11 Nail Polishes to Get the Jelly Nail Trend at Home
We're always on the lookout for the coolest nail trends, whether it's mesmerizing glass nail art or something classic with a twist like nude nail art. Right now, we're loving jelly nails, and we're not surprised this fun Y2K manicure is making a comeback. You've probably seen the trendy, translucent-looking nails all across Instagram and TikTok. If you're wanting to achieve that look at home, we rounded up the best jelly nail polishes on the market in some of our favorite shades.
Jelly nail polishes should go on sheer without being too thin of a formula. They should have a high-shine finish and durability that compare to their opaque counterparts. We found plenty of colorful and vibrant shades that are a total vibe, whether you prefer bright green or something lavender. A pink jelly nail polish is perfect for embracing the Barbiecore trend. A striking red jelly nail polish is ideal for a bold statement. You can even get something neutral and minimal that resembles "lip gloss" nails for a glossy, wet-looking manicure. We also found a few with glitter and holographic effects for a truly glam moment. Shop our top picks ahead.
— Additional reporting by Jesa Calaor
Nude Jelly Nails: Essie Treat, Love and Color, Strength and Color Nail Polish in Final Stretch
Looking for something neutral and minimalist? The Essie Treat, Love and Color, Strength and Color Nail Care Polish in Final Stretch ($10) is a gorgeous and flattering soft neutral shade with hints of pink that will complement every skin tone. This jelly nail polish shade is perfect for an everyday look, especially if you want to attempt the "lip gloss" nail trend.
Pink Jelly Nails: Cirque Colors XOXO Jelly Hot PInk Nail Polish
You can never go wrong with a bold hot pink, and this Cirque Colors XOXO Jelly Hot Pink Jelly Nail Polish ($13) is such a flirty vibe. It's buildable, so you can go for something more sheer or go all out. This jelly nail polish is perfect for embracing the Barbie-core trend.
Red Jelly Nails: Butter London Jelly Preserve Strengthening Treatment
The Butter London Jelly Preserve Strengthening Treatment ($18) is a sheer, translucent polish that will give your nails a wash of color while delivering a strengthening treatment. It's great for those with dry, brittle nails. It comes in a vibrant red, a mint green, an orange, and a darker plum.
Shimmery Jelly Nails: ILNP Sandy Baby Peach Beige Holographic Sheer Jelly Nail Polish
Add sparkle to your neutral nail with this ILNP Sandy Baby Peach Beige Holographic Sheer Jelly Nail Polish ($10). It has specks of glitter that will shimmer in the sunlight. This neutral translucent shade will give your manicure an understated glamorous look.
Pink Jelly Nails: Essie Treat, Love and Color, Strength and Color Polish in Sheer Berry Blast
If you're in the market for a sheer, dusty-rose pink, this Essie Treat, Love and Color, Strength and Color Nail Care Polish in Sheer Berry Blast ($10) is such a flattering shade. This pink jelly nail polish is cute option for those who want something minimal and elegant.
Purple Jelly Nails: Cirque Colors Berry Jelly Magenta Purple Jelly Nail Polish
The Cirque Colors Berry Jelly Magenta Purple Jelly Nail Polish ($13) is a stunning magenta purple that's made for the ones who love a berry tone. It gives your nails a lovely wash of plum color that will stand out from the pastels and neutrals.
Green Jelly Nails: Cirque Colors Kelly Jelly Green Jelly Nail Polish
The Cirque Colors Kelly Jelly Green Jelly Nail Polish ($13) is a bold and vibrant green we're loving right now. It'll pop against your skin and look so chic and retro. If you're looking to get in on the jelly nail polish trend, there's no better way to make a splash than with this shade.
Yellow Jelly Nails: Cirque Colors Citron Jelly Lemon Yellow Jelly Nail Polish
Go vibrant and embrace this Cirque Colors Citron Jelly Lemon Yellow Jelly Nail Polish ($13). With its glossy finish and bold pigment, this might make your nails glow as much as the sun. It's a unique color that will stun, rain or shine.
Lavender Jelly Nails: Zoya Nail Lacquer Naked Manicure in Lavender
The Zoya Nail Lacquer Naked Manicure in Lavender ($12) is a lovely translucent lavender shade that's such a vibe for the summer. Plus, this polish specifically can act as a color-corrector base coat to neutralize yellow tones in your nails.
Blue Jelly Nails: Cirque Colors Morningtide Sheer French Blue Jelly Nail Polish
If you're all about a pastel vibe, the Cirque Colors Morningtide Sheer French Blue Jelly Nail Polish ($13) is a whimsical pick. It has the translucent finish for a jelly-like appearance. It comes in other pastel and neutral tones as well.
Pink Jelly Nails: ILNP Opal Sunset Opalescent Pink Holographic Jelly Nail Polish
Go galactic with this stunning holographic ILNP Opal Sunset Opalescent Pink Holographic Jelly Nail Polish ($10). The pink-to-champagne-gold shade glimmers and glistens in the sun. This jelly nail polish is a unique shade perfect for a truly mesmerizing manicure.