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25 Best Nude Nail Polishes

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25 Best Nude Nail Polishes March 26, 2018

No matter the season or the style you’re rocking, nude nail polish is always on-trend and will complement any outfit. Choosing your nude nail polish is much like shopping for your shade of foundation – it can get tricky! Your skin tone and complexion have a lot to do with how a specific shade would look on you. The key factor to consider while finding a nude that looks flattering is to look at your skin’s undertones and the color of your cuticles – this will usually give you your answer.

We’ve put together a list of the most diverse range of neutrals because regardless your skin color, there’s a nude shade out there for you. Here we go, with the verdicts of these classics!

Top 25 Nude Nail Polishes For Women

  1. Nars Iconic Color Nail Polish In Zakynthos
  2. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure In Shell We Dance?
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer In Ballerina Pink
  4. Chanel Nail Polish In Ballerina
  5. Dior Nail Polish In Incognito
  6. Essie Nail Polish In Bare With Me
  7. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish In Knock On Wood
  8. Urban Outfitters Neutrals Collection In Butter
  9. RGB Nail Polish In Blush
  10. Formula X Nail Polish In Monumental
  11. Christian Louboutin In Simple Nude
  12. Smith & Cult Nail Polish In Feathers & Flesh
  13. Essie Nail Polish In Mink Muffs
  14. Revlon Core Nail Enamel in Serene
  15. JINsoon Nail Polish In Moxie
  16. Burberry Beauty Nail Polish In Nude Beige
  17. OPI Classic Nail Lacquer In Tickle My France-y
  18. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer In Toasted Sugar
  19. Zoya In Dea
  20. Mented Nail Lacquer In Brown And Bougie
  21. Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Polish In Funny Girl
  22. OPI Nail Lacquer In Samoan Sand
  23. Michael Kors Nail Polish In Hint
  24. Maybelline Color Show Blushed Nudes Nail Polish In Toasted Taupe
  25. China Glaze Nail Lacquer In Give Me S’More

1. Nars Iconic Color Nail Polish In Zakynthos

Pros

  • Long lasting
  • High gloss finish
  • Does not chip

Cons

  • Slightly pricey

Nars Iconic Color Nail Polish In Zakynthos Review

This neutral color from Nars is pure perfection. Its formula is high quality and is easy to apply. It dries quickly and stays on forever. This shade is perfect for medium skin tones and will leave you spellbound with how versatile this nude polish is!

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2. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure In Shell We Dance

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Shiny, sheer formula
  • Long wearing
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Needs a top coat

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure In Shell We Dance Review

This shade by Sally Hansen is one of the best neutral tone nail polishes for fair skin. With its pink hues, it supports the pink and blue undertones in pale skin tones. It brightens and enhances your nails while subtly letting them show through.

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3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer In Ballerina Pink

Pros

  • High quality formulation
  • Spreads easily
  • Long staying

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer In Ballerina Pink Review

Another suitable option for fair to pale skin is an opaque, creamy blush. This nail polish by Estee Lauder has flattering pink undertones and offers good coverage. This can camouflage fair skin concerns like paleness and redness by adding a pink, healthy glow to your nails. Although it’s a little pricey, it’s quality is a total payoff!

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4. Chanel Nail Polish In Ballerina

Pros

  • High shine formula
  • Repairs and conditions your natural nails
  • Easy to apply
  • Long wearing

Cons

  • Expensive

Chanel Nail Polish In Ballerina Review

This iconic neutral polish from Chanel is a hit amongst celebs even on the red carpet. We’ve spotted celebs like Brie Larson and Kirsten Dunst sporting this shade and its fans can’t stop raving about its durable and super shiny formula. This delicate pink is a boon for those with cooler undertones.

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5. Dior Nail Polish In Incognito

Pros

  • Glossy gel finish
  • Smooth application
  • Fast drying
  • Long staying

Cons

  • Expensive

Dior Nail Polish In Incognito Review

This soft mauvey nude is so elegant and versatile – it makes for one of our favorite nude shades. Christian Dior is one of the fanciest luxury brands in the world, and this nail polish formula is made of some high quality stuff. One coat gives you a great opaque finish while adding volume with its gel finish to your nails. It’s perfect for fair to medium skin tones and is a chic option for work.

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6. Essie Nail Polish In Bare With Me

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Long wearing
  • High shine formula
  • Chip resistant

Cons

  • You need to use this with a top coat

Essie Nail Polish In Bare With Me Review

This apricot tinted shade has a light gray cast that provides your fair skin a subtle contrast. This shade is most suitable for those with greenish-yellow undertones. This one has a more opaque coverage. The formula is easy to use and looks fabulous on so many levels. For $9, this one’s a great deal!

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7. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish In Knock On Wood

Pros

  • Small brush for smooth application
  • Sulfate and paraben-free
  • High quality formula

Cons

  • Price is fairly high

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish In Knock On Wood Review

For those with caramel or chocolate skin tones – this limited edition shade by Deborah Lippmann is the perfect woody brown to complement your skin tone. It’s enriched with luxurious nail treatment to nourish and condition your nails. Brown girls, definitely give this a shot!

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8. Urban Outfitters Neutrals Collection In Butter

Pros

  • Long wearing formula
  • Smooth and gel-like finish
  • Easy to apply
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Needs a top coat

Urban Outfitters Neutrals Collection In Butter Review

The shade ‘Butter’ by Urban Outfitters is a gorgeous sheer pink, most suited for fairer skin tones. Pair it up with a high shine top coat, and you’ll have beautiful nails for a whole good week. The formula does not chip; its brush applies the color in even, consistent strokes and for $5, this one is a definite steal!

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9. RGB Nail Polish In Blush

Pros

  • High shine
  • Natural looking
  • Long staying and chip resistant

Cons

  • Needs a top coat
  • A little pricey

RGB Nail Polish In Blush Review

This one’s categorized as a universally sheer shade that will enhance any skin tone. If you are looking for a shade with peachy undertones – this one’s for you! It’s more of a tinted base coat that looks like natural nails. It’s also free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and camphor. With a top coat, it easily lasts for a whole week!

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10. Formula X Nail Polish In Monumental

Pros

  • Good formulation and pigmentation
  • Does not chip
  • Lasts long
  • Buildable color
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Needs a top coat

Formula X Nail Polish In Monumental Review

This one’s a popular nude for those with fair skin. It’s an ‘ivory, gray’, and two coats of this polish works best. The subtle grayish tone looks stunning if you have pink undertones. The formula is by Sephora, and you can test it out at your nearest store. Also, if you aren’t looking to empty out your pockets on a nail polish, this one’s reasonably priced!

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11. Christian Louboutin In Simple Nude

Pros

  • Superior shine effect
  • Chip resistant
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Customized triangle brush for perfect application

Cons

  • Very expensive for a nail polish

Christian Louboutin In Simple Nude Review

This luxe formula by designer and luxury brand Christian Louboutin is a soft, pink shade that would work well on fair to medium skin tones. Its bottle is designed for an artistic and luxurious experience with every swipe. It’s gluten-free and is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP. If you have $50 to spare, you ought to give this one a try!

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12. Smith & Cult Nail Polish In Feathers & Flesh

Pros

  • Glossy finish
  • High shine formula
  • Chip resistant
  • Long wearing

Cons

  • Slightly pricey

Smith & Cult Nail Polish In Feathers & Flesh Review

This opaque caramel beige shade looks best on medium skin tones. It’s a semi-sheer, dirty neutral color that looks like watered down chocolate milk. Its formula is great and easy to apply. It’s also free from harmful ingredients like toluene and formaldehyde. Pair this shade with a suede bag, and you’ll see your Instagram likes roll in instantly!

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13. Essie Nail Polish in Mink Muffs

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Long wearing
  • Glossy finish
  • Affordably priced

Cons

  • You need to use a top coat

Essie Nail Polish in Mink Muffs Review

This smoky plush taupe nail polish would look amazing on dark, chocolate skin tones. This neutral nail polish has inspired devotion on red-carpets and runways around the world. The formula is extremely easy to use, and it also stays on for long. It’s free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde!

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14. Revlon Core Nail Enamel In Serene

Pros

  • Gentle formula
  • Does not yellow your nails
  • Affordable
  • Contains mineral complex to harden and protect nails

Cons

  • Tends to chip without a top coat

Revlon Core Nail Enamel In Serene Review

This neutral shade from Revlon in ‘Serene’ goes best on deeper skin tones with warm, honey undertones. It’s a caramel, toffee shade that is very easy to apply. It has a great, glossy finish that lasts for a whole week with a top coat. This contains ingredients to protect your nails, so you’re adding color and nourishment to your nails at once!

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15. JINsoon Nail Polish In Moxie

Pros

  • Dries quickly
  • Great formulation
  • Easy to use
  • Buildable color

Cons

  • Fairly pricey

JINsoon Nail Polish In Moxie Review

This fast-moving neutral shade by JINsoon in ‘Moxie’ is the perfect shade of pink. It’s specially formulated with high-tech polymers and delivers lasting color with a glossy finish. If you want a more sheer effect, one coat is sufficient, but if you want a more opaque finish, two layers are all you need. It’s free from harmful ingredients and gives you a chip-free finish. Looks best on pale to fair skin tones.

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16. Burberry Beauty Nail Polish In Nude Beige

Pros

  • Strengthens and nourishes nails
  • Dries quickly to a glossy finish
  • Buildable color
  • Long wearing

Cons

  • Expensive

Burberry Beauty Nail Polish In Nude Beige Review

Burberry’s Beauty Nail Polish in Nude Beige is a sultry, beige shade with subtle gray undertones. It’s most suited for fair to medium skin tones. Its high-precision, round-end brush ensures easy application, and it dries in under two minutes!

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17. OPI Classic Nail Lacquer In Tickle My France-y

Pros

  • Great formula
  • High shine
  • Dries fast
  • Long staying
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Needs a top coat

OPI Classic Nail Lacquer In Tickle My France-y Review

For medium skin-tone, this shade by OPI is utter perfection. It has a touch of soft mauve, which will flatter those with medium skin. Its formula is amazing and flows easily without streaking or looking patchy. This will also last you for ten or more days with a top coat. For $10, this one’s a must-try!

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18. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer In Toasted Sugar

Pros

  • High quality formulation
  • Easy to use
  • Glossy finish that lasts
  • Long wearing

Cons

  • Expensive

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer In Toasted Sugar Review

This milky-almond shade looks very flattering on warm, tan skin tones. It has been carefully crafted using only the highest quality ingredients that protect and nourish your nails. This is a fairly creamy nude with a little bit of warm peach! If you want a nude with a tinge of color, this is it!

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19. Zoya In Dea

Pros

  • Ultra long wearing
  • Toxin-free formula
  • Glossy gel-like finish
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Looks best with a base and top coat

Zoya In Dea Review

The shade ‘Dea’ by Zoya is a warm, milky light brown nude creme color with soft orangey, earthy undertones. If you have brown to chocolate colored skin, this will be the most flattering nude shade for you. It’s a natural brown that is not too dark and will look especially flattering in Fall. We love the formula!

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20. Mented Nail Lacquer In Brown And Bougie

Pros

  • High quality formula
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Affordable
  • Long wearing

Cons

  • Needs a top coat

Mented Nail Lacquer In Brown And Bougie Review

Mented cosmetics released its range of neutral nail polishes with three diverse shades for every skin tone. This one in Brown and Bougie is best suited for dark or rich brown skin tones. We love the applicator brush and its easy-to-apply formula. Do give this a try!

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21. Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Polish In Funny Girl

Pros

  • High shine
  • Great quality
  • Easy to apply
  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Needs a top coat or it tends to chip

Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Polish In Funny Girl Review

This subdued brownish beige is most flattering for medium skin tones. Its finish is extremely shiny, and it also gives good coverage. Two coats provide a full, opaque finish and the bottle looks fabulous!

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22. OPI Nail Lacquer In Samoan Sand

Pros

  • 11 days of wear and gel-like shine
  • High-quality formulation
  • Long wearing
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Needs multiple swipes and a top coat

OPI Nail Lacquer In Samoan Sand Review

For those with medium to olive skin tones, this creamy beige shade from OPI in Samoan Sand will look so flattering! It provides the right amount of contrast to your skin tone and leaves an ultra-shiny, gel-like finish. Highly recommended!

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23. Michael Kors Nail Polish In Hint

Pros

  • Luxurious, glace finish
  • Easy to use
  • Dries quickly
  • High shine formula

Cons

  • Pricey

Michael Kors Nail Polish In Hint Review

If you have medium to dark skin, this shade by Michael Kors is a lovely option. This is a subtle rosy beige that contrasts well with dark skin tones. Two coats give you a full, opaque finish that dries into a lustrous manicure.  It’s free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde.

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24. Maybelline Color Show Blushed Nudes Nail Polish In Toasted Taupe

Pros

  • Easy flow brush
  • Chip-free formula
  • Formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene free
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Needs a top coat

Maybelline Color Show Blushed Nudes Nail Polish In Toasted Taupe Review

This beautiful nude shade by Maybelline Color Show leans toward beige with an accent of pink in it. This will look amazing on brown to dark skin tones. It’s easy to apply and long staying when paired with a top coat. You can also check out other nudes in this range!

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25. China Glaze Nail Lacquer In Give Me S’More

Pros

  • High quality formula
  • Hardens and strengthens your nails
  • Chip-resistant
  • Long-wearing

Cons

  • Hard to remove

China Glaze Nail Lacquer In Give Me S’More Review

This shade is an opaque cocoa color that complements darker skin tones. The professional-level nail enamel is made with a special balance of polymers and resins to create a formula that is long-lasting and resistant to color and shine fading.

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Gone are the days when we would attribute nude nail polish with one specific shade. There’s a nude shade for every skin tone because every woman deserves to find herself in the world of beauty.

Those were 25 of the finest nude nail polishes out there. We definitely nailed it with our picks! Do you have a favorite? Share with us in the comments!

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