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5 More Nail Polishes Every College Girl Needs to Own


I’ll admit that it was really hard to whittle down my list for last week’s post on 5 Nail Polishes Every College Girl Needs to Own. I kept reading your comments and agreeing with all of them – most colors you guys mentioned were colors I had crossed off a longer list anyway!

So without further ado, here are 5 more nail polish shades every college girl needs in her arsenal:

1. A Dark or Black Shade

Navy nails at DKNY
Navy nails at DKNY via Elle

As CF commenter Kristin wrote, “The idea that black is a ‘goth’ color is silly.” I completely, completely agree! Black is totally wearable and looks great on most skin tones – it’s also uber chic and always fashion-forward.

Not ready to go that dark? Almost-black polishes are quickly becoming classics, with shades like OPI Lincoln Park After Dark ($8 at Amazon) and Essie Wicked ($6.39 at Amazon) being cult favorites. If you’re looking to pick up a new shade for winter, look no further than something in this color family.

My picks:

Wet 'n Wild Black Creme
Wet ‘n’ Wild Wild Shine in Black Crème

As I stated in my post about my favorite almost-black shades, my favorite darks include Wet ‘n’ Wild Wild Shine in Black Crème ($.99 at Amazon), Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather ($14 at Amazon) and OPI Black Cherry Chutney ($7.99 at Amazon).

2. A BIV (Blue, Indigo or Violet)

Alexa Chung purple nails
Alexa Chung rocking a lavender manicure via Elle

I’m all about non-traditional nail colors, and BIV shades are perfect as they are still on the edgy side while being appropriate for almost all seasons, and most importantly, flattering on basically every skin tone. These colors are perfect for days that you don’t want to go the red/pink route but don’t want something too out there on your nails. Make sure to use a base coat when applying these colors to avoid smurf-nails- and I’m not talking about the cute, Katy Perry kind.

My Picks:

OPI Funkey Dunkey
OPI Funkey Dunkey

For blues (which I’ve written about here), I like OPI Dating a Royal ($7.45 at Amazon). For indigo, I like OPI Russian Navy ($7.30 at Amazon) and Essie Bobbing for Baubles ($6.13 at Amazon). Finally, for violet, I love OPI Do You Lilac It? ($7.40 at Amazon), OPI Funkey Dunkey ($9.70 at Amazon), and OPI Pampalona Purple ($7.34 at Amazon).

3. A White

White nails at Odilon by Stacey Clark (photo via Refinery29)

Yep, white still conjures images in my brain of 6th grade “white out” manicures. Still, it’s a color that needs to be in your arsenal.

Have a runny, clear nail polish? Stick a white coat underneath to make that color seem brighter- this works especially well for neons! Want to try a French mani? Use a special nail (or clean eyeliner) brush for your tips. Or try it as a manicure like casting director Natalie Joos or Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere. My roommate Lizzie also loves it under Sephora by OPI’s Only Gold for Me glitter topcoat.

Seriously, the possibilities are endless. Oh, and if you use a super-shiny topcoat like Seche Vite or Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, I promise no one will confuse your manicure for correction fluid!

My Picks:

Essie Blanc
Essie Blanc

Essie Blanc ($5.98 at Amazon) is my absolute favorite white polish and the only one that’s worth it in my opinion – it’s opaque and quick-drying, what more can you ask for?

4. A Glitter Topcoat


I love me a good glitter topcoat. Every time I purchase a new one (which is probably all too often), I justify it to myself by saying I’m doubling my nail polish stash.

It’s so true, though – glitter can bring out colors you didn’t even know were in the polish underneath. Plus, we’re lucky that, being in college and all, glitter is still completely appropriate – so what are you waiting for?

My picks:

Essie Set in Stones
Essie Set In Stones

You guessed it, I wrote about glitter topcoats here previously, but my three “must-haves” are Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me ($9.50 at Sephora), Essie Set in Stones ($6.13 at Amazon) and Essie Shine of the Times ($6.58 at Amazon).

5. A Berry:

Dark berry nails at Adam via Elle

Some of us aren’t “red” girls. Some of us aren’t interested in pink polish. But even if you fall into either (or both, or none) of these categories, you absolutely need a berry shade of nail polish.

These darker, bluer, richer reds, pinks and purples are seriously amazing. Why are they so great? One, these colors look good on every skin tone. Two, they are appropriate for pretty much all occasions and three, they look good in every season. These are the kinds of shades that you’ll be wearing for years and years to come.

My picks:

OPI No Spain No Gain
OPI No Spain No Gain

My three favorite berry shades of all time are OPI No Spain No Gain ($8.49 at Amazon), OPI Bastille My Heart ($7.32 at Amazon), and OPI Bogota Blackberry ($7.33 at Amazon).

What do you think?

What do you think? What else goes on your list of must-have shades? Tell me in the comments!

Posted on on December 30, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “5 More Nail Polishes Every College Girl Needs to Own”

  1. 1
    December 30th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    i’m not sure with white nail polish… but for me my staple colors are red shades and nude. also, i like matte as top coat sometimes.

  2. 2
    December 30th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I agree but I think I would put it at 10
    Dark (Darks shades are always a good choice)
    BIV (These colors flatter)
    White ( A lovely change-up from the normal colors)
    Glitter (Pretty and girly addition to any color or alone)
    Berry (looks good on anyone and really sophisticated)
    Nude (for those days you want to look natural and it goes with everything)
    Bright (Boost the Brightness to boost the mood)
    Matte (Gives a cool effect to an otherwise normal color)
    Metallic (Metallic Nails give a cute futuristic vibe)
    Random favorite (For when you just want to put on a fun color, or you just want to love your nails a little bit more)

  3. 3
    December 30th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I love doing white nail polish, but I’m a little iffy on it for winter. For me, it’s more of a spring/summer polish.

  4. 4
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I think a beige is practical for job interviews and times when you have to look nice. It also doesn’t show when it chips. I can’t live without my OPI Fiji weeji fawn

  5. 5
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Super perfect! Totally agree with the black nail polish got mine black & gold right now :) Love all the picks have most of them, but I need a white!

  6. 6
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I love a Glitter Topcoat! My newst fav. is “Rainbow In The S-Kylie”. I’m wearing that right now over “Prized Possession Purple” -both by Nicole. =]

  7. 7
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Some people even hate berries! Though they look great on me.

    More than just a blue, everyone should have one of those dark blue shimmers, the kind every single brand has. See Essie Midnight Cami, Zoya Ibiza, etc. I know back in the day, everyone and their mother had that old Wet ‘n’ Wild, the same shade of blue with a number instead of a name, #415A.

  8. 8
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Party in my cabana by OPI is a perfect berry color, it’s my obsession. and a beigeish rose gold that is so lovely is essie’s by me a cameo. Please to more ail post! I’m becomig way to obsessed with nail polish

  9. 9
    December 31st, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I would say having a nude and a classic red is important too. Red fits almost everytime and nude is for those who doesn’t like bright colours at all.

  10. 10
    December 31st, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’m glad that you included glitters because they’re my favorite! I put on two or three coats of glitter instead of just using it as a topcoat though.

  11. 11
    December 31st, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    An easier way to wear white is to get a shimmery one instead of a creme. Try China Glaze Frosty or Orly Au Champagne. They need about 3 thin coats but they are so worth it. Also, they look nothing like white-out!

  12. 12
    December 31st, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve never owned a black nail polish, I’ve been using dark blue/purple for ages now. But I’ve finally bought my first bottle of black nail polish and I’m excited to try it out! Right now I’m wearing a gorgeous turquoise glitter :D

  13. 13
    January 1st, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Right now, I’m a high school senior and nail polish is communal in my house.

    But before I go off to school next fall, I plan on acquiring:
    -nude/pale pink
    -dark blue/black
    -a pink and/or purple
    -something really bright and fun

  14. 14
    January 11th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Essie Wicked is phenomenal on toes. It actually slims and elongates my feet! And you can’t forget Essie Madamoiselle for a little sophisticated sheen of pink for everyday!

  15. 15
    January 21st, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Where can I find the matte black opi???

  16. 16
    May 31st, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    dear elizabeth from university of missouri (mizzou!)

    my niece will be attending mizzou in the fall and i would like to get her a gift card for a mani-pedi. where would you recommend that i send her?

    thank you very much, mamakel

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