Nail It With Bright Summer Polishes

During the lazy days of summer, we find ourselves turning to more casual clothes and a simpler beauty routine. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t still want to have fun. The perfect place to add a little whimsy? Your nails. This season’s trendiest shades just happen to resemble the options at the ice cream counter. Choose from this rainbow assortment of sorbet polishes.

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Mimosa

We can’t think of a better way to spend a late summer morning than sipping a mimosa poolside—while donning this lemony nail shade from Chanel ($25,


Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road

For those who prefer a polish that’s a bit sheerer, reach for this see-through hue ($16, Then head off to see the wizard.

Deborah Lippmann

Priti NYC in Forget Me Not

A pale blue manicure is soft, pretty and surprisingly neutral ($13,

Priti NYC

China Glaze in For Audrey

Does your heart race at the sight of a Tiffany box? Sporting this teal lacquer ($6, will keep you in a constant state of bliss.

China Glaze

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides Collection in Mermaid's Tears

Pale pink your usual go-to hue? Mix things up this season with a new pastel: pistachio green—it really goes with almost everything ($7,


Butter London Nail Lacquer in HRH

Still have the Royal Wedding on the brain? Us, too. Which makes this royal purple shade ($14, perfect for anyone who rules her own household.


American Apparel in Neon Orange

Neon orange polish ($6, is like a happy pill you're ingesting all day long.

American Apparel

Rescue Beauty Lounge in Bangin’

True to its name, this coral-red shade ($18, is, indeed, bangin’. As in hot. As in all eyes on you. Try it—you'll see.

Rescue Beauty Lounge

Essie Meet Me at Sunset

When red seems too much and pink just isn’t enough there’s one answer: orange. This summer shade ($8, looks fab with a tan.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Purple Passion

If you love the daring look of a dark mani/pedi, but want something just a little bit lighter for summer, we think you’ll feel passionate about this purple hue ($19,

Estee Lauder

Deborah Lippmann Call Me Irresponsible

Sometimes, you just need to let loose, and what better way to show a little beauty bravery than with a vivacious violet polish ($16,

Deborah Lippmann

Orly Oh Cabana Boy

The cure for mid-summer doldrums? Candy pink toes ($7,

NARS Nail Polish in Arabesque

Want your nails to shine like the sun? We have two words: Pink and glitter. This glossy polish ($17, even has UV protection to keep the color true.


Pop Beauty Nail Glam in Twinkle

A little disco ball glitter may be just what you need to get the summer party started ($10,

OPI Texas Collection Nail Lacquer in Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em

Say you want to try something bright, but aren’t quite willing to go green, yellow or blue? Hot pink is the ticket ($9,

OPI Shatter

Take your bright summer color to a new level by topping it with one of OPI’s Shatter shades: Pick from red, black, white, navy, turquoise, silver or blue ($7, Simply layer the polish over another color to give nails a funky new effect.


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First Published June 13, 2011

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