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Top 10 Best Nail Polishes for Spring and Summer

Best Cruelty Free and Vegan Summer Nail Polishes

It’s a beauty top ten Tuesday! I’m sharing my picks for the top 10 best nail polishes for Spring and Summer. It’s so hard to narrow it down to a mere 10 polishes, but here are my picks! I leaned more towards Summer shades and I certainly have a lot of teal involved (no surprise there).


Interlocking Dots Mani

Orly Saturated with Ablaze

1. Orly Saturated
From the Orly Baked collection, this vibrant purple creme stole my heart. I created an interlocking dots mani with Saturated and Ablaze. I love purples. This would be great as an underwear for glitters too.

Urban Decay Chaos

Urban Decay Chaos

2. Urban Decay Chaos
This is a stunning cobalt blue with tonal pearl. I love this color with my skintone. While this is beautiful on its own, it’s also great as a base for glitters. Vegan.

Cult Nails Nevermore as a base, Winter's Light most of the way up the nail, and Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam on the tips

Cult Nails Nevermore as a base, Winter’s Light most of the way up the nail, and Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam on the tips

3. Cult Nails Nevermore
So I’m sort of cheating with this one. I wanted to list Cult Nails Winter’s Light, but since it was LE and is no longer available, I’m saying Nevermore. Nevermore is the perfect one coat black creme, great for nail art, to wear on its own, or for undies for other polish. I’m wearing it above with Winter’s Light and Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam. Because it gives you a good solid base in 1 coat, it really is ideal for stamping. Nevermore is a holy grail beauty product for me for a very good reason. It’s fantastic. Vegan.

Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam on top of Urban Decay Chaos

Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam on top of Urban Decay Chaos

4. Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam
Bubble Beam is a fun color filled with iridescent flakies, multi-chromatic flakies, and glitter in a bright blue jelly base. It’s beautiful layered over black or on its own. Vegan.

Literary Lacquers Literary Liquors Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Manicure

Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

5. Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
Bright teal blue holographic nail polish? Yes please! I love this polish on its own or layered.

Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and Ellagee Dolphins of the Caribbean

Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster with Ellagee Dolphins of the Caribbean on top

6. Ellagee Dolphins of the Caribbean
This is a beautiful teal blue jelly with silver holo dolphin glitter mixed in with iridescent glitters. It’s best when layered.

Cirque Panacea topped with Girly Bits #Blingernails by @phyrra

Cirque Panacea with Girly Bits #Blingernails on top

7. Cirque Panacea
This is a gorgeous bright chartreuse polish with a rainbow holographic finish. This is from the Heritage collection, which is stunning.

KBShimmer Too Pop to Handle

KBShimmer Too Pop to Handle, this is more purple toned in person

8. KBShimmer Too Pop to Handle
I adore this textured nail polish from the upcoming KBShimmer Summer collection (Available May 23!). It’s a purple toned fuchsia color, with violet, magenta and aqua holographic glitters.

Nailtini Legitimint nail polish swatch review mani

Wearing Nailtini Legitimint with Babydoll on top and an accent of Fable Fizz

9. Nailtini Legitimint
This is an awesome LE mint creme polish from Nailtini. It’s from the April subscription box and it’s still available if you love it too! Vegan.

Powwow Swatch

Cirque Powwow

10. Cirque Powwow
An electric fuchsia with a rainbow holographic finish. It has blue flecks in it, love it!

I know that I’m missing corals and oranges, but when limited to just 10, it’s so hard for me to cover all colors. And yes, there are a ton of teals, but I love teals more than just about any other nail polish color.

What are your picks for the best cruelty free Spring and Summer nail polishes?

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    • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

      My favorite is the dolphin glitters!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Because they’re fun :)

    • http://www.beautifulmakeupsearch.com/ Beautiful Makeup Search

      I’ve never even heard of some of these brands like Rainbow Honey, but that Bubble Beam is really pretty over UD’s Chaos.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yeah Bubble Beam stole my heart :)

    • AllLacqueredUp

      Can’t say that I’ve seen dolphin glitter before. How hard is it to get on the nail? Do you have to dump it out and place it?

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s not the hardest glitter I’ve ever worked with, but it does take a bit of fishing. The results are definitely worth it to me.

    • http://bluefilmjournal.blogspot.com/ Ricky Bleu

      OMG, that dolphin polish might seriously be the most amazing thing I have ever seen!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s fun :)

    • Beauty411

      That UD Chaos is striking on you!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you! I love that color with my skintone

    • Bhevarri

      gah!! The last thing I need is to want more nail polish haha

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I have this issue frequently :P

        • Bhevarri

          XD I bet! But dang you got some pretty polishes ;D

    • kckeeton

      Great picks! Chaos nearly made my list but it was just barely edged out. :)

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        By the Illamasqua? Also pretty.

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      Love Dolphins of the Caribbean!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I think you’d love it for nail art

    • marciaf

      I was hoping you’d include the dolphins. I love that Cirque one. They make great polish and that is one stunning color.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Agreed! Panacea is so unusual

    • http://polishinsomniac.blogspot.com jbrobeck

      You put me to shame with your love of indie polishes! I haven’t tried ANY of these brands! I wouldn’t mind owning every single one of them!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I’m glad you’re interested in them!

    • cindyprimebeauty

      Lots of blues!

    • http://www.thepaintedrogue.wordpress.com Syirael

      Arrgh, I want to try Cirque so badly! I know I could probably get some here, the problem is that whenever I go to their website I kind of end up putting *all* of it in my cart… ;-)

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Their polishes are great. It’s so hard to narrow it down!

    • Karyn Kirke

      Love the KBShimmer!

    • Christy DuBois

      I always enjoy seeing the top products that make your list and know they must be really good!!

    • Maria J.

      KBShimmer Too Pop to Handle and Cirque Powwow look like polishes I would like to venture in trying for this summer.

    • Kat

      Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster! I need this just because of the name, let alone the color. I am such a Hitchhiker’s Guide nerd.

    • Kami Dumis

      I am stuck on holo’s! Just preordered some of the summer collection from ILNP. So excited!

    • http://PerilouslyPale.com/ Perilously Pale

      That dolphin polish! Oh wow!!!