The best chrome-finish pearl polish picks for ‘glazed donut nails’
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / July 21 2022
As far as manicures go, we find we rarely stray from familiar neutrals (and the occasional candy apple red).
But ever since Hailey Bieber’s nails were spotted emitting a fascinating translucent glow, we had the inclination to explore other avenues.
The manicure in question is a combination of clear and nude gel polish and chrome nail dust, and it emulates Bieber’s signature glazed donut aesthetic perfectly.
Why not channel the model’s clean girl vibes with a routine full of Rhode Skin, and nails that look like they were dipped in Krispy Kreme’s original glaze, right?
While you may not have access to Bieber’s manicurist, Zola Ganzorigt, you can copy the A-list nail artist’s cult chrome nails with these six glazed donut nail polish shades…
OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in ‘Throw Me a Kiss’
An iridescent pink shade with a pearly-chrome finish, this Infinite Shine formula will give you gel polish-level shine without the commitment. Enjoy the promise of 11 days of chip-free wear and easy removal when you’re ready to move on to the next shade of your choosing.
$23.95 at MYER
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in ‘Peaceful Paranoia’
While this may look like a classic nude to the untrained eye, this nail polish features a pink shift that moves as you do and shimmers under the right light. The formula itself is quick-drying, chip- resistant and free from nasties traditionally found in nail polish.
$32 at Adore Beauty
Kester Black Nail Polish in ‘Suncatcher’
Iridescent, pearlescent and slightly translucent, this glazed donut nail polish looks slick and shiny with one coat, but builds to a holographic opaque finish with a few. Experience your most mindful manicure yet with a formula that’s made with over 70 per cent natural and organic ingredients, and boasts an ingredients list free from 12 health harming ingredients.
$26 at Kester Black
Hanami Nail Polish in ‘Moon Shadow’
Love that sheer glaze finish that only a Krispy Kreme donut can wear? Steal that b*tch’s look with this customisable formula that imparts an iridescent sheen with one layer and boasts moon beam brightness with another.
$19.95 at Hanami
J Hannah Nail Polish in ‘Akoya’
Inspired by the opulent natural lustre of baroque pearls, this truly translucent shade is infused with reflects of gold. This is your nude nail polish elevated to the point of pure luxury. Indulge.
$39 at Maple Store
I Scream Nails Nail Polish in ‘Sugar Coat It’
As the name might suggest there’s an inevitable playfulness in this sweetly suggestive allusion to candy glaze. Pearlescent and holographic, this nail polish adds a decidedly psychedelic air to the glazed donut nail trend, and we’re kind of into it.
$17.95 at Tibbs & Bones
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.