Winter 2014: Must Have Polishes

Winter 2014 Must Have PolishesApparently it’s the first day of winter. Not that I’ve noticed. As I type this it is 60 degrees outside here in Charlotte, North Carolina. But hey, that’s how I like my winters anyway!

Anyway. On to the nail polish! There isn’t that much difference between the colors that are popular during fall and winter. The major difference is in the finish of the polishes.

Below the jump are my 5 must have polishes for winter 2014. Make sure to leave a comment with your favorite winter polishes!


Essie Splash of Grenadine1. Radiant Orchid: The official Pantone 2014 color of the year! While I think color is going to be better for warmer weather it’s already making its way into fashion and makeup. Essie Splash of Grenadine is probably the most true to Pantone’s version of radiant orchid in my collection. But, I do think something like OPI Pamplona Purple is a good cold weather option. It has a similar ton but it’s a bit darker.

OPI Warm Me Up2. Charcoal Brown: Totally didn’t see this one coming! But I’ve always had a soft spot for brown polish. It’s still dark and slightly edgy but less expected (and less harsh) than black. The brown polishes this season have a little shimmer and are a softer, cooler brown. My favorite polish in this color is OPI Warm Me Up. Sephora by OPI 212 Sephora is a different twist on this color. And Pixi Charcoal Celebration is a little more black for the black polish lovers.

Perfect Pair Julep Winter & deborah lippmann Today Was a Fairytale3. Icy Gray: Gray was a big trend for fall 2013 but gray has taken a slight turn for winter. There are a couple of ways to go about achieving this look. One way is to just use a polish with that icy kind of finish like Orly Pixie Dust. Or, a glitter over a light gray or dusty blue polish can achieve an icy look. My favorite glitter for this is deborah lippmann Today Was a Fairytale. It’s great in combination with Julep Winter.

PISTOL polish Like A Boss4. Raspberry: Quite the odd color trend for cold weather but I’ll take it! While there are polishes from pastel to super bright in this color they all have one thing in common; they are super shimmery. My favorite raspberry polish is on the more subtle side; PISTOL polish Like a Boss. Barielle Secret Encounter is a great blackened raspberry if you’re not so sure about wearing pastel polishes during the cold weather.

Essie Ignite the Night5. Glitter: Ok, I realize that doesn’t sound very original. But, the glitters that nail polish companies are including in their winter 2014 collections are quite different from most glitter polishes in the nail polish world. Essie Peak of Chic has matte, white bar glitter while Essie Ignite the Night has super fine glitter that give an almost textured look.


  1. Yeah here in central Ohio we had snow snow and more snow recently, then it got warm and melted in the past day or so. So much for a white Christmas! Now it’s warm but raining, so you can imagine how lovely everything looks.

    I am pretty excited about “radiant orchid” – not my fave shade of purple or whatever, but a nice change from last year’s green. It figured I to this week’s Project Runway All-Stars challenge.

    And I’m also good with icy greys, and would take charcoal brown over regular brown.

    Thanks for the post, and Happy Holidays!!

    1. I went to law school in Ohio. Basically cured me of liking snow!

      Radiant Orchid is definitely improvement from emerald. I loved that Project Runway episode (mostly because it was so fun they had beauty bloggers on the show!).

  2. Can’t wait for my bottle of OPI’s Pirouette My Whistle (my DH lets me pick out my own sticking stuffers). I’m expecting it will add a snowy touch to almost anything!

    We have had over 90 cm (that’s 35 inches) of snow in the last seven days. There is currently a beauty of an ice storm underway. And I have to pick up my peanut butter pie at the bakery tomorrow! Thank goodness for four wheel drive! 😉

  3. Like your gray combo! And the raspberry is nice and unique for winter, reminds me of a more opague and richer version Lippmann’s Whatever Lola wants, which I have and love.

What do you think?