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Nail Polish Color Trends for Summer

Updated on April 14, 2015
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Summer is such an amazing season in so many ways and it's always so exciting to finally be able to say "Summer is coming!" One of the best things about this time of year is that the Summer nail polish collections come out. They're always so colorful and usually have a large variety of shades to choose from.

Although you should wear whatever color you want at any given time, the darker nail polishes are typically trendy during the colder season while the lighter, brighter, and more colorful polishes are trendy during the warmer seasons. Although you may think you've seen every single color imaginable, new colors, or different shades of the same color, come out every year. It's amazing how many shades of a particular color you can find.

This is a list of the most popular nail polish color trends for Summer.


Choreographed Chaos
Choreographed Chaos | Source
Glow With the Flow by China Glaze
Glow With the Flow by China Glaze | Source

Pink Nail Polishes


Aside from red, pink is probably the most common color of nail polish. I am no statistician but I would venture to guess that at least 99% of people with a (at least somewhat decent-sized) nail polish collection has at least one shade of pink. Just about every Spring and Summer collection has at least one pink in it.

It's a great color for a lot of different occasions, depending on the shade of pink you choose, of course. It's not as dramatic of a color as some others and there is at least one shade that would suit anybody.

Some popular Summer pink polishes include Glow With the Flow by China Glaze (from the new Electric Nights collection) which is a super bright pink neon cream polish, or Choreographed Chaos by Orly. There are soooo many gorgeous shades of pink polish and it would be impossible to list them all.

You're Such a Budapest by OPI
You're Such a Budapest by OPI | Source
Lotus Begin by China Glaze
Lotus Begin by China Glaze | Source

Purple Nail Polishes


Purple (which include lilacs and periwinkles) is a very popular color that's trendy during the Spring and Summer seasons. Not everyone is into purple polishes but there really is a gorgeous color that comes in a ton of shades. The darker shades of purple are in style during the Fall and Winter seasons while the lighter or brighter shades of purple are in style during the warmer months. It's another one of those colors that you're likely to see in just about any Spring or Summer nail polish collection.

Some examples of popular purple Summer shades include You're Such a Budapest by OPI which is a light to medium toned lilac cream polish with a hint of sparkle, What a Pansi by China Glaze which is a medium to dark-toned periwinkle cream polish, Harmonious Mess by Orly which is also a periwinkle cream polish but has a slight hint of gray in it, and Lotus Begin by China Glaze which is a lilac cream polish.


Truth or Flare by Essie
Truth or Flare by Essie | Source
Can't Find my Czechbook by OPI
Can't Find my Czechbook by OPI | Source

Blue Nail Polishes


Blue is such a versatile color when it comes to nail polish. It's a trendy color during every season, it's really just the shade of blue that changes from the colder seasons to the warmer seasons. In Fall and Winter, darker blues are super popular. In the Spring and Summer seasons the lighter and brighter shades of blue become more trendy.

Some examples of blue Summer shades include Can't Find my Czechbook by OPI, Truth or Flare by Essie which is a medium-toned blue cream polish with a hint of gray, and At Vase Value by China Glaze which is a mint-colored cream polish.

Don't Say It-Yellow It! by OPI
Don't Say It-Yellow It! by OPI | Source
Metro Pollen-tin by China Glaze
Metro Pollen-tin by China Glaze | Source

Yellow Nail Polishes


Yellow is a perfect Summer color and yellow nails are really popular. It's a fun, happy, dramatic, and eye-catching color. Nearly all Spring and Summer nail polish collections contain a shade of yellow. Whether it be a neon, a soft yellow, a dark or bright yellow, or a glitter, you will see this color throughout the season.

Some examples of popular Summer yellow nail polishes include Don't Say It-Yellow It! by OPI, and Metro Pollen-tin by China Glaze which is a medium to dark-toned cream polish.


Cole by Zoya
Cole by Zoya | Source
Tart Deco by Essie
Tart Deco by Essie | Source

Coral and Peach Nail Polishes


Coral and peach-colored (I will group them because of how similar they are) are super popular during the warmer seasons. Maybe because coral is such a tropical color and peaches are great in the Summer. Peach and coral colors have a combination of warmth and fun that make them so great for Summer.

Some popular coral and peach colored Summer nail polishes include Resort Fling by Essie which is a cute peachy-coral colored polish, Petal to the Metal by China Glaze which is a pink-toned coral cream polish, Cole by Zoya which is a light to medium-toned peach cream polish, and Tart Deco by Essie which is a medium toned coral cream polish.


Dandy Lyin' Around by China Glaze
Dandy Lyin' Around by China Glaze | Source

White Nail Polishes


White nail polishes have become quite popular over the last few years and we can see them everywhere now. Some people use a creamy, barely-there nude white polish while others go for the full on white nails. Although so many shades of white look really similar, some have slight undertones of other colors in them that are subtle but change the whiteness of the polish. Like other colors, you can also get white in different textures such as cream, matte, or shimmer, and this adds a lot to the variety of choices. You can find whites in many Spring and Summer collections.

Some examples of popular white nail polishes include My Vampire is Buff by OPI, and Dandy Lyin' Around by China Glaze which is a gorgeous white shimmer polish with just the right amount of tiny glitter specks.


Neon Nail Polishes


Neon nail polish collections are popular during the warm seasons and we see them a lot during the Summer. Neon polishes come in several colors like pink, blue, green, yellow, purple, and orange. You might like neon colors in general or be drawn towards a particular one. Neon pink is probably the most popular of the bunch, followed by yellow. They're super bright and vibrant colors which can be a lot of fun to wear. They're not for everyone simply because they're so eye-catching and "loud" but they're very cute and fun to try.

Some popular neon nail polish collections include Neon Revolution by OPI, DJ Play That Song by Essie (Summer 2013), Life Gave Me Lemons by OPI, and Electric Nights by China Glaze.


OPI Hawaii Summer 2015 Collection
OPI Hawaii Summer 2015 Collection | Source

The Newest Collections for Summer 2015


Here are a couple of the popular nail polish collections for the Summer 2015 season:

OPI Hawaii:

OPI is one of the most (if not THE most) popular brands of nail polish. OPI always comes out with amazing collections every season, and sometimes releases special little sets in between. Their Summer 2015 collection has 12 polishes that are super cute and consists of a variety of shades.

The photo to the side shows each of the shades from the OPI Hawaii Summer 2015 collection. From top left (and beginning with the left polish in each row) the colors are as follows:

Aloha from OPI
Go With the Lava Flow
Just Lanai-ing Around
Hello Hawaii ya
Lost My Bikini in Molokini
Suzi Shops and Island Hops
Do You Take LeiAway?
Is Mai Tai Crooked?
Pineapples Have Feelings Too
That's Hula-rious
My Gecko Does Tricks
This Color is Makin' Waves

China Glaze Electric Nights:

China Glaze is another hugely popular brand of nail polish. The Electric Nights collection for Summer 2015 contains 12 new polishes consisting of 9 neon cream polishes and 3 glitters with colorful flecks in different shades.


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