Winter 2010 – 2011 Hot Nail Polish Colors Preview

It’s hard to believe winter is here again in full swing! Many places had their first big snowfall just a few weeks ago, and again this week. It’s time to break out the hottest nail polish colors for winter 2010 – 2011 so you can rock a sexy manicure for New Year’s Eve, January, and February, especially Valentine’s Day. No matter if you like reds, pinks, metallic nail polish, or something else entirely, you are sure to find hot nail polish colors to love for the wintertime.

This is our preview for winter 2010 – 2011 hot nail polish colors so you can stay on top of the nail trends. Consider these hot and sexy nail polish colors for winter.

Winter 2010 – 2011 Nail Polish Trend #1: Metallics Are Still in Style, but Don’t Forget Sparkle!

As always, nail polish brand OPI is on top of the hottest nail colors and shades for the season, in this case winter. OPI offers the Katy Perry Collection, which includes colors such as Last Friday Night NL K10, a beautiful glitter blue that is as bright and pretty as it is sparkly, Teenage Dream NL K07, which is another swirly, glittery nail color but this time in a captivating rosy pink, the subtle sparkling Simply Smashing NL S17, which is a lovely cross of fresh lime and olive green, Not Like the Movies NL K09, which is a tough color to peg – I think it is a kind of grayish green, and finally another gorgeous shade – The One that Got Away NL K08, which is a vibrant and sparkly magenta color that is great for making a statement!

The glittery nail colors for winter are extra fun, boasting large, chunky sparkles and glitter instead of the usual subtle sheen. Perhaps the most exciting new offering from OPI (in my humble opinion of course) is the Black Shatter topcoat, which can give your manicures and pedicures an edgy look with great ease. To create a shattered manicure, simply apply one coat of the Black Shatter polish over any completely dry Katy Perry shade of OPI nail color.

Perfect Formula is another nail polish brand keeping up with the trends in metallic nail polish colors. Chambord is one of my new favorite nail colors, showing off the look of wonderful wine before you even open the bottle. The nail color goes on smoothly and evenly and looks great with two coats. Where OPI The One that Got Away is more in the pink family, Chambord is more in the purple family. It is a really fun and sexy nail color for winter. Beyond the color though, I am honestly amazed at how quickly my nails dried when I painted them with Perfect Formula nail polish!

Another metallic nail shade for winter 2011 from Perfect Formula is Mystic, which can best be described as liquid opal in a bottle. While I love the look of the nail polish in the bottle, it gets a little washed out on my nails when I apply it. I can’t really see the opal tones as well as I wish I could. The moral is this – if you want va-va-voom color for winter, Mystic is not your shade. However, if you are interested in a subtle nail color for a job interview or a nice understated look on your manicure or pedicure, this color could be perfect for you. In fact, if you prefer the natural look of your nails, this color adds a bit of shine without taking away from the natural beauty.

Dazzle Dry nail colors offer two sparkly shades for winter, a slightly sheer mauve-type shade known as Bleu Rosé and a gorgeous, glittering silver sparkle shade of nail color, Silver Lamé, which is reminiscent of minx nails. Bleu Rosé seems to dry into a flat shade rather than an overly sparkly shade. Silver Lamé, on the other hand, allows you to live all your sparkling dreams with a wild and reckless glitter coat. Nail colors by Dazzle Dry really do dry in a flash, with or without the three-piece vegan nail care kit offered by VB Cosmetics, the parent company of Dazzle Dry.

Finally, Unforgettable Moments nail colors, distributed by Payless ShoeSource Worldwide Inc, arrive in a fine array of sparkly, metallic nail shades for the winter season. Bringing back the gemstone outlook, the nail colors come in trios of mini nail polish bottles in colors such as Sapphire, Amethyst, Garnet, and of course, the metal tones, Gold, Bronze, and Platinum. These rich metallic nail polishes make a great winter statement and look especially great with dresses or even with jeans. These sparkly shades go on your nails nice and evenly and can look great even with one coat. Zoe&Zac Naturals, another nail brand offered by Payless, also has a fun and rich sparkly brown nail color known as Bronze Lady. What a lovely change from the typical nail polish colors!

Rachele Greco, Spa Director at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury, NY, shares her outlook on nails trends and colors for winter 2011. She recommends the following nail polish products this winter:

Gold: OPI’s Rising Star takes on a rich hue, and is not too yellow,” Greco says. “Unless you are a nail biter, this will look good on any nail length. Want to be daring? Use gold as the base for a French manicure instead of pale pink.”

Silver/Platinum: “A completely silver nail looks great for evening wear, but for a day look, it might be too flashy,” Greco tips. “I’ve used it just on the tip of my nails for a subdued yet elegant option. Nars’ Full Metal Jacket fits the bill.”


“Always a great winter choice on nails and lips… Be careful to select a shade that complements your skin color,” Greco cautions. “If you are a woman of color, or just got back from San Tropez, select a more orange-based red like Zoya’s Haley. Those who have more of a pink tone to their skin should look for “true red” nail colors or ones with more of a blue pigment such as Le Vernis Pulsion from Chanel.”

Winter 2010 – 2011 Nail Polish Trend #2: Bright Colors…

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