12 Festive Nail Polishes For The Busy Girls

‘Tis the season

The holiday season always tends to be a bit on the hectic side. Between balancing the crazy hours we put in to finish our workload before the year ends and hopping from holiday party to holiday party, we don’t always have the time to make sure that our beauty game is up to par.

That said, we definitely don’t have the time to sit in a nail salon for a festive, party-ready manicure. Lucky for us, the holidays also bring on a ton of new releases in the world of nail polish that’ll make our lives just a tad bit easier. These new shades have just the right amount of glimmer and shimmer that we want this holiday season, all with just one or two coats.

We promise, even the most inept of DIY manicurists can pull these off. Within minutes (okay, and some extra time for drying), your nails will be ready to watch the ball drop. Click through the gallery below to check out our favorite launches of the season. 

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Smith & Cult, Nail Polish in ‘Shattered Souls,’ $18, available at Smith & Cult.

Multi-sized gold glitter particles in a clear base make this the perfect finishing dazzle to any color base.

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OPI, Infinite Shine Lacquer in ‘Girls Love Pearls,’ $12.50, available at Macy’s.

Add a pearlescent look to any nail color (or wear bare) with this shimmering, sheer white.

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Floss Gloss, Nail Polish in ‘Keys To The Mansion,’ $8, available at Floss Gloss.

This rose gold glimmer is so on trend right now.

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Nail Lacquer in ‘Red Dragon,’ $10, available at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Give your fingers the ruby slipper treatment.

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Londontown, Lakur in ‘BRILL-ant,’ $16, available at Londontown.

Glitter not your thing? Try a full-on metallic.

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ncLA x CutePolish, Nail Color in ‘A Polish Blast,’ $12, available at Target.

Pink star-shaped glitter? We don’t know anything that could be more festive (and adorable).

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Urban Outfitters, Sparkle Collection Nail Polish in ‘Tiny Star,’ $5, available at Urban Outfitters.

We’re obsessing over this opalescent glimmering wonder. Polish fit for a unicorn!

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Essie, Nail Color in ‘Getting Groovy,’ $8.99, available at Target.

Be the grooviest girl on New Year’s Eve crazy shiny, glimmering gold.

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China Glaze, Nail Polish in ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Starfish,’ $5.25, available at HB Beauty Bar.

This sparkling seafoam adds a beachy feel to your holiday look.

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Deborah Lippman, Ice Princess Duet, $17, available at Deborah Lipmann.

This baby pink and crystal-like glitter combination is the prettiest fit for a snow princess.

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Zoya, Holiday Nail Lacquer in ‘Alicia,’ $9, available at Ulta.

While this holographic shade may look silver, it also has hints of gold—making for the ultimate two-toned mani.

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Priti NYC, Holiday Glitter Set, $45, available at Priti NYC.

This set of four sparkly shades is all you’ll need to shine this holiday season.