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My Top 40 Polishes Of 2016

Posted on Dec 31, 2016

Hi there! It’s the last day of 2016, if you can even believe it and to celebrate the coming of 2017, I have my top 40 favorite of 2016.  I started with about 150 polishes I loved this year and oh man, did I try to whittle the list down.  I was able to settle on my top 40 polishes but just couldn’t eliminate anymore.  I just loved so many but these are the ones that really had my heart in 2016.  Please note, these are out of the polishes that I was able to try this year.  There were a lot of brands and polishes I didn’t get a chance to try so these are just my personal favorites from my stash.

And on a side note, if anyone was curious, I decided to forgo my year-end, “Best Of” event this year where readers could vote for their favorite polishes of the year.  I just heard so much flack from people who didn’t understand the voting process and would get upset over who did or did not win.  I’ve kept my blog a drama-free-zone so far and just didn’t wish for the drama to start now so I decided not to do the voting and Best Of 2016 event this year.  This is my consolation this year, I hope you enjoy!  In no particular order…

Peachy Polish Top 40 Polishes Of 2016 | Peachy Polish

1. Pahlish Gringott’s

 

Why It Made The Top 40: In a world where glitter toppers aren’t as common as they used to be, this one made its debut and my glitter-loving heart fell in love.  I still love glitter toppers so much  and the color combination in this one is just amazing.

Pahlish Gringott's | November 2016 Black Friday Polishes | Peachy Polish Pahlish Gringott's | November 2016 Black Friday Polishes | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Pahlish Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

2. Lynnderella Berry Merry Berry

 

Why It Made The Top 40: From the first swipe, I knew this was something special.  The base color is stunning, a brownish berry shade accented with gold.  My cup of tea!

Lynnderella Berry Merry Berry | Peachy Polish Lynnderella Berry Merry Berry | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Lynnderella Here! This polish is limited edition.

3. KBShimmer Chai-huahua

 

Why It Made The Top 40: This bricky red tone of this polish is what had me sold.  It’s a little different from the other red polishes I own too which made it extra special.

KBShimmer Chai-huahua | Winter/Holiday 2016 Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

4. Lynnderella Love The Little Ones

 

Why It Made The Top 40:  First off, it’s a glitter topper so I love it for that alone. Then tack on the fact that it’s the most perfect Valentine’s polish… it was destiny!

Lynnderella Love The Little Ones | Peachy Polish Lynnderella Love The Little Ones | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Lynnderella Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

5. OPI Spoken From The Heart

 

Why It Made The Top 40: I honestly could have included the entire Hello Kitty Collection.  It’s been almost a year since the collection was released and it’s still a favorite of mine.  I use colors from that collection very often.  Spoken From The Heart stood out because of it’s brightened shade of coral and the fact that it’s a crelly. ♥

OPI Spoken From The Heart | Hello Kitty Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

6. China Glaze Bite Me

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Bite Me was from one of my most favorite Summer Collections this year and it’s hot pink, so yeah… I think that speaks for itself!

China Glaze Bite Me | Summer 2016 Lite Brites Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

7. Deborah Lippmann Ever After

 

Why It Made The Top 40: 2016 was the year of dusty rose. It. Was. Every. Where. It’s been one of my favorite shades of pink for a long time so I was excited dusty rose got it’s day in the sun. This was one of my favorite dusty rose polishes for the year.

Deborah Lippmann Ever After | Her Majesty Mini Set | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

8. Cirque Colors Astra

Why It Made The Top 40: I loved Hatch from Cirque Colors so this was naturally a favorite with it’s blush pink base and flakies.

Cirque Colors Astra | Speckled And Sparkled Collection | Peachy Polish Cirque Colors Astra | Speckled And Sparkled Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Cirque Colors Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

9. Glam Polish Lilo, You Lolo

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Hot pink, red, white, rose gold, gold and silver mixed together to create this magical holographic glitter bomb.  Do I need to say more!?

Glam Polish Lilo, You Lolo | Experiment 626 Collection | Peachy Polish Glam Polish Lilo, You Lolo | Experiment 626 Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

10. Cirque Colors Sin City

 

Why It Made The Top 40: One of my favorite neons to wear is neon red, or the closest thing to it and this is really close.  Stunning, opaque and eye-searing!

Cirque Colors Sin City | Summer 2016 Vice Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Cirque Colors Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

11. China Glaze None Of Your Risky Business

 

Why It Made The Top 40: It was the year for amazing neon colors and this neon mac n’ cheese color really stole the show!

China Glaze None Of Your Risky Business | Summer 2016 Lite Brites Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

12. Cupcake Polish Not My Vault

 

Why It Made The Top 40: I was OB-SESSED with the Olympics this year and I loved Cupcake Polish’s ode to this amazing event.  This pumpkin orange holographic was by far my favorite in the collection and one of my faves of the year too!

Cupcake Polish Not My Vault | The Olympics Collection Peachy Polish Cupcake Polish Not My Vault | The Olympics Collection Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

13. OPI Freedom of Peach

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Ok, I’m just going to be straight with you here, you’re going to see quite a bit of this collection here.  I had every polish on my favorites list and narrowed it down to a handful of them.  I just can’t help it, this entire collection was incredible and one of my all-time favorites from OPI.  Freedom Of Peach was the perfectly different shade of autumnal peach.

OPI Freedom Of Peach | Fall 2016 Washington D.C. Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

14. OPI Yank My Doodle

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Another polish from the fantastical Washington DC Collection.  A burnt red-orange with red clay vibes… swoon.  I wore this two times this Fall which is saying a lot for me!

OPI Yank My Doodle | Fall 2016 Washington D.C. Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

15. Cirque Colors Counterculture

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Bright, perfect primary yellow with the most perfect formula which is hard to come by in a yellow polish.  Yep, killer!

Cirque Colors Counterculture | Nordstrom Vans Pop-In Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Cirque Colors Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

16. OPI Never A Dulles Moment

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Not only did this yellow have a nice formula, but it is also a lovely muted shade of yellow which I didn’t have in my collection before.

OPI Never A Dulles Moment | Fall 2016 Washington D.C. Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

17. China Glaze Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Three favorite yellows this year!  It’s a crelly with a great formula and a so-pale-it’s-almost-white yellow color to it.  Perfect!

China Glaze Girls Just Wanna Have Sun | Spring 2016 House Of Color Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

18. KBShimmer Stalk Market

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Honestly, all of the Megaflame polishes KBShimmer has to offer are amazing but something about Stalk Market really stood out to me and had me begging for Spring!

KBShimmer Stalk Market | Spring 2016 Collection | Peachy Polish KBShimmer Stalk Market | Spring 2016 Collection | Peachy Polish KBShimmer Stalk Market | Spring 2016 Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy KBShimmer Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

19. Lynnderella PinkerMint Stick

 

Why It Made The Top 40: It’s got a mint microglitter base mixed with Christmas colors and one of the reason Lynnderella is one of my faves!

Lynnderella PinkerMint Stick | Peachy Polish Lynnderella PinkerMint Stick | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Lynnderella Here! This polish is limited edition.

20. Cirque Colors Central Park After Dark

 

Why It Made The Top 40: It was also a year for army and sage green shades! I was so happy to add lots of unique greens to my stash this year, including this one.

Cirque Colors Central Park After Dark | Fall/Winter 2016 Metropolis Collection | Peachy Polish

 

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21. Pahlish Wild Air & Loftiest Muse

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Ok, so I’m kinda cheating here but they are the best together!  Wild Air and Loftiest Muse are of the same shade of minty blue-green, one because a crelly polish, one being a glitter topper.  Can’t beat that!

Pahlish Wild Air | Merlin's Song Duo | Peachy Polish Pahlish Wild Air | Merlin's Song Duo | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Pahlish Here! These polishes are not currently available. :(

22. CrowsToes IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER

 

Why It Made The Top 40: It was the most unique white crelly based glitter polish I’d seen in a while and I just fell in love with it!

CrowsToes IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER | The Triple M Collection | Peachy Polish CrowsToes IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER | The Triple M Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

23. Nine Zero Lacquer Singer’s Auto Salvage

 

Why It Made The Top 40: If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know my thoughts on ugly-pretty colors and this one is the epitome of that!  My favorite ugly-pretty shade of the year!

Nine Zero Lacquer Singer's Auto Salvage | Fall 2016 Collection | Peachy Polish Nine Zero Lacquer Singer's Auto Salvage | Fall 2016 Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

24. OPI Suzi – The First Lady Of Nails

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Another polish from the Washington DC Collection so you know why it’s here!  Also, because it’s an amazing army green that I realized I don’t have enough of!

OPI Suzi - The First Lady Of Nails | Fall 2016 Washington D.C. Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

25. Powder Perfect Robin Hood

 

Why It Made The Top 40: I just couldn’t get over the beautiful greens this year!  The blue tinge in this one just set it apart from others.

Powder Perfect Robin Hood | The Midlands Collection | Peachy Polish

 

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26. Cirque Colors Shred The Gnar

 

Why It Made The Top 40: I’m wearing this gorgeous shade today actually!  It’s soooooo deep and dark but still appears blue and not black. Love it.

Cirque Colors Shred The Gnar | Nordstrom Vans Pop-In Collection | Peachy Polish Cirque Colors Shred The Gnar | Nordstrom Vans Pop-In Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Cirque Colors Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

27. Deborah Lippmann My Boyfriend’s Back

 

Why It Made The Top 40: This muted denim blue is just plain gorgeous. I’ll always have a special place for the dusty shades, especially a good dusty blue.

Deborah Lippamnn My Boyfriend's Back | Happy Days Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

28. Glisten & Glow Harmonious Healing

 

Why It Made The Top 40: A muted turquoise crelly that doesn’t stain is what I’ve been hoping for my whole life!  This entire collection is another one that I just adore.  Every color is amazing but this one is my fave in the collection.

Glisten & Glow Harmonious Healing | Serenity In Spring Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

29. Glam Polish Hawaii Kai

 

Why It Made The Top 40: I loved these Hawaii themed polishes from Glam Polish. The collection came out the month I was going to Hawaii, where my family lives AND they were all gorgeous.  Now when I see them, but especially Hawaii Kai, I think about being in Hawaii. ♥

Glam Polish Hawaii Kai | No Lei-Overs! Collection | Peachy Polish Glam Polish Hawaii Kai | No Lei-Overs! Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Glam Polish Here! This polish is not currently available.

30. Lynnderella A Penticorn Walks Into A Bar

 

Why It Made The Top 40: I was taking glitter toppers where I could get them this year and this was another one that I was living for!  It was so sweet and magical and the mix of the colors is superb.  Plus it has starfish glitters in it!

Lynnderella A Penticorn Walks Into A Bar... | Peachy Polish Lynnderella A Penticorn Walks Into A Bar... | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Lynnderella Here! This polish is not currently available.

31. OPI It’s A Boy

 

Why It Made The Top 40: This one is special to me because my third nephew was born this year and this polish came out a few months before he was born. I even gave this polish out as prizes at my sister’s baby shower. It’s such a perfect baby blue with a warm tone and it’s a crelly, which I love.

OPI It's A Boy! | Spring 2016 SoftShades Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

32. Zoya Lake

 

Why It Made The Top 40: This is the sweetest robin’s egg blue crelly.  One of my favorite pastel polishes of the year!

Zoya Lake | 2016 Whispers Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

33. OPI I’m Gown For Anything

 

Why It Made The Top 40: The uniqueness of this polish landed it a spot on my top 40 this year.  It’s a bit pink but mostly purple. Slightly dusty and a nice formula despite the paleness of the color. I wasn’t thrilled with the Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection as a whole but this one was a definite stand-out.

OPI I'm Gown For Anything | Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy OPI Here! This polish is not currently available from approved retailers.

34. Pahlish Balloon Flower

 

Why It Made The Top 40: These types of polishes are the reason I fell in love with Pahlish.  This was my favorite one from 2016.  I could take a million polishes like this!

Pahlish Balloon Flower | July 2016 Hothouse Flowers Collection | Peachy Polish Pahlish Balloon Flower | July 2016 Hothouse Flowers Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Pahlish Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

35. Cupcake Polish Believe

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Much like the Megaflame polishes from KBShimmer, I loved this incredible and sparkly collection! I wish I could have included them all but I love this one the most!

Cupcake Polish Believe | Unicorn Collection | Peachy Polish Cupcake Polish Believe | Unicorn Collection | Peachy Polish Cupcake Polish Believe | Unicorn Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

36. OPI I Manicure For Beads

 

Why It Made The Top 40: OPI really nailed it this year. Almost all of their collections were phenomenal! The New Orleans Collection was another of my faves and this purple really just topped them all!

OPI I Manicure For Beads | Spring 2016 New Orleans Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

37. Cirque Colors Tanzanite

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Blurple. Flakies. BLURPLE. FLAKIES. ‘Nuff said!

Cirque Colors Tanzanite | The Facets Collection | Peachy Polish Cirque Colors Tanzanite | The Facets Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

38. OPI Inside The Isabelletway

 

Why It Made The Top 40: I feel like brown polishes are underrated.  I tend to overlook them, sadly.  This one however, is unforgetable!

OPI Inside The Isabelletway | Fall 2016 Washington D.C. Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy It Here!

39. Cupcake Polish Bad Hare Day

 

Why It Made The Top 40: This is really one of those polishes you need to see in person to believe.  The sandy nude base mixed with rose gold and copper shimmers, swoon!

Cupcake Polish Bad Hare Day | September 2016 The Holo Hookup | Peachy Polish Cupcake Polish Bad Hare Day | September 2016 The Holo Hookup | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Cupcake Polish Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

40. Cirque Colors Don’t Forget The Cannoli

 

Why It Made The Top 40: Last but certainly not least, this incredible off-white creme.  It’s practically a one-coater which is unheard of for a white-ish polish. Seriously one of the best polishes of the year!

Cirque Colors Don't Forget The Cannoli | Spring/Summer 2016 Metropolis Collection | Peachy Polish

 

Buy Cirque Colors Here! This polish is not currently available. :(

 

This list was almost a top 60 list but I narrowed it down even further and decided to add these polishes as honorable mentions!  There were so many other great polishes and I enjoyed trying them all this year!  Here’s to 2017!

Honorable Mentions! 

 

  1. Different Dimension Cat’s Eye Nebula
  2. OPI OPI By Popular Vote
  3. KBShimmer Grin And Gerbera It
  4. Zoya Dixie
  5. OPI What’s The Double Scoop?
  6. Cirque Colors Whitney
  7. OPI SPF XXX
  8. Cirque Colors Electric Daisy
  9. China Glaze Lime After Lime
  10. Pretty Serious Cosmetics Bunny-Foo-Foo
  11. Zoya Wyatt
  12. Cirque Colors Dioptase
  13. China Glaze Combat Blue-ts
  14. Colors By Llarowe Helen
  15. Different Dimension Monroe
  16. Lynnderella Cupcake Lake
  17. Lynnderella Electric Petunia
  18. KBShimmer Tiers Of Joy
  19. OPI It’s In The Cloud
  20. Pahlish Munchkinland

 

  • I’m on board with almost all of these! Your swatches make me die every time. I’m so glad you did this list at least. And BOOOO to the stupids who ruined something I was looking forward to so much!

  • Raabh Aquino

    I just love this kind of posts and I agree with a lot of your favorites, especially the ones from Cirque and Cupcake Polish.
    As for OPI I really loved that army green, but overall, I was disappointed with the collections they released this year because, well, cremes. And they insisted on that weird combination of metallc and glitter and didn’t release a single holo. I was hoping for a green version of Give me Space.
    For me, Zoya nailed it with all the collections, especially Enchanted. Yeah, I’m a sucker for the Pixie Dust finish.
    I was looking forward to the Best of 2016 event, but I understand why you didn’t do it.
    Sometimes, people complain just for fun and I can’t stand it!

  • Rosalia Pano

    loved a bunch of them.. unfortunately not all are available to my country or my budget but really LOVE to watch them here!!!

  • So many beauties!

  • Renate

    I was looking forward to seeing your Best Of 2016 but I certainly understand why you didn’t. I just don’t understand people. You made it perfectly plain how it works in the 2015 lists. The complainers just shot themselves in the foot.

  • Jade Hawke

    SO sad people have to be so negative over something that was just for fun! I love (and own) quite a few on your list. 2016 was a terrible year in many ways for me, but not in the nail polish world! Heres to 2017!

  • jenna

    I look forward to your year end round up every year! So odd that people complained about the previous format but i’ll gladly take a top 40 post :)

  • Diana Acevedo

    I’m bummed that people’s negativity (seriously people let loose on-line and its so tiresome) made you decide not to do the usual end of year! Thanks for the the top 40 – hopefully I can keep my self from shopping from your list since I’m saving up for polish con in NYC!

  • Sharon Parayos Merritt

    What a wonderful post! I look forward to your end of year every year – LOL! So sorry about the issues you ran into but this is a great post and a wonderful list. And now I have a shopping list!!!

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