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By Kelley Granger

Whether you’re a daring or demure diva (or somewhere in between), you can be assured your nails’ needs will be met by this season’s color palettes. We’re talking bold and luscious watermelon and enigmatic black to airy pink iridescence and innocent nude gold shimmer. And we’ve got a polish for every personality.

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This spring, planet and spiritually conscious line SpaRitual introduces two new collections to their line of environmentally responsible vegan nail polishes. The Witty Collection offers us playful lavenders like Precocious and iridescent nudes like Go Lightly. The Airy Sopranos offers sheer crèmes like Innocence is Bliss and refreshing shimmers like Whirlwind Romance.

Demure? Try Ethereal, an unearthly iridescent pink opal shimmer.
In the middle? Go Fancy Free, a sheer crème reminiscent of a fresh Georgia peach
Daring? Never Say Never to this bright and bold magenta that will look great in sandals

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In the middle of prime wedding season, Orly debuts the Divorcee Collection and thumbs their nose at blissful nuptials and happily ever-afters. With tongue in cheek names like One Night Stand and Boy Toy, these colors speak volumes without saying a word. http://www.orlybeauty.com

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Pawn the Ring by Orly

Demure? Pawn the Ring, and buy this pale pink sheer crème for the well-poised
In the middle? Try It’s Not Me, It’s You, a coy and creamy bubblegum pink
Daring? Take Him To The Cleaners with this black polish with shimmery flecks of burgundy

Creative Nail Design is all about what’s hot right now, and nowhere is this more evident than with their new Flash Point color collection. Feel the burn with heat-inspired hues like Scorch, a shade of purple that sparkles like a live wire. Check out http://www.creativenaildesign.com for retail locations near you, or buy online at http://www.goindulge.com.

Demure? Glow in this fantastic nude that glitters with specks of gold.
In the middle? Flare will get anyone’s attention with it’s confident and creamy watermelon shade.
Daring? You’ll smolder in Burn, which gives a tropical spin on a classic red.

Shades by Barielle is a collection including sheer, opaque, and metallic finishes that keep their high shine for days longer than your average polish. Visit http://www.barielle.com and use the super-cool ‘try it on’ feature. See how your hands will look before your manicurist has you over at the drying station.

Demure? Feel Tranquil with this nude pink that still manages to make a statement.
In the middle? Amuse those around you with a metallic baby blue that sparkles in the sunlight.
Daring? Add some Mystery to your nails with this light but bold and opaque violet shade.

Our mega-story on all things nails would not be complete without mentioning celebrity manicurist and songbird, Deborah Lippmann’s new line of colors. Her Vinyl Collection includes all of the bright, eccentric polish colors women are once again obsessed with and all are cleverly named with song titles featured on her latest album. This line is available exclusively at http://www.bathandbodyworks.com.

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Demure? Send a Message in a Bottle with this pink shimmery shade for a just a touch of edginess.
In the middle? With this bright fuschia, you’ll definitely get some Satisfaction!
Daring? Nothing like Wicked Game’s gunmetal gray to make you feel like a rock star.

Whatever nail polish you choose, remember to be true to yourself. Just because someone loves to go “goth” is no basis for you to do the same. There’s a world of color palettes out there – so paint the town (and toes) whatever color you feel makes a statement about you!

Originally published May 2007
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