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.
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Chanel Le Vernis in 543 Frisson, $26 at Chanel counters across Canada or through www.chanel.com.
M.A.C. nail lacquer in Midsummer's Dream, $19 through www.maccosmetics.com.
Essie nail polish in Pink-A-Boo, $10 through www.essie.com.
L'Oréal Colour Riche nail colour in Penthouse Pink 104, $6.99 at drugstores across Canada.