Nail trends come and nail trends go, but one thing is for sure: White nail polish is a forever mood. For decades, it's been one of those nail shades that are almost too good to be true. It fits the bill all year long (that Labor Day rule is totally outdated), it's appropriate for any occasion, and it looks good on everyone. What more could you want out of a nail polish?
If you're operating under the assumption that white nails are too basic, too flat, or even too extra, chances are you just haven't found the white polish finish that's right for you. Just ask the countless celebrities such as Lizzo, Rihanna, and Victoria Beckham who just can't get enough of their white nails.
Ahead, find our edit of the 20 best white nail polishes, broken down by varying finishes to help you find your new favorite.
This classic shade of white is simply stunning. Whether you're coating your nails in an opaque layer of varnish or searching for the perfect shade to help you execute some negative-space nail art, this bright, crisp hue is an all-around winner.
This crisp white polish is about to be your go-to color.
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This bright-white polish is infused with nail hardeners to keep your claws from breaking.
Not only does this cheeky polish deliver ultra-white goodness, but the bottle also looks cute on the vanity.
If you're more into softer white nail shades, look no further than a diffused, milky white. Instead of a high-impact, fluorescent-like pop, you'll get more of a natural finish. It'll give you the perfect balance between an opaque and sheer color.
This polish really lives up to its name.
You don't have to sacrifice shine to get a softer white manicure.
This polish is soft and sweet.
This long-lasting nail varnish ticks all the boxes.
Put a chic spin on your classic white manicure with a subtle hint of shimmer. Pearly white polish is perfect for those who want a little something extra without having to commit to the decidedly extra-ness of straight-up glitter.
This frosty polish is so dreamy.
This safe lacquer delivers all the sheen and none of the toxins.
This slightly metallic polish is like a party for your fingernails.
This iridescent polish is beyond perfect.
Sometimes white polish can feel too stark. The good news is that there are plenty of hues that still deliver the same dainty neutrality with just a slight tinge of another color.
This nearly white pink shade is so beautiful. We're just waiting for the day that this affordable nailcare brand introduces a slightly larger brush to make applying its polishes a bit easier.
We're huge fans of every Olive & June polish (seriously, we love the stuff!), but this super-light slate gray is one of our favorites.
This not-quite-white nail shade gives the lightest, most glorious dusting of pale blue you've ever seen.
Not only is Ballet Slippers on of Essie's most beloved nail colors, but it's also one of its dreamiest.
It doesn't get much easier than this manicure pen loaded with white polish.
This opaque formula was designed specifically to give you the perfect French manicure.
This full-coverage polish is super glossy, so your tips will really pop.
This chilly white hue will make your French manicure appear super bright on your talons.