Tried & Tested: We Put 5 New Pastel Nail Colours Through Their Paces...

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I’m no longer waking up in the pitch dark, blossom is beginning to turn the dreariest of London streets into a riot of colour, and the sun has finally broken through the clouds. Which can only mean one thing; Spring has arrived! So, it's time to put down the black, say no to navy, and dust off the pastel shades, for your first foray into the spring nail polish trends you’ll be sporting this season. As usual we do all the hard work for you, seeking out the chicest shades, professional quality formulas and easy to use brushes. We’ve put 5 of the newest spring nail polish shades to the test, so read on to find out which shades we rated:

1) Nails Inc Nailkale in Abbey Road £11.20 In just 2 coats I had glossy lilac nails and a request from my assistant to “borrow” it. Whilst not my usual go to deep, burgundy colour, I’m a total convert. This hue is the ideal way to sneak into spring. The wide brush and just, thick-enough formula make for an easy paint job on the go (or at your desk).

2) Bourjois So Laque Glossy in Amande Defilie £5.99 If you've got gorgeously tanned hands and are sporting this seasons stiletto nail then this is the spring nail polish trend you need to try. However, be prepared to invest a little time in perfecting your mani, as with many opaque colours, it took me 4 coats to build up an even coverage and achieve a professional like finish.

3) Bourjois So laque Glossy in Adora - Bleu £5.99 Not normally a fan of blue nails I wasn't sure what to make of this when it landed on my desk, however this joyous blue went on surprisingly smoothly, only needed 2 coats, and at this price it’s a great way to invest in this seasons denim trend without overhauling your entire look.

4) Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine in Breakfast in Bed £2.99, find a similar one with Barry M's State of Mind Polish £4.99 A quick drying, minty fresh nail for under 3 pounds? Sold. Easy to apply, even with my (non-existent) painting skills, it went on thick and fast and has an almost gel like quality that lasted for days.

5) Nars Nail Polish in Trouville £13.50, find a similar one with Nails Inc Nail Kale in St Johns Woods Gardens £14.00 As the most expensive of the bunch I was prepared to be tough on Nars. BUT, 3 coats later I was sold. The wide brush makes painting a breeze and the colour is the prettiest of seashell pinks that would compliment any skin tone.

As someone who takes her style inspo from the streets of Paris and whose comfort zone is black, white and navy. I’ve realised punchy pastel nails are a great way for the colour shy update their look for spring, and this season I’ll mostly be sporting Trouville by Nars for a nail that will see me through to summer.