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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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