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Bold, vivid colors always have their moment in spring and summer manicures, but this season, we’re noticing a slew of pastels with equally high intensity that are going to be stiff competition for those brights. These nail lacquers—from Rococo Nail Apparel, Essie, Chanel, and OPI—aren’t pale however, as pastel is usually described. They’re actually saturated and full of vibrant color. An oxymoron? Perhaps!
“These pastels have a punch factor to them,” says Essie celebrity manicurist Elle Gerstein of the brand’s recent Navigate Her collection. “They aren’t so pale that they are on the white side; they have a definite color that makes them newer and more modern than pastels in the past.” Gerstein also says these intensely pigmented iterations of pastel actually work with an array of different skin types.
They’re also the perfect accompaniment to spring fashion’s heavy emphasis on florals, say Ange and Vernice Walker, the sisters behind Rococo Nail Apparel, whose spring Garden Party collection—inspired by 1950s Christian Dior fashion and their grandmother’s manis of yore—brings out the best of the vivacious trend. “Pastels are very retro, feminine and kitsch,” says the duo. The Walkers suggest brightening up a nude wardrobe with a touch of their Peaches polish, or even purposefully clashing pastel nails (like Lady Lavender) with a concentrated on-trend neon such as hot pink.
But while many of the shades shown are warmer tones of pinks, peaches, and corals (Chanel’s June is an excellent example), equally potent this season is baby blue and mint green. For Chanel’s spring collection, models wore a pearlescent blue—not on shelves until this summer—and Vernice says the hue is her top pick. “T-Cup from our collection is so fresh. It has gold running through it which reminds us of beach holidays.” As for what a pastel mani says about its wearer, Vernice adds, “that she’s bang on trend!”
Looking for more traditional pretty-in-pastel shades? Check out these gorgeous colors in the Birchbox Shop!