Trendspotting: Painterly Nail Polishes

These innovative lacquers from OPI, Formula X and Essie let anyone create statement manis that look like abstract art—without the need for time-consuming precision techniques:

OPI ColorPaints, $12 each, at salons

OPI ColorPaints, $12 each, at salons

OPI ColorPaints is a new line of semi-translucent and buildable polishes. The Silver Canvas shade makes a pristine base for eight striking colours that can be swirled on, or otherwise mixed, to create an endless array of looks. 

 
Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set, $35, at Sephora

Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set, $35, at Sephora

Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set packs a platinum “anchor base” in a kit alongside four coloured lacquers: lemon yellow, teal, berry and indigo. The technology allows the tints to “fuse” when layered wet, morphing nails into effects such as “stained glass ombré.” 

 
Essie Silk Watercolour Collection, $9 each at salons

Essie Silk Watercolour Collection, $9 each at salons

Essie Silk Watercolor, a nine-shade collection, promises the ability to pull off a Monet moment. First, two milky coats of White Page prime the nails, then the other sheer hues can overlap to produce the delicate results.