9 Gorgeous Nail Polish Colors Inspired by Color of the Year

Periwinkle hues abound.

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Each year, a "color of the year" is chosen by Pantone, also known as the authority on color. This hue is selected based on trends across an array of industries, and it impacts a lot of decisions we make for the next 12 months, from home design to fashion apparel to the color we put on our fingernails.

This year's hue is Very Peri, a soft periwinkle color that's easy on the eyes—and on the nails, thanks to its cool tone that complements any skin color. For a quick and noncommittal way to add 2022's color of the year to your world, try one of these Very Peri-inspired nail polishes.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Crying Out Cloud

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Sally Hansen's Crying Out Cloud perfectly captures the muted tones of Pantone's Very Peri. It's a slightly dusty creamy purple with blue undertones. The popular formula is a gel-hybrid that's resistant to chipping.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Polish in Afternoon Delight

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We're digging this slightly muted, paler take on Very Peri. Deborah Lippmann's Afternoon Delight is a dusty lavender cream hue that delivers the high-shine glossy finish you'd expect at the salon and an innovative contour brush that ensures a smooth look every time.

Madam Glam Soak Off Gel Polish in Beautiful Chaos

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Swear by gel polishes? Opt for this pearlescent version of Very Peri from Madam Glam. Just apply one or two coats and then let it set under a UV lamp for two minutes or for one minute under an LED lamp. Voila—a long-lasting ultra shiny mani! (BTW, the brand has an entire page of nail polishes inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year.)

OPI Xbox Nail Color Collection in You Had Me At Halo

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For some extra pep in your periwinkle polish, opt for this faceted lacquer from OPI. It's a pearlescent light blue with flecks of multi-colored glitter. As part of the brand's new XBox collection, it has an almost intergalactic feel to it that's hard to stop admiring once it's on.

ILNP Holographic Polish in Mila

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This icy purple hue from ILNP delivers the softness of Very Peri along with the flare of a holographic finish. The buttery smooth polish contains a generous amount of ultra-thin, highly reflective silver flakes as well as holographic micro-flakes that flash both blue and purple.

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in Sk8 with Destiny

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A bright lilac color with creamy blue undertones, Essie's Sk8 With Destiny offers a slightly brighter spin on Very Peri. The impressive quick-dry formula sets in about a minute and the angled brush makes for mistake-free application even when using your non-dominant hand.

Cote No. 81 Shimmery Wisteria Purple Nail Polish

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Swing toward those purple tones with Cote's Wisteria hue, a muted lavender with the right amount of shimmer infusion. The brand's signature formula delivers a chip-resistant, glossy finish, and the bottles are crafted from Italian glass.

Olive & June CNH

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For a nail polish color that embraces more of those blues, opt for Olive & June CNH. This longwear polish is a creamy blue jean color with a gel-like finish. Fun fact: the polish color was named after the brand's very first hand model, Christiana Hooks!

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Exit the Void

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Go a bit bougie with this opaque periwinkle polish from Smith & Cult. The bottle looks just as pretty sitting on your vanity, and the gold cap has an ergonomic design that's easier to hold compared to traditional bottles of lacquer.

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