Nailing It For Spring
The Fall runways may have been littered with nude nails, but no matter; nothing manages to lift our mood, particularly in the springtime, quite like freshly varnished, colored tips. With the New York weather still fully complying with our winter-be-gone mentality, we thought it the ideal time to present you with some new polish possibilities. Here, our picks from the latest lacquer launches, separated for your convenience into five color families. Let the finger-painting begin.
The ocean’s myriad, jewel-toned greens and blues have inspired pretty mints like Avon’s Aqua Fantasy ($5, www.avon.com), true teals embodied best by Priti’s Partridge Breast ($12.50, www.pritinyc.com), and even a reprise of that frenzy-enducing shade of pale, earthy jade, like OPI’s Thanks a Windmillion ($8.50, www.opi.com). Rounding out the under-the-sea offerings are Butter London’s totally beautiful Slapper ($14, www.butterlondon.com), a bright, creamy azure, and Deborah Lippmann’s very aptly named Mermaid’s Dream ($18, www.deborahlippmann.com), a fantastic blend of gold glitter-flecked aquamarine.
Beauty brands always roll out a parade of candy-colored pastels as the warmer months approach, and this year is no exception. The best of the sherbet-colored bunch? Sally Hansen’s Smooth Perfect polishes in Air, a baby blue, and Sorbet, a delectable peach ($5.99 each, www.drugstore.com), and MAC’s Midsummer’s Dream ($16, www.maccosmetics.com), a new riff on classic cotton candy pink. Also worth the trouble of two coats: Essie’s To Buy or Not to Buy ($8, www.essie.com), a pretty lilac, and our personal favorite, Nails Inc’s new Nottinghill Carnival ($9.50, www.sephora.com), an optimistic canary yellow that is pretty much happiness, bottled.
Orange in all its various incarnations is getting plenty of love this season. Avon’s Orange Creamsicle ($5, www.avon.com) and Nails Inc’s Westbourne Grove ($9.50, www.sephora.com) are creamy cantaloupes; Essie’s Orange It’s Obvious ($8, www.essie.com) and L’Oréal’s L’Orange ($6, www.drugstore.com) are, as their names imply, true odes to bright, traditional tangerine; and MAC’s Kid Orange ($16, www.maccosmetics.com) and OPI’s A Roll in the Hague ($8.50, www.opi.com) are rich, reddish variations.
The Dark Arts
Spring may be reserved for light and cheery hues, but due to a longstanding love for Chanel’s classic Vamp, purple and wine-colored lacquers have been given season-less status in our book. We’re currently loving wearing moody hues, like CND’s latest Shellac shade in Dark Lava (visit www.cnd.com for more information) and OPI’s Vampsterdam ($8.50, www.opi.com), an intense grape, on sharply pointed tips for added effect.
The New Neutral
Pale pinks and creams feel hopelessly outdated these days. Instead, opt for a rotating cast of putty and cement polishes in between your color fixes. Nothing cleanses the palette quite like a swipe of OPI’s muted sand Did You Ear About Van Gogh ($8.50, www.opi.com) and L’Oréal’s tawny Walk on the Beach ($6, www.drugstore.com). Or go greige, with CND’s Shellac Cityscape (visit www.cnd.com for more information) and Christian Dior’s Gris Montaigne ($23, www.dior.com), a wonderfully mellow dove gray.