9 Chic Glitter Polishes To Bring The Party Season To Your Fingernails

Imagine your dream holiday party outfit. Maybe it’s a simple silk slip dress, strappy heels, and a goldenrod Jennifer Behr braided velvet headband nestled perfectly at the crown of your head. Now that you’re standing out in a sea of candy stripes, you have to make sure the small details — like your fingernails, wrapped around the thin stem of your wine glass — are equally as striking under the twinkle lights.

The en vogue nail trend that’s going to be huge this holiday season is — you guessed it — glitter polish. Though not earth-shattering in the least, the glitter manicure has long been seen as youthful, reminiscent of the bright, sparkly polish bottles scattered across the carpet at your middle school sleepovers. That is, until now.

Ahead, celebrity nail pros break down the best grown-up glitter nail polishes to stock this holiday season. Pick one of these bottles and you can DIY your perfect party manicure, saving yourself a trip to the salon, plus the cost associated with it. Hey, you’re saving up for that Jennifer Behr headband, after all.

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Try a polish with a clear base and big chunks of gold floating throughout for a truly-festive flair. “Smith & Cult’s gold glitter polish in Shattered Souls is my personal favorite, and a must for the holidays,” says celebrity nail pro Michelle Saunders.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Shattered Souls, $18, available at Bloomingdale’s

If you’re a fan of the OPI polishes, consider grabbing the glitter shade called Gold Key To The Kingdom. “This rich metallic looks gorgeous over bare nails, giving a touch of shine that reads elegant,” says Olive & June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Gold Key to the Kingdom, $10.49, available at Sally Beauty


Rainbow glitter polish — a clear base filled with an assorted mix of colorful flecks — adds an unexpected sparkle to your holiday mani. “I love the Lauren B polish in the shade, One Night in Weho,” says Saunders. “It’s festive for the holidays, but still sheer enough to keep in your rotation for the rest of the year.”

LAUREN B Nail Polish in One Night in WeHo, $19, available at LAUREN B BEAUTY

The best part about swiping on a multi-colored rainbow glitter polish — like this funfetti shade by Jinsoon — over a naked nail is that it’s delightfully resistant to chipping.

JINsoon Nail Polish in Fab, $18, available at Amazon

Fuchsia With Delicate Glitter

If you’re not into big flecks of glitter on your fingernails, try a bright base color with fine-grain glitter mixed in. “This subtly sparkly fuchsia shade is a great way to dress up your nails for the party season,” says Saunders. “It gives this fun, retro ’80s vibe to your DIY manicure, with a softer shimmer finish.”

Essie Concrete Glitter Nail Polish Collection in City Slicker, $9, available at Ulta Beauty


Glitter is inherently fun in its natural, hexagonal-fleck form, but when you bling out a clear base coat with teensy laser-cut hearts, the detail is chic and unexpected. “A manicure bedazzled with hearts is in season,” says Tuttle. “I absolutely love the Nails Inc polish in Alexa Hearts.” If you can’t splurge on the limited-edition bottle, Sephora has a Nails Inc holiday glitter polish set that’s a solid alternative.

Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Alexa Hearts (Limited-Edition), $34.99, available at Amazon


Everyone needs a silver sequin polish in their collection. “You can’t go wrong with a true diamond-esque sequin glitter,” says Saunders. “Set In Stones by Essie is a glitter lovers’ dream and looks amazing on every skin tone.”

Essie Luxeffects Nail Polish in Set in Stones, $6.89, available at Target

Shimmer Top Coat

When your go-to polish — be it slate gray or pale pink — isn’t packing that holiday party-ready punch you’re looking for, try layering on a glitter top coat polish some pizazz. “I love This Magic Moment by Deborah Lippmann,” says Tuttle. “Because it’s sheer white mica, you can swipe it over any polish base for a fresh, shiny finish.”

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in This Magic Moment, $20, available at Deborah Lippmann

If you’re rotating though dark, rich base colors this time of year — think oxblood reds and glossy sapphires — a dark-tinged glitter makes the perfect top coat finish. “I love to layer this Crimson And Clover shade on top of a matte red to give a mani that extra festive pop,” explains Tuttle.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Crimson And Clover, $20, available at Deborah Lippmann

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