Slowly but surely, pastels are starting to feel more seasonally appropriate. Even if you're watching the tulips bloom through a window while
practicing social distancing, there's something cheerful about warm-weather indicators that make this crazy time feel a bit more zen. Of course, the simplest, most non-committal way to ease into spring tones — especially while you're living in sweats and looking for an activity — is with a DIY manicure. If your collection of pastels is looking a little sad and crusty at the moment — with a few glass bottles of baby pink that may be more than two years old — we have your guide to the most current crème de la crème of pastel polish, as determined by the pros. From frosty blue to sheer peach, click ahead to find the prettiest pastel polishes to add to your stash. Consider it the savviest form of pre-spring retail therapy. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Olive & June Nail Polish in BP
We're calling this frosty periwinkle
by Olive & June
the much cooler older sister to that old bottle of blue polish you
back in high school.
Olive & June
Olive & June Nail Polish - 0.46 fl oz, $, available at
Target More Essie Nail Polish in Van D'Go
When you want to try peach polish, but don't want to veer into
, Essie Van D’Go is the perfect soft apricot shade. "This pale, peachy pastel is both warm and inviting," says nail pro
Jin Soon Choi
. We can see it on our fingers and toes through April.
essie Nail Color Polish, $, available at
Amazon More Zoya Nail Polish in Blu
Similar to Olive & June's frosty pastel, Zoya has a sky blue color that the pros love. "Zoya's Blu is a soft and delicate pastel that's calming, flattering, and cool," says Choi.
ZOYA Nail Polish, Blu, $, available at
More Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Pale Sand Paradise
Sheer pastels make the perfect transitional polish. "This icy lilac shade is a great option for those who want to start dipping into pastel shades," says celebrity nail artist Skyy Hadley. "
is a classic springtime shade, and this one's not overly opaque or loud."
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Pale Sand Paradise, $, available at
SkinStore More Tenoverten Nail Polish in Watts
Tenoverten nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us that Watts, a cool-toned pastel, hits the sweet spot between
and lavender. "I love this pinkish mauve color for spring," she says. "It's a soft pastel that still makes a fresh statement."
Nail Polish in Watts, $, available at
Target More Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Bleu Pastel
Frosty blue feels inherently youthful, while the designer label ensures this shade knows no age. "Chanel's Bleu Pastel shade is the prettiest muted baby blue," says Abramcyk. "It's a universal pastel for spring, and looks gorgeous on everyone."
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Bleu Pastel, $, available at
Barneys New York More Essie Nail Polish in Mind-ful Meditation
If you take your pastels on the neutral side, any shade from Essie's Serene Slate collection will likely fall in your wheelhouse. They're all pretty, but we're partial to this dusty gray with warm undertones. "Essie's Mind-full Meditation reads as a beige with a hint of apricot," Abramcyk says. "It gives softness with just the right touch of color."
Nail Polish in Mind-full Meditation, $, available at
Target More Celestial Nail Sheer in Nova
When a flat pastel isn't doing it for you, a
celestial iridescent polish
delivers a light tone with some sparkle. "Chantecaille has an exclusive sheer polish called Nova, and it's absolutely divine," says celebrity manicurist
. “It's a twinkling rose that will give you that spring glow we're all craving after a long winter."
Celestial Nail Sheer in Nova, $, available at
Chantecaille More Jinsoon Nail Polish in Tweety
It's easy to get a yellow manicure wrong, but it's just as simple to have the happiest fingernails
as long as you pick the right polish. "We formulated this bright pastel yellow called Tweety to be playful and flattering," says Choi of her favorite yellow from her brand, Jinsoon. "The color is reminiscent of forsythia flowers."
Nail Polish in Tweety, $, available at
JinSoon More Sally Hansen Mega Strength Nail Color in Boss Gloss
Last year, Sally Hansen released a formulation of long-wear polish, which you can spot by its chunky 'Mega Strength' label. One of the top-selling colors is this pink pastel called Boss Gloss. "This shade is perfect for everyday," says Hadley. "It's sheer but pigmented just so, which makes it work on any skin tone."
Sally Hansen Mega Strength in Boss Gloss, $, available at
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