10 Must-Have Nail Colors for Spring

When it starts to get really cold, the only thing we can think about is warmth. And the sun. And color. While we can’t have the first two quite yet, cosmetics companies are meeting our need for the third: The  spring nail polish collections  are here! (Or will be very soon.) While there were a lot of neutral nails on spring runways, it seems like color for real-life nails is going nowhere. From bright pastels to shocking neon, we’re happy that nails aren’t going to be so serious this season.

Click through to see our ten favorite shades from the collections.


Butter London Disco Biscuit: We decided to set the tone with this uber-cheery fuchsia with glittery flecks. Plus it’s called Disco Biscuit. Win-win. (Nordstrom, $14)


Deborah Lippmann, Mermaid Dream and On the Beach: Deborah Lippmann has obviously spent some time at the beach, and we want to, too. If you can’t decide between the two (like us) alternate a color on each nail. (Available in March)


Zoya Skylar: This color is the same shade as a hydrangea. Pretty. (Zoya, $8)



Chanel June: Pantone pronounced that 2012 is a tangerine year, but we like the softer more Creamsicle look of this gorgeous Chanel. (Chanel, $26)


Nicki Minaj for OPI, Did It To ‘Em: We really love her whole cheery collection, but we especially like this safety-stripe chartreuse. (Ricky’s, $9.99)


Sally Hansen Gem Crush, Showgirl Chic:Gold glitter with a bit of pink mixed in. This is the closest to neutral that we’re going to show you. (Walgreens, $6.99)


Essie Navigate Her: Pistachio popped up in a lot of collections this season. We’ve been sporting Essie’s version and racking up the compliments. (Available in February)


Hunger Games China Glaze, Luxe & Lush: This one could play well alone or as a top coat on top of a pastel.Katniss would probably never wear it, though. (TBA)



NARS Diamond Life: Purple is another color that’s everywhere this season. We’re blaming Prabal Gurung. (NARS, $17)


Givenchy Poppy no.177: This poppy is proof that red can work in the spring, too. (TBA)



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