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Top 10 Pink Nail Polishes

The Most Popular Pink Nail Polishes For A Flirty And Classic Mani

The Most Popular Pink Nail Polishes For A Flirty And Classic Mani

What do Elle Woods, Andie Walsh, and Lorelei Lee have in common? Besides being portrayed by iconic Hollywood actresses—Legally Blonde’s Reese Witherspoon, Pretty in Pink’s Molly Ringwald, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ Marilyn Monroe—these fictional characters unapologetically harnessed the power of pink, a color that demands our attention, no matter the shade. It’s a mood lifter and tried-and-true classic that works for any and every occasion. The versatility cannot be denied. So, it should come as no surprise that certain pink nail polishes have easily achieved cult status, for one reason or another.

There are certain pink nail polishes that possess a shade so unique-looking, other brands have failed over and over to replicate its singular tone. Some pink nail polishes endure because of formulas that guarantee staying power, chipping resistance, and smooth application that even rushed, shaky hands can’t deter. Of course, base and top coats ensure the best overall manicure, but even without the bells and whistles of a nail salon experience, these iconic pink polish shades live up to their hype. In a sea of pink, there are more than a few options that deserve more space than you probably have (or want to give) on your vanity. That’s why we put together a definitive list of cult classic pink nail polishes that put the other shades to shame.

How We Found The Best Pink Nail Colors

We couldn’t compile this roundup without our proprietary tool, an unbiased algorithm that selects products according to a spectrum of dependable data. This includes editorial reviews, best-of product lists, recommendations from experts, and social media buzz. Keep reading to polish up on your pink knowledge.

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February 3, 2022

Words:Rank & Style

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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The Rankings


Nails Inc. Gel Nail Polish In Mayfair Lane

Our Score

2.92

THE SHADE: Pale pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This formula's high-gloss shine will trick onlookers into thinking your at-home mani was done at the salon.


Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish In La Vie In Rose

Our Score

2.99

THE SHADE: Barely-there beige pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This shade is the equivalent of no-makeup makeup for the hands, and the applicator brush has a rounded tip that follows the natural shape of your nail bed.


Smith & Cult Nail Polish In Palace In Wonderland

Our Score

3.08

THE SHADE: Metallic fuschia pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: The polish delivers a shimmery finish, and the bottle is chic enough to double as decor. 

Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free


Sally Hansen Good, Kind, Pure Vegan Nail Colour In Pink Cloud

Our Score

3.15

THE SHADE: Sheer pastel pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Everything about this product is vegan, including the plant-based bristles in the applicator brush.


OPI Nail Lacquer In Aphrodite's Pink Nightie

Our Score

3.5

THE SHADE: Shimmer pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: The formula dries fast and boasts impressive staying power, with or without a top coat.

Made In Usa

Made In Usa


Olive & June Nail Polish In HZ

Our Score

3.51

THE SHADE: Rosy pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This is a neutral, feminine shade that comes with a wide-angled brush for complete (and even) coverage in a time crunch.


Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color In Ballerina

Our Score

3.56

THE SHADE: Soft, delicate, and light pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This formula is infused with ceramides to improve the health of the nails over time. Plus, the polish leaves behind a sleek, lacquered finish. 


OPI Nail Polish In Mod About You

Our Score

3.61

THE SHADE: Cotton candy pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: The polish is heavily-pigmented, meaning you’ll get an impressive, bold finish with just one layer.

Made In Usa

Made In Usa


Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers

Our Score

4.08

THE SHADE: Whimsical pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This formula is smoother than most and chip-resistant.


OPI Nail Lacquer In Bubble Bath

Our Score

4.25

THE SHADE: Classic neutral pink

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This shade flatters a wide range of skin tones and stays on for at least one week without so much as one chip.

Made In Usa

Made In Usa

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