The Most Popular Nail Polish Colours of All Time

There are millions of nail polishes out there – like, a lot. Whether you’re standing in front of the polish wall at your favourite beauty salon, shopping in store or shopping online, the options can seem limitless. From classic nudes to infamous reds – there is a fan favourite for each shade – even the celebs and royal agree on a few.

Chanel’s Rouge Noir has reached icon status (as far as polishes go) since the fashion house first used this burgundy shade during one of its runway shows in the ’90s. As far as sheer, subtle manicures go, Essie’s pastel pink Ballet Slippers is everyone’s favourite neutral polish – even the Queen!

Below are the top selling nail polish colours of all time, in no particular order – let’s start:


OPI Nail Lacquer in Taupe-Less Beach 

OPI’s remix on the classic taupe nail polish is nothing like the other options out there. The not-too-light, not-too-dark neutral works in any season. No wonder it’s one of the brand’s most popular shades – and the cheeky name gets our vote every time!


Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in 999 Red 

Christian Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer 999 Rouge ...

One thing everyone who paints their nails can agree on is that red is always a solid colour choice. While there’s bottles upon bottles of red polishes out there, Dior’s 999 Red is the perfect true crimson shade. The actual formula has a high-shine finish that’s long-wear like a gel.


Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers 

Essie Nail Colour 6 Ballet Slippers 13.5ml


Essie’s infamous sheer pink polish is the neutral shade of choice among brides, celebs, and royalty, no seriously – even the Queen and the Kate Middleton are fans.


OPI Nail Laquer in Lincoln Park After Dark 


OPI Nail Lacquer, Lincoln Park After Dark, 0.5 Fl Oz

For those times when black nail polish feels too dark, OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark is a cool alternative. The shade is a deep, deep purple that looks black – but it’s not.


Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny 

Essie Nail Colour 219 A Bikini So Teeny 13.5ml

Pastel nail polish is basically synonymous with spring, but what makes this beloved shade stand out from all of the other periwinkles out there is that it’s spiked with just a hint of shimmer.


Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod 


Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod 450

The perfect white nail polish is hard to find. Some shades look too chalky, too eggshell, or they’re not actually opaque no matter how many coats you apply. That’s why Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel in Get Mod is such a fan-fav. It goes on as thick and white as tipex and it stays shiny and chip-free because its formula mimics the finish of an actual gel manicure.

So rubies – do you see one of your all-time favourite nail colours up here? If not let us know which is your go to-nail colour x


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