5 Nail Polish Colors You Need To Try This Summer

It’s basically summer, which means that you’ll be wearing sandals and taking pictures holding fruity drinks in the air like, all of the time for the next few months. You should probably stock up on some summer nail polish so you’re not rocking a ratchet chipped mani or pedi. And yes, you should probably also buy some even if your nail girl is currently the most solid relationship in your life. I don’t really have a reason for this, I just feel like having lots of nail polish is generally important. Here are a few shades you should def get for summer, so you’re not permanently rocking that Lincoln Park After Dark your mom slipped into your Christmas stocking last year.

1. Essie Topless & Barefoot

Besides the fact that this totally sounds like the name of a trashy country song, Essie Topless and Barefoot is the most popular nail polish on Pinterest at the moment. Say what you want about the Pinterest bitches and their chevron-covered boards; if there’s one thing they know, it’s nail polish.

Essie Topless & Barefoot

2. Ciaté Mani Marker

This shit is literally amazing. Remember that one emo girl in middle school who always “painted” her nails with highlighter? Well obviously, she got a boujee job in product development at Ciaté London and came up with this genius idea. Why have we even been painting our nails with brushes for all these years? Are we cavemen? Markers are obviously the move.

Ciate Manicure Markers

3. OPI Fiji Nail Lacquer Collection

Even if you’re not into painting your own nails (I mean, is anyone actually into having their dominant hand look like you let a child try to paint it for you? Besides those girls who are always like “I’m actually so good at painting my own nails.” Congratulations, did I ask?), I’d highly advise at least rooting through this collection at Ulta for Instagram caption inspiration. Do You Sea What I Sea? and Exotic Birds Don’t Tweet are def the strongest contenders.

OPI Nail Lacquer Fiji

4. NAILS INC. NAILKALE Illuminator

This nail polish has everything. (If you didn’t read that in Stefan’s voice from SNL, you have some serious soul searching to do.) Anyway, it’s basically a highlighter for your nails, and I know you’re obsessed with highlighter because like, the number one question asked by drunk girls in bathrooms is “Oh my godddddd what highliiiighter is thattt?!”


5. NCLA 7 Free Pressed Nail Lacquer Low Cal-So Cal-Red

The description for this nail polish sounds like a long-ass caption from a health and fitness blogger, so I’ll save you the pain and sum it up for you. Basically, this nail polish was designed to act as a juice cleanse… but for your nails? I don’t know, I totally don’t get it. But if painting my nails red means I’m kind of participating in a detox without actually have to do anything, I’m down. This is a perfect out for those of you (me) who didn’t do anything to get ready for bikini season, and aren’t really trying to make any significant moves, either. 

NCLA Low Cal So Cal Red

Hannah Chambers
Hannah Chambers
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