Periwinkle nail polish (27 beautiful shades)

Want in on the periwinkle nail polish trend?

Since Pantone named Veri Peri color of the year for 2022, everyone’s been going crazy for this beautiful deep periwinkle shade.

In this post, you’ll find the best periwinkle polishes from brands like OPI, Essie, Zoya, and more.

So whether you’re looking for a cruelty-free periwinkle, a nontoxic periwinkle, or a gel periwinkle polish, we’ve got you covered.

To help you find the perfect periwinkle for your nails, we’ve put together everything you need to know about this trending hue.

We’ll explain exactly what color it is, who looks good in it and give you some ideas for when and how to wear it.

Plus, we’ve got some tips on choosing the right shade of periwinkle nail polish for your skin tone.

Sound good?

Let the hunt for your perfect periwinkle begin!

Here’s a table of contents:

What color is periwinkle nail polish?

So what color is periwinkle exactly?

Well, the color periwinkle gets its name from a flower.

The periwinkle flower is a pale indigo color that is a mix of blue and purple.

It’s a delicate color that looks good on everyone.

There are lots of shades and tints of periwinkle, which makes it a very versatile color for wearing all year round.

You can wear it as a light pastel in the spring and summer, or go for a deeper, richer shade in the fall and winter.

Pantone’s Veri Peri:

All shades and tints of periwinkle are super popular right now.

But the exact shade of periwinkle that is currently trending is called Veri Peri.

Very Peri, as described by Pantone in a tweet, is a “dynamic peri(winkle) blue hue with a vivifying violet-red undertone”.

So, now that we know what color periwinkle is, let’s take a look at some nail polishes.

Best periwinkle nail polishes:

Here’s our carefully curated list of all the best periwinkle nail polishes:

OPI periwinkle blue polish colors:

Show Us Your Tips! – a light blue periwinkle that’s soft and shimmery.

You’re Such a BudaPest – a beautiful periwinkle lavender purple shade.

Oh You Sing, Dance, Act, and Produce? – a bold periwinkle from the Hollywood blues collection

To Be Continued… – a sodt and demure periwinkle shade with just a hint of sass.

Kanpai OPI! – a stunning periwinkle blue-gray shade from the Tokyo collection.

Essie periwinkle blue nail polishes:

in pursuit of craftiness – a cool, grayish lavender with cool blue undertones. Perfect for cool-skinned beauties.

wink of sleep – rich violet periwinkle color with blue undertones.

you do blue – a periwinkle blue with violet iridescence.

perfect posture – the perfect periwinkle powder blue.

Zoya periwinkle blue polish:

Austin – a cool, Wedgwood blue cream with warm undertones. Warm-skinned beauties take note!

Aster – a fresh periwinkle with fuchsia flecks. Cool-toned with a metallic finish.

Danielle – the most amazing cool-toned deep, dark, periwinkle cream. Love!

Gardner – a deep metallic periwinkle with magenta shimmer.

Aire – This periwinkle blue is deep and dusty with cool undertones.

Orly periwinkle polish:

Just Breathe – a dusty periwinkle that’s cruelty-free and vegan.

You Had Me At Hydrangea – a cool-toned periwinkle pearl shimmer. Leaping Bunny certified.

Bleu Iris – a pastel cornflower blue that’s perfect for spring.

ILNP periwinkle blue polishes

CARRIED AWAY – a soft, creamy periwinkle holographic jelly.

DUSK TO DAWN – a dusty blue holo with pink, orange, and gold sparkle.

RAINSHOWER – a periwinkle pastel with vivid orange shimmer.

FREEFALL – a pure periwinkle holo with plenty of gold sparkle.

Emilie Heathe periwinkle blue nail polish colors:

Emma – a playful periwinkle with fairy dust!

Pear nova periwinkle polish:

PEARIWINKLE – a gel lacquer that’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Cote periwinkle polish:

No. 71 Blue Periwinkle – a chic, cool periwinkle blue.

China glaze periwinkle blue:

SECRET PERI-WINK – a cute periwinkle blue shade.

Deborah Lippmann periwinkle blue:

THE WOMAN IN THE MOON  – a semi-sheer periwinkle cream that’s vegan and 10 free.

Dark periwinkle nail polish

As we’ve mentioned, Pantone’s Very Peri is the “it” color for 2022.

This shade is everywhere in the design and fashion world right now.

Of course, you can wear any shade or tint of periwinkle you want.

But if you want to be bang on trend, then you should go for a darker periwinkle nail polish shade.

A dark periwinkle is a great option for fall and winter nails, as it’s a rich and vibrant color that will make your nails pop.

Periwinkle nail ideas

If you want some inspiration for your periwinkle nails, check out these awesome designs:

When to wear periwinkle nail polish

Periwinkle is a versatile color that can be worn all year round.

Especially if you like to wear a lot of blue.

The trick is to choose the right shade to match the season.

Pale, pastel periwinkles are calm, serene, and light.

They’re perfect for the spring and summer months.

Deeper, richer periwinkle shades are a little more moody and mysterious.

You might like to try them out in the fall.

The icy cool tones of some periwinkle hues can make them a great choice for winter, too.

Does periwinkle nail polish suit everyone?

Yes, anyone can wear periwinkle nail polish.

It’s a flattering color that looks good on everyone.

However, it is a cooler color so it’s going to be the most flattering on people with cool undertones.

How do I know if my skin is cool?

If you’re not sure whether you have cool or warm undertones, here’s a quick test:

Look at the veins on your wrist in natural light.

Do they look more green or blue?

If they look more blue, then you have cool undertones.

Do they look more green? Then you have warm undertones.

If you have cool undertones, then periwinkle is definitely a color you should try out.

It will suit your skin tone and make your nails look amazing!

If you are very warm-toned, then you can still wear periwinkle.

Some shades have a blue/purple mix in which the purple is more of a reddish-purple.

Look for a shade that has more of a red undertone if your skin is warm.

Veri Peri is a great example of this as it has a violet-red undertone.

Tips for choosing the right periwinkle polish

We’ve already talked a little bit about matching nail polish colors to your skin tone.

As a general rule, warm-skinned beauties should look for warm-toned polishes.

Polishes with warm undertones (red, orange, and yellow) will harmonize best with the undertones of your skin.

Cooler-skinned beauties, be on the lookout for polishes with cool undertones (blue, green, purple) as these will look best against your skin.

It’s not always easy to know whether a polish color is warm or cool.

My advice is to check the polish descriptions.

Some polish makers do a better job than others of describing their colors.

Zoya is brilliant because they let you search based on warm and cool colors.

Shade matching

Shade matching is another little trick you can try to get the best match for you.

What is shade matching?

Its a technique where you try to match up the intensity and the lightness or darkness of 2 colors.

In this case, the color of your skin and the polish color.

There are 3 things to think about when shade matching:

  • The hue (or color)
  • The Chroma (how intense the colors are)
  • The value (how light or dark the colors are)

To shade match, try looking for a polish that is of similar intensity to your skin.

For example, if you a very fair then go for a lighter periwinkle shade.

If you are dark-skinned go with a darker periwinkle.

And if you’re in the middle then get a mid-range color that’s not too light or too dark.

What colors go with periwinkle?

Want to know what colors you can use in your nail designs?

Or what colors you can wear with your periwinkle nails?

Here are some great color matching ideas for periwinkle:

  • Lilac and lavender for a monochromatic look.
  • Violet for bolder monochrome vibes.
  • White (soft and pure crisp whites work well).
  • Beige (beige has yellow undertones that compliment periwinkle blues).
  • Navy (Goes with anything – periwinkle included).
  • Gray (cool-toned greys look best)
  • Green (earthy greens look great)
  • Mint
  • Seafoam green
  • Sage green
  • Orange (tangerine for a fresh modern look. Terracotta, or pumpkin for vintage vibes)
  • Lemon yellow
  • Lime green
  • Plum
  • Teal
  • Crimson
  • Mustard
  • Blue
  • Pastel pink or rose pink (a darker periwinkle will look great with a soft pink).
  • Bold bright pink
  • Salmon Pink
  • Peachy coral
  • Apricot
  • Gold
  • Silver

Final thoughts:

Periwinkle nail polish is a cool color that looks great on everyone, especially those with cool undertones.

There are many shades of periwinkle to choose from, so finding the right one for you should be easy.

Periwinkle goes well with lots of other colors, so you can have fun experimenting with different combinations.

Now that you know all about periwinkle nail polish, go out and try it for yourself!

You won’t be disappointed!

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