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Best of 2014 – Top 36 Nail Polishes of the Year

Top 36 Best Nail Polish of 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Best of 2014 – Top 36 Nail Polishes of the Year

This Sunday, my #NailGlossip co-hosts and I will be discussing our favorite things from 2014 and what we’re looking forward to for 2015. I hope you’ll join us on Twitter at 9pm est to share your thoughts with us. It will be so fun (and there’s giveaways)!

So, as I’m reflecting on the past year in nail color, I want to share my favorites from the past year with you. Though, let me say, narrowing down this list to just 36 was no small feat. It started at 60+ but I only wanted to include polishes that I’ve worn multiple times, didn’t want to remove and have taken up permanent residence in my collection.

Without further adieu I give you my Top 36 Nail Polishes of 2014.

My Favorite Polish of 2014

The rest of this list is not in any sort of ranking order but I had to call out the one color that has made the most impact on me in 2014, JINsoon Cool Blue. 

Pantone may have called 2014 the year of Radiant Orchid but cobalt blue was clearly the winner. And even though I have a ton of bright blues, I kept going back to Cool Blue, over and over again. It was on my toes almost the entire summer and I still can’t get enough of it.

JINsoon Cool Blue swatch via @alllacqueredup

JINsoon Cool Blue

Best Blue/Green Nail Polishes of 2014

butter LONDON Airy Fairy (butter LONDON Summer 2014 – Lolly Brights)

butter LONDON Airy Fairy swatch - Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

butter LONDON Airy Fairy

Essie Chills & Thrills (Essie Neons 2014 – Too Taboo)

Essie Chills & Thrills swatch - Neons 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie Style Cartel (Essie Fall 2014 – Dress To Kilt)

Essie Style Cartel - Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Essie Style Cartel

Morgan Taylor Making Waves (Morgan Taylor Summer 2014 – Island Treasures)

Morgan Taylor Making Waves swatch via @alllacqueredup

Morgan Taylor Making Waves

Urban Decay Chaos (Urban Decay Summer 2014)

Urban Decay Chaos nail swatch for Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Urban Decay Chaos

Zoya Ling (Zoya Summer 2014 – Tickled)

Zoya Ling swatch - Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Ling

Zoya Remy (Zoya Fall 2014 – Ignite)

Zoya Remy from Fall 2014 Ignite collection via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Remy

JINsoon Heirloom (JINsoon Fall 2014 – Tess Giberson)

JINsoon Heirloom for Tess Giberson via @alllacqueredup

JINsoon Heirloom

butter LONDON Sozzled (butter LONDON Summer 2014 – Lolly Brights)

butter LONDON Sozzled swatch - Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

butter LONDON Sozzled

CND VINYLUX Lush Tropics (CND Summer 2014 – Paradise)

CND Lush Tropics VINYLUX swatch - Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

CND VINYLUX Lush Tropics

Sally Hansen Pique Side (Sally Hansen SM Spring 2014)

Sally Hansen Piqué Side swatch #ManiMonday via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Piqué Side

Sally Hansen Summerlime (Sally Hansen CSM Spring 2014 – Beach Paradise)

Sally Hansen Summerlime swatch - Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Summerlime

Best Purple Nail Polishes of 2014

China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You (China Glaze Fall 2014 – All Aboard)

China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You - Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You

Formula X Equinox (Formula X Spring 2014 – Liquid Crystals)

Formula X for Sephora Equinox Liquid Crystals via @alllacqueredup

Formula X for Sephora Equinox

NARS Algonquin (NARS Holiday 2014)

NARS Algonquin Holiday 2014 nail polish swatch via @alllacqueredup

NARS Algonquin

OPI I Carol About You (OPI Holiday 2014 – Gwen Stefani)

OPI I Carol About You - Holiday 2014 via @alllacqueredup

OPI I Carol About You

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm? (OPI Fall 2014 – Norway)

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm? from Fall 2014 Nordic via @alllacqueredup

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm?

JINsoon Farrago and Zoya Sansa (JINsoon Fall 2014 – Tess Giberson) (Zoya Fall 2014 – Ignite)

JINsoon Farrago and Zoya Sansa via @alllacqueredup

JINsoon Farrago and Zoya Sansa

Best Black/Grey Nail Polishes of 2014

China Glaze Meet Me Under The Stars (China Glaze Holiday 2014 – Twinkle)

China Glaze Meet Me Under The Stars - Holiday 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Meet Me Under The Stars

Morgan Taylor Midnight Rendezvous (Morgan Taylor Holiday 2014 – Home for the Holidays)

Morgan Taylor Midnight Rendezvous - Holiday 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Morgan Taylor Midnight Rendezvous

Zoya Yuna (Zoya Fall 2014 – Ignite)

Zoya Yuna from Fall 2014 Ignite collection via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Yuna

Best Red/Coral/Pink Nail Polishes of 2014

Morgan Taylor Deck The Halls (Morgan Taylor Holiday 2014 – Home for the Holidays)

Morgan Taylor Deck The Halls - Holiday 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Morgan Taylor Deck The Halls

Zoya India (Zoya Fall 2014 – Ignite)

Zoya India from Fall 2014 Ignite collection via @alllacqueredup

Zoya India

LVX Roux (LVX Spring 2014)

LVX Roux swatch

LVX Roux

Orly Hot Tropics (Orly Summer 2014 – Baked)

Orly Hot Tropics swatch via @alllacqueredup

Orly Hot Tropics

Sally Hansen Leis-y Days (Sally Hansen CSM Spring 2014 – Beach Paradise)

Sally Hansen Leis-y Days swatch - Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Leis-y Days

Best Yellow/Brown/Neutral Nail Polishes of 2014

FingerPaints Hula Aruba (FingerPaints Summer 2014 – Poolside Paradise)

FingerPaints Hula Aruba swatch - Summer 2014

FingerPaints Hula Aruba

OPI Just Can’t Cope-acabana (OPI Spring 2014 – Brazil)

OPI Just Can't Cope-acabana swatch

OPI Just Can’t Cope-acabana

China Glaze Lug Your Designer Baggage (China Glaze Fall 2014 – All Aboard)

China Glaze Lug Your Designer Baggage - Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Lug Your Designer Baggage

Essie Take It Outside (Essie Fall 2014 – Dress To Kilt)

Essie Take It Outside - Fall 2014 @alllacqueredup

Essie Take It Outside

L’Oreal Paris Doutzen’s Nude (L’Oreal Collection Privee)

L'Oreal Paris Doutzen's Nude swatch

L’Oreal Paris Doutzen’s Nude

Best Metallic/Glitter Nail Polishes of 2014

China Glaze I’d Melt for You and OPI Push & Shove (China Glaze Holiday 2014) and (OPI Gwen Stefani)

China Glaze I;d Melt For You and OPI Push & Shove via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze I;d Melt For You and OPI Push & Shove

JINsoon Polka White (JINsoon Spring 2014)

JINsoon Polka White Dot Glitter via @alllacqueredup

JINsoon Polka White

Nails Inc Floral Richmond Gardens (Nails Inc Spring 2014 – Floral)

Zoya Ling with Nails Inc Richmond Gardens Floral glitter

Nails Inc Floral Richmond Gardens over Zoya Ling

Zoya Muse (Zoya Summer 2014 – Bubbly)

Zoya Muse swatch - Bubbly Summer 2014 via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Muse

Honorable Mention

It’s not a new color for 2014 but the new bottle and formula of the Nails Inc Nail Kale line is one of the best brand revamps of the year. Color me impressed with the brush, the weight and design of the bottle and the consistency of the lacquer. Wins all around!

Nails Inc NailKale Swatches and Review via @alllacqueredup

Nails Inc NailKale

Clearly blues ruled my nail world this year and interesting finishes overpowered cremes but it’s a pretty well rounded mix.

Now I want to hear from you. Which of these nail polishes would make your list? Tell me your fave 2014 colors that I overlooked.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for the brands featured. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Great picks! There all very nice.

  2. Jessica says:

    Great choices indeed!!! They are all so very pretty nail colors. No wonder why you have picked them.

  3. JDV says:

    Chanel Sweet Star, Mirabella, Secret. RBL Bicicletta, KB Shimmer Low and Be Bold.

  4. Helena says:

    Lot’s of nice polishes. I think I have to start thininkg of the ones I want to present on my list.

  5. Morgan Taylor just made the deadline! They’re so gorgeous. I’m excited to see that I own a few colors on your list! The SH summer shades Leis-y Days and Summerlime were even avail at a discount store this month (SQUEE)! I found myself wearing Milani Blue Zoom more often than JS Cool Blue but I always save my pricier bottles for nice occasions.

    • That’s quite a score on the SH. I know a lot of people were having trouble finding them in stores, period. Blue Zoom is a great color. It’s a shame Milani discontinued it and the Fast Dry line.

  6. kel says:

    wow i must have been subscribing to you for over a year now! love your year end reviews. always make a list:)

  7. This list is amazing! Thanks for sharing! I might do my own list too. One of my faves this year, probably overall fave was NYFW by Cirque colors. Close to your Cool Blue, but a bit darker. Blues Rule!!! Xo

  8. SHASTA says:

    Definitely Orly Mirrorball and the I Love Nail Polish Summer, Fall and Flakies collections, especially Supernova, Black Orchid and Iconic! Then Orly Tropical Pop, The entire Finger Paints Poolside collection, Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour, SinfulShine Prosecco. Did I say Orly Mirrorball (stunner)? LOL!

  9. Phlegmfatale says:

    When I read this entry, I was delighted to see Zoya Yuna among your favorites, as that was one of mine. I am determined to obtain at least three others you’ve featured here.

  10. Amy B says:

    The first nail polish that came to mind when I asked myself that question is Sinful Colors Let’s Talk. I fell in love with the color, the application and I got tons of compliments on it!

    • I don’t have that one. Thanks for the suggestion. I love Sinful Colors but they put out SO many collections with a lot of repeats so it’s hard to know what’s new, you know?

      • Amy B says:

        I tried it on one nail but I didn’t purchase it. I went and got it the next day because I couldn’t stop looking at my nail. :) That was my first Sinful Colors nail polish because most of them look like “regular” nail polish and I seem to like the “different” nail colours.

  11. Medusa says:

    The blues you chose are simply incredible. I LOVE the look of Butter’s “Airy Fairy,” in particular. //// Since you mention Pantone’s color of the year for 2014, I wonder what you think of their choice of Marsala for 2015′s color of the year. I am not a fan, to be truthful.

  12. Mashalaz says:

    Not usually a fan of teals, but I LOVE OPI’s AmazON / AmazOFF. And your top pick, JINsoon Cool Blue, well, that it just gorgeous. I purchased your Nailbox Trendbox just to get that!

  13. I totally agree with almost all of these! There were some really great shades this year.

  14. Natalie Brown says:

    Hi! Pretty picks! I like the cool blue too. You included a couple of my favorites but my absolute favorite was Essie Sittin’ Pretty. It’s a lovely light orchid shade from the Spring collection.

  15. Jill says:

    A beautiful rainbow of colors! Love the blues. My favorites: London Butter Airy Fairy and Zoya Muse

  16. I am completely obsessed with ORLY “Mirrorball” right now. It looks too good to be true, like it’s a foil or a sticker! I can’t believe that color came out of a bottle on its own. I’m only sad it’s the winter and I can’t see the beautiful full effect outside; I can’t wait for summer!

    And while it’s not new (I don’t think?), I also love my new Dermalect Instant Nail Thickener Top Coat that I bought with a coupon at Christmas. When I smacked two nails and chipped them, you could barely see the chip until 3 days later. Every other nail still looked brand-new. They were just beginning to show a little tip wear that final day a week later. When I went to take it off, I was amazed to see that I’d smacked my fingers so hard that I’d broken both nails, not just chipped them! The Dermalect held everything together! It was amazing stuff!!

    • I really need to get my hands on Mirrorball before it’s gone for good. Everyone loves it so much. And thanks for sharing your love of that Dermelect top coat. I can’t believe it held your nails together after breaking. I’ll have to give it a try.

  17. Lesley says:

    This list just reminded me how much I loved the Zoya Fall 2014 – Ignite collection when you first told us about it. While I don’t have any yet, I’ve realized I need at least one! All the colours look lovely, so I don’t know how I’ll choose…

  18. Susana says:

    I don’t mean to be rude, but really I’m sick of blues. Few corals, no liliacs, no orange, too much glitter, although I do enjoy my share of glitter. No sand? my favorite color for years now, specially the muted Opi, fit for use year round. But, your choice, I respect it. For the most, I love the blog!

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