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Spring has nearly sprung, so it’s no surprise we’ve been combing the runways, our Instagram feeds and the beauty closet for the nail polish shades we’ll be rocking all season. Glitter and duochrome polish will be everywhere come spring, and neutrals will take center stage. Expect to see an array of nudes along with clean shades like bright white, creating a fresh canvas to add accents like nail stickers and appliques (yes, bling is in). We’ve rounded up our favorite spring hues ahead, feel free to try them all.

Essie Toned Down

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This steel-gray hue is perfect for mid-March through April; the smoky cobalt undertones give this shade a slightly edgier vibe. It’s like your favorite neutral but better and can be worn on its own or as a detail shade for nail art looks.


Essie Forever Yummy

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While red is an appropriate shade to rock year round, we like to switch up the tones according to season. Spring calls for a slightly warmer shade like Forever Yummy, a “creamy tango red” that looks good on practically everyone.


Essie Wire-less Is More

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One of our favorites from Essie’s recent Serene Slates collection is Wire-less Is More, a dusky rose quartz that’s trendy without trying too hard. At first glance it looks like a pretty purple-pink but shows its true versatility when you move your hands just so. It’s the perfect shade for anyone who wants to cautiously approach metallics thanks to the subtle duochrome and will quickly make your nails the topic of conversation.


Essie Sand Tropez

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Although we’re big advocates of warmer shades to match the rising temperatures, there’s something about Sand Tropez that feels particularly appropriate for spring. Maybe it’s the on-trend sandy beige or the fact that it’s one of the most versatile shades of the bunch. In other words: paint first, ask questions later.


Essie Topless & Barefoot


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Pink for spring? Not particularly groundbreaking, but sometimes all you need is a shade that’ll look polished and chic. One such shade is Essie Topless & Barefoot, a soft beige pink that can be worn sheer or at full opacity.


Essie Blanc

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White polish is a classic we come back to every season and is a shade that wears well whether you’re escaping the cold and heading somewhere tropical or braving the weather until it warms up. It can be worn on its own or used as an accent shade — you really can’t go wrong.

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