10 New Nail Colors You Need This Summer

Summertime is all about having a perfect mani/pedi, which requires finding the best new shades out there. We tested everything from neons to nudes to bring you the hottest colors of the season, and these were our favorites.


Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Nail Color in Hutch

Whether you’re yachting in the Mediterranean or hosting a backyard BBQ, you can’t go wrong with classic red. With just one you swipe of this limited-edition shade, your nails get full coverage and rich color, and, if Olivia Palermo calls it her “go-to,” you know it’s a good one. $24, sephora.com


Essie Nail Polish in Saltwater Happy

To say that we are totally smitten with this shade would be an understatement. Not only does it look like the younger sister of one of our all-time favorite essie shades, Bikini So Teeny, but it’s also the perfect toes-in-the-sand color that you won’t want to stop wearing all summer. $9, essie.com


Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Baroque Silver

Romantic and Gatsby-esque, this shimmery silver shade has just the right amount of sparkle and shine for a summer night on the town. (Who says metallics are reserved for wintertime anyway?) Trust us, you won’t stop staring at your nails. $26, shop.nordstrom.com


Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Show Me Love

The perfect girly pink (it dries a little darker than it looks in the bottle), this 3-free polish delivers the pop of color you need this season, along with a chip-resistant finish, which is key when outdoor summer activities call for getting your hands a little dirty. $5, target.com


Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in The Graduate

One of the darker nudes on the spectrum (think iced coffee with cream), this luxe polish goes on super silky and looks especially good with a summertime tan. We wouldn’t be surprised if this one gets added into your regular mani rotation. $18, neimanmarcus.com


ORLY Nail Lacquer in Push The Limit

This neon wonder from the brand’s summer Adrenaline Rush Collection is super creamy and intensely pigmented (more bright coral, less traffic cone), but don’t think it’s just for dark-skinned beauties—it looks great on fair skin, too, and practically screams summer! $9, orlybeauty.com


LONDONTOWN Lakur Enhanced Colour in Tipps Time

One of the most sophisticated shades of green we’ve come across, this 5-free polish reminds us of summertime in Nantucket—pair it with something navy and white from your wardrobe for a winning combination. $16, londontownusa.com


Topshop Matte Metallic Nails in Venus

You wouldn’t typically think that matte and metallic go together, but let me tell you here that they definitely do. Ultra-feminine and pearly, this polish gets two thumbs up: You can wear it solo for a unique effect or layer on a shiny topcoat for a new look when you want to switch things up. $8, topshop.com


Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in Catalina Cruise

Inspired by the ocean, this highly saturated, fun and flirty blue is quick to dry and looks good on all skin tones. Plus, we love the brush—it has twice the amount of bristles than a standard brush so it goes on incredibly smooth. $18, runway2street.com


butterLONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Fancy

For those of you who prefer to wear something a little more understated during the summer months, this chic lilac hue is one to try. With a mega shine factor and long-lasting formula, this polish leaves nails looking like a salon-quality mani. $18, butterlondon.com