Pastel Nail Polish and Pastel Nails - Spring Nails Trend Drugstore Pastel Nail Polishes

Drugstore Pastel Nail Polishes Collections
In my first post showing my favorite pastel nail polishes, which you can read here, I mentioned that I would also include drugstore and more easily accessible collections.  So, if you’re looking for something more different and unique but at an affordable price, this seasons’ collections have it all.
I’m visiting my sister this weekend, in fact I’m writing this post as I’m on the bus halfway to New York City, and I’m excited to get our nails done (as our weekend treat!).  And because I’ve been pastel-crazy-craving, I’ll probably opt for the Essie Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue Go Ginza.
Essie Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue (Photo Credit: Essie Facebook Official Page)

The Essie Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue line is inspired by famous streets from around the world - the collection includes three lighter based colors (Go Ginza, Bond with Whomever, and Maximilian Strasse Her) and three brighter colors (Essie Avenue Maintain, Hip-Anema, and Madison Ave-Hue).  I purchased Go Ginza, Maximilian Strasse Her, and Avenue Maintain because these hues were lovely paired together.  The formula was a bit runny but the color was opaque after two coats and lasted several days with a Seche Vite top coat.  Go Ginza reminds me of other Essie pink colors but Go Ginza has a muted light purple undertone that makes this option more unique and sophisticated.  Similarly, Essie Maximilian Strasse Her (what a …strange name hehe) is a combination of grey, white, green, blue, and all kinds of other colors - the color changed depending on the lighting!

L’Oreal Spring 2013 Versailles Romance pastels selection (Photo Credit: L’Oreal)
The L’Oreal Spring 2013 Versailles Romance is a collection of pastel nail polishes (and paisley nail lingerie stickers) as well as pastel L’Oreal Balms.  The collection actually has a blue and yellow balm, but alas, the colors simply go on clear. Versailles Romance is the perfect combination of all classic pastels - if you are still undecided on picking some shades (and you shouldn’t be given this handy guide of ours!), I recommend picking these L’Oreal pastels.  The formula is creamy, applies easily, has great shine, and durability.  Some older L’Oreal formulas are not that impressive, but I’ve found some shades that are near perfect! Just as a quick note, I’ve located this limited edition collection at Walgreens and Target.
Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Pastels  (Photo Credit: Hard Candy Facebook Official Page)
Hard Candy has recently released some interesting nail polishes - the Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Pastels line is limited to Wal-Mart and online (at least here in the Northeast).  I was intrigued by these colors because they reminded me of the  Illamasqua I’mperfection Spring 2013 speckled nail varnishes, but at a much more affordable price.  The Hard Candy Speckled Pastels contain color coordinated glitters that add a bit of edginess to the spring pastel nail trend.  The Hard Candy formulas vary but these colors are too beautiful to pass up!
Readers’ Recommendations: Whew, that was quite the list to get through! From our reviews in Part 1 and Part 2, which are your favorite picks for pastel nail polish?
Stay Pretty, Miranda M.
  • Rdowg @ Simply Rejoice

    I love Essie nail varnishes, they fresh for long!
    Uour nail art is good :)

  • Beauty on a College budget

    I’m honestly not too into the pastel craze but I do want to try at least a few of the hard candy polishes. I’ve seen them all over the blogsophere!

  • Chantel

    So many beautiful nail polishes.