If you ask me, mauve is probably one of the most deeply misunderstood colors just in life, but especially so as it pertains to nail polish. Like puce (which is actually a dark purple-brown-red situation), glaucous (a powdery blue-gray), wenge (an earthy wooden brown), and plenty more, mauve really gets the short end of the stick where potential is concerned, and it sounds a lots less divine than it actually is. Maybe because it sounds like moth? (Honestly, I have no idea, but I don't think I'm alone here, right?) It just doesn't roll off the tongue or sound quite as exotic as other beloved hues like turquoise, lilac, or magenta.
Technically speaking, "mauve" is categorized as a pale shade of purple named after the mallow flower. Many people assume it's more dishwatery and gray than it actually is, and up until recently, it hasn't been a super-popular pick on the nail spectrum. However, I've noticed more and more nail polish brands launching iterations of the "sickly" shade, and it's inarguably gaining momentum as far as trending colors go. Of course, like all colors, there's a spectrum within the mauve family, and some will be more flattering than others depending on your skin tone and typical shade MO.
We like to be ahead of the crowd here at WWW, so below, you'll find our handpicked selection of mauve nail colors sure to suit every palette. Keep scrolling! You'll definitely want to snatch up two or three.
We obsess over Smith & Cult's nail formulas over and over again because not only are the colors stunning (like this exemplary shade of mauve), but the finish is also so dang opaque and glossy. One or two coats does the trick!
This shade of mauve from the nontoxic nail brand Sundays is so popular that it's currently sold out and back-ordered until February 10 of this year. However, the buzz is legit, so we highly recommend you add it to your cart anyway for future shipment.
I honestly get frenetic whenever I enter Base Coat's polish shop. The formulas are just about as nontoxic as you can get (10-free), and the colors are just so, so good. I literally want every bottle, but while we're on the topic of mauve … This juicy color currently has my eye.