In search of a quick summer pick-me-up? You won’t have to look far. Whether you’re spending long days at the beach or simply daydreaming from your office cubical, the right nail color can instantly perk up your mood and your outfit. That’s why we’ve shopped summer nail polish colors that look amazing and feel good too.
Our top nail polish picks for the season are all cruelty-free — so no animal testing and no use of animal-derived ingredients.
Top Summer Nail Polish Colors
Deborah Lippman Dream Weaver
Limited Edition Dream Weaver by Deborah Lippmann ($18) has a mermaid-esque feel with its shimmery blend of blue and green tones. The luxury treatment-enriched nail polish contains green tea extract and biotin for strong, healthy nails.
Butter London Blaze Glazen
Butter London, a Budget Fashionista favorite brand, has an incredible selection of vibrant and affordable colors. In the Glazen collection, shimmery peach Blaze ($10) has a fun iridescent shine, perfect for any summer occasion.
Ella & Mila Ocean Air
Can’t make it to the beach? This nail polish may be the next best thing. Ocean Air by Ella & Mila is a vibrant blue shade with a slight neon glow. In addition to being vegan and cruelty-free, Ella & Mila polishes are chip resistant, made in the United States, and certified by PETA.
Pacifica Raspberry Beret
Pacifica is where you’ll find a vast selection of 7 Free nail polishes free of many of the chemicals you’re looking to avoid. You’ll also discover a 100 percent vegan brush for easy application. While there are more than a dozen bold colors to choose from, our top choice is Raspberry Beret ($9), a rich berry color that goes on smooth for a flawless finish.
A neutral polish is an essential in every woman’s polish collection. Staycation by Orly ($5) is a taupe grey crème that will give your nails that extra special touch. Orly color nail lacquer not only delivers unbeatable color, it also nourishes and hydrates nails using argan oil and vitamins B5 and C. No basecoat or topcoat is needed for amazing results.
This summer, anything goes for nails, from beachy tones to more muted, earthy shades. Shake up your summer look with these summer nail polish colors.