Butter London Nail Lacquer in Silly Billy, $18, available at Hudson’s Bay
Drink It In
Like a refreshing glass of delicious sangria, this warm coral hue is a pitch perfect blend of sweet pink and tart orange. You’ll definitely want seconds.
M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer in Only in Florida, $11, maccosmetics.ca
This is a mid-tone pink any grown up girl can wear with pride and ease – it’s sure to flatter a range of skin tones from fair to deep.
H&M Nail Polish in Spellbreaker, $7, hm.com/ca
Just the hue for when you’re feeling fearless and feminine: this look-at-me nail colour is an homage to the signature colour of legendary designer, and style icon, Elsa Schiaparelli.
NARS Nail Polish in Schiap, $25, available at select NARS retailers (including Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, and Murale) and www.narscosmetics.com
What’s the perfect summer ensemble to wear with a juicy shade that boasts an exotic name? A white sundress, ankle wrap sandals and a straw wide brim hat will complete the picture beautifully.
Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in 49 Rogue Pablo, $29, at Hudson’s Bay
In the Red
Prepare to fall in love with the season’s most sizzling red. A must-have update for any woman, this warm scarlet shade walks the line between classic and modern.
Essie Nail Lacquer in Hiking Heels, $10, available in salons and drugstores
Time for Wine
What’s better than a deep merlot red that’s always in season? One with staying power, thanks to a chip-resistant and fast-drying formula.
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Oxblood, $13, at Trade Secrets, Chatters and CND.com for salons
The bottle is artfully designed, while the contents deliver that covetable glossy scarlet we all know and love. Merci, Mr. Louboutin, for making it easy to add a little luxury to everyday life.
Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Louboutin Rouge, $65, at Holt Renfrew
Fancy a soft colour that still makes a statement? Allow us to suggest this lilac shade…and the beginning of a memorable summer fling.
The Face Shop Trendy Nails Nail Polish, $3, thefaceshop.ca
Sometimes the best polish colours elude a clear description. But one thing is certain: this blue-tinged purple manages to be pretty, sophisticated and unexpected all at once.
Ceramic Glaze Nail Polish in Petal Pusher, $9, available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix
With an argan and evening primrose oil-infused formula this deep plum tone with an ultra-glossy finish delivers more than meets the eye.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Exotica Acai, $12, at mass retailers
Finding a flattering pastel can be tricky, it’s a fine line between pale and washed out. A just-right dose of blue in the mix helps this shade totally nail it.
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Lovestruck, $9, at mass retailers
Get ready to put this shade on repeat! The aptly named blue-grey polish is akin to your favourite jeans – it goes with everything.
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Denim Patch, $13, at Trade Secrets, Chatters and CND.com for salons
The Life Aquatic
Nothing shakes up a style rut like a shot of pure unadulterated colour. Slap on a coat (or two) of this cobalt blue, and get set to be invigorated.
Formula X Full Strength Treatment Nail Polish in Game Changer, $16, sephora.ca
In the Navy
From the blend of precious oils (hello, rose and lotus blossom) to the single coat payoff, to the pleasant scent and cut crystal-esque bottle, this majorly chic navy polish has a lot going on for it.
L’Oréal Paris Le Vernis À L’Huile by Colour Riche in 668 Bleu Royal, $10, at mass retailers and drugstores
In the world of nail polish, turquoise is the new red. The hit colour practically screams summer, putting toes on display in trendy block heel sandals ups the ante.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Splish Splash, $22, available at Murale
Super stylish and outside the box, turn to this rich emerald shade when your itinerary calls for letting loose. Girl’s Weekend, anyone?
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Cool Cucumber, $12, at mass retailers
This balanced blend of dove grey and cocoa brown is proof that a well-designed neutral can achieve standout status.
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Smokey Taupe, $12, at mass retailers
Whether your ideal nude polish is on the cool pink side, a little peachy or more in the warm tan family (like this shade), there’s a match to be found in this limited-edition collection. Run, don’t walk!
OPI Infinite Shine No Light-Gel-Lacquer in No Stopping Zone, $17, Chatters
We crave summer’s brilliant light all year long, indulge one step further with a pedicure in creamy white. The fresh accent is suitable whether you’re headed to boardroom or boardwalk.
Essie Nail Lacquer in Coconut Cove, $10, available in salons and drugstores