There’s something about the holidays that makes me want to paint my nails a really sparkly color and call it a day. One of the only times of the year I wear glitter nail polish is around Christmas and New Years Eve, in fact. This is exactly why holiday nail polish colors are so much fun – there is plenty of glitter and sparkles to go around and with nail polish, you can go as crazy as you want.
But not every holiday polish is glittery. I also love the other winter-y colors that pop up during holiday nail polish collections. When it comes to your nails, the winter is a time to go dark – neon and brights just seem out of place. My absolute favorite color for the wintertime is Essie’s Recessionista, which is a few seasons old but still perfect. But this year, I’m looking to expand my options even more. Here are my 10 favorite holiday nail polishes for 2013 – check them out and start shopping!
All Wrapped Up by China GlazeThis dark blue/almost purple sparkly color from China Glaze reminds me of a late winter night when the sky is clear and there are tons of stars. It's so pretty and could easily be worn at any other time of the year. You can buy this from Ulta for $7.50
Snow Globe by CiateThis topcoat by Ciate is gorgeous and relatively subtle - it looks just like pretty snowflakes. You can layer this over white for a really snow-inspired look, or you can mix it up and put it over a nude or a blue. Honestly, this would go well with anything. You can buy this from Ciate for 9 euros
Christmas Now by KBShimmerI just got this KBShimmer holiday color and I love it! I don't normally do green, but this particular shade is very festive and seasonally appropriate. The glitter flecks inside include blues, greens, pinks and even little stars. This is definitely going to be on my fingers on Christmas Eve. You can buy this from KBShimmer for $8.75
Bramble by butter LondonI'm not going to lie, butter London is a little bit more expensive than the nail polish you would find at a drugstore. But it also goes on like a dream, dries quickly and takes longer to chip. Plus, the colors are all gorgeous. I love this rich eggplant color, which is sort of unexpected for the holidays. You can buy this from Butter London for $15
It's Frosty Outside by O.P.I.This sparkly silver shade is from O.P.I.'s special Mariah Carey Winter Holiday Collection. Silver is always great for the holidays and I love how glittery this is. The teensy tiny black flecks in the glitter really stands out and makes it different. You can buy this from HbBeautyBar for $7.95
Red Silk Boxers by Deborah LippmannYou always need a good red nail polish color the holidays because, well, this is the time of year where red is everywhere! Bright reds can be a little harsh, so I love this rich color from Deborah Lippmann. It really does remind me of red silk boxers and the crimson has a matte finish. It's the most expensive one on this list, but it's worth it - Deborah Lippmann nail polish is AMAZING. You can buy this from Deborah Lippmann for $19
Mind Your Mittens by EssieEssie is probably my favorite nail polish brand and for good reason. The colors always stand out, it doesn't chip easily, it's inexpensive and it dries quickly. I'm loving Mind Your Mittens for this holiday season. The color is sort of like a dark teal and will look great all winter long. You can buy this from Ulta for $8.50
Big Money by Sally HansenI think I have Sally Hansen's Gem Crush nail polish in every color it's made in. I'm obsessed with it! Most glitter polish is really a topcoat that goes over another color, but this one doesn't need a bottom layer. It's just thick glitter. Big Money is the best one - it's a rose gold glitter that comes out more gold with a pinkish hue. It's perfect for New Years Eve. You can buy this from Ulta for $6.99
Explosive by Formula X for SephoraSpeaking of perfect for New Years Eve, Sally Hansen might be given a run for it's money this year when it comes to what polish I'll be wearing - I love this look. I LOVE the look of gold glitter over black. This is fun and will definitely stand out. I might just have to order it... You can buy this from Sephora for $12.50
Ice Dream by SinfulColorsThis hue by SinfulColors reminds me of an ice skating rink when it's snowing out - magical! I love the mix of blue and silver glitter. This is perfect for a snowy day opening presents. You can buy this from Walgreens
Which of these nail polish colors is your favorite? What’s your favorite holiday color that I didn’t include? Which will you buy? Tell me in the comments.