So you want to try something new for your next manicure — it is a whole new year, after all — but you’re fresh out of ideas for some bold, on-trend shades for the new season. Well, why not go green? Sure, it might not be your go-to choice when it comes to picking out the best nail polish colors, but this stylish shade is actually a great (and versatile!) nail color for a fresh new mani — and will totally add an amazing pop of color to your entire look. Besides being perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, a luscious green is also great for if you want to go bold and try something new on your nails. And no, it doesn’t even have to be a classic bright green or a neon green — darker and more neutral shades of green are still daring and super-flattering options, too (and they might just be as chic as the iconic red nails or a clean white mani).
From dark greens and rich emeralds to the more subtle olives and pastel greens, we’ve picked out some of the best green nail polish colors to try out for your next glamorous manicure — so going green this season is actually as simple as picking one out from our list. Whether you go for a classic emerald shade or more of a bright mint green, these 11 green nail polish shades are sure to have your nails looking chic and on-trend for 2020.
Leaf Me Be
As a GH Beauty Breakthrough Award winner, this formula dries fast, chips less, and lasts longer than regular polish. “The deep hunter green shade with hints of black is a more sophisticated, chic way to wear green that transitions from days at the office to nights out,” says Good Housekeeping’s Beauty Director April Franzino.
If you’re looking for nails that can match your mojito (because who doesn’t?!), this classic bright green from our top-tested brand Essie has all the right shade of green you want, plus a gorgeous glossy finish.
Envy the Adventure
Another one of our top-tested nail polish brands, this OPI nail lacquer in “Envy the Adventure” is a true emerald green shade in a creamy, shimmer-free finish — and it’s the perfect gorgeous look for any occasion.
Go Go Green
Besides being our pick for the best value nail polish, this budget-friendly formula from Maybelline is a great choice if you want to “go go green,” especially with a beautiful, bright lime shade that’s sure to steal the show.
Mint Candy Apple
A go-to pastel favorite of Good Housekeeping’s product and review editor Jessica Teich, this delicate, light-toned shade from Essie is a true mint green that’s just as sweet and delightful as its name.
Things I Have Seen in Aber-Green
Want a green that’s darker and moodier? Try this near-black shade from OPI’s Scotland collection, which will definitely make your look edgier and cooler no matter what you’re wearing.
For an extra stunning touch on your nails, “Emerald Blaze” is a beautiful duochrome green that shifts to a bronze and brown shade depending on the light and angle — plus, this formula from Covergirl was shown to be the most chip-resistant polish in our beauty lab tests.
If you’re going for a more neutral tone, try this shade of olive green with a bit of white overcast. “This subtle khaki green shade is more neutral and perfect for someone who wants to dip their toes (or tips!) into green,” says April.
How Does Your Zen Garden Grow?
You’ll feel totally zen in no time with this pale green shade from OPI’s Tokyo collection — it’s a luscious soft-and-light tone that’s perfect for springtime.
Looking for some sparkle in your green? This bewitching emerald shade from Zoya is the perfect sparkly green, complete with a textured “pixie dust” finish that’s sure to catch everyone’s eye.
It’ll always be sweater weather on your nails with this intense forest green shade from Essie, especially thanks to this stunning shimmer finish that glides on smooth and silky.