreary winter weather feel significantly less shitty. It’s chunky like a glitter, bright like a neon, and super versatile too. Wear it alone over a clear base coat or layered over your favorite neutral nail polish.


This Shimmery Wine Nail Color For Winter

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Wine Therapy

Need to paint your nails for a last-minute holiday party? Reach for this wine-colored winter nail color with sparkly flecks from Sally Hansen. It’s infused with nail-strengthening oils too, so your nail beds won’t flake and crack from wearing it.


Winter Nail Color: Bright Red

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Laquer in Big Apple Red

My holiday checklist (in no particular order) includes an excessive amount of hot chocolate, Christmas music on repeat, and a festive manicure the entire month of December. The shade I always go with? This winter-approved red nail color from OPI.


This Gold Winter Nail Color

Essie Nail Polish in Good As Gold

Not into thick, chunky glitter? NBD. You can still get in on the sparkly nail trend for winter with this shimmery gold polish from Essie. It has finely-milled, light-reflecting pigments that’ll make your mani sparkle.


This Sparkly Green Winter Nail Color

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Neblue-La

Get chip-free nails for a full week with this two step at-home gel nail polish. Paint two coats of the step 1 polish (I’m v into this sparkly green winter nail color) on bare nails, wait a minute or two, and then follow up with the step 2 gel top coat

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