I’ve never been much of a pastel girl. They usually just don’t show up on my skin, and when they do, they can look a bit chalky. But my easy way to play with seasonal color always involves a new nail polish – it’s cheap, easy, and you can always take it off if it’s not working for you. Here are my picks for this spring’s pastel polishes. 

Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Nail Polish

Sally Hansen has a new formula out, Smooth and Perfect (seen here in Whisper, a light lilac). It was released in some beautiful spring shades, and is a opaque pastel creme. Went on perfectly and the color was true. Available at Drugstore.com for $5.50.

You can always count on Essie for amazing pastels. Their Wedding Collection has two beautiful pastels, a pink and blue. Above is the blue, called Borrowed and Blue. It’s even lovelier in person. Available at Nordstrom for $8.

Lancome’s new Vernis in Love Tonight is My Night is a really lovely pink. Available exclusively at Nordstrom, I can’t help but want to pair this with a seafoam green for some reason. $15.

A mint like this one! Pop Beauty, a brand that just doesn’t get a lot of recognition, has some gorgeous colors. Available at Beauty.com for $10.

And finally, how about this springy yellow by Julep? Talk about a sunny yellow – I’m pretty sure it’s hard to be grumpy with this on your tips. Julep is a fun new company that I’ve written about before – they have the Julep maven program, which gives you colors each month as well as manicure sets that make it super easy. The shades are pigmented and lovely.