11 Of The Most Popular Nail Salon Shades

11 Of The Most Popular Nail Salon Shades

You might be more than happy with Essie Ballet Slippers on repeat, but that doesn't mean you're not curious to know what others are choosing for their nail colour. To find out, we tracked down the most popular shades at some of London’s top mani-pedi bars, as well as the colours set to reign supreme this season…

SALON: Secret Spa
SHADE: OPI Put It In Neutral, £13.90

Dubbed as the ‘perfect neutral for all skin tones’ OPI’s pretty pink hue looks clean, chic and polished. Ideal for anyone that wants something understated and sophisticated.

Available at OPIUK.com

SALON: Dryby 
SHADE: CND Nail Polish in Arrowhead, £7.95

DryBy salon claims to have seen a diversion from the classics, with a spike in demand for brown, grey and aubergine tones. Arrowhead, a rich cappuccino colour, is a current favourite, and a shade spied all over the spring runways, too.

Available at LookFantastic.com

THE SALON: Townhouse
THE SHADE: NailBerry London in Rouge, £14.50

Known for their elegant nail art, Townhouse has seen customers returning to red, and this one from NailBerry in particualr. Utterly timeless, this popular ‘Rouge’ shade has orange undertones to suit all skin tones.

Available at JohnLewis.com 

THE SALON: Nails & Brows Mayfair
THE SHADE: CND Vinylux in Gummi, £7.90

As spring approaches, Nails & Brows customers are reaching for brighter, spring shades, like this lilac from CND. Far from being pastel-sweet, the violet undertones have a more grown-up edge. Great for anyone bored of nude and red.

Available at Amazon.co.uk

THE SALON: Duck & Dry
THE SHADE: Essie Polish in Chinchilly, £7.99

Duck & Dry says this is their most sought-after shade. Ideal for those wanting a stronger colour, without going too dark or sludgy, it’s warm, rich and looks appropriate with most outfits, day or night.

Available at Boots.com

THE SALON: Nails Inc At Harvey Nichols 
THE SHADE: Nails Inc Polish in Victoria & Albert, £15

Loved for its beautiful, pillar box tone, this is one of Nails Inc’s best-sellers and most-asked for shades at manicure appointments. The shiny, high-gloss finish earns it extra points, too.

Available at NailsInc.com 

THE SALON: Ama The Salon
THE SHADE: Artistic Colour Gloss Gel in Love, Marriage, Prenup, £16.95

A classic with a twist, the pink tones make this perfect for those after a less traditional nude.

Available at NailPolishDirect.co.uk 

THE SALON: London Grace
THE SHADE: London Grace Polish in Holly, £12

Described as a number one best-seller, this rich, burgundy colour is a failsafe option that looks great all-year-round. It’s highly pigmented, with a deep, berry colour that lasts for at least a week.

Available at LondonGrace.co.uk

THE SALON: Blush + Blow
THE SHADE: Cashmere Wrap By CND, £11.20

Clients describe this as the perfect nude, and it continues to be Blush + Blow’s most popular colour. The mauve hue means it looks beautiful against darker skin tones, too.

Available at LookFantastic.com

THE SALON: Cowshed
THE SHADE: Cheeky Wine Down Nail Paint, £8

You can’t go wrong with this ruby red from Cheeky. Unlike others on this list, it’s warm, burnished tone makes it bang on-trend and bound to make a statement.

Available at Cowshed.com

THE SALON: House Of Lady Muck (HOLM)
THE SHADE: Gel Bottle in Marshmallow, £14.50

Trendy nail bar HOLM prides itself on quirky, yet elegant nail art, but ‘Marshmallow’ remains the most-requested shade, thanks to its flattering tone and barely-there finish. The ideal choice for that ‘groomed’ look. 

Available at TheGelBottle.com

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