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13 Dark Nail Polish Colors To Try That Aren’t Black

You don’t have to go full-goth to rock a dark winter mani. Don’t get us wrong, we love the broody color staple that flatters all figures and fingers. But with so many fun polishes in sinister shades, it’s worth switching things up to keep the dreary season exciting.

Try one of our favorites below during your next mani-pedi or DIY spa session.

Deep Navy: Chanel Orage
If you’re a black polish lover, but want to subtly switch things up, Chanel Orage is the color for you. Intense and velvety, the shade glides on with perfect opacity and leaves a moody winter look.
Dark Chocolate: Zoya Emilia
This creamy polish has a chocolatey look that’s rich without being too brown. Gray undertones come out in the light that soften the color just the right amount.
Electric Blue: JINsoon Blue Iris
A high-gloss blue polish is a chic way to make a statement this winter. Blue Iris by JINsoon is a true blue that packs a big punch without being too dark.
Sinister Burgundy: Essie Wicked
Getting sick of your tried-and-true red mani? Swap that classic French girl red for a dark burgundy as the temperatures drop.
Reptile Green: RGB Vert
This RGB shade will leave everyone green with envy over your manicure. The buttery color is darker than olive, but lighter than a dark emerald. In other words, you won’t see anyone else rocking this unique shade when you walk down the street.
Glowing Glitter: Deborah Lippmann Magic Carpet Ride
Planning a party or simply a fan of all that sparkles? This polish gives black a glittery update and glides on just as easily as an opaque polish would.
Romantic Red: Nails Inc Chelsea Green
Red nail regulars will dig this wintery take on the romantic shade. The polish is easily changed with layering — the more coats, the darker the color — so have fun experimenting with all of Chelsea Green’s possibilities.
Intense Plum: Smith & Cult Filth Noir
If you’re a purple lover, Smith & Cult’s Filth Noir is the plum for you. It’s a feminine alternative to a jet-black or navy.
Iridescent Oxblood: Revlon Divine
For non-matte lovers, there’s no better iridescent oxblood than Revlon’s Divine. The shine is subtle and the shade is broody in the best way. Swing by your local drugstore to pick up this gem.
Smoky Gray: Sally Hansen Slick Slate
Gray polish has become a winter staple for its versatility and sophistication. If you seek a chic charcoal, look no further than Sally Hansen’s Slick Slate.
Mysterious Maroon: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark
This OPI classic is bold and beautiful with its unmistakeable purple-red hue. Layer it on thick for an almost black look or limit yourself to two light coats to call more attention to the ladylike undertones.
Moody Metallic: YSL Bronze Aztec
Nothing is more chic that an alloy-inspired nail done right. YSL’s Bronze Aztec redefines the metallic mani with its shimmery coffee-like hue that’s definitely worth the splurge.
Navy-Gray: Sonia Kashuk Grey Matter
With its deep blue undertones and velvety texture, this gray polish is hard to beat. Give it a try if you find yourself unable to choose between a slate gray or a dark navy.