Spring Nail Colors to Add to Your Collection

From lavender to chartreuse, these spring nail color ideas will be right on trend in 2022.

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If there's ever a time to update your nail polish collection, it's at the start of spring. While you prepare to stow away your winter gloves and dust off your open-toed shoes, you might as well choose a new signature shade (or five) to show off once warm weather hits.

Without fail you can always expect to see light pastel colors trend during the spring, while deeper, vampy shades take a back seat. This year, you're bound to see a lot of one pastel shade in particular. Lavender will be everywhere, says OPI co-founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, who finds the shade "simultaneously energizing and calming." In case pastels aren't your vibe, you can also expect to see a lot of "bold, saturated hues," predicts Weiss-Fischmann. Finally, expect "crèmes and shimmers in earthy chartreuse and sage tones," she says. (

True, spring is eight weeks away at this point, but nail brands have already begun dropping their spring 2022 nail colors. And if you're already itching to update your look for spring, trying out a new pastel polish is a lot less drastic than, say, baring your legs in a tennis skirt. If you'd like to start shopping the aforementioned spring nail colors now, here are some of the best polishes to choose from.

Best Spring Nail Colors of 2022

Essie Stretch Your Wings

Essie Spread Your Wings
Essie

If your goal is to go all out with soft, flowery pastels, Essie's spring 2022 collection should be your first stop. This pink with lilac undertones and a cream finish is a highlight. (Related: 2022 Nail Trends You'll Want to Bookmark to Show Your Manicurist)

OPI Quest For Quartz

OPI Quest For Quartz
Ulta

Weiss-Fischmann chooses one go-to polish each season, and this spring it'll be OPI Quest For Quartz. "It's a great neutral, shimmery rose quartz that transitions beautifully between seasons," she says. Translation: You have the green light to start wearing it now.

Sundays Nail Polish No.30: Sage Green

Sundays Nail Polish No.30: Sage Green
Free People

If your ears perked up at the mention of sage tones, this polish should be the next addition to your collection. The formula is 10-free (read: free from 10 of the most controversial nail polish ingredients), vegan, and cruelty-free.

Olive & June Hibiscus

Olive & June Hibiscus
Olive & June

Olive & June nailed the ultimate hot pink-red shade with hibiscus. One of the best spring toenail colors, it features the brand's amateur-friendly wide brush. (Related: Olive and June's Topcoat Has Transformed My At-Home Mani Game)

Zoya Abby

Zoya Abby
Ulta

Since lavender is having its moment, there are plenty of options to choose from. Still, this cool lavender shade from Zoya stands out. If you've ever had the urge to capture the color of lavender macarons for a nail shade, this polish should suffice.

OPI Can't CTRL Me

OPI Can't CTRL Me
OPI

Another of Weiss-Fischmann's favorite spring 2022 OPI nail colors — which, FYI, were created in collaboration with Xbox — is Can't CTRL Me. She deems it "a serene and uplifting periwinkle blue, that goes well with everything."

Deborah Lippmann Galaxy Far Far Away

Deborah Lippmann Galaxy Far Far Away
Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippman's spring nail colors for 2022 take inspiration from space. Part of the celestial color palette, this turquoise nail polish contains biotin, keratin, and rice protein to fortify your nails.

OPI Trading Paint

OPI Infinite Shine Trading Paint
Ulta

Also within Weiss-Fischmann's top three for spring 2022, OPI Trading Paint is "a pastel apricot crème that combines saturated orange with nude tones that have been so popular," she says. This iteration of the shade from the brand's Infinite Shine Collection promises a gel-like finish and long-lasting color when applied with a corresponding primer and top coat.

Côte No. 59 Chartreuse Green

Cote No. 59 Chartreuse Green
Cote

Hop on the creamy chartreuse bandwagon with this striking shade. Côte's polishes are vegan, and cruelty-free, and you can mail used bottles back to the company as part of a recycling program.

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