The Prettiest Sheer Nail Polishes for a Barely-There, Minimalist Manicure

August 10, 2022
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | by L'Oréal
6 Barely-There Sheer Nail Polishes for the Mani Minimalist

Graphic nail art in bold, unexpected colors is definitely having a moment right now, but who’s to say a minimalist mani can’t be chic too? If you tend to shy away from more maximalist designs in favor of a less-is-more look, keep scrolling. Ahead, we’re sharing six barely-there sheer nail polishes (think: chic nudes and light pinks) that are sure to satisfy your preferences. 

Best Sheer Nail Strengthener 

Essie Hard to Resist Nail Strengthener Treatment Glow & Shine

Strengthen your nails and coat them in a sheer, glossy sheen with this nail-strengthening treatment. It has a subtle pink tone that not only shifts beautifully in the light and promises stronger nails in three days.
Essie Hard to Resist Nail Strengthener Treatment Glow & Shine

Best Sheer Pastel Pink Polish

Essie Limo-Scene

Quick beauty tip: For a sheer pastel pink that complements every skin tone and nail shape, check out Limo-Scene. It’s creamy yet translucent — so it’s not completely see-through — and practically guarantees you’ll look more polished and put-together.
Essie Limo-Scene Nail Polish

Best Sheer Gel Polish

Essie Sheer Fantasy

With its long-lasting, gel manicure-esque finish, Sheer Fantasy (a pink, jelly-like sheer shade), is the perfect pick to subtly enhance the look of your natural nail color.

Essie Sheer Fantasy Nail Polish

Best White-Toned Sheer Polish

Jinsoon Dew

The most white-toned of the bunch, Dew gives nails a touch of alabaster sheen with just a few coats. It makes your nails appear slightly pearly in an instant.

Jinsoon Dew Nail Polish

Best Buildable Sheer Polish

Smith + Cult Ghost Edit

If you prefer a more beige-toned shade, Ghost Edit will quickly become one of your faves. This sheer lacquer is buildable, so the more coats you paint on, the more opaque it’ll become.

Smith + Cult Ghost Edit Nail Polish

Best Milky Sheer Polish

For Tmrw For Later

This soft, sandy beige with pink undertones radiates elegance. Apply one coat for a milky-looking finish or paint on a few more for creamier coverage.

For Tmrw For Later Nail Polish
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