The Best Nail Polish Colors Of 2016

Before we start dreaming up a new palette for 2017, we’re recalling our favorite nail shades of this year (that is, the ones we’ll be keeping around for the long haul). Whether you gravitated toward the neutrals of spring and summer or the richer hues of fall and winter, the colors that joined our arsenals are nothing if not memorable. Without further ado, the best of 2016.


The Best Nail Colors Of 2016

Unlike in summers past, eye-catching neons weren't immediate go-tos. This year's warmer months called for muted blues and grays, shimmery shades and the occasional pop of color.

Nail Lacquer in Subnormal


Smith & Cult

Nail Polish in Poolside Service



Nail Polish in Leia



La Laque Couture in Savage Pink


Yves Saint Laurent Beauty

Vernis Nail Laquer in Cosmic


Dior Beauty

The cooler months were about rich tones—jewel-inspired shades and twists on classic red.

Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Fur Green



Oribe High-Shine Nail Polish in The Red



High-Gloss Lacquer in Sinful Blush



Gel Lab Nail Polish in All Night Long


Deborah Lippmann

Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Bianca



Chanel Le Vernis Nail Gloss