Navy Blue Is The Chicest Dark Nail Polish — & These Are Our Top Picks

Megan Decker
·2 mins read

According to color psychology, blue is the most soothing color — think all the way back to December, when Pantone named Classic Blue the official color of the year for 2020 in hopes of "instilling calm, confidence, and connection" in this new decade. That hasn't quite panned out, but it's all the more reason why you should pick a navy polish for your next quarantine manicure.

During this uncertain time, even the most subtle reminders of calm, confidence, and connection are important. So when faced with the seemingly unimportant choice of nail polish, between a seasonal burgundy, classic black, or a shade of blue, there's no contest for which one is most likely to remind you to stay grounded.

Ahead, find our favorite navy blue polish picks for this weekend's DIY mani. Consider it one easy decision that will hopefully keep you sane (and stylish) for another week or so.

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<h3>Mischo Beauty #NYFW</h3><br><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/fashion-week" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:New York Fashion Week" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">New York Fashion Week</a> looked very different this fall as shows went virtual for the first time. But if there <em>had</em> been a front row IRL, this would be the polish glossed on every rapidly-tapping fingernail.<br><br><strong>Mischo</strong> #NYFW, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mischobeauty.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-lacquer%2Fproducts%2Fnyfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mischo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mischo</a>

Mischo Beauty #NYFW


New York Fashion Week looked very different this fall as shows went virtual for the first time. But if there had been a front row IRL, this would be the polish glossed on every rapidly-tapping fingernail.

Mischo #NYFW, $, available at Mischo
<h3>Pear Nova Thick Dip & What Not</h3><br>Think a classic navy base, but jazzed up with a punch of reflective <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/glitter-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sparkle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sparkle</a>.<br><br> Thick Dip & What Not, $, available at

Pear Nova Thick Dip & What Not


Think a classic navy base, but jazzed up with a punch of reflective sparkle.

Thick Dip & What Not, $, available at
<h3>Essie Bobbing for Baubles</h3><br>This <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/10/213175/popular-nail-colors-2018" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cult-favorite Essie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cult-favorite Essie</a> shade reads as a charcoal navy, equal parts smoky and sophisticated.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> essie Nail Color Polish, Bobbing For Baubles, 0.46 Fl Oz, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/essie-Color-Polish-Bobbing-Baubles/dp/B005NFUQWO" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Essie Bobbing for Baubles


This cult-favorite Essie shade reads as a charcoal navy, equal parts smoky and sophisticated.

Essie essie Nail Color Polish, Bobbing For Baubles, 0.46 Fl Oz, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Chanel Rhythm </h3><br>Take your dark midnight blue with a high-gloss finish.<br><br><strong>Chanel</strong> LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chanel.com%2Fus%2Fmakeup%2Fp%2F159763%2Fle-vernis-longwear-nail-colour%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chanel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chanel</a>

Chanel Rhythm


Take your dark midnight blue with a high-gloss finish.

Chanel LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour, $, available at Chanel
<h3>OPI Russian Navy</h3><br>Imagine a blend of Merlot purple, jet black, and velvet navy — and you have this OPI tone.<br><br><strong>OPI</strong> Russian Navy, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.opi.com%2Fnail-products%2Flong-wear%2Frussian-navy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:OPI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">OPI</a>

OPI Russian Navy


Imagine a blend of Merlot purple, jet black, and velvet navy — and you have this OPI tone.

OPI Russian Navy, $, available at OPI
<h3>Sally Hansen Midnight Mod</h3><br>This Sally Hansen shade is a true interpretation of Classic Blue.<br><br><strong>Sally Hansen</strong> Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fsally-hansen-miracle-gel-nail-polish-609-445-midnight-mod-0-5-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-17195893" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Sally Hansen Midnight Mod


This Sally Hansen shade is a true interpretation of Classic Blue.

Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, $, available at Target
<h3>Dazzle Dry Night to Remember</h3><br>If you're investing in navy for the long term, consider this bottle by Dazzle Dry, which will give you up to three solid weeks with no chipping.<br><br><strong>Dazzle Dry</strong> Night to Remember, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.dazzledry.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-lacquers%2Fproducts%2Fnight-to-remember" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dazzle Dry" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dazzle Dry</a>

Dazzle Dry Night to Remember


If you're investing in navy for the long term, consider this bottle by Dazzle Dry, which will give you up to three solid weeks with no chipping.

Dazzle Dry Night to Remember, $, available at Dazzle Dry

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