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While bright polishes are big for summer nails, there’s something about light pink nail polish that keeps us coming back, no matter the seasonal trends. Sometimes a girl just wants a beautifully soft, pale pink manicure that’s as clean as it is timeless.
But of course, there are about a million pale pink options out there, in every shade from blush to bashful. Whether you’re a cotton candy girl, a peachy-pink lover or looking for something with a little more committment to Sparkle Motion, we’ve rounded up the very best light pink nail polish options out there. Prepare to fall in love with something a little lighter.
Essie, Mademoiselle ($8.50)
This shade is a cult classic for a reason—it’s basically the perfect, understated slightly blush-toned nail polish. The formula has a jelly-like consistency, which means it’s extra-easy to use; two coats will give you gorgeously shiny, healthy looking nails that you won’t be able to get enough of.
If you like your pink a little creamier, Creme de la Creme is for you. An amazing super-pastel pink shade that flows on easily and is totally opaque in two coats, this shade is universally flattering and appropriate for both office and summertime fun.
If baby pinks aren’t quite in your wheelhouse, relax: beige-toned pinks are back, and they’re totally sophisticated. Nostalgia is the best dusty rose, not-quite-skin-toned pink that we’ve ever seen, and the superlative JINsoon formula means that you’ll get a full week’s wear out of this manicure without any chips whatsoever. Score.
Revlon has really stepped up their nail game over the last few years, and Beginner’s Luck is basically our dream polish: sheer yet shimmery, and the perfect shade of pointe shoe pink. And the best part? You won’t need a UV lamp to cure this gel-like formula; it’s semi-opaque in two coats, and lasts a full ten days once dry.
Butter London’s 5-free formula was already one of the best on the polish market, and now they’ve gone and made it even better with their new patent shine technology. Though all of Butter’s pinks are gorgeous, we’re singling out Pink Knickers for it’s beautiful lingerie-like shade that looks terminally chic on fingers and toes—and won’t peel, crack or chip for ten whole days.
Essie, Ballet Slippers ($8.50)
Another cult favorite pale pink, Ballet Slippers is slightly more opaque and cream-colored than Mademoiselle, but it’s still a total classic of the genre. A blush-toned white, this shade achieves full opacity after two or three coats and allows just a hint of your nail’s natural white to peek through. Simple, clean, elegant; a perfect shade for bridal manicures.
This shimmering rose-pink shade is as shiny as it is gorgeous. Sheer yet pigmented with a slightly purple shine, this polish catches the light—and our attention—in all the right ways. Pro tip: Make sure you don’t forget a top coat with this shade; you really need it to show off the beautiful shimmer!
A gently sparkly pale nude-pink, Fizzy is the perfect quick manicure color for summer. Not only is the rose-beige shade totally on trend for summer (and always, if we’re honest), but the metallic finish and quick drying time of Clinique’s formula makes it super-easy to get a great mani on the run. Simply swipe on two coats and a top coat, and you’re finished—the shimmer will conceal any minor mistakes you make. Volia!
A cool-toned cotton candy pink, Tra-La-La is the perfect way to embrace your inner Barbie without looking like you’ve just escaped from the Dreamhouse. The slightly sheer color and glassy shine (even without a top coat) means that this Dior shade is forever ranking amongst our favorites.
We love an unusual pink, and this peachy-pink shade contains a sprinking of pale blue microglitter to liven up your nails. Sheer and gorgeous, it also makes a perfect base for a modern French manicure that totally doesn’t suck. And because it’s so sheer, you can also use it as a spangly top coat for your peach and coral polishes. Who doesn’t love a multi-tasker?