‘Glossy nails’ started to emerge last fall as an absolute and sophisticated style, with people using shades of pale pink and beige to create natural looking yet elegant nails. ball. Google searches for this term have increased by more than 5,000 percent over the past year, and as we head into summer, it’s time to take the trend to the next level with sheer shades that have more of an accent —such as fresh coral, ’90s brown, and Tuscan orange.
“We really love this polish-to-nail polish trend,” says Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder and CEO of nail care band Olive & June. The brand developed more intense absolute shades earlier this year. “We were really excited about creating a more pigmented sheer line that feels like it can apply on its own and is like a layer of berry lip gloss on your nails.”
After years of prioritizing milky and off-white polishes, the clear lacquer line feels like a fun, low-maintenance change—you only need a single coat to achieve the look. , although you can apply more layers if you want more pop of color. To help you get shiny, bold nails for the summer, I’ve rounded up five gorgeous, clear nail polishes you’ll want to have on your vanity as soon as possible. Browse through your options below.
Dazzle Dry, Pedal to the Metal Pink — $22.00
This one is the simplest one on the list—it’s still pink, but it’s a little coral, making the colors a little warmer. Plus, it doesn’t have any white pigment in it, so it’s more glossy instead of milky. When layered, it creates a super-beautiful look that stands out without being overdone. It’s from Dazzle Dry, so it should be fully set in five minutes.
Aprés, Under the Tuscan Sun — $15.00
New from Aprés, this shade is very interesting. It’s an absolute orange gel polish with a yellow tint and just screams summer. Picture it: This color on your nails as you sit in the sun sipping a glass of Aperol Spritz. Again, there’s no white pigment in the polish so it’s nice and transparent. It’s gel polish so you need to know that you’ll need a UV light, a gel base coat, and a top coat of gel polish for the paint to work.
Olive & June, This Lettuce is Radicchio — $9.00
This is what Gibson Tuttle says is like berry lip gloss on your nails. It’s the perfect purplish pink and really feels like popsicles. It’s a 15-free polish, which means it’s non-toxic and doesn’t contain many common irritants like formandehit, ARRIVEluene, Dibuty phthaleat (REDP), fateabensAnd debrisrances. polish this Features a gel-like finish that’s easy to remove with nail polish remover.
Zoya, Miley — $10.00
This icy shade screams early in the best possible way. It’s an absolute shade, cool, periwinkle with a hint of milk. It’s perfect if you like pastel colors, but want something a little more visually interesting.
Ailla Nail Polish, Jelly Brown Gel — $8.00
Out of all five, this shade is my favorite. It’s the perfect polish that’s the equivalent of ’90s brown lip gloss. It’s a warm-toned brown and that adds a moody look to your look without being too heavy. This is gel polish, so make sure you have all the necessary tools.
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