NYC's Trendiest Salon Just Dropped The Next Big Thing In Nail Polish

If you're in downtown Manhattan and find yourself admiring a cool manicure — maybe on the girl standing next to you on the subway platform or the person one table over at brunch — chances are, she got her nails done at Paintbox. The in-demand studio, just off the cobblestones of Crosby Street, has garnered a reputation as the spot for chic and minimalist nail art. Each piece in the lookbook is designed with the most unique (and universally flattering) color combinations.

But before now, the Paintbox aesthetic has been exclusive to New York, and even if you're local it's hard to snag an appointment sometimes. Luckily, the Paintbox brand just announced that it's bringing the trendy salon vibes to everyone with a new collection of nail polish that's available online and in the NYC salon. The collection, called Power Couples, is being sold as color duos, and it took the brand's chief creative officer, Eleanor Langston, five years of shade formulation to perfect all six hues.


"We’ve been lucky enough to do more than 117,000 manicures at our SoHo studio," explains Langston in an email to Refinery29. "Our artists truly know what nail colors flatter all skin tones — the unexpected shades that look beautiful together. Our three curated Power Couple pairs are approachable, experimental, artful, and meant to encourage people to step outside their single-color comfort zone."

From moss and sky-blue to cinnamon and citrus, check out the three fresh Power Couple sets, ahead. Shop them as a perfect pairing or as individual bottles. Either way, you'll be equipped to create your own cool-girl manicure — whatever your zip code.

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Like Desire + Like Dreams Power Couple

Powerful cherry-red is matched with the softest whispering lilac in this color pairing. Langston says that both shades read as opaque and vibrant, which is why they work so well together.
Paintbox Power Couple Like Desire + Like Dreams$40.00 Buy

Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Desire

Langston tells us red is the most requested shade at Paintbox, so she wanted to create the perfect tone: a slightly warm, saturated cherry.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Desire$22.00 Buy

Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Dreams

The same way white nail polish pops against the skin, the creamy undertones in this pale lilac shade make it a chic pick for summer.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Dreams$22.00 Buy

Like Wild + Like Wonder Power Couple

“This duo feels minimalist, natural, and surprisingly tranquil," explains Langston of the sky-pine combo. "Our creative team nailed the mossy green color, which is so difficult to create, and the soft blue is a strong, luminous classic that’s unintimidating.”
Paintbox Power Couple Like Wild + Like Wonder$40.00 Buy

Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Wild

Green nail polish can be tricky. Too bright and you get slime; too dark and you get a swampy vibe. This polish hits the sweet spot: an earthy emerald — evergreen, if you will.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wild$22.00 Buy

Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Wonder

This powdery blue has just a hint of sweet mint undertones, which gives it a fresh shine.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wonder$22.00 Buy

Like Spice + Like Spring Power Couple

Langston describes this pairing as an ode to vintage Palm Springs. “This calming pairing was inspired by terracotta trends in interior design and California in the '70s," she explains. "It’s a laid-back vibe, slightly retro — like the Thelma and Louise of all the couples."
Paintbox Power Couple Like Spice + Like Spring$40.00 Buy

Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Spice

Found: your perfect terracotta. This cinnamon-brick shade has warm ginger and caramel undertones.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spice$22.00 Buy

Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Spring

Imagine a glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade brimming with ice cubes, and you have Like Spring. The citrus pastel will convince you that barely-there yellow is the shade your nails have been missing.
Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spring$22.00 Buy
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