The 16 Best New Nail Polish Shades for Spring 2014

I won't even tell you how many polishes I tested to bring you this list.
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I won't even tell you how many polishes I tested to bring you this list.

Spring can be overwhelming for your average beauty lover. With tons of new products hitting store shelves, it's so hard to choose between all the pretty things to buy, especially when it comes to nail polish. Trust me, I KNOW.

But I'm here to help. I've been busy swatching my top picks from pretty much every spring nail collection. Here are the shades that are totally worth it:

1. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Make Waves

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Make Waves

Sally Hansen recently released a ton of spring colours in their new Triple Shine line. I have to say, I really like their Complete Salon Manicure polishes, but these Triple Shine ones aren’t too shabby, either.

If you want your nails to look like a mermaid's (and who doesn’t?) then you need Make Waves. Though it’s a bit sheer, it didn’t bother me because of the gorgeous colour. It’s a perfect-for-spring blue, teal and green all wrapped into one.

2. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Seanic

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Seanic

Along with cream polishes like Make Waves, Sally Hansen'sTriple Shine range also includes some glitters in clear jelly bases. I saw Seanic and knew it was going to be amazing. I figured, what better polish to layer it over than Make Waves? The results were magical and my nails looked even more mermaid-esque than before. Seanic's tiny glitters add just the right amount of sparkle, and the emerald green compliments Make Waves in ways I couldn’t even imagine until it was on my nails. This pairing is a total must-have, for any time of year.

3. Quo by Orly Nail Lacquer in Pinchy Peach

Quo by Orly Pinchy Peach

I have to admit, Quo by Orly, the polish line sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart, has never really caught my eye. I always see their polishes sitting on the shelves, but was never compelled to try any—that is, until their spring 2014 colours came out. The entire collection is made up of soft-hued pinks, purples and nudes and is very classically spring. As this was my first time trying the brand, I was surprised at just how much I liked their formula and quality. I definitely won’t be scanning over their polishes anymore.

Peach is usually a staple in spring and summer collections, and I’m a sucker for Pinchy Peach's pinky, peach-toned colour. But what I absolutely love about it is the gorgeous gold shimmer running throughout. Is there a better colour combo than peach with gold? No, no there isn’t. This polish is a little more fun than the standard cream, plus you can’t go wrong with the great application, formula and nice opacity from the first coat.

4. Quo by Orly Nail Lacquer in Coral Contour

Quo by Orly Coral Contour

My second pick from the Quo by Orly line is Coral Contour. It's a really bright and vibrant coral-red, and oh so spot-on for spring and summer. I can picture this looking wonderful on toes, as well. Who doesn’t have a crush on this colour for warm weather?

5. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Spring Buds

Deborah Lippmann Spring Buds

I’m a big fan of Deborah Lippmann’s. The designer polish brand (with a price tag to match) makes really great polishes, and the Spring Reveries collection is no exception. Don’t you hate it when pastel shades look deliciously creamy and dreamy in the bottle, but then when you get home, they’re a streaky, runny, sheer mess? Nothing disappoints me more! Fortunately, with theses shades, what you see is what you get, which makes spending a little more very worth it. Plus, the bottles are literally the chicest.

While the entire collection is a pastel lover’s dream, I’d splurge on Spring Buds, which is the prettiest green. It’s vibrant and soft all at the same time, if that even makes sense. I remember being like, “OMG, amazing!” as soon as I swiped this on. It’s nearly perfect with one coat. The formula on these is beyond great.

6. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Flowers In Her Hair

Deborah Lippmann Flowers In Her Hair

Also in Deborah Lippmann's spring lineup is this creamy mint, Flowers In Her Hair. As you know, mint is another spring staple, and this one is kind of my dream mint. It’s muted but still pops on the nail. I love it.

Okay, now say bye to my claws! Because three of my nails broke, I chopped them all off! (Reluctantly, after cradling the nail clippers for a solid 15 minutes while my boyfriend encouragingly yelled at me in the other room, “JUST DO IT!” I eventually did and realized, like my hair, I was totally emotionally attached to my nails.) I miss my almond nails, but these shorties are are a new look for spring.

7. Butter London Nail Lacquer in Keen

Butter London Keen

I’ve always liked Butter London polishes, and things were no different with their spring line of colours. Like Deborah Lippmann, they’re also on the pricey side, but their excellent formulas make it all worth it.

Like the Quo by Orly Pinchy PeachKeen is another great peach/pink shade, but this time with no shimmer. It’s got a very nice formula and I like that it's more on the neutral, nude side.

8. Butter London Nail Lacquer in Poole

Butter London Poole

Butter London'sPoole is a dusty mint blue (they call it a "robin's egg blue"). It doesn’t have that vibrancy that some might be looking for in a spring polish, but I happen to favour the muted undertones in this colour. It’s not too bright, but works beautifully as a feminine spring colour, and the formula is unbeatable.

9. Ceramic Glaze Nail Lacquer in Speakeasy

Ceramic Glaze Speakeasy

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Ceramic Glaze? They’re affiliated with China Glaze (so no, it’s not some rip-off brand) and their polishes are amazing. From the first time I tried them last spring, I was hooked, and now I can’t go into Shoppers without checking if they’ve come out with new colours. What's fun about their spring Fringed Affair collection is that each shade has a matching glitter counterpart for a perfect pairing.

Speakeasy is a bright blue that reminds me of the sky on a clear, sunny day. I paired it with Fringed Affair, a bar glitter, on my ring finger. (With tiny black, blue and pale green bars, the glitter is SO gorge, too.)

10. Ceramic Glaze Nail Lacquer in Jitterbug Jive

Ceramic Glaze Jitterbug Jive

I also really liked Jitterbug Jive from Ceramic Glaze; it’s another one of those dusty, muted hues, this time in a light periwinkle-lavender. Fringe Fete, the bar glitter I paired with this colour, is a pastel dream with its pink, peach and dusty blue bars.

11. Revlon Leather Texture Nail Enamel in Motorcycle Jacket

Revlon Motorcycle Jacket

The next two polishes are from one of my favourite drugstore brands, Revlon. Their new Texture Collection is just arriving now, and is a little bit of pretty and a little bit of punk. They're only out for a limited time, so if you love one of these, mark your calendar and then run, don't walk.

Motorcycle Jacket is not your typical spring colour; it’s black. But I really like the idea of breaking the mold and wearing, say a pastel floral outfit with jet-black nails. Right? This black has a leather effect as well, making it look pebbled. I topped my pointer finger with a little fun: Uptown, a metallic pink and purple glitter that reminds me of tinsel. Love this combo, and I can't get over how great the dark colour looks on my new short nails.

12. Revlon Nail Enamel in Seychelles Sand

Revlon Seychelles Sand

My second Revlon pick is Seychelles Sand from their Haute Rocks collection, which should have just landed in stores. Oh, how this makes me want to be on a beach (sigh). This one claims to be a pebble texture, but it’s pretty smooth. I'm obsessed with how this dries to a frost finish—I find it so unique. I don’t think I’ve seen a polish that dries quite like this one. The golden holographic glitters in small and larger sizes are to die for with the creamy, sandy beige base. This one is just really beautiful, soft and feminine.

13. Essie Nail Polish in Fashion Playground

Essie Fashion Playground

Fashion Playground is from Essie's spring collection, and it's a pistachio green. What I love about this colour is that it's not just a flat cream—can you tell there's a subtle hint of shimmer running through it? That's what really sold me on this one. Application-wise, the first coat is a little more sheer than I'd like, but the end result is a gorgeous pastel green that's completely spring-worthy.

14. Essie Nail Polish in Style Hunter

Essie Style Hunter

For a brighter pop of colour, I really liked Essie'sStyle Hunter. While it's coming off as more of a basic red in the photo, it's actually more on the pink side, like a deep magenta-toned red that's bright at the same time... gosh, sometimes it is really difficult to explain polish colours! This is a brighter alternative to some of the pastels on this list, so it would be great if you're looking for something more bold, or for a pedi colour. On this one, application was great with two easy coats.

15. OPI Nail Lacquer in Chasing Rainbows

OPI Spotlight on Glitter - Chasing Rainbows

This one you'll remember from my recent review of OPI's Spotlight on Glitter collection. Chasing Rainbows totally makes the cut because it's a glitter party on your nails—and what's better than that for spring? Nothing! With two coats of this stuff, your nails will be practically fully covered in a rainbow of sparkle; or, you can layer it over a bright neon for some added pizazz. Either way, this has got to be one of the most fun and girly polishes you could sport for the blossoming spring weather.

16. OPI Nail Lacquer in Gaining Mole-mentum

OPI Gaining Mole-mentum

You'll also recognize this one, Gaining Mole-mentum, from my review of OPI's Muppets Most Wanted collection for spring. This yellow- and rose-gold glitter topper makes the cut because it's so different. Have you seen anything like it? Pair it with a neutral like I did above (that's Chillin’ Like A Villain) for a subtle spring mani with a twist. You could also wear it over a pale pastel shade to make it glow with a shattered glass-like effect. You can't go wrong with this one this spring.

Found any other great polish colours you're loving for spring? Let me know in the comments!

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