Party season is here, so it’s time to ditch the plain polish shades and introduce some Santa-approved sassiness to our manis. Festive nail polish is all about pizzazz. Beautiful reds, gorgeous glitters and icy hues are where it’s at, and if you’re on the hunt for inspo, here it is. We’ve got four groups of polish that are perfect for the whole season, from the office party to Christmas Day.

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Santa suits

It may be cold outside, but red-hot hues are all the rage at Christmas, thanks to the big man with the long white beard. Seriously, nothing says Christmas like Santa, and nothing says Santa like the colour red. If you’re after something bright and bold, go for Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red. For a deeper tone with a berry vibe, Rimmel 60 Second Super Shine Nail Polish in Berries & Cream will be the one for you. And if you want to take it a step further with a metallic red, opt for Essie Nail Polish in Thigh High.

Revlon Revlon Nail Enamel Revlon Red 680 £6.49 Buy Now
Rimmel Rimmel Nail Polish 60 Second Berries & Cream 8ml £2.99 Buy Now
Essie Essie Nail Colour 52 Thigh High 13.5ml £7.99 Buy Now

Seasonal sparkle

Glitter is the gateway to all things festive, so a sprinkling of seasonal sparkle will never go amiss. You can either go all out shimmer – in which case Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint will be your holy grail. We love the shades Antique Gold, a deep red base packed with rusty gold glitters, and the rich Purple Frost. Another way to make your nails gleam is by using a glitter polish with a clear base as a top coat. Barry Majestic Sparkle would look gorge on top of greens and reds, and add a bit of party season magic to your mani.

Barry M Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint Purple Frost £3.99 Buy Now
Barry M Barry M Classic Nail Paint 369 - Majestic Sparkle £2.99 Buy Now
Barry M Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint - Antique Gold £3.99 Buy Now

Merry metals

Another way to get into the spirit is to opt for a metallic shade. Gold, copper and every shade in between are all perfect for party season. For a richer-than-rich gold, Essie Winter Nail Polish in Million Mile Hues is the one to go for. Warm, fiery and a one-coat wonder, this polish will have you ready for any party in a flash. For something a little more on the icy side, try Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish in Sprinkled With Love. This blue-toned silver shade is stunning and has a pro finish that’ll leave everyone wondering where you got your mani done. And if one colour isn’t enough, this formula comes in a duo-toned shade called Garnish Attention. The shift between emerald green and royally rich purple is gorgeous and fitting for the festive season.

Essie Essie Winter Nail Polish 587 Million Mile Hues £7.99 Buy Now
Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Garnish Attention £9.99 Buy Now
Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Sprinkled With Love £9.99 Buy Now

A touch of frost

If you’re holding our hope for a white Christmas, you may be disappointed, but give your nails a frosty, festive touch and you’ll be skipping through imaginary snow in no time. Use Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish in I Teramis-you as a base, then top with an icy glitter polish. For more of a pink finish, go for Essie Nail Polish in Venture To The Venue, and for a cooler-toned tint, try Barry M in Whimsical Dreams.

Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish I Tiramis -You £9.99 Buy Now
Essie Essie Concrete Glitters 572 Venture to the Venue £7.99 Buy Now
Barry M Barry M Classic Nail Paint - Whimsical Dreams £2.99 Buy Now