Dec 30 2013

25 Favorite Nail Polishes in 2013!

Disclaimer: Some samples. See  bottom for more.

I like to look back at my pictures from the year and think about the polishes I really loved, and manicures I wanted to leave on until they were ugly with chips!

So I’ve put together my favorites from 2013. I’d love to hear if any of my favorites were your favorites this year!

The name of the polish is hyper linked, where applicable, to the original blog post featuring more swatch photos and more information about the season, collection or purchase information (for most).

In no particular order, here we go!

Cult Nails Masquerade:

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This nail polish stole my heart with its multichromal shimmer and versatility – I could wear it on its own (in about three coats) or over another polish. LOVE LOVE LOVE, one of the top five of my favorites this year!

Ninja Polish Divinity:

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Another multichromal beauty, Divinity is the closest thing to Clarins 230 (AKA Unicorn Pee) that I’ve ever seen. Another in my top five!

Ninja Polish Mystic Glacier:

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One more from Ninja!! Oddly I don’t have a swatch of it by itself, but Mystic Glacier is a BEAUTY in blue, copper, green multichrome. One of my top five favorites of 2013. I love that I can wear it without having to use a base color, too, like Masquerade!

Orly Angel Rain:

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Angel Rain is a multichrome that’s a baby blue-based pearl with purple and green shift to it. So stunning. Another of my top five polishes for the year. I think Orly’s Surreal Collection was one of my favorites overall in 2013.

L’Oreal Hidden Gems:

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Hidden Gems is a stunning glitter polish in a teal base. It’s just beautiful. It’s one of L’Oreal’s textures, but I added top coat to her.

Let’s Go Crazy:

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Let’s Go Crazy is a powerful, beautiful violet and holographic glitter that I fell in love with. I also bought the blue version of this, Stronger, but haven’t tried it yet. Stunning!

OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?

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Even though I love polish that does tricks (multichrome, texture, glitter, etc) sometimes there’s nothing like a flawless creme. Like this one. This OPI polish is killer (pun … intended?)

Serum No. 5 Twilight Sparks:


This polish glows in the dark, but looks just as pretty with the lights on. It’s got the prettiest shimmer to it, and I love it. I need to explore Serum No. 5 more in the new year!

Chanel Taboo:


This was the first Chanel in a while that caught my attention, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s like a galaxy polish with purple, magenta and hints of blue. Love!!

JESSICA Opening Night:

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This glowing pink was a popular pick for fall 2013 with multiple brands releasing a version of it. I really liked JESSICA’S.

JulieG Tokyo Nights:

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This blue is dark and vampy and just…perfect. Quite possibly another top for me in 2013!

China Glaze Fancy Pants:

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China Glaze Fancy Pants is a beautiful blurple with pink shimmer hints in it. LOVE.

Zoya Chyna:


I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this red texture Pixie Dust polish. It’s amazeballs. It’s juicy, sophisticated, Marilyn-red…Chyna is just swoon-worthy!!

Barielle Lemon Drops:


This yellow is so bright, so clean-looking, it had to be a favorite!

Azature Canary:


Speaking of yellow, this is just over-the-top in shimmer, and the bottle has a black diamond in it. What’s not to love about that?! Luxe and lust-worthy. Love this yellow!

Pixi Fluoro Flamingo:

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My pictures did no justice to this summer launch from Pixi. Beautiful, vibrant hot pink that just hit the spot in summer neons for me this year!

Zoya Carter:

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I love the Pixie Dust formula, and I love this royal purple, which was a hot trend for fall! Perfection!!

LVX Viridian:


Emerald was the Pantone Color of the Year, and I loved LVX’s take on it in spring! This is a pretty hue.

Morgan Taylor Something to Blog About:

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Of all the Morgan Taylor polishes I got to try this year, this is one of my favorites. Honestly the brand is probably my favorite new brand of 2013, I have loved every polish I’ve tried. But this one I picked as a favorite because of the name, and it’s got a subtle green/brown duochrome to it that is very unique. Not too obvious but it’s there!

theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish in Call Me Iridescent:

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This nail polish is on the sheer side, but has beautiful silver specks of glitter in a pink champagne base that shimmers a light magenta! It might be sheer but it packs a beautiful sparkle!

Chrome Girl Bed Head Blue:

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Bed Head Blue is just one of my favorite hues of blue. I was impressed with brand, which launched this year, and the formula on all the polishes I tried.

Seche Beloved:


Seche Beloved is a searing pink red that applied like a dream and fetched me many compliments. Sometimes nothing beats a classic polish color like this!

Color Club The Uptown:

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Flakies. Iridescent. Multichrome. I don’t even know that I need to explain more? I think that explains how awesome this is!!!

LVX Avalon:


Colors like Avalon look really good on my skin tone, and this one is just really nice. I love the shimmer in this beauty. This one speaks to my professional, suit-wearing side. Even though I wear whatever I want on my nails, I do work in a corporate environment and there are moments when I need a polish like Avalon that is work appropriate but also doesn’t scream BORING!

Julie G Sugar Plum Fairy:

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This is another texture polish – I DIG this  trend, guys! And I love the bold colors this year! JulieG and Jesse’s Girl did it again with their Frosted Gum Drops for holiday and this one is my star from it. Confession: I got to see these colors in APRIL!!!! Jesse showed me a nail wheel and while the colors changed a bit since then, I knew all year this was going to be a great texture collection!!!

So what do you think?! Are any of my top 25 in YOUR 25?! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below – and Happy almost New Year’s, friends!!!

Disclaimer: I received some of the polishes in this post from the PR firm/Manufacturer for review previously and made proper disclaimers in those review posts. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!

  • Kelly Tomlinson

    Julie G’s Gumdrops were a fave of mine, both the summer and holiday releases. They just apply so well and look flawless on the nail. I’m now addicted to texture…

  • Shelley Polarbelle

    Great post. Everyone that I don’t have I want, almost. I think I want the Jessica the most because it’s shimmering fuschia.

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL! It is gorgeous. I really like the Jessica formula. If you get it, I hope you blog it!

  • Sheila Arkee

    Great job on this post – I see so many I would love to own.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Sheila!

  • Betzy Carmona

    I can see why you picked those polishes they are lovely

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Betzy!

  • Farryn

    Thanks for sharing your favorites! I love what you chose 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Farryn!

  • Kimberly

    How did I miss The Uptown!!!?

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL, it snuck by you!!!

  • marciaf

    That Morgan Taylor polish is fabulous. I need to investigate this brand now.

    • BeautyJudy

      Marcia they are a salon brand, so a little tougher to get, but I was able to pick some up at a trade show earlier this year. I hope you find it. It’s a GREAT formula!!! I love all the polishes from them I’ve tried so far

  • MyNewestAddiction

    Masquerade, Chyna, and Flamingo have my heart!

    • BeautyJudy

      AAAAH They are so beautiful!!

  • GlitteryGlossy

    I need that Julie G Tokyo Nights polish!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s beautiful, and only $3.99!!

  • Ange

    Ohhh I love Vant To Bite My Neck!! Gorgeous!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s so beautiful Ange!!

  • Mai

    Wow I love Cult Nails Masquerade and Julie G’s Sugar Plum Fairy. They’re beautiful!

    • BeautyJudy

      Those are beautiful picks!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Gorgeous choices! I also love seeing how your nail shapes changed over the year!

    • BeautyJudy

      Ha, when I got done and scrolled through I thought the same thing, made me want to try almond shape/rounded again.,

  • Phyrra

    I love your choices!

    • BeautyJudy


  • Anastasia

    Totally agree with you about Cult Nails Masquerade, it’s such a gorgeous color!

    • BeautyJudy

      I’m so in love with it!!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I love all your choices. I can’t find a personal favorite because you nailed everything right!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kath!! Xo

  • Miranda Mendoza

    Love these picks. I’m a sucker for any holo/duochrome nail colors!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Miranda! Me too!

  • TinaBowling

    Loving all of your favorites, especially Chanel Taboo!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Tina!!

  • Kim Porter

    Great picks. I love Zoya Carter, Hidden Gems, Julie G Tokyo Nights

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks – aren’t those ones gorg!! Love!

  • erikatheicyone

    That is a gorgeous lineup of favorites. I see a few in there that I need to pick up for myself… 😀

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Erikatheicyone! That’s how everyone else’s list is affecting me! Lol