This isn't your same old nude, sister.
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The power of a neutral nail color—particularly one as universally flattering as Ballet Slippers or Funny Bunny—is something a Southern woman knows well and uses to her advantage. It has a sheer versatility that goes from summer to winter, weekday to wedding day, and college spring break to nursing home bingo. And that is exactly why we end up picking our favorite neutral polish at the nail salon twice as often as other beloved nail colors like Cajun Shrimp or Lincoln Park After Dark. Until now. 

When OPI’s latest spring collection launched, we were temporarily dazzled by the statement-making nail shades that dominate the lineup. Instagram-worthy hues like My Chihuahua Doesn’t Bite Anymore (a fresh take on the brand’s coral killer, My Chihuahua Bites) and Mexico City Move-mint (a crisp baby blue) distracted us from the best one: a totally opaque would-be white nail color that is actually tinged with notes of lavender. 

As lavender spring manicure enthusiasts, we had high expectations. What didn’t surprise us? We absolutely loved the opaque pop of color that brought out any semblance of a natural tan, especially ahead of spring and summer. What did surprise us? When applied on your nails, it loses a lot of the lavender tint you see in the bottle, turning it into a glowy almost-white shade á la Funny Bunny that raked in all the compliments. 

Not only are we going to be hoodwinking everyone into asking us if we’re wearing three or four coats of Ballet Slippers all summer, but we’re also going to be using this new neutral as a show-stopper when coral just isn’t cutting it. 

There’s even room to use the other dazzlers in the spring collection as accent nails or nail art. Just as long as we have this bold base coat on deck, which by the way, is called Hue Is The Artist? Shop it (on sale!) here.

Consider your summer mani inspiration solved.