Sunday, June 2, 2013

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends
Product(s) in this post were provided for review. *Post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

With temperatures in the 90s here in NYC, it sure feels like summer 2013 is already here! I've said it before, but it's still true: summer is a great time to try a new nail polish color you haven't worn before (toes count!)

I selected five nail polish trends I think are standouts this season. For each trend, I'll share a polish in my collection and information about where you can purchase them. I've also created a Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends board on Pinterest :)

PS - can you believe this is my third summer nail polish trend post?

Golden Brown Glitter

Golden brown glitter polish reminds me of a glowing campfire or sparkling sand at the beach - and what's more summery than that :) Worn alone or layered over another polish, a golden brown glitter nail polish is a great choice for summer 2013.

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: brown glitter
butter LONDON Bit Faker, $15 from Nordstrom*

Cirque French Roast, $14 from
Coco Allure Foxy Brown, $5.75 from Etsy
The Polish Well Greed, $8 from Etsy
Serum No 5 Rise and Grind, $7 from Etsy
Shimmer Polish Crystal, $12 from Etsy
Spoiled Cougar Attack, $1.99 from CVS

Textured Polish

I think it's safe to say the textured trend is here for another season! Bright new textured colors from our favorite brands have transitioned this trend from spring to summer quite nicely. On a personal note, I haven't tired of wearing textured polish yet ;)

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: textured polish
OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, $9 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta

Barry M Textured Nail Effects, £3.99 from
China Glaze Texture Collection, $3.25 from
Jesse's Girl Julie G Gumdrop Nail Polish, $3.99 from Rite Aide
Kiko Sugar Mat Nail Polish, € 4.90 from
Milani Texture Creams, $4.99 from CVS
Nails Inc Leather Effect, $11 from Sephora*
Nicole By OPI Gumdrops, $7.99 from CVS and Duane Reade
OPI Liquid Sand polishes, $9 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta*
Sally Hansen Sugar Coat, $6.49 from Target
Zoya Summer PixieDust polishes, $9 from*

...or, DIY your own.

Metallic Orange

Orange is the new... pink? This sunny hue is everywhere this season - and MAC dedication an entire collection to the color. Wear the color of the hot afternoon sun on your nails and you'll be right on trend for summer 2013.

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: metallic orange
Zoya Amy, $8 from*

butter LONDON Sunbaker, $15 from Henri Bendel*
Cirque Sanguine, available June 3rd from
OCC Lee Loo, $10 from Sephora*
OPI A Woman's Prague-ative, $8.50 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta

Keep reading to see the top two summer nail polish trends!

Rainbow Glitter

These rainbow glitters aren't like the 'birthday' variety of years past. The 2013 rainbow glitter trend is bigger and bolder! This colorful party confetti look is popular among indie nail polish brands so if one is sold out, chances are another is available.

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: rainbow glitter
Cirque Kaleidoscope, available June 3rd from

GlitterDaze Rainbow Bridge, $11 from
Laquerlicious Tart Taffy, $8.50 from Etsy
Lush Lacquer Lite Brite, $9 from Etsy
The Polish Well Gluttony, $8 from Etsy
Sparkle Factor Lacquer Roy G Biv, $9.75 from Etsy
Starrily Rainbow Scales, $10 from Etsy
Wicked Polish Hung Over the Rainbow, $10 from (currently sold out)

Metallic Ocean

Dive into summer with a you-can't-miss-it metallic aqua/blue manicure. Bonus points if it's a duochrome polish! There are so many metallic aqua/blue color shifting polishes to choose from this summer. Staring at $1.99, my pick for the top summer nail polish trend is accessible and affordable :)

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: metallic ocean
Sinful Colors Gorgeous, $1.99 from Rite Aide

Chanel Azure, $27 from Nordstrom*
China Glaze Deviantly Daring, $3.50 from
Color Club Emerald Depth, $3-4 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Finger Paints Hoppy Go Lucky, $5.29 from Sally Beauty
Gosh Ocean, $7.99 from Duane Reade
Maybelline Intense Teal, $4-5 from Bed Bath & Beyond and CVS
Nicole by OPI Candid Cameron, $7.99 from CVS, Duane Reade, and Walgreens*
Revlon Topaz, $7.99 from Walgreens
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Lagoon, $7.49 from Walgreens
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Scarab, $7.99 from Ulta*

Check out the summer nail polish trends Pinterest board for more swatches! What's your favorite nail polish trend this summer?

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. *Post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.


  1. Great post!!! How I love rainbow glitter!

    1. It's so much fun! This Cirque one is really bright and has SO many shapes :)

  2. I love all of them except for metallic orange, I mean, I think it's pretty just not for me. :)
    I'd love to have this rainbow topper and Bit Faker *_*

    1. I wonder what a glittery brown & rainbow manicure would look like???

  3. I really love rainbow glitter :)

    1. I'm wearing Kaleidoscope today over a greyish blue, it looks awesome!

  4. these are just stunning. the oranges and aquas are my faves. i have leeloo from occ and i luv it. also have u seen picture polish"goddess"? that one is gorgeous. i am currently on the hunt for the perfect deep bue-green emerald color...

    1. Ooo I'm not familiar with Goddess! I'll have to add that one to the Pinterest board, thanks!

  5. Houston, I have a problem: I have an addiction to textured polishes! I've bought six textured shades by Kiko, plus three Zoyas and one OPI... :D

    1. There's something about them that is just so fun to wear, probably how the bumpy finish feels! Do you prefer one brand over another?

  6. oo I love all of these except the metallics. I tend to hate how they look on my skin.

    1. Have you tried the Zoya summer collection ones? They are metallic but also foily, so there aren't any weird brush strokes. I still need to post my review of them!

  7. That first butter london nail polish is soooooo beautiful!

    1. It really is, I actually didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I do!

  8. I'm loving the ocean blue and metallic orange trends. You've reminded me that I need to wear Gosh Ocean again... so pretty!

    1. Ooo I don't have that one, is it as duochrome as it looks in the bottle?

    2. Well, to my memory, it's pretty close to that SC up there, and I never thought it looked terribly duochrome in the bottle. In fact, I would have never called it that until I got a comment on how well I captured it.... Okay, now I'm looking at the actual bottle and I still don't see any duo, just silvery aqua goodness. :)

    3. Good to know! Sometimes the round bottles make the duochrome show stronger than it does on the nail, because nails aren't curved as much as the bottles lol

  9. I totally agree on these trends, and I love them all actually :).