10 Best-Selling Nail Polishes Of 2018 That Go Beyond Nude

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Even if you're set in your polish ways — an Essie Ballet Slippers devotee or an unabashed loyalist to the glossy bright red by OPI — you have to be at least a little curious about what polish everyone else is wearing. We were, and so we asked our favorite nail brands which polish shades are the best sellers. You know, the colors people buy in bulk and hoard in their bathroom cabinets. The answers were not at all what we expected.
From Sally Hansen's Raisin the Bar, a glittery mauve tone that looks like your great aunt's pedicure shade of choice, to OPI's Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ, which looks exactly like your favorite dipping sauce, we rounded up the 10 best-selling nail polishes of 2018. Click ahead to shop, or just feed your voyeuristic side with a glimpse into what the rest of the world is using on their fingers and toenails.
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Sally Hansen

You may be surprised to learn that the best-selling polish by Sally Hansen (in the Complete Salon Manicure franchise) is this dark mauve, glitter shade that looks like something our great aunt has been wearing for the last decade.
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With boutique salons sprinkled throughout New York City as well as in Austin and L.A., you could say Tenoverten has an on-trend following. Its best-selling shade — this bright poppy red — matches the fresh and light aesthetic of the studio.
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OPI describes this purple-brown polish color as "a deliciously saucy shade of molasses." We're not sure how Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ became the brand's best-selling shade, but we find it better not to question BBQ fans when it comes to food or polish.
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Lauren B. Beauty

This sheer, barely-there pink polish is marketed to brides and is sweetly called Love, but you don't have to be walking down the aisle to wear this gorgeous shade.
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Smith & Cult

This opaque purple rides the line between dusty pink and lilac, and reads sweet and romantic, while still maintaining those cooler undertones that make it appropriate for wear from September through January.
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Base Coat

Similar to Tenoverten, Base Coat has a bit of an indie following, as its vegan, non-toxic polish isn't sold at mass retailers. Tran, the best seller among the curated lineup, is a shimmering dark gold that's chip-resistant for 7 to 10 days.
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This one isn't too surprising, Zoya's best-selling polish is Rue, a creamy blush pink from the brand's Neutrals Collection. It's kind of like Zoya's version of Ballet Slippers....
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Speaking of that iconic polish shade, you've probably dried out a bottle or two of Essie's Ballet Slippers. We don't wear the sheer pink polish just because Queen Elizabeth does, but her seal of approval adds to appeal.
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Jin Soon

This multicolored, glitter polish makes your nails look like they're dripping in confetti streamers and does not chip, which is probably why people have been buying it in bulk since it launched last March.
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The Sundays brand philosophy is based on meditation and calm, which is why it's not too surprising that this deep purple gray shade — reminiscent of a winter's night — is one of the most popular polishes.

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