October 13, 2012

Favourite Autumnal Nail Polishes

Nail polish is a really quick, easy and cost-effective way to transition your look from summer to autumn. I was sifting through my, admittedly, rather large nail polish collection late last week and I found myself getting excited that I could break out some of my darker, deeper, more sultry shades instead of the pastels and brights that have adorned my fingertips all summer. As you can probably see, I favour metallics, berry and multichromatic shades for the autumn and, err, seem to have a bit of a penchant for purple! Also, apologies that these are swatched on a nail wheel. My own nails are in bits and not fit to be photographed and, well, when there are this many shades to display, a nail wheel seems easiest!

Essie Topless and Barefoot ~ I missed out on this polish when it was first released and I never really got over the fact. So, when I popped into a random pharmacy on Lexington Ave in New York and saw a lone bottle sitting on a shelf, I snapped it up and paid quicker than you can say "It was meant to be!". The reason I particularly love this shade for autumn is that, while it's a nude, it's a distinctly brown-toned nude that works well with my skintone and looks warm on the fingers instead of mannequin-like.

Zoya Jem* ~ I only recently posted on this absolutely beauty of a polish so, I won't bang on too much here. Suffice to say, the multichromatic formula covers all the autumnal shades; green, gold, red, purple, and I just can't get enough of it. (Review here)

Sally Hansen Cha Cha Cherry* ~ Again, this polish has already featured on the blog and it's reappearing for very good reason. This is the world's most perfect magenta shade with an absolutely stellar cream formula. I have worn this on and off since I got it but, I think it's got more of an autumnal hue off it than summer.

Ciaté Fade to Greige*~ What would a nail polish favourites post be from me without a muddy greige shade in the mix? I have more of these colours in my collection than I care to count and I had a hard time picking my favourite for this post. Ciaté X is the newest to my collection so, I felt it deserved a first outing. These kinds of brown/taupe/grey colours will take you anywhere and look so chic and clean on the hands and I think everyone needs at least one in their arsenal! Some of my other favourites include Sally Hansen Commander in Chic, Sally Hansen Greige Gardens and Chanel Particuliére.

Avon Decadence* ~ Would you just look at this shade? It's a true Barney purple with blue duochrome and I could just twirl the bottle around in my fingers, admiring the different facets of colour for hours on end! If you like these complex shades, the Avon Nailwear Pro+ line is definitely worth checking out for autumn-appropriate colours. 

Chanel Peridot ~ This little bottle had the beauty world in a tizzy last year when it launched and I still have a major soft spot for this gold-green foil-finish polish. If you want to get deep about it, it is autumn personified; like the leaves changing from green to gold but, really, it's just a beautiful, eye-catching shade. There have been many dupes of this over the past 12 months but, only one has come close to matching the beauty of Peridot which I will be filling you in on next week in case you missed out on the release last year.

NYC Backstage Brown* ~ I'm writing this post beside a window and, as I look out, I see so many trees covered in leaves of this exact shade. I love this burnt orange/gold/bronze colour for this time of year and always incorporate it into my eyeshadow and accessories so, this cheap-as-chips nail colour really rounds out the collection and draws my look together.

Essie Sew Psyched ~A bit of a wildcard here but, nothing wrong with that! This khaki shade is one of the few greens I like on my nails and, while not traditionally autumnal, I only ever find myself reaching for it when the seasons change so, I feel justified in including it in here!

So, they are the polishes I've been reaching for over the last month or so. I'd love to hear your favourite shades and types of colours!


  1. Hey Sinéad,lovely polishes! Where can you get the Zoya polishes? They have the most beautiful collection coming up (Ornate) and I'm dying to get my hands on them!

  2. I love these! That Zoya polish alone made me wish I'd has a Glossybox sub. I have the Look Beauty Peridot dupe and I love it so much, but of I was going to add one polish to that collection, it would be an auntumnal glitter. Maybe the bronze glitter from Barry M that was rekeased earlier this year? I love that shade *so* much!

    Steph xx

  3. I just did a post about it yesterday! I love greige, dark blue and darke red.

  4. Still dying to get my hands on some Zoya polish.. any pointers in Ireland?


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