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.}

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42 Comments

  1. 2.18.15

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

  2. 1.20.15

    Obessed with all these nail colours! SO stylish.
    xReem https://theundonegirl.wordpress.com

  3. 1.20.15

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

  4. 1.14.15
    bhart2015 said:

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

    • 1.14.15

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

  5. 12.30.14
    lindsaybb said:

    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!

  6. 12.22.14
    lion20two said:

    love :)

  7. 12.21.14

    Love the manicures! Very great & classic colors!
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.wordpress.com/

  8. 12.20.14
    miafshaw said:

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

  9. 12.19.14
    diybyamy said:

    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!

  10. 12.19.14
    Mk said:

    So elegant yet simple, love them

  11. 12.18.14

    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.

  12. 12.17.14

    Love the colours! So gorgeous x
    http://stylingbyannieblog.wordpress.com

  13. 12.16.14
    Erin E. said:

    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 :)

    • 12.18.14

      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. 👍

      • 12.19.14
        Erin E. said:

        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!

  14. 12.16.14

    Lincoln Park After Dark is WHERE IT’S AT! :-)

  15. 12.16.14
    B. A. said:

    OPI Bubble Bath is perfect!!!

  16. 12.16.14

    I absolutely love neutrals :) feel free to drop by my blog http://www.glamhipsterdiaries.wordpress.com (fashion & poetry) x

  17. 12.15.14

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

  18. 12.15.14
    Asa said:

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

  19. 12.15.14
    Sarah said:

    Neutrals are definitely easy to wear no matter the occasion!

    http://sartorialsarah.wordpress.com/

  20. 12.15.14
    Mel said:
  21. 12.15.14

    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!

  22. 12.15.14
    asallows said:

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

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

  23. 12.15.14

    This is awesome! I love neutrals now I can pick the perfect one! Thanks!

    http://www.rebekahkoontzsite.wordpress.com

  24. 12.15.14

    Reblogged this on PURIFICACIÓN RAMOS and commented:
    Las perfectas uñas de Invierno.

  25. 12.15.14

    loving the light pink

  26. 12.15.14

    Love the neutrals!

  27. 12.15.14

    Reblogged this on Red Lips and Heels and commented:
    So much LOVE for these choices! #ManiMonday

  28. 12.15.14

    Which is the most long-lasting for you?

    • 12.15.14

      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.

      • 12.15.14

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

  29. 12.15.14

    love all of them…

  30. 12.15.14
    rhiannon said:

    gorgeous shades!

  31. 12.15.14

    Love the neutral colors because when they chip, you can’t tell!

  32. 12.15.14

    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!

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    • 12.15.14

      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.

  33. 12.15.14

    Ha, I owned ballet Slippers too. I used to be obsessed with that color. http://fairygodmotherbeautyblog.com/

  34. 12.15.14

    Perfect! Look gorgeous. Cheers. Mojisola
    http://www.mojintouch.com