Great Beauty: 10 Prettiest Polishes of Summer

Great Beauty: 10 Prettiest Polishes of Summer
ESSENCE.COM May, 27, 2011

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Inspired by loud, ’80s prom dresses, show off this bright coral hue without the embarrassing shoulder pads or bad perm (Deborah Lippmann in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, $16; beauty.com)

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Bright blues like this remind us of our favorite Saturday activity — lounging by the pool (Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Model Behavior, $7; drugstores nationwide).

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Embrace your inner 7-year-old with fun chunks of glitter. Use as a top coat to your favorite polish or as its own glitzy shade (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, $2; at drugstores).

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These magenta pinks reflect off the sun to give your mani some serious star power (OPI Nail Lacquer in Be a Dahlia Won’t You?, $8.50, opi.com; Zoya Nail Polish in Reva, $8, zoya.com).

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This summery light pink shade is perfect for the office, so you won’t have to worry about your coworkers whispering about your color of choice (OPI Play the Peonies, $8.50; opi.com).

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These vivid yellows remind us of lemon meringue pie (NYC Expert Last Nail Polish in Lemon Cream, $2.00, at drugstores; Chanel Nail Colour in Mimosa, $25, chanel.com).

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This trio of Easter egg pastels will have you itching for some sugary treats (MAC Nail Lacquer in Ice Cream Cake, Mischevious Mint and Little Girl Type; $14 each; maccosmetics.com).

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Skip soft lilac and embrace these deep plums instead (In the Mood in Guilty, $8, themoodpolish.com; Borghese Rapido Nail Lacquer in Vigneto, $8, borghesenailcare.com).

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Stop traffic with a day-glo mani (Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Gamma, $14, sephora.com; Revlon Nail Enamel in Tangerine, $5, drugstores nationwide).

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This season’s pinks are brighter than ever, like this hot hue that reminds us of the ruffles on a flamenco dancer’s skirt (Essie in Super Bossa Nova, $8; drugstores nationwide).