But annoying as that is (and we find it infinitely annoyingly), it turns out it's just good business: Nail polish sales topped out at $768 million in 2012, up 32 percent from the year before. Or, as Jezebel put it, "Hordes of People Are Buying Nail Polish Like There’s No Tomorrow."
American women's newfound love for lacquer is no secret; last August, a study of the beauty industry found that nail products had by far the strongest and fastest-growing sales. The upward trend isn't going anywhere: In a new report, Women's Wear Daily writes that companies are more determined than ever to cash in on the obsession with nail stickers, fake nails, nail decals and at-home gel manicures.
Which is awesome for all those celebs launching nail polish lines, bad for those of us who couldn't give two hoots about nail art... and for all the expectant mommies out there. In case Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and Jessica Simpson weren't aware of it, manicures aren't the best idea for pregnant ladies.
Are you as wild about nail polish as the rest of American women seem to be? Read more at WWD.com and tell us in the comments.
Our favorite nail polishes of 2012!
Our summers kicked off with a sweet start when this landed on our desk. With two to three coats, the creamy pastel shade builds to a shade that reminds us of orange Popsicles. $26, <a href="http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-Nails-LE-VERNIS-89314">chanel.com</a>
Essie Butler Please
The editors here have been happily sharing one bottle of this bright blue polish which adds the perfect pop of color against our complexions during the blah winter season. $8, <a href="http://www.essie.com/shop/butler-please-p-465.html">essie.com</a>
Julep America, The Beautiful
Nail art in a bottle: This Julep creation saved us hours of time during Fourth of July weekend with its sterling silver stars and red and blue glitter. Plus, it lasted throughout all our finger-licking food moments. $14, <a href="http://www.julep.com/shop/nail-color/america-the-beautiful.html">julep.com</a>
L'Oreal Paris I Will
Meet the white nail polish color made for summer tans. This drugstore gem delivers an impressive opaque finish and high-gloss shine. $5, <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/L-Oreal-Paris-Colour-Riche-Nail-Color/19416429">walmart.com</a>
Nicole by OPI Mer-Maid For Each Other
I was introduced to this metallic green shade by a reader who submitted her weekend manicure. It possesses the right amount of sheen that makes our hands look glamorous and not alien-esque. $7, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/nicole-by-opi-nail-polish-mer-maid-for-each-other/-/A-14102875">walmart.com</a>
For fair-skinned beauties, it may be extremely difficult to find the perfect nude nail polish. Well, we recommend giving this beige-y hue when you want something simple, yet chic. $8, <a href="http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Farah-ZP586-Beige-Khaki-Nude-Neutral-Cream.html">zoya.com</a>
Maybelline New York Green With Envy
I don't know too many girls that scoff at the sight of a blue box from Tiffany's. So you can imagine the high-pitched squeals I made when brushing on this polish that's a spot-on replica of the color. $3, <a href="http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Maybelline-Color-Show-Nail-Lacquer-Green-with-Envy?skuId=882925">cvs.com</a>
Jin Soon Debonair
High-fashion manicurist and nail spa owner Jin Soon brought her brand full circle with an eponymous nail polish line. And we fell in love with this deep purple polish (named by Karlie Kloss) after just one stroke -- the new LBD for our nails. $18, <a href="http://us.spacenk.com/DEBONAIR---A-LA-MODE-COLLECTION/MUS300023549,en_US,pd.html">spacenk.com</a>
Tom Ford Burnished Rouge
The dapper fashion designer has managed to bottle up what we imagine sex appeal to look like with this deep garnet nail lacquer that goes surprisingly well with any red lipstick. $30, available where supplies last at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue
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