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Nail Polish Color Trends for Summer 2012

Updated on August 23, 2012

Nail Polish: Summer 2012

Every season brings new trends and new colors and nail polish is no exception. With so many colors available you might think you've seen them all. Guess again! This summer features even more beautiful must-have colors to add to your collection.

Here are some of the more popular nail polish collections for summer 2012. You might not be able to get them all, but you'll want to!

China Glaze Summer Neons

China Glaze continues to create beautiful nail polish collections season after season. This Summer's collection is no exception. The China Glaze Summer Neons collection features six new bright, vibrant colors. There's something for everyone in this little batch. You might just want to get them all.

Sun-Kissed: A shimmery yellow as bright as the sun.

Orange You Hot?: A funky orange with a gold glimmer

Flirty Tankini: A coral/strawberry-toned shimmery polish.

Under The Boardwalk: A deep creamy raspberry tone.

I'm With The Lifeguard: A shimmery neon green.

Splish Splash: A bright blue shimmer reminiscent of bright blue waters.

Zoya Beach Summer 2012

Zoya is a popular brand of nail polish for a reason. It's great polish and the colors are fabulous. you even have more than one choice of collections for this Summer. Each of these colors are fantastic and perfect for Summer.

Wednesday: A pretty aqua blue cream polish.

Tracie: A pistachio/lime green polish with a pearly shimmer.

Arizona: A deep, yet bright orange cream polish that would flatter any skin tone.

Lara: A medium toned pink cream polish that is a deeper and darker version of Shelby.

Reagan: A dark toned fuschia pink cream polish.

Shelby: A soft pink cream polish. The lightest of the pinks in this collection.

Zoya Surf Summer 2012

Carly: A deep plum colored polish with lots of shimmer.

Kimber: A strawberry colored polish with a hint of shimmer. The most subtle of the bunch with regards to shimmer.

Rory: A deep rose colored pink with tons of shimmer.

Myrta: A bright orangey-red shimmer polish with lots of sparkle.

Meg: A medium to light toned silvery green shimmer polish.

Zuza: A cute aqua blue shimmer polish.

Essie Bikini so Teeny Summer 2012 Collection

As always, Essie has brought us more beautiful colors for this season. All of the colors in this year's collection are absolutely gorgeous.

Bikini So Teeny: An absolutely beautiful cornflower blue with faint sparkles.

Cascade Cool: A purplish-pink that can be considered a lighter version of the earlier "Splash of Grenadine."

All Tied Up: A rusty-earthy color polish with a pretty golden shimmer.

Off The Shoulder: A bright berry-pink cream that's yummy like a strawberry smoothie.

Fear or Desire: A bright orange cream polish that would match a summer sunset.

Mojito Madness: A creamy green that looks like the color of fresh healthy grass.

O.P.I. Vintage Minnie Mouse Collection

Girliest collection yet? The Minnie Mouse Collection features pinks and reds that any girl would want/need to add to her arsenal.

Nothin' Mousie 'bout it: A soft shimmery pink with cute confetti hearts.

I'm All Ears: I cute magenta shimmer polish.

If you Moust you Moust: A creamy pink of all pinks.

The Color of Minnie: A Minnie Mouse red with a touch of pink. If anything says Minnie, it's this color.

O.P.I. The Amazing Spider Man Collection

These colors don't really follow along with the typical bright colors for summer but they are beautiful nonetheless and definitely worth a mention.

Your Web or Mine?: A medium toned coral-pink color with a pearly finish.

Into the Night: A deep, dark metallic blue polish with slight purple undertones and a soft shimmer.

Call Me Gwen-Ever: A medium toned orange cream polish with slight coral undertones.

Just Spot the Lizard: A medium-light golden green polish with a metallic finish.

My Boyfriend Scales Walls: A white cream polish that's not quite pure white but has a somewhat chalky gray tone.

Number One Nemesis: A deep forest green with shimmers of gold, green, silver, and charcoal.

Shatter the Scales: A deep, dark green shatter polish with a dark toned blue-ish green shimmer and silver foil micro glitter.

ORLY Feel the Vibe Collection Summer 2012

ORLY is another great polish with a ton of awesome colors so I decided to add it to this list. The Feel the Vibe Summer 2012 collection features six new fabulous polishes. These colors are bright and vibrant, loaded with neon shades but still very different from the China Glaze neon collection.

Melt your Popsicle: A deep neon orange cream polish. Not as bright or fluorescent looking as Glow Stick but still very bright.

Day Glow: A bright white polish with a hint of blue shimmer.

Skinny Dip: A bright sky blue with just a hint of purple shimmer.

Glow Stick: A neon highlighter yellow cream polish. Slightly brighter than the sun or any other star in our galaxy. Just kidding, but it is pretty bright.

Beach Cruiser: A bright pink neon cream.

After Party: A black polish loaded with shimmer. The glitter fills the black with hints of pink, purple, and blue. This polish is sure to light up your night.

Poll" Favorite Summer 2012 Collection?

What's your favorite Summer 2012 nail polish collection?

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    • Ivona Poyntz profile image

      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      Great hub. I just love how they come up with these original names: 'under the boardalk' was my favourite.

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      Nira Perkins 5 years ago

      I'm so glad you liked it. I used to paint my grandma's nails when I would visit her. She was happy to have a granddaughter I think after having raised so many boys. The Minnie Mouse collection is beautiful, I love pinks and reds. Thank you for your kind words.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      mndonders..thanks for G-daughter introduced me to the collection..and..she painted my toes with a different colour of each..I have had many compliments, and my toes look cool..feet NOT the prettiest part of the human look awesome...however for July 4th, she is doing my toes red/white/blue..alternating..good hub and informative...

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great I do remember when OPI had PAWish for the puppies. It was great!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Voted up and totally useful. Great hub!! Will try to find and use the OPI Minnie Mouse collection for my older daughter. Thanks!!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 5 years ago

      I love the Opi Minnie Mouse colors. Fun article to read. Thanks for putting this together. Lots of fun! Voted up!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I LOVE Opi and Zoya. Great tips and new products. Pinning and sharing!

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      Nira Perkins 5 years ago

      It's true I didn't include all of the goodies. There are a few more collections I think I'd recommend so I will definately try to add some. Thanks for the input :)

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      Michelle Keiper 5 years ago

      You didnt show any of the beautiful colors Avon offers! But Orange and tangerine is in this summer.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Any help I can get is welcomed. I live with all men and they are not into color unless referring to sun glasses.

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      Michelle Keiper 5 years ago

      Great info for my readers. Thanks

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      The bright colors are very fun, so I prefer the China Glaze Neons. Makes me think about summer and the beach. :-)