The release of five amazingly cool nail lacquer collections makes us wish we had more fingers to manicure
In the never-ending quest for cool, of-the-moment nails, we’re always on the lookout for both the next-big-thing in nail-art patterns (and with them, techniques) and the revolutionary polish formulas that can make the former even simpler. Well, this spring, the latter category just got a whole lot more robust. To wit, the five new lacquers we can’t get enough of.
Drawing inspiration from runway-level tie-dye, YSL has debuted the four-piece La Lacque Couture Tie & Dye collection. Comprising bold coral, pink, purple and blue hues, the triple-layered formula works as a topcoat with infinitely new results. Apply shaken or undisturbed, the gradient colors and glittery finish create by far the coolest tie-dye since the ’80s.
It’s safe to say regular chunky glitter formulas are about played out. So to elevate the much-loved category, Deborah Lippmann created her Staccato collection: three shades of black-glitter-imbued pastel cream polishes. The lacquers—including the minty Rockin Robin and black-on-white Polka Dots and Moonbeams—are at once ultrafemme and downtown chic.
Also taking glitter to the next level is Zoya, which released a special-edition, six-color collection called PixieDust. The finish of this wondrous formula looks like super-fine sugar crystals sparkling on a textured matte backdrop. Worn with no base or topcoat, shades like the deep-red Chyna and gray-black Dahlia read glam rocker.
Since it’s all about the tactile feel of a mani these days, China Glaze’s new Texture collection—ultra-bright pops of pink, coral, blue, orange and green—is appropriately current, and summer-ready. The finished product, again worn with no topcoat, has a sand- or asphalt-like feel, and dries both glossy and gritty.
For less grit and even more edge, try Nails Inc.’s Leather Effect polish. Part of two sets with skull decals, the formula comes in both classic black—the perfect way to bring this year’s ever-so-present leather to another accessory—and a camel hue. They’ve managed to make the dried formula (don’t use a topcoat) match its inspiration pretty closely. We can’t wait to get these into rotation!