Do you have a go-to nail polish?


Do you have a go-to nail polish? For fingers and/or toes? Share!

The closest I have to a go-to would be Illamasqua’s Raindrops but even that I can’t say I wear that often (usually testing something else!).

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Cindy Avatar

Depends on the occasion – at Xmas my holy grail was Essie Ruby Slippers but they just HAD to discontinue it!! Haven’t found one as glittery since! In the summer I go BRIGHT with neons. MAC Steamy (bright but not a neon) was my go-to for many summers!

ChrissiHR Avatar

Right now, it is, hands down, Wet n Wild’s Buffy the Violet Slayer. It is the most incredible purple. Of all my high end, low end, and in-betweener polishes, it’s my go-to color. It’s been my favorite for two years running. Zoya’s Channing is an up-and-comer that could roust it from it’s favored spot for autumn, though.

Kenzie Avatar

For my toes I would pick Topless & Barefoot (Essie) or Mod About You (OPI). My fingers would be Macks (Essie) because it’s the perfect shade of red that can be worn all year long.

A. Mar Avatar

Butter London Wallis, Illamasqua Nomad or I layer Zoya Miley and Dharma. If I don’t feel a pull toward any of my other polish at the time, I’ll almost always fall back to those.

Amara Avatar

any pixie dust for me.. really any textured ones but pixie dusts are my favorites. especially the new fall colors!!! i just love that i don’t need a basecoat or topcoat and mistakes can be fixed easily. and i always get compliments on them!

Clio Avatar

OPI “Wooden Shoe Like to Know” and Wet n Wild “Haze of Love.” I can never go wrong with these, but they just so happen to also be PERFECT for autumn!

Stacy Ann Avatar

Right now, I’m loving Rebel Fox and The 444 from butter London, Isherwood and Black Metal Dahlia from OCC, and the new Urban Decay polishes. I haven’t found my prefect pink polish yet. 🙁

Robin Avatar

Not a specific polish, but some variation on nude + subtle sparkle is my go-to look, because it looks “polished” without drawing too much attention to my often stubby nails. OPI Not Tonight Honey with a little Sidecar from the UD Naked polish collection is a great example. But I’ve been more into my nails recently and it is almost summer here, so I’ve been rocking brights the past few weeks.

Quinctia Avatar

I can’t count the number of times I’ve hemmed and hawed over what to wear on my nails and I’ve just gone “F it, I’m gonna put on Butter London Knackered again.” It’s pretty much as many of my favorite things in nail polish that can possible be shoved into one bottle.

The color it displaced, which I still love a lot, is Zoya Zara.

Ari Avatar

I love knackered! And I love layering it over other polishes. If I’m sick of my manicure, but don’t really have time to change it, I just put a layer of knackered over it. I haven’t found a polish that it really looks bad over.

A Name Avatar

Essie’s Maximilian Strasse-Her – muted yet interesting colour (and I love all greens) and I find the application pretty impossible to mess up.

tzwiggy Avatar

No, I have such a huge nail polish collection that I like to wear something I’ve never worn before most of the time. I have a few that I keep coming back to, though. I wear OPI Diva of Geneva a lot during fall and winter, it’s a great medium-dark purply wine with golden shimmer.

Sasha Avatar

My favorite fingernail polish is still Deborah Lippmann Dark Side of the Moon. That said, I have a lot of nailpolish and rotate frequently. I have been really liking Chanel Lilis too.

Danielle Avatar

I don’t have a specific shade, but for autumn & winter my go-to polish would be anything red. In the spring & summer it would be anything pink or green. But for my toes, my go-to is always Essie Butler Please.

Andie Avatar

OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. Spring, summer, winter, fall. I will wear it whenever. I swear I’m probably going to get married wearing this nail polish. I just love super dark polishes!

Aelita Avatar

essie mademoiselle – nude
chanel rouge noir – dark
chanel pirate – red
essie a list -red
these are the ones that I keep repurchasing, even if I have 100+ nail polishes, I use these up, these are HGs, and to-go ones:)

Lena Avatar

Zoya ‘Colbie’ is my ‘power’ nail polish, and a Caroline New York light grey nail polish for field work days (which I need to find a dupe soon as I am running low).

Kristina Avatar

I’d say my go-to’s for office-friendly and ease of use are:

Chanel Frenzy
Marc Jacobs Baby Jane
Cult Nails – Lets Get Dirty
Chanel Pirate

The list could go on LOL.

Amber Avatar

I’m tempted to say any of the OPI NYC Ballet 2011 polishes, because those are my most used, but I think I found a new go-to polish just recently (it’s on my nails now!). It is Revlon Colorstay Stormy Night. It goes with everything for fall and compliments my pale/pink skin tone.

DJ Avatar

My aunt bought me a kit of ELF nail polish for Christmas last year and I fell in love with a shade called Cherry Bomb. The bottle is tiny, so I’ve been on the hunt for a dupe ever since. When I find it, that shade will be my go-to forever and always.

Lauren Avatar

I love this color (got the same set last year) and while it’s not exactly a cheap option, Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies is a dead ringer for it.

Barbara Avatar

I keep finding myself going back to Illamasqua Scarab, even though I prefer Zoya’s longer lasting formula. I just love the toned down, deep red metallic color, especially for fall and it goes well with my wardrobe.

Ari Avatar

On my hands it definitely Chanel Frenzy – it just looks chic and polished anytime of year. In the summer my go to on my toes is Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic, in the winter I don’t usually paint them.

Irene Avatar

OPI Malaga Wine… but only in my dreams! My nails break easily so I usually end up having to keep them short, and I don’t like dark polish on my short nail beds 🙁 but if I could keep my nails long, this polish is all I’d ever use.

Elle Avatar

Yves Saint Laurent’s Rose Romantique (25) is my go-to nail polish. It’s incredibly subtle, so it might not be worth the money for some people. However, it glides on so well and eaves you with a streak free and high gloss finish. I highly recommend you go try it out, if you can. It’s a perfect “work” color. 🙂

Alexis Avatar

I have close to 200 bottles of nail polish. Almost all of them are OPI but I have a few essie. Whenever OPI releases a new collection, I buy most of them, so I really don’t have a go to color. With that being said, a few of my favorites, all being OPI, are Unripened, Midnight in Moscow, Crown Me Already, Suzi Ski’s in the Pyrenees, Eurso Euro, Fly, and DS Magic. .

Emme Avatar

That is a surprising response Christine. I would’ve thought you’d pick something coral or gold. 🙂 I love fuschia polishes myself. Right now I’m loving China Glaze Purple Panic.

t_violet Avatar

I’ve worn OPI’s La Paz-itively Hot on my nails for years and it’s become my trademark color. I think it’s the perfect hot pink with just enough blue. I don’t even really see it as a color anymore, it feels like a natural part of my nails.

Phyrra Avatar

My go-to is Cult Nails Nevermore. I wear that more than any other polish I own. I’m on like my 3rd or 4th bottle. It’s great for layering, it’s a 1 coat perfect black, and it looks good on its own.

Leslie Avatar

OPI Red-y for Anything. I only use it on my toes, so I have been through almost two bottles. I haven’t purchased one in ages because I’m rationing it as it’s discontinued (I think). The texture and the color are perfection. I also really like OPI Affair in Red Square. I enjoy trying other polishes. But those two are winners. No doubt about it. Look great on my pale skin.

Jane Avatar

My favorite color changes on a daily basis, so I don’t have a favorite nail polish shade… I do, however, have a favorite top coat: China Glaze Fairy Dust. Holographic microglitter that makes any color look like sparkly rainbows!

mofoquetee Avatar

Fuggen Ugly by ManGlaze is my choice whenever I am uninspired or don’t want to think about colour choices or if I do not have a lot of time for my manicure. It is edgy, punkrock, stylish and cool all at the same time and it matches all my clothes. It is the only polish I own with a back up bottle.
It dries superfast too and application is a breeze.

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