8 Awesome Nail Polish Brands You Need to Know

It’s open-toed shoe season and that means you suddenly have more real estate that urgently requires painting. Consider skipping a matching moment with your mani and pedi and instead opt for complementary colors. Or an accent nail. Or nail art. Whatever creative way you decided to lacquer up your nails, you’ll need a sweet stash of polishes to see you through summer and beyond. Here are 8 brands, some old standbys, a few indie darlings, and a couple cult faves, to help you update that polish collection.

Nailed Lacquer in Stockholm Syndrome, $18, smithandcult.com

Nailed Lacquer in Stockholm Syndrome, $18, smithandcult.com

SMITH CULT

Known for her ’90s-era boundary breaking polish company Hard Candy, Dineh Mohajer followed up with this badass collection with delightfully acerbic shade names, like Bitter Buddha, Shattered Souls, and bestselling Stockholm Syndrome.

Nail Polish in Arthouse, $18, treatcollection.com

Nail Polish in Arthouse, $18, treatcollection.com

TREAT COLLECTION

Further evidence that natural doesn’t mean crunchy (in case it’s not obvious by now), this luxe-looking Berlin and LA-based line adheres to super strict EU cosmetics regulations yet looks so chic you’d never peg it as eco.

Nail Enamel in Nostaglia, $18, jinsoon.com

Nail Enamel in Nostaglia, $18, jinsoon.com

JINSOON

Editorial and backstage legend Jin Soon Choi knows her way around a bottle of nail polish (after wielding them for a couple of decades) and used that expertise to create the perfect formula—shiny, long-wearing, and opaque.

Nail Lacquer Holos in Gravitates Toward Me, $18, ncla.com

Nail Lacquer Holos in Gravitates Toward Me, $18, ncla.com

NCLA

If you enjoy intricate nail art, but don’t possess the talent or ambidextrousness to paint teeny-tiny renditions of Hello Kitty or French Fries, this Southern Cali brand’s nail wraps will make your arty mani dreams come true. Also, they have a great range of eco-friendly nail polishes in case you want to give it a go.

Nail Polish in Ludlow, $18, tenoverten.com

Nail Polish in Ludlow, $18, tenoverten.com

TENOVERTEN

The New York nail mini-chain turned polish company churns out cool colors and collaborations with everyone from the Streicher sisters to Yes Way Rosé.

Rouge Louboutin, $50, us.christianlouboutin.com

Rouge Louboutin, $50, us.christianlouboutin.com

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

What is a man to do after he corners the luxury shoe market? For Christian Louboutin, it was to design an equally covetable, but slightly more affordable collection of nail polish. No surprise the most popular shade is a bright cherry that perfectly matches his signature red soles, which spawned a trio of complementary reds.

Sheer Strength Treatment Nail Polish in Wondrous, $12.50, sephora.com

Sheer Strength Treatment Nail Polish in Wondrous, $12.50, sephora.com

FORMULA X

Sephora’s in-house polish line is extensive; incorporating everything from eye-catching nail art to bananas special effects finishes to innovative nail treatments.

Nail Polish in Happy Birthday, $20, deborahlippmann.com

Nail Polish in Happy Birthday, $20, deborahlippmann.com

DEBORAH LIPPMANN

While doing nails and whipping up polishes was initially a side hustle for Deborah Lippmann while she pursued her love of singing, It quickly turned into a full-time job. Musically themed collections and shades named after song titles are a nod to her other career.

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