You Don’t Have to Wait Until Fall to Enjoy Chalky Nails

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We're feeling blue. Photo: Melissa Hom

When Chanel's models paraded down the fall 2009 runway with minty green fingernails, people started buzzing about the color. A bright shade for fall? How revolutionary. Luckily, you don't have to wait for September to get your hands on chalky pastel polishes: They've already started hitting shelves. And our favorite is Essie's Sag Harbor shade. It's less of an Easter egg pastel and more rich, eye-catching, and not so juvenile. As a co-worker said, "it's the most beautiful French blue" and a friend added, "Girrrrl, I've never seen anything like that before!" Four more compliments at work and another from a random woman at a bar on Saturday night means that we're in no rush to change out the color.

$8 at essie.com.