The Best Polishes I've Laid My Eyes on Since Everyone Stepped Up Their Nail Game

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There's no denying the fashion and beauty worlds have rebounded from a year and a half of staying at home. We're all suddenly wearing bright pink, vibrant green, pale yellow, and even… tangerine. Checkerboards, retro florals, and screen-printed designs are all over jeans, sweaters, and second-skin tops. And when it comes to our nails, we've gone haywire! French manicures in red; purple and green gel polishes swirled into ethereal designs; matte finishes painted over vibrant hues. And that's just the half of it! Nail salons may be open again, but I know I'm not the only one who finds at-home manicures to be a relaxing form of self-care now. Below, I rounded up some of the year's hottest nail shades and finishes. It's up to you to decide if you'll attempt some intricate nail art or keep it classic. There's no wrong answer.

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Vegan Nail Polish in Binge-Worthy ($9)

All shades of gray are acceptable these days, but I'm a fan of the paler tones.

Ilnp Cosmetics, Inc. Ultra Holographic Nail Polish ($10)

Metallics and glitters are also having a moment. This silver shade feels so festive for winter.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Fade to Black ($20)

With all the chunky silver jewelry and lug-sole boots I'm seeing around town, I'm not surprised black nails are back, too.

Opi Nail Lacquer in My Chihuahua Doesn’t Bite Anymore ($11)

Tangerine has been a key color trend for fashion and nails.

Opi Matte Top Coat ($11)

Matte is such an unexpected finish, especially over vibrant neon tones.

Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Taupe ($10)

This nude will be in your rotation for years to come.

Essie Gel Couture 2-Step Longwear Nail Polish in Beauty Marked ($7)

It's time to swap out your classic dark red with this lighter shade. The perfect hue for those modern French manicures.

Essie Gel Couture Platinum Grade Finish Top Coat ($10)

Topcoats are nonnegotiable.

Opi Nail Lacquer in Mi Casa Es Blue Casa ($10)

Dark cool blues have been spotted on every fashion person over the last few weeks. This trend isn't going to die down any time soon.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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