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 this summer, the Paintbox aesthetic had been exclusive to New York, and it can be hard to snag an appointment even if you're a local. Luckily, this past June, the brand brought the trendy salon vibes to everyone with a new collection of nail polish that's available both online and in the NYC location. 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 the tones.
"We’ve been lucky enough to do more than 117,000 manicures at our SoHo studio," explains Langston in an email to Refinery29 back in June. "Our artists truly know what nail colors flatter all skin tones — the unexpected shades that look beautiful together. Our curated Power Couple pairs are approachable, experimental, artful, and meant to encourage people to step outside their single-color comfort zone."
The range started with three Power Couples Sets, then came a fourth, and now, there's a brand-new duo in the picture: rain and blush. Shop them as a perfect pairing or as individual bottles; either way, you'll be equipped to create your own cool-girl manicure this fall — no matter your zip code.
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