7 Philly Style-Setters Share Their Favorite Holiday Nail Polishes

The most in-demand polishes to seek out right now.

‘Tis the season for manis! Before you go for the standard red, take a peek at what some of Philly’s most fabulous are sporting on their nails this season. From neutrals to vampy navy, their picks will definitely give you some inspiration before you sit in the salon chair.


Randi Edelman
Marketing Director for Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd

“For holiday, I like to do more festive colors … Chinatown by Nars is my favorite deep red, and Essie just came out with a great metallic silver called No Place Like Chrome that’s on my toes. I go to Genesis Nails on 8th and Walnut. Love them there!”



Dom Streater
Fashion designer, Project Runway winner

“I love the color Poppy from American Apparel’s Nail Lacquer collectionperfect shade of red for year-round, and super-saturated, too!”




Beka Rendell
Stylist, owner of Styled Creative

OPI GEL Black Cherry Chutney has been my go-to. It is the perfect deep dark color without being flat; it has a little glisten to it. I am also loving Essie After Schoolboy Blazer. To me, navy is the perfect color for the holidays, not too holiday-y but festive and goes with everything.”




Susan Ahn
Owner of Eaves boutique in Wayne

“My winter favorite is Essie Demure Vixen – it’s a warm versatile neutral with a hint of shimmer that goes from nude to greyish pink. Works with any look day to dinner. And for a fun festive touch, this color looks amazing with a splash of ombre gold glitter.”



Nicole Paloux
Owner of Red Balloon Public Relations

“I have become a pretty loyal Lacquer Lounge gal. For the holidays, I like to take a break from my go-to greys/whites and do a blue-red. OPI’s Big Apple Red is the only red that works on me. Everything else looks granny.”




Carrie Denny
Editor of Philadelphia Wedding

“When I don’t have OPI’s Thrill of Brazil gel on my nails in December, I’m playing with a gold glitter topcoat. Now that Sephora by OPI’s Only Gold For Me is gone forever (RIP), I’m on Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow, which I like because it’s more of a gold confetti than a gold glitter. You can control the hardcore-ness of the gold by how many coats you put on, and it’s equally as fun by itself as it is on top of another favorite color, like a light pink.”


Lisa McElhone
Owner of Lacquer Lounge, Queen Village and Rittenhouse

“As for go-to holiday polishes, we love metallics, deep reds and, of course, anything sparkly. The new Essie Luxeffects collection has been a big hit and our most favorite so far.”