The Coziest Winter Nail Colors for January 2022

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Essie wool me over
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The beginning of a new year often has us all feeling like starting off fresh by taking on better habits, getting rid of old ones, and—most commonly—changing up our look. While others are hitting the squats and going into the salon for a pixie cut, why not start slow and steady with a cozy winter manicure in a color that feels new to you? It takes only a little courage to step outside your usual OPI Lincoln Park After Dark or Essie Bordeaux, which is all you need to kick 2022 off on a fanciful foot.

From new wintry takes on classic dark nail colors to unique pops of color that'll have you feeling the opposite of boring, these are the best nail colors to try this January and tick off all the way into spring.

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Smith & Cult 'Stockholm Syndrome'

Smith & Cult ‘Stockholm Syndrome’

This moody gray is just the deep neutral your nails need to go with your favorite winter sweater.

BUY IT: $18;

02 of 17

OPI 'Drama at La Scala'

OPI Fall Nail Color

Winter is always a big time for jewel tones, but instead of your usual ruby red, why not go with a dreamy dark teal?

BUY IT: $10.50;

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Essie 'Wool Me Over'

Essie wool me over

This creamy taupe brown is as cozy as your favorite sweater—and will look great with it, too! Neutral lovers need to snag it.

BUY IT: $11.50;

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Smith & Cult 'A Little Underground'

A Little Underground by Smith & Cult
Smith & Cult

Put out vibes for a year full of good luck with a celestial metallic purple that captures all the eyes in the room.

BUY IT: $18;

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Chanel 'New Dawn'

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Lacquer

The pigment on Chanel's longwear nail polishes makes it worth the splurge alone. Even a muted purple taupe can look totally sumptuous.

BUY IT: $28;

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Olive and June 'CN'

Olive and June CN
Olive and June

Bring on the not-your-typical dark nail colors—starting with this smooth chocolate brown that feels comfy and chic with your winter outfits.

BUY IT: $8;

07 of 17

OPI 'Suzi Talks With Her Hands'

OPI Suzi Talks with Her Hands

We never thought we'd swoon over gray nail polish, but this one has a whole lot of soul. It's got green and blue undertones that help it look way more exciting than cement gray.

BUY IT: $10.50;

08 of 17

Base Coat 'Sagittaurus'

Base Coat Lilac

This dreamy grey-purple shade is a little jazzier than your usual neutral.

Shop It: $20;

09 of 17

Smith & Cult 'Love Lust Lost'

Smith and Cult Love Lust Lost
Smith and Cult

A more full-bodied version of dusty rose, this not-too-pink nail color goes on super creamy and opaque.

BUY IT: $18;

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OPI 'Things I've Seen in Aber-green'

OPI 'Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green'

Nothing like a smoky army green to start the next twelve months off with a bang. This one from OPI's Scotland Collection is a forever favorite.

BUY IT: $8.75;

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Olive & June 'ECC'

Olive and June ECC
Olive and June

Winter white is getting a stylish update this year in the form of this cool gray-white that will never be mistaken as a Funny Bunny-style summer white.

BUY IT: $8;

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Essie 'Bubbles Only'

Essie bubbles only

Make sure 2022 knows you're coming in confident with a creamy burgundy red that's packed with personality.

BUY IT: $11.59;

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Smith & Cult 'Kings & Thieves'

Smith & Cult ‘Kings & Thieves’

A deep, inky blue has more intrigue than your go-to black or burgundy for cold weather.

BUY IT: $18;

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OPI 'Intentions Are Rose Gold'

OPI ‘Intentions Are Rose Gold’
Ulta Beauty

This soothing shade is from OPI's Nature Strong line, which is made with plant-based ingredients sourced from nature. Add a little shimmer to dreary January with a rose gold polish that shines.

BUY IT: $11.50;

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Olive and June 'CDJ'

Olive and June CDJ
Olive and June

If you want to save money in the new year, start off with an affordable nail polish shade you'll use to the last drop. This is the ultimate neutral that complements any skin tone.

BUY IT: $8;

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OPI 'Destined To Be A Legend'

OPI ‘Destined To Be A Legend’
Ulta Beauty

This blue-gray is destined to be a legend in your nail polish lineup. It's a lowkey way to add color to your winter look that won't take over your outfit.

BUY IT: $10.50;

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Smith & Cult 'Powder Posse'

Smith & Cult ‘Powder Posse’

This pale lilac is soft but makes a bigger statement than most neutrals.

BUY IT: $18;

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