12 Black Nail Polish Alternatives To Try If You Still Want Something Simple


Falling into a black nail polish-only routine is far too simple, especially when your beauty choices are as uninspired as your sartorial ones when the weather is less than favorable. After all, black does match everything, and if you're a New Yorker like me, it's practically all you own. And if muted tones are your thing all year-round, there are still plenty of black nail polish alternatives that get the point across without becoming too mundane.

“In my experience with most girls that wear black, it’s kind of their go-to color," celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik, whose clients include Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani, and Jennifer Lopez, tells The Zoe Report. "So deviating too far from that can be a bit of a shock. In these cases, I like to recommend deep rich jewel tones that at first glance appear black, but on closer inspection reveal their true colors.” he states.

Kimmie Kyees, a celebrity manicurist who includes Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Chrissy Teigen, and the Kardashians as clients, has the same approach. “Deep navy blues,” she recommends. “Super Nail has a gorgeous shimmery blue called Baltic, or Light Elegance has a great dark navy called Geek Chic. Dark greens are also nice!”

Don't think that you have to wait until spring to pull out all of your bright shades, though. “2019 nail trends will cover both sides of the spectrum," Bachik predicts. "Nude polish, as seen at the 2019 Golden Globes, will be the everyday must have with a hint of a French manicure hitting the scene. But plan on bright shades like neons making a statement for the spring and summer, and a resurgence of shimmers and glittery sparkle."

Ahead, see the chocolate tones, deep blues, dark greens, and metallic polishes that celeb manicurists give their clients when they need a break from black.

African Safari Collection in Neutral By Nature


Morgan Taylor

This shade is a saturated, medium chocolate color that looks creamy once applied.

Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Cavaliere



"I love many brands not only for the quality, but also their great color selection as well. Chanel seems to be my go-to right now," Bachik says.

Nail Polish in Midnight Cami



Equipped with a hint of shimmer, this dark blue is a deep enough hue if you're timid about steering away from black.

Gel Polish in Rainy Day


Tammy Taylor

"I have so many favorites, but Tammy Taylor gels are insane!" Kyees notes of this beautiful, deep navy blue.

Kings & Thieves Collection in Opaque Dark Ink Blue


Smith & Cult

This brilliant navy has an ultra-high performance formula that keeps the color vibrant throughout your wear.

Essie Gel Couture in Wrap Party



This Gel Couture line offers 14 days of color that stays glossy and streak-free. The color is highly pigmented and easy to remove once it's time for a polish change.

Gel Lab Pro Color in If I Ruled The World


Deborah Lippmann

If I Ruled The World, another Deborah Lippmann favorite, is reminiscent of an emerald... and the gel formula allows for a longer wear.

Le Vernis Velvet Nail Color in Profondeur



This rich, jewel-toned matte should be applied with a base and top coat to protect the color.

Life Hack Collection in The Unfollower Nail Polish


Nails Inc.

This soft mauve shade boasts a deep purple base and sparkles for a little something extra.

Nail Polish in Empire Shade of Mind



"Chrissy Teigen just wore a stunning gunmetal metallic grey color recently," Kyees says. If you're looking to add a similar color like the Twitter queen, try this shade by Essie.

Infinte Shine Nail Polish in The Latest and Slatest


This gray option is sleek, moody and offers a gel-like shine without a gel formula.

Gel Lab Pro Color in Naked


Deborah Lippmann

"This winter, my most requested colors have probably been chic, full coverage nudes — think in the direction of Lippmann's Naked," Bachik tells TZR.