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Back to Basics: The Best Pale Pink Polishes

With all the talk about trendy, dark and bright nail polishes in the spotlight these days, it's nice to keep some muted, basic shades in the mix for when you're feeling more conservative. Below are three of my favorite pale, pink polishes. Unfortunately, now that I know that Essie subscribes to the big three, I'll have to rethink my choices. Something tells me that considering all of the attention the subject of safety is getting, things in the nail biz are bound to change. Let's hope so.

OPI Sweet Heart ($7) is the deepest and most opaque pink of the bunch. In my opinion, it also lasts the longest. (Anyone care to dispute this?) Sweet Heart is my go-to color for elegant manicures and pedicures in any given season.

Essie Ballet Slippers ($8) is a classic, tame, sheer pink that doesn't contain any shimmer. It gives a high-gloss finish and happens to be one of the brand's all-time best sellers.

For one last pretty pale pink polish,


Deborah Lippman Sarah Smile ($15) is a sheer, sexy, whisper pink that was created alongside and inspired by Deborah's long-time client, Sarah Jessica Parker. What can I say, pretty much anything SJP creates I love — that woman's all class.

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yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
Rimmel's French Rose is a great pale pink-neutral! AND it lasts a long time and goes on very shiny. For under $3.
the-cat the-cat 9 years
Essie varnishes always look fab. They have such great colours. Try Butter London too for some very wearable, and cool, greys, beiges and pinks. My fave shade for when I want to look effortlessly chic and groomed, but not flashy is mac twink pink, a slightly frosted, not too girlie sheer pink.
bndraldy bndraldy 9 years
Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this contest.
albeli albeli 9 years
I like OPI Heart Throb a lot, but I'll give Sweet Heart a try since I can't find Heart Throb lately. I like OPI A Dozen Rosas for my toes--it's more of a medium pink. A Dozen Rosas Heart Throb
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
I'm sorry, but it's black forever for me.
Nicwolf Nicwolf 9 years
I have been a LONGTIME fan of OPI Sweetheart, so I was happy to see it on the list. They also have a bridal collection of pinks that are all fabulous with names like Mimosa's for the Mr. & Mrs., Hopelessly in Love, and Honeymoon Sweet. I'm trying not to use Essie anymore because of the big three, but also because the polish seems to crack after a few days of wear. Ugh!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I recently picked up a Maybelline French manicure pink shade that's really sheer, it just gives a hint of light pink to my nails - brilliant!
meerkat meerkat 9 years
I love pale pink... but I have darker skin so it (and actually any pastel-ish shade) doesn't seem to look good on me. Boo.
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
mix Essie Sugar Daddy with Essie Ballet Slippers! perfect combo.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I just got a manicure this weekend with OPI Sweet Heart! I love it!
emalove emalove 9 years
I have that Essie shade and it is the perfect pink. The OPI one is lovely too.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
nice colors, you cant never go wrong with neutral, fresh nails....
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 9 years
Essie Ballet Slippers is definitely a classic!
nobodymuch nobodymuch 9 years
essie fed up and my favorite, opi hopelessly in love
Daisie Daisie 9 years
I prefer OPI Passion as my go-to pale pink/everyday shade.
lightheaded lightheaded 9 years
Pale pinks don't suit my skin color! Too bad, I know they are so hot right now...
OMGoshDramaQueen OMGoshDramaQueen 9 years
OPI! <3
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
I live with a french mani and pedi 99% of the time. I find it classy and sexy. My two colors? Essie: Ballet Slippers Essie: Pink Slip Love.
msjean msjean 9 years
essie - mademoiselle and opi - coney island cotton candy are awesome too
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