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5 nail polishes to give you a punch of pink

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From Katy Perry to Nicki Minaj, rebellious pop princesses with a penchant for pastels have toughened up such formerly saccharine shades as pink. Although still pretty, the latest barrage of powdery, more muted nail varnishes in the shade prove that it can also be, well, tough as nails. As hard-edged as they now are, however, we can't guarantee that they won't chip if you happen to find yourself in a bar brawl.

From left to right:

Chanel Le Vernis in 543 Frisson, $26 at Chanel counters across Canada or through

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M.A.C. nail lacquer in Midsummer's Dream, $19 through

Essie nail polish in Pink-A-Boo, $10 through

NARS nail polish in Trouville, $21 at The Bay ( or through

L'Oréal Colour Riche nail colour in Penthouse Pink 104, $6.99 at drugstores across Canada.

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