Editor's Picks: The Prettiest Pastel Nail Polish For Spring

It isn't officially spring until you swap out your moody polish hues for some light, lovely shades. Here are the ones we're obsessing over at the moment

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TenOverTen in Watts


Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: This pale pink to me is the nail polish equivalent of visiting a TenOverTen salon in N.Y.C. - chic, soothing, reliable. I don't often stray from my neutrals on fingers/brights on toes uniform, but for a petal polish this pretty, I'll make an exception.

Buy It! TenOverTen polish in Watts, $18; net-a-porter.com

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Deborah Lippman x Jason Wu

Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: I don’t know that gray technically counts as a pastel, but for the sake of keeping things interesting — and sharing my love for this sophisticated collaboration — I couldn’t resist. Designer Jason Wu, who has a diffusion line, GREY, teamed up with Deborah Lippman for a limited-edition nail color in his favorite color, purple (kidding). The gel-like formula doesn’t require a lamp and lasts for days — and I’ll never get over how they concocted the perfect, non-boring shade.

Buy it! Deborah Lippman x Jason Wu nail polish, $20; sephora.com

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Smith & Cult in Exit the Void

Courtesy Nordstrom

Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I love Smith & Cult nail polishes because of the brand's luxe packaging and because it constantly surprises me how long their colors last without chipping. I could paint my nails today and rest assured knowing the pretty pastel shade will still be intact by Easter Sunday.

Buy It! Smith & Cult in Exit the Void, $18; nordstrom.com

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Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Mirage

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Kami Phillips, E-Commerce Editor: I normally opt for the darkest colors I can find when I get my nails done, but this Dior shade is the perfect way to transition into spring. I love how it's not too pink or too purple, but more of a berry hue - plus, it will look fab with a tan!

Buy It! Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer, $28; sephora.com

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Marc Jacobs Beauty in Fluorescent Beige


Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: I committed to wearing only red for most of the winter, but with spring coming up, I'm getting into lighter shades. I love this subtle irridescent mauve by Marc Jacobs. It looks like the definition of lovely.

Buy It! Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Fluorescent Beige, $18; sephora.com

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in All Chalked Up

Courtesy WalMart

Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: At first glance, this pale purple hue is as edgy as Betty Cooper (sidenote: if you're not watching Riverdale, you're missing out). But apply two coats and the subtle gray undertones will come through, giving it an unexpected edgy vibe that even someone as chic as Veronica Lodge would love.

Buy It! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in All Chalked Up, $7.46; walmart.com

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Essie in Go Ginza


Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: I originally fell in love with this nail color a few years ago when I found it on Pinterest, and have been hooked ever since. Its pale purple, slightly pink hue is my favorite for spring and spring and summer since it pops against my tanned skin.

Buy It! Essie Nail Color in Go Ginza, $9; walgreens.com

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Kendra Scott in Rose Quartz

Courtesy Bloomingdale's
Courtesy Bloomingdale's

Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: One of my favorite jewelry designers is doing nail polish now, which is really exciting. I love this pink pastel shade -- it's the perfect netural for spring!

Buy It! Kendra Scott Nail Lacquer in Rose Quartz, $16; kendrascott.com

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Essie in Mint Candy Apple


Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: Normally, I'm not big on painting my nails any shade of green, as in the past I've been told the color reminds a few too many people of a bad case of athlete's foot. But this mint iteration manages to avoid that scary pitfall, hitting the perfect note of unexpected and summery.

Buy It! Essie in Mint Candy Apple, $8.99; target.com

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Nails Inc in Future's Bright

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Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: The key to making my super-pale skin look slightly sun-kissed? Accenting it with an equally pale peach manicure, which adds a subtle pop of color when warmer temps creep in. This shade has the perfect hint of orange so it'll bring out warm tones without looking like I painted my tips with a highlighter.

Buy It! Nails Inc The Mindful Manicure Future's Bright Nail Polish, $15; sephora.com

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Chanel in Giallo Napoli

Chanel nail polish in GIALLO NAPOLI
Courtesy of Chanel

Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: I know what you’re thinking, and no, this yellow isn’t technically a pastel. But, it’s slightly milky, daffodil-esque hue makes it much more muted than those bold yellow lacquers of yester-year. I’ve tried this shade first hand (pun intended) and can attest to its low-key wearability: It has yet to clash with my clothes and looks refreshingly awesome against just (self-) tanned fingers.

Buy It! Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Giallo Napoli, $28; chanel.com

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