Very few things have the power to fix a bad day quite like a fresh mani-pedi. Not only does it feel good to treat yourself, but according to science, different colors can have different effects on our moods. For example, blue is said to be calming and relaxing while pink is known as powerful and energetic. All the more reason to splurge on a few new nail colors, right?

ILNP Nail Polish in Empire

A long-lasting glitter mani. Most glitter polishes can be tough to work with, but ILNP’s is known for its fabulous application and looks stunning after only two coats.Cruelty-free. Holographic sparkle. Long lasting.

Zoya Nail Polish in Snow White

A flawless French manicure. Best and most easy to use white nail polish. Using white can be tricky, but this is a pure white that goes on smooth and dries pretty quickly for a perfect finish. Available in other colors. Full coverage.

Deborah Lippmannn Creme Nail Lacquer in Blue Orchid

Dark skin tones. This baby blue hue is an O, The Oprah Magazine Spring Beauty O-Ward winner. Available in other colors. Free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde. Cruelty-free.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Red My Fortune Cookie


A classic red perfect for channeling your inner Marilyn Monroe. Pair it with a punchy red lip to match. Up to 7 days of wear. Full coverage.

Essie Gel Couture in Jade To Measure

A salon-worthy look—no lamp necessary. The shimmery blue accents that beautifully catch the light. Emerald green with sapphire accents. Gel-like wear.

OPI Infinite Shine In Pursuit of Purple

A fresh springtime mani. It’s a beautiful lilac color with a shiny finish and only needs two coats at most to be opaque. Up to 11 days of gel-like wear. Easy application and removal.

Zoya Nail Polish in Darcy

According to psychology, yellow is one of the happiest hues in the color spectrum—so this sunny shade is practically guaranteed to cheer you up on a bad day. Zoya makes the world’s longest-wearing, toxin-free nail polish and nail care treatments. Available in other colors as well. Full coverage.

We’ve used our data-driven algorithm factoring in Instagram buzz, beauty editor favorites, and real user reviews to create this vetted list of the best mood-boosting nail colors on the market. From a baby blue perfect for kicking off the spring season to classic wear-everywhere red, these colors are guaranteed to get you feeling good. Whether you’re in need of a little pick-me-up or your nails are just desperate for these nail colors.