12 Festive Nail Polish Colors for Christmas

With Christmas right around the corner it’s time to turn up the glitz and glam by giving your nails the VIP treatment, no matter how you plan on celebrating this year. Painting your nails a festive color is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your beauty look — and one of the most cost-efficient considering how many manicures you can get with just one bottle of nail polish.

Christmastime is all about classic reds and greens, and if you go beyond the obvious duo the follow-up winter nail colors are a party of metallics, glitters, and elegant winter tones like navy blue and royal purple. Wear them as stand-alone colors for a classic mani, or jazz things up by creating Christmas nail art or decorating an accent nail with a sparkly top coat.

Below, we’ve combined a mix of our seasonal picks and a few top-performing nail polishes tested in the KAYSWELL Institute for your consideration. Take a look, get inspired, and allow yourself to indulge in one (or more!) of these pretty nail colors — after all, ’tis the season!

Get results that rival the salon’s with this innovative polish/top coat duo, which doesn’t require the usual light to cure the gel. A GH Lab test showed that this lacquer dried fast, chipped less, and lasted longer than regular nail polish — and the deep, almost brown reddish color is perfect for the holidays with its shimmery finish. 

In a GH beauty lab test, this OPI formula outshone the competition when it came to dry time. Its average dry time was almost a minute and a half faster than the next runner up, and our nail technician gave OPI a perfect 5 for coverage. Plus, this pine-inspired tone will match perfectly with your Christmas tree. 

If you’re ready to graduate from metallics to glitter, this sparkly red polish will do the trick!  Apply two coats for the best effect. 

Have a starry night sky at your fingertips with just one coat of this glittery dark blue polish. The result is nothing short of magical and whimsical. 

Paint on a few coats of this show-stopping metallic shade for a polish doesn’t just shimmer, it reflects light. With tons of dimension, this is not your average chrome pink polish.