Manicure Monday: My All-Time Favorite Neutral Nail Colors

My childhood Caboodle is stocked with Essie nail lacquers in every shade of the rainbow,  but these days all I want to wear are easy neutrals. They’re like the t-shirt and jeans of nail color: classic, comfortable, and er, polished (pardon the pun).

Annnnnd, if I’m being honest, part of me feels like my neon nail polish ship may have sailed when I crossed over the big 3-0; right alongside denim mini skirts, super low-rise jeans, and crop tops.

{Hover over images for links to each color; sources available on my Pinterest board, Nailed It.}

What Do You Think?

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  1. Hi Keira! What did you use to create the photo compilation for this post? Looks great – and the colours are bang on.

    Posted 2.18.15 Reply
  2. Reem Jazar wrote:

    Obessed with all these nail colours! SO stylish.

    Posted 1.20.15 Reply
  3. Reblogged this on pratishtha687's Blog and commented:
    Neutrals are always classy and can never go over the top….. And minimalism is the moment…

    Posted 1.20.15 Reply
  4. bhart2015 wrote:

    Love the colors! They are normal and easy on the eyes! OPI seems to be THE polish of choice.

    Posted 1.14.15 Reply
    • OPI and Essie are my favorites! They hold up the best for me at my manicure-wrecking job.

      Posted 1.14.15 Reply
  5. lindsaybb wrote:

    Yes, I love all of these! Lincoln Park After Dark is probably my favorite, I wore it for years! I also love You Don’t Know Jacques!

    Posted 12.30.14 Reply
  6. lion20two wrote:

    love :)

    Posted 12.22.14 Reply
  7. brianatrev wrote:

    Love the manicures! Very great & classic colors!

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  8. miafshaw wrote:

    Reblogged this on miafshaw and commented:
    My favourite OPI Funny Bunny

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  9. diybyamy wrote:

    Absolutely love ballet slippers! It’s my go to for a nice baby pink. But I’ve been looking for a really nice black nail polish so i’ll definitely have to try this one!

    Posted 12.19.14 Reply
  10. Mk wrote:

    So elegant yet simple, love them

    Posted 12.19.14 Reply
  11. OPI’s bubble bath would really bring out a tan (I’m thinking ahead ha!) and looks so pretty. I was thinking the same about neon colours but then I saw a deep neon green by China Glaze and thought “Nah, sod it I’m so buying this!” i think it can make a statement if you are wearing black or grey.

    Posted 12.18.14 Reply
  12. Love the colours! So gorgeous x

    Posted 12.17.14 Reply
  13. Erin E. wrote:

    I have a hard time justifying the work of a manicure for something as sheer as the Ballet Slippers color, but I ADORE the khaki and grey colors! I’m still all about the neon in summer though #noshame :)

    Posted 12.16.14 Reply
    • Here’s a secret on ballet slippers: use the Butter London nail foundation and it gives you a good streak-free base to layer on the color evenly. Also, you can’t really tell when it chips. 👍

      Posted 12.18.14 Reply
      • Erin E. wrote:

        Right now I have the Essie base and it definitely makes a difference compared to using nothing at all, but I haven’t investigated the Butter London base yet. Thanks for the tip!

        Posted 12.19.14 Reply
  14. Lincoln Park After Dark is WHERE IT’S AT! :-)

    Posted 12.16.14 Reply
  15. B. A. wrote:

    OPI Bubble Bath is perfect!!!

    Posted 12.16.14 Reply
  16. I absolutely love neutrals :) feel free to drop by my blog (fashion & poetry) x

    Posted 12.16.14 Reply
  17. annaethain wrote:

    I love all the OPI colours – such a good range :)

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  18. Asa wrote:

    I love the Orly Country Club Khaki color. So chic!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  19. Sarah wrote:

    Neutrals are definitely easy to wear no matter the occasion!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  20. Mel wrote:
    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  21. These are awesome! Basically, for my job I have to wear a neutral color (or go without a mani). I’m going to have to track some of these shades down!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  22. asallows wrote:

    Neutrals are the best. They go with everything, and are so classic!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  23. This is awesome! I love neutrals now I can pick the perfect one! Thanks!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  24. Reblogged this on PURIFICACIÓN RAMOS and commented:
    Las perfectas uñas de Invierno.

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  25. loving the light pink

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  26. Love the neutrals!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  27. Reblogged this on Red Lips and Heels and commented:
    So much LOVE for these choices! #ManiMonday

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  28. Which is the most long-lasting for you?

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
    • I’ve found that any time I use the Butter London Nail Foundation (either alone or as a base coat) my manicures last the longest. I’m really rough on my nails in my job, but I can usually get a solid 7 days out of a manicure when I use it.

      Posted 12.15.14 Reply
      • uao 7 days, it would be a miracle on me:) thank you I’ll check where to buy it in Rome or online

        Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  29. love all of them…

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  30. rhiannon wrote:

    gorgeous shades!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  31. Love the neutral colors because when they chip, you can’t tell!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  32. Such beautiful colours! I recently got a really beautiful pink as well – Its Essie Eternal Optimist – a lot like Ballet Slippers but darker! Can’t wait to try one of these colours though!

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
    • That’s one of my favorites, too! I was *this* close to adding it to the list, but I couldn’t find an image on Pinterest that did the color justice. It’s a great neutral.

      Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  33. Ha, I owned ballet Slippers too. I used to be obsessed with that color.

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply
  34. Perfect! Look gorgeous. Cheers. Mojisola

    Posted 12.15.14 Reply


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