I Get Questions About This Nail Polish Color Every Time I Wear It, Without Fail

A few years ago, I was so obsessed with nail art that I'd get it on the regular. The amazing designs that the nail artists could dream up were just pure masterpieces. (Not to mention I'd get compliments left and right and people asking about the little artworks on my fingernails.)

I still have a deep appreciation for nail art, but I've been keeping it low-maintenance these days, especially since I haven't been able to get to a salon that much in the past two years. I know one day I'll splurge for a session on a special occasion, but for now, I'm just sticking to regular polish.


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So what's a girl to do when she still wants the wow-factor on her nails (and the compliments, of course)? I like to think outside of the box with my colors and opt for something unexpected or eye-catching. It's a balancing act for me with sheer and traditional colors, and then the neons and metallics.

One hue that always gets me great feedback? Gold nail polish. Yes, if you want to feel luxe and glam, get yourself a gold mani. While it's not necessarily known as an everyday color, it's absolutely perfect for special occasions when you really want to turn things up a notch. (And if you wear it as an everyday color, more power to you.)

I love the color for a number of reasons. One, It just takes a couple of coats to get statement-making nails. It's easy! Two, it's so festive and rich-feeling. And three, I just love gold jewelry, so it goes great with my accessorizing.

My favorite shade of gold right now is Olive and June's OJBH. It's a metallic that looks like literal liquid gold. It's sleek, opaque, and sophisticated. I swear that every time I wear this one, I feel so fabulous and I always get questions about what shade I’m wearing. The formula is also long-lasting—it's normally flawless for a week and a half on my nails.

And if you want more gold polish recs, take a look at some more below.

1. Àuda.B Metallic Gold Vegan Nail Polish in I Am Expensive

2. Sally Hansen Mega Strength in Wild Card

3. Emilie Heathe Nail Artist Nail Polish in Billions

4. Essie Nail Polish in Good as Gold

5. Revlon Nail Enamel in Chameleon

6. Nails Inc. Biodegradable Glitter Nail Polish in Paryting on Portobello Gold

7. CND Vinylux in Get That Gold

8. OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer in Suzi's Slinging Mezcal

9. Olive and June Nail Polish in Obvi

10. Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Canotier

11. Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Golden Fairy

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Managing Editor

Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.