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  • Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Peridot

    Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Peridot

    A runaway hit, this Fall 2011 limited-edition nail lacquer quickly became the unofficial shade of the season, with editors and fashion leaders wearing it in every major city. Like any good holographic polish, it begs the question, Is it gold or is it green? The stunning yet edgy combination of brassy hues serves as an eye-catching neutral metallic that will pop—and look unique—on every skin tone. Stock up before it’s gone for good. $25

  • Ciate Corrupted Neons Manicure Set

    Ciaté Corrupted Neons Manicure Set

    We love our nail art here, so this new fun-for-summer polish kit from Ciaté, one of the most inventive brands in the nail lacquer category (remember the caviar manicure?), has our name written all over it. The Day-Glo neon base polish, which has a matte finish and comes in orange, pink, yellow and blue sets, allows for endless possibilities, especially since each kit comes with correspondingly festive glitter. The best part, however, is the clear top coat that actually makes your mani glow in the dark! $25

  • CND Shellac UV Color Coat

    CND Shellac UV Color Coat

    Launched in 2010 after five years of research and testing, CND’s Shellac—similar to the gel polish that’s everywhere these days—is perhaps the least invasive version of a UV light-cured, long-lasting lacquer. Unlike with gel, no nail buffing is needed, and the formaldehyde-free range of 30 shades quickly expands with layering to create innovative new hues that will stay mirror-shiny for two weeks. $16

  • Dermelect Makeover Ridge Filler

    Dermelect Makeover Ridge Filler

    This light pink base coat does double duty, filling in unsightly nail ridges while also treating dehydrated and discolored nails. Hands and nails are often neglected when it comes to an anti-aging routine, but they show our age just as much as our faces. Restore moisture, flexibility and shine to your nails with Dermelect Cosmeceuticals’ Makeover Ridge Filler, an anti-aging base coat—dual concealer and nail treatment. The protein- and vitamin-infused liquid hides nail imperfections and helps prevent splits and breaks. The formula is also formaldehyde free. $18

  • Dior Vernis in Merveille

    Dior Vernis in Merveille

    To create the most festive red around, the iconic French luxury house blended a vibrant tomato hue with a shot of liquid gold. Part of the Les Rouges Or Holiday 2011 collection, the bright, subtly metallic lacquer manages to work at both a crisp winter soiree and a steamy tropical resort. $22

  • Formula X for Sephora Xplosives Top Coats

    Formula X for Sephora Xplosives Top Coats

    For nail art fans (and glitter aficionados!), these new next-gen top coats from Formula X for Sephora feature matte glitter particles in various shapes and sizes for the ultimate painterly effect. Mix and match or layer for a uniquely customized look—the paraben-free formulas are buildable and the brush was designed for precise application. Available in 14 shades with names like the citrus-y Mind-Blowing and the orange-and-black-glitter Bombshell. These are sure to spark a conversation! $12.50


  • Healthy Hoof Hoof Lacquer

    Healthy Hoof Hoof Lacquer

    While we’re not about to start using horse brushes for human hair, Healthy Hoof’s clear lacquer—originally used by horse trainers for their animals’ hooves—is the hands-down best topcoat around for both fingers and toes. Not only does it extend the life of polish, chip-free, but it dries quickly, gives a high-gloss sheen and contains UV protection. $4.50

  • Jessica Phenomen Oil

    Jessica Phenomen Oil

    Formulated by the renowned nail technician who’s cared for the pristine hands of Nancy Reagan, Jodie Foster and even Lucille Ball, this rich oil is the ultimate moisturizer not only for the cuticles but any other rough, thirsty patch of skin (think elbows, heels). Full of jojoba, almond and rice oils, it’s an instant pick-me-up for fingertips and also helps strengthen nails—a real miracle-worker. $13.90