For those seeking a break from bright nail colors and intricate nail art, it may be time for a polish palette cleanser. The answer we go back to time and time again? A go-to neutral. Arguably the most versatile nail color range, neutrals are also a big trend for 2020 (but really, did they ever go away?). By definition, they go with every outfit, so you’ll never have to worry about clashing colors. Plus, they tend to camouflage chips a little better than say, bright red, just in case your next manicure appointment is a little further away than you’d like.
You can always rely on a neutral for anything from weddings to work. We rounded up 20 of the coolest polishes—from light to dark, shimmery to opaque—for every skin tone, to keep your neutral nail game feeling fresh.
OPI Nail Polish in You Don't Know Jacques! ($11)
Simply the perfect deep cocoa brown.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 505 Particulière ($28)
There's a reason Chanel's nail colors are the stuff of legend, and this just-right taupe is no different.
Zoya Nail Lacquer in Beth ($10)
Party-ready champagne is ideal for when you want a touch of shimmer, not full-on glitter.
Essie Nail Polish in Topless and Barefoot ($9)
This sandy shade is like a vacation in a bottle.
Essie Gel Couture Sheer Silhouettes in Of Corset ($12)
This sheer formula is like foundation for your nails: It evens out the color and adds the perfect finish.
Orly Nail Lacquer in Cashmere Crisis ($10)
Classic taupe is unexpected and easy to wear for all skin tones.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Totem-ly Yours ($10)
This pretty at-home gel formula lasts and lasts.
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour in Preciosa ($50)
Luxe as they may be, Louboutin polishes have developed a following for a reason. We love this color for weddings, but it dresses up everyday outfits too.
OPI Nail Polish in Dulce De Leche ($6)
This creamy caramel-inspired shade is a nice departure from pink.
Tenoverten Nail Polish in Madison ($12)
This pale beige from the beloved nail salon's polish line is 8-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Stockholm Syndrome ($18)
Found: your new favorite "greige" (aka gray + beige).
JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Nostalgia ($18)
It's nearly impossible to make mistakes with this glossy peach from nail artist extraordinaire Jin Soon Choi's line of lacquers.
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Black Sugar ($37)
Leave it to Tom Ford to make brown nail polish one of the ultimate must-haves thanks to this multi-dimensional shade.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Naked ($20)
Can't quite do white nails? This shade is about as light as you can get without being stark white.
Base Coat Breathable & Halal Nail Polish in Eucalyptus ($20)
Not only is this grayish tan polish fun and flattering, but the formula is also Halal.
Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Terracotta ($11)
The color you'll get a million compliments on (that you don't already have in your collection).
Dior Vernis in Vibrato ($28)
It may not be a neutral in the classic sense, but we'll make an exception. The shimmery shade is so gorgeous, who could mind?
Sundays 10-Free, Nontoxic Nail Polish No.21 ($18)
Brown meets mauve in this unique shade from the nontoxic brand.
Hype Nail Plant-Based Nail Polish in Cashmere ($8)
A pretty go-to tan made of 85% plant-based ingredients. Win-win.
Butter London Patent Shine 10x Crushed Diamonds Nail Lacquer in Brilliant ($14)
The unbeatable shine in this pinky-peach polish comes from actual diamond powder.
More nail-spiration up next: These Basic Nail Colors Look Good on Everyone.
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