Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the season’s best shades (hint: I’m swooning over rose gold)

Model with gold nails

I went shopping on the weekend and encountered my first Christmas music of the season—although I hear some places have been playing it since October. Yowza! I think my reaction to it (anxiety, annoyance) means that I’m nowhere near ready to start thinking about the holidays.

Unless we’re talking nail polish, that is. Do YOU have a holiday nail polish wardrobe? Because you really should. See, it’s all about outfit coordination. Sure, you can totes get by with a classic red from seasons past… but the beauty stakes are getting higher in this category. You’ll be so much more on trend if you play with metallics, glitters or unusual shades like navy, green or vampy burgundy. Here’s a look at what’s new this year, along with my favourite colour picks. Consider it my early bird gift to you!

Deborah Lippmann Holiday Collection

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2011 Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

The shade that’s currently gracing my fingernails AS I TYPE THIS is Glamorous Life, the utterly gorgeous metallic rose gold at the bottom left. (Fun fact: it was inspired by a rose gold Rolex watch.)

Essie “Cocktail Bling” Winter Collection

Essie Cocktail Bling collection Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)I found the colour selection here a bit surprising, since I wouldn’t normally associate so many pale shades (Bangle Jangle, a lavender; Cocktail Bling, a grey; and Brooch the Subject, a beige) with a cold-weather collection. I’m going to have to go with the red here—and maybe that has to do with the name. Size Matters! There’s nothing like a little beauty double entendre.

The other newness from Essie are these LuxEffects topcoats, which I mentioned a few weeks back:

Essie Luxeffects Topcoats Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

These would look awesome paired with the winter collection or any of your existing colours. The glitter ranges from fine to chunky, and because I like to go big or go home, my fave is the third one, A Cut Above.

Butter London Holiday Collection

Butter London Holiday 2011 Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

There are only three in this range, but I’m a fan of them all—especially The Black Knight at far right. With black, pink, blue and silver glitter suspended in a black base, it TOTALLY reminds me of a shade I was obsessed with last winter from Deborah Lippmann called Bad Romance.

M.A.C Dazzlesphere Petite Nail Lacquer Ornament

MAC nail kit holiday 2011 Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

How adorbs is this? It could totally make a cute gift for a girlfriend or female relation… or you could just treat yourself. Whichever. There are four mini bottles: Much Adored (pale shimmer), Style Tip (creamy neutral pink), Dark Angel (deep purple; not shown) and my favourite, Mistletoe (greenish-goldish metallic).

OPI Muppets Collection

OPI Muppets collection Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

I’ll admit that my initial reaction to the Muppets association was not a positive one. But then I realized there is one shade that makes total sense—and is totally awesome. Rainbow Connection. It’s the first bottle in the bottom row, and it is like a party for your nails. (Kind of like multi-coloured metallic confetti.)

Nicole by OPI Holiday Glitters
Nicole by OPI Holiday Glitters Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

As a collection, I’m not loving these together because there’s something a bit muddy about the shades. However, individually, they are fab—I especially dig the purple (My Sleigh’s in the Shop).

Dior Holiday Vernis

Dior Le Vernis holiday 2011 Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

Vernis is a fancy French word for nail polish, just in case you were wondering. And fancy this collection is—I wish I could get my paws on some! All are utterly covetable, but the blogosphere is going the most crazy over the second shade, Exquis. It’s a golden khaki, so if you’re a fan of the beigey-grey brown polishes, this is like a dressy version. Personally, I’m more drawn to the third shade, Merveille (an orangey-red).

NARS Night Series

NARS Night Series nail polish Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

Total swoon over these. There’s just something about how NARS does colour that gets me every time. My fave is number three, Night Breed, which is a black with silver glitter. (I don’t know how festive that is… maybe for New Year’s Eve?) The deep green (Night Porter) and navy (Night Flight) are awesome too.

Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicure

ImPress Press on Manicure Oh look! Here come the holiday nail polish collections—and my picks of the seasons best shades (hint: Im swooning over rose gold)

I’m seriously impressed (get it?) with these new press-on manicures (coming to drugstores next month!). I know that phrase is a bit ’80s tacky, but for last-minute nail emergencies, this is good stuff, girls. They just stick on your nails (frankly, a little easier than the nail strips I talked about in this vid), last up to a week and you can totally file down the shape however you want. To remove you just peel them off. The best part is the shade range: there are 36 to choose from, including solids and Minx-like patterns. You can look at the shades and play with their try-on app here.

Tell me:

Have you tried any of these polishes yet?
What shades are you feeling for the holiday season?
Would you try a press-on nail?

11 Comments

Stephanie
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 11:03 am

I jumped at the chance to try the Muppets OPI collection at my last pedicure, in Rainbow Connection (bottom left in your picture) – the nostalgia of the name was enough to get me! I love it – perfect for New Year’s.

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Jane
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 11:12 am

The gorgeous @PrimaDonaLounge was trying to get me to buy Glamorous Life when I was in Holts last week. Why didn’t I get??? Going back- stat. Btw- she was wearing Good Girl Gone Bad and it was sooooo pretty too. Essie Bobbing For Baubles may be my new fave blue. Must. Have.

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Dallas
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 11:22 am

Rose gold is my favourite colour in general, and that nail polish is fantastic! Thanks for helping me discover it, Michelle! I’ve now found my polish for the holidays :)

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Mandie
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 12:04 pm

Most of these polishes aren’t available in South Africa, so I don’t have any of them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them! The rose gold is gorgeous. My biggest problem with holiday nail trends is that our seasons are reversed. Wearing forest greens and candy reds in the height of summer just seems off. I stick to silver or mega-glitter for some festive cheer that’s weather appropiate.

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Maria
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 1:08 pm

Hmm… the imPress manicure set looks appealing but I’d be curious to find out if they wore well. Considering how easy the removal looks I’d be so worried about one of these popping off at work! Very, very pretty though.

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Mellyjo
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 2:25 pm

Have you tried the nail tattoos? I love them! they are so easy to stick on (just peel, stick and file edge off) and you don’t have to worry about them falling off (e.g. in the event of a nail trauma). They seem to last a little longer than regular nail polish. And you remove them like you would regular polish. I’ve been putting the smaller sized ones on my 4 year old for some special occasion fun! I will have to compare with these nails.

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Me my best and I
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 5:30 pm

Of all the featured polishes Glamorous Life is the one I am magpieing!! Looks a little like beloved Orly Rage

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Angela
Tuesday, November 29/2011 at 11:33 pm

I love nail polish and in the words of Animal, ME LOVE MUPPETS!

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Samantha
Wednesday, November 30/2011 at 2:06 am

I want the Deborah Lippmann glamorous life polish

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Kat
Wednesday, November 30/2011 at 3:09 am

Rocking a gold right now, from my super duper haul at Lise Watier last weekend! <3

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Nomadic D
Wednesday, November 30/2011 at 3:14 am

The Deborah Lippmann red glitter looks super fun for the holidays, and that rose gold is indeed super pretty. The ones that most spoke to me though were the Nars. Wow. Funny I’ve never tried any of their polishes even though I’m a total Nars makeup addict. And as for the stick-on ones, I know I’m going to love them. I use the sephora ones and the Sally Hansen ones now and they just last so much longer than regular polish (which on me is like a day), I’m always just wishing there was more color selection. Maybe these will solve that problem when they come out! Thanks, I’ll be keeping my eye out for them,

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