Ok, I realize that there are many, many things wrong with Britney Spears' manicure—not to mention with her family's latest news—but if you can look past the stubby length, the lack of filing, and the chipping, the color is actually really cool.

Bronze nails happen to be yet another version of the hot metallic nail trend that has hit Hollywood this season. Since I know it's hard to keep staring at this picture, especially since the lit cigarette is such a focal point, I've featured two pretty and pale bronze colors on the following page. So


Shu Uemura Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral in Shade 434 ($16) is a light and sheer coppery-bronze shade that is formulated to dry quickly, evenly and leave your fingers looking dainty and pearlescent. The lacquers in this range are also formaldehyde-free and toluene-free, so they actually don't smell quite as strong as other polishes.

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer in Golden Touch ($18 top row, second from the left) is also a light bronze shade that can be worn alone or as a top coat over any of your other favorite matte nail polishes for added shimmer and lots of shine. This polish dries quickly and claims to be chip-resistant — although I have yet to find anything that lasts longer than a week. You be the judge!