The 10 Best summer nail polishes

Technicolor talons in rainbow hues and pretty pastels will brighten your day even when the sun isn’t shining

Rebecca Gonsalves
Monday 09 July 2012 01:14

1. Violette Coquette

£12, Lancôme, available nationwide

The brush and formulation ensure a uniform coat of colour in a single stroke and this shade of purple is an unusual and elegant choice.

2. Pink-Silver multi-glitter

£2.99, Barry M, Superdrug and Boots nationwide

The multi-hued tones create a pretty pink with a slight disco finish that's ideal for weekends, and when you let your hair down.

3. Shrimply Devine

£6.95, Sally Hansen, 01233 656366

This promises to last up to 10 days, combining base, top and colour coats, and with a brush designed to cover the nail in one stroke.

4. Early Green

£5, GOSH Cosmetics, 0845 671 0709

Crisp green is a refreshing choice and taps into the season's trend for ice-cream inspired colours. Easy to apply and long lasting.

5. Sassy Pink

£4.99, L'Oreal, available nationwide

A gel-based formula that's designed to glide on, helped by the paddle-shaped brush, to help achieve a smooth, even finish without the expense of a salon visit.

6. Bikini so teeny

£7.99, Essie, Boots and Superdrug nationwide

The finely milled glitter in this icy-blue shade will create a subtle shimmer that lifts the finish from anything too flat. A great colour for tanned toes.

7. Burnished Rouge

£25, Tom Ford, 0870 034 2566

Disciples of red nail polish will have an old faithful shade that they return to. But this luxury number by Tom Ford is shot through with golden shimmer, and will stand up to the full glare of the sun.

8. Holiday

£18, Chanel, 0207 493 3836

You may not want your tan to look orange, but that doesn't mean it should be verboten for nails. This tangy option matches the brand's sheer lip gloss in Calypso.

9. Amchoor

£14, Nars, available nationwide

Designer Thakoon Panichgul's eye for modern and feminine colour is distilled into a long-wearing, high-gloss finish formula.

10. Artful Dodger

£12, Butter London, Harvey Nichols nationwide

A chemical-free polish which gives a shot of colour without being too bright, and hopefully will match the ocean as you paddle through it.

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