With incandescent scarlets, snowflake-like silvers and brilliant kaleidoscopic glitters, nail polishes take on a particularly jubilant quality during the holidays. The latest launches for this Yuletide season are no different, with a plethora of jolly shades and textures from which to choose. Here we pick the top 10 most festive new nail polishes that are sure to get you into the merry spirit.
YSL La Laque Couture Top Coat in Première Neige ($25) looks like a wintertime snow globe with its refined prismatic shimmer that reflects turquoise and pink. This top coat can be used to spruce up any old polish, or can be worn alone for a more sophisticated and discreet iridescent result.
Essie Nail Polish in Where's My Chauffeur? ($8) mimics the exact shade of Tiffany & Co. blue, and we can't think of anything more joyful than glancing down at your nails and imagining one of the jewelry store's opulent turquoise boxes tucked underneath the tree. Plus, the creamy, bright hue is an unexpected option for the holidays, making it that much more of a standout.
Topshop Nails in Queen of Green ($28 for the nail trio) is a part of the three-piece Metallic Princess Set that's new for the season. This frosty green hue is teeming with so much silver shimmer that the color reveals just a hint of seafoam, making it perfect for an ice queen. Bonus: its flattened brush makes painting each coat a dream.
Dior Diorific Vernis in Diva ($26) is a lush black nail polish that's bespeckled with subtle gold shimmer. And if the beautiful dark shade isn't enough to pique your interests, the original bottle certainly will. Housed in a orb-like flacon with a conveniently wide, square brush, this paint is worth buying for the luxurious packaging alone.
Julep Nail Color in Julia ($7) is a duochrome polish that shifts from orchid purple to rosy gold under different lights. The shade twinkles with gilt micro-glitter that makes the finish look almost metallic. The unique effect is so mesmerizing, we caught ourselves staring at our tips in wonderment throughout the day.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Through the Fire ($18) looks like molten lava on nails. This radiant ruby shade is packed with so much ultrafine shimmer that it nearly glows, putting even Rudolph's famed nose to shame.
L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Sparklicious ($5.99 in drugstores only) is chock-full of gold flakes in all different shapes and sizes. But unlike many gilded polishes that steer too yellow, this one strikes the perfect chord of cool-toned gold that looks like crushed metal after just two coats (a feat that's particularly impressive for a glittery paint).
Butter London 3-Free Nail Lacquer in The Black Knight ($14) reminds us of confetti on New Year's Eve (only better). This dazzling polish features black, pink, silver, red, purple and blue glitter suspended in a sheer onyx base. It would be perfect for ringing in 2013 with a particular panache. Tip: Paint on three to four coats for full opacity, or prep with a blanket of black or purple polish before adding a layer of this on top.
Lancôme Vernis in Love in Ginger Ritzini ($15) is a nuanced copper hue that's fresh for the holidays, with enough glimmer in it to keep it mirthful. This color would look particularly ravishing on those with warmer skin tones.
OPI Nail Lacquer in The World Is Not Enough ($8.50) is almost indescribable due to its chameleon-like formula. Is it pewter? Plum? Cocoa? Mushroom? Graphite? It's hard to tell! And the multicolored sparkles don't make the deciphering any easier, with specks of rose, mint and silver all present at once. What we can tell you is how rare and beautiful the shade is, and that it's a part of the new James Bond Skyfall Collection. Just one suggestion: since this paint is on the thin side, be sure to apply three coats for the strongest radiance.

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