Summer Nail Collections We Are Swooning Over

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Make over your mani with these summer-approved polishes.

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Deborah Lippmann Happy Days ($20 each)

These full-coverage creamy colors are an ode to ’50s but have a decidedly modern mix of nail-healthy ingredients like green tea, evening primrose and keratin. There’s Beauty School Dropout, a bubblegum pink; My Boyfriend’s Back, a deep blue; Happy Days, a coral; and Splish Splash, an aqua green. All go on like crème—as an added bonus, Sephora also carries the exclusive Great Balls of Fire, a strawberry red crème. 


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RMS Living Luminizer Nail Polish ($15)

It’s not a full-on collection debut, but this tiny bottle has a whole lot of benefits. When used as a topcoat, it sort of works as a highlighter/filter for your nails, creating a glowy sheen that manages to make them look a little bit chicer. 


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Londowntown Lakur ($16 each)

Long-lasting—it’s solvent-based instead of water-based, so it sticks around a little longer—luxurious and free from all the bad stuff, these cutting-edge feminine colors incorporate vitamins, minerals and anti-yellowing ingredients like coconut oil and lavender.

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Julep Midsummer Light ($14 each)

This collection features two creamy versions of the Pantone Colors of the Year, plus a whole lot of poppy shades with very accurate descriptions like “daffodil crème” and “watermelon splash.” And the big-time plus: The proprietary oxygen technology, which allows the polish to dry fast, last longer and get nails healthy. 


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Zoya Seashells PixieDust ($10)

These just-shimmery-enough shades scream the beach without being over-the-top sparkly. There’s a beige-gold, a cherry-red, classic pink, full-impact green, sky blue and a starry gray; each has a touch of texture and added sparkle to give nails an added layer of dimension.


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Paul & Joe Beauté Nail Polish ($16)

Think everything from elegant and sweet pinks to dark and mysterious purples in this very varied range, which uses oils of jojoba, olive and safflower to power its polish.

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SpaRitual Empower ($18 each)

With a hot sunny yellow shade and feel-good neon brights, this two-step vegan polish utilizes a unique topcoat that dries faster than gels.

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Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer ($18 each)

The two latest shades to this always-pushing-the-boundaries line: The Bee Side, a butter opaque sunny share, and Subnormal, an opaque cement. 


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Essie Viva Antigua ($9 each)

The only vacation essential you need, these six adventure-seeking shades are bold, and, as the name suggests, inspired by the one-and-only island of Antigua.


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Sonia Kashuk Knock Out Beauty Nail Colour ($5 each)

There’s a red-orange (On the Ropes) and a bright blue (Roll With the Punches) that were just added to the lineup for the season; the two are totally different but both dish out a big-time pop of pigment.


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Hard Candy Nail Polish + Gel Ring ($4)

These may look like they’re made for the middle school crowd, but these high-shine hues have the ability to create a very vibrant mani. New for summer: Nine shades that come with an accompanying bobble—even if you don’t wear it, it’s a very accurate representation of what the color of your nails will look like once dry.


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SinfulShine Rio Flare ($3 each)

This at-home, two-step gel polish line is all about Summer Olympics–inspired shades. They’re bright, long-lasting and score major points for the shine factor.


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