Gallery Summer Nails
Vibe: Founder Essie Weingarten was inspired by “breezy chiffon cover-ups and cashmere pastel evening looks” for this nautically-themed collection. This is a quintessential summer collection, and one of our favorites that Essie’s done in recent seasons. All of the colors have the barest hint of shimmer except for the lime green, which is creamy.
Colors: (Clockwise from bottom left) The Girls Are Out, Rock the Boat, the More the Merrier, Full Steam Ahead, Sunday Funday, Naughty Nautical
Buy It: Available in June.
Vibe: Maybelline is taking on the speckle polish trend with its new line of polishes which contain different sizes and colors of round, matte particles. We really like their version of the trend, especially in black and white–very Jackson Pollack-y.
Colors: Blue Marks the Spots,Clearly Spotted, Dotty, Drops of Jade, Pretty in Polka (a fuchsia, not shown)
Buy It: Available in July, $3.99 each.
Vibe: Definitely mermaid-y, this collection was inspired by last year’s super popular “Mermaid’s Dream” (center). There are different sized glitter particles suspended in the polish, so you get a bit of that palpable texture that is so hot right now.
Colors: Do the Mermaid, Million Dollar Mermaid, Mermaid’s Dream, Mermaid’s Kiss, Mermaid’s Eyes
Buy It: Available here, $19.
Vibe: This collection wins for best color names hands down–love the oxymoron theme here.
Colors: Choreographed Chaos, Harmonious Mess, Mayhem Mentality, Sparkling Garbage, Pretty-Ugly, Beautiful Disaster
Buy It: Available here, $8.50.
Vibe: Very sparkly. Very.
Colors: Scorching Haute, Tropical
Buy It: Available here, $18.
Vibe: Zoya always does dual collections of similar colors–one cream and one shimmer/metallic–and it’s no different this summer. We love the juiciness of these colors. “Stunning” is the cream collection and “Irresistible” is the metallic.
Colors: (From left to right, top to bottom) Darcy, Thandie, Micky, Kerry, Amy, Tinsley, Yana, Josie, Rocky, Bobbi, Hazel, Ricki
Buy It: Available here, $8.00.
Vibe: This new-ish vegan line (they just celebrated their first anniversary) is pretty luxurious. For this season they were inspired by the likes of Valentino, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, and Givenchy.
Colors: Modena, Rive, Mynt, Chambord, Deco, Celeste
Buy It: Available here, $16.
Vibe: The pearlescent bright colors have amazing color payoff. Fuchsia has had a permanent place on our pedis the last few weeks.
Colors: Cerulean, Fuchsia, Monarch, Pansy, Tropics (deep green, not shown)
Buy It: Available here, $16.
Vibe: The whole Chanel summer makeup collection was inspired by butterfly wings. We think the polish looks rather peacock-ian, too.
Colors: Azure, Bel-Argus, Lilis
Buy It: Available here, $27.
Vibe: Very tropical and very, very green.
Colors: They’re sold in “mini” pairs, Samba and Bahia.
Buy It: Available here, $29/pair.
Vibe: A beachy party. The Afterglow Topcoat makes them glow in the dark at night.
Colors: Afterglow Topcoat, Mango Martini, Palm Tree, Pool Party, Raspberry Collins, Red Hot Chili
Buy It: Available July, $15.
Vibe: The line contains “anti-aging” ingredients like peptides. Bright, creamy, sophisticated colors.
Colors: Renegade, Buzz-worthy, Fearless, Moxie
Buy It: Available here, $14.