White Nail Polish Is Always a Vibe—Here Are the 20 Best in Existence

Nail trends come, and nail trends go, but one thing is for sure: White nail polish is a forever mood. For decades, it's been one of those nail polish shades that are almost too good to be true. It fits the bill all year long (that Labor Day rule is totally outdated), is appropriate for any occasion, and looks good on everyone. What more could you want out of a nail polish?

If you're operating under the assumption that white nails are too basic, flat, or even too extra, chances are you haven't found the white polish finish that's right for you. Just ask Lizzo, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, and the countless other celebrities who can't get enough of their white nails.

Ahead, find our edit of the 20 best white nail polishes, broken down by varying finishes to help you find your new favorite. 

Bright White

The 20 Best White Nail Polishes: Bright White



This classic shade of white is simply stunning. Whether you're coating your nails in an opaque layer of varnish or searching for the perfect shade to help you execute some negative-space nail art, this bright, crisp hue is an all-around winner.

Shop the best bright-white nail polishes:

This crisp white polish is about to be your go-to color.

This bright-white polish is infused with nail hardeners to keep your claws from breaking.

Not only does this cheeky polish deliver ultra-white goodness, but the bottle also looks cute on the vanity.

Milky White

The 20 Best White Nail Polishes: Milky White



If you're more into softer white nail shades, look no further than a diffused, milky white. Instead of a high-impact, fluorescent-like pop, you'll get more of a natural finish. It'll give you the perfect balance between an opaque and sheer color.

Shop the best milky-white nail polishes:

This polish really lives up to its name.

You don't have to sacrifice shine to get a softer white manicure.

Pearly White

The 20 Best White Nail Polishes: Pearly White



Put a chic spin on your classic white manicure with a subtle hint of shimmer. Pearly white polish is perfect for those who want a little something extra without having to commit to the decidedly extra-ness of straight-up glitter.

Shop the best pearly white nail polishes:

This safe lacquer delivers all the sheen and none of the toxins.

This slightly metallic polish is like a party for your fingernails.


The 20 Best White Nail Polishes



Sometimes white polish can feel too stark. The good news is there are plenty of hues that deliver the same dainty neutrality with just a slight tinge of another color.

Shop the best white-ish nail polishes:

This nearly white pink is so beautiful and complements all skin colors. 

We're huge fans of every Olive and June polish (seriously, we love the stuff!), but this super-light slate gray is one of our favorites.

This not-quite-white nail shade gives the lightest, most glorious dusting of pale blue you've ever seen.

Not only is Ballet Slippers one of Essie's most beloved nail colors, but it's also one of its dreamiest.

French White

Love it or hate it, the French manicure is one of the most iconic nail styles of all time. A flat, opaque white might not always be what you gravitate toward, but it's a critical component for creating the perfect classic French tips.

Shop the best French-white nail polishes:

It doesn't get much easier than this manicure pen loaded with white polish.

This opaque formula was designed specifically to give you the perfect French manicure.

This full-coverage polish is super glossy, so your tips will really pop.

This chilly white hue will make your French manicure appear super bright on your talons.

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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