Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for the Nail Junkie
by Morgan DeBoest
Do you ever find yourself lingering in the nail polish aisle at Ulta only to walk away with a ho-hum color or nothing at all? Finding the cutest on-trend color that suits your personal style preferences can be tricky and tiring. Why not let someone else do that work for you—and deliver it to your door? We’ve rounded up the best monthly subscription boxes that will do just that—deliver adorable polishes and nail tools right to your front door each month.
Who should subscribe: The girl who wants to try a new color every week and appreciates premium brands
Your monthly Nailette subscription box contains two mini polish bottles from Essie, OPI, or Orly. The Nailette team believes in giving more color options with small bottles rather than fewer colors and large bottles. Each bottle lasts for 8 to 12 applications.
The Monthly Nail
Cost: $15.99/month for a basic subscription
Who should subscribe: The girl who likes options, lots of options
The Monthly Nail program is super flexible and easy to use. Each month, two to four polishes are sent your way; you can let The Monthly Nail team surprise you, pick your own colors, or design completely unique colors. The polishes you’ll receive are from Essie, OPI, and The Monthly Nail’s own boutique indie line, Eugene Malibu.
Color Me Monthly
Who should subscribe: The always-on-the-go girl
Color Me Monthly has a few tiers of subscription options. For the freedom to decide when you want to pay and receive colors, subscribe monthly. There are also options to pay upfront for half a year or a full year. No matter what subscription offer you choose, you’ll receive one fresh, on-trend color per month.
Who should subscribe: The girl that always borrows her friend’s polishes
Lacquerous is like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but instead of pants, it’s nail polish. Subscribers can try on colors before they fully commit and purchase them elsewhere. Don’t worry—the chemicals in nail polish kill any bacteria that might enter the bottle, and the Lacquerous team takes care to clean each brush before they send the polish out again.
Cost: $19.99/month with 3 months prepaid, or $24.99/month
Who should subscribe: The girl who wants unique shades and expert tools
The Julep Maven program lets subscribers choose from five different style profiles, including Classic With a Twist and Bombshell. Julep has great add-ons like their Plié Wand and additional colors that can be shipped with your box each month.
Who should subscribe: The girl who loves nail art but doesn’t want to spend a lot of time and effort
Each month, Nailed Kit sends you two sets of nail polish strips and water slide decals, rhinestones, a shaping stick, and a mini nail file. The easy-to-apply nail decals will last about five to seven days. All the designs are created in-house and go on like a temporary tattoo.
Who should subscribe: The girl who wants full-size products from a great brand she hasn’t tried before
SquareHue makes its own nail polish, and it’s pretty nifty if you ask us. Each polish comes in a square bottle for ease of storage. The monthly box comes with three full-size bottles, and a portion of your monthly payment goes to a charity.
Lacquer Cabinet by Nailtini
Who should subscribe: The fun girl who loves adventure (and martinis)
We’re suckers for a good theme, and Nailtini’s got the best one we’ve seen so far! With products including the Simple Syrup base coat and the Vodka and Dry Gin top coats, they know how to make a gal feel like she’s at cocktail hour when she’s really just doing an at-home mani. Each month’s box comes with three limited-edition colors and two empty mixing bottles so you can create your own hues.