Wondering which nail polish colors are worth the investment? Check out our definitive breakdown of which shades and brands to buy now!

There’s no doubt about it, curating your own collection of nail polish colors can be quite overwhelming. When do you stock up on drugstore brands and when do you invest in designer products? Is that seasonal shade a fad or a future favorite that you’ll regret not buying? These are the questions that cross every nail enthusiast’s mind. So how does one answer these quintessential quandaries? We made the rounds at our local pharmacy and department store to bring you five fabulous shades that should have a place on any medicine cabinet shelf. Check them out.

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Rouge Pop Art

YSL Nail Polish

($27, sephora.com)

When it comes to nail polish colors, there’s nothing more timeless than a true red. Not only is YSL’s Rouge Pop Art the perfect fiery hue, this highly pigmented nail polish also dries quickly and holds its shine for at least four days. At $27 a pop, this designer polish is pricey, but worth every penny.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue Me Away

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(2.99, walgreens.com)

Sally Hansen has been in the business a long time, and she sure knows how to hold her own against the big designer names. This bright aqua blue is a shade not found among department store beauty counters. In addition to its unique shade, this Sally Hansen steal gets high marks for durability.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Amazing Grace

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($18, deborahlippmann.com)

Buying white nail polish may seem a bit weird, but we assure youit won’t take long before you become obsessed with this awesome color. This clean, crisp white works wonders with any outfit and is sure to brighten your mood without calling too much attention to your manicure.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Toasted Almond

Covergirl Nail Polish

($5.49, covergirl.com)

The perfect taupe should be a staple of any nail polish collection. Covergirl’s toasted almond edition is an ideal neutral that’s easy on the budget. Combining a base coat, high-gloss color and chip-resistant top coat, this drugstore option is as good as any designer brand gets.

3.1 Phillip Lim for Nars Nail Polish in Dark Room (Limited Edition)

Phillip Lim for Nars

($20, narscosmetics.com)

This moody midnight hue from Phillip Lim’s limited edition Nars collection is hard to pass up. A seductive shade for any season, we’re particular fond of incorporating Dark Room into our winter repertoire. Equipped with a broad brush, this polish is as easy to apply as it is stunning to look at.

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