Wednesday, December 14, 2011

[Favorites] Top 10 Fall Nail Polishes

There are only 8 days left until winter, but I thought I'd share my favorite autumn polish picks with you anyways.  Better late than never, right?  Right?

I love to wear dark, shimmery, or jewel-tone nail polishes in the fall.  I especially gravitate towards reds or browns.  Last autumn, I loved to wear Revlon Vixen on my toes and Revlon Gray Suede on my fingers.  This autumn, I've expanded my nail polish collection.

Top 10 Fall Nail Polishes (l to r): Zoya Nina, New York Color Lincoln Center, Revlon Vixen, Essie Plumberry, Zoya Shivon, Revlon Facets of Fuchsia, Milani Purple, Revlon Gray Suede, Essie Lady Like

My Top 10 Autumn Nail Polishes

[Maroons] Zoya Nina | New York Color Lincoln Center | Revlon Vixen

Zoya Nina ::  This is a creamy chocolate brown with a red undertone.  It is dark but not too dark, so it still looks fine against my super pale skin.  I wear this color for a shocking dark mani or pedi. (Here Nina is worn on my toenails.)

New York Color Lincoln Center :: This color is very similar to "Nina," but it is more red than brown.  The consistency is very watery, which I find easier to apply to my fingernails than my toenails.

Revlon Vixen ::  This color is very similar to the last two, but it is slightly lighter and more maroon.  Of the three, I like this color the best, but it applies a bit streaky and therefore needs three coats, so I usually just apply this as a pedicure.

[Swatches] Middle finger: Revlon Vixen | Ring finger: New York Color Lincoln Center | Pinky: Zoya Nina
In the swatches above, Revlon Vixen is on my middle finger, New York Color Lincoln Center is on my ring finger, and Zoya Nina is on my pinky finger.  (I think Essie Size Matters is on my pointer finger.)  All are shown with two swatches.  Vixen could use another coat.  Obviously, I love maroon nails for fall.

[Lovely Reds] Essie Plumberry | Zoya Shivon

Essie Plumberry :: This is a beautiful red.  I have very pale, cool-tone skin.  This color leans a bit blue and isn't too dark, so it's my perfect red nails polish, and I love having red nails in the fall.  The formula is great: it applies easily in two coats and lasts for days without chipping.

Zoya Shivon :: I have already shown you Shivon. (I've also worn it on my toenails.)  As I've mentioned before, it's a metallic red with gold shimmer on top.  It has a flash of gold, but the base color is blue-toned, so it still looks good on my cool-tone pale skin.  It's a festive holiday color.

[Shiny!] Revlon Facets of Fuchsia | Milani Purple Passion

Revlon Facets of Fuchsia :: This polish has hexagons and tiny dots of fuchsia glitter in a black base.  It was opaque in two coats.  While I normally shy away from black polish (because I am very pale), this polish had enough sparkle to brighten the dreary black plus it's paired with a vibrant fuchsia.  This is my way of wearing black nail polish.

Milani Purple Passion :: This is a gorgeous metallic blue-leaning purple polish.  I love wearing jewel tones in autumn.  Unfortunately, this polish chips very quickly.  I wore it on one finger here and with crackle over it here.

[Fall Neutrals] Revlon Gray Suede | Essie Lady Like

Revlon Gray Suede :: I often prefer neutral manicures, and these following two polishes are my way of wearing a neutral nail in the fall.  Gray Suede is a taupe with a tiny flash of shimmer.  I love it.  I shared a not-very-good picture of me wearing it here (color accurate but you can't see the shimmer).  This is a thin polish (which I like), so I find it easy to apply, and it's opaque in two coats, and it lasts for days.

Essie Lady Like :: I love pinks and purples and browns, and what do you get if you combine all those? Mauve.  This is a lovely light mauve.  It's the same color as Essie Demure Vix(en) without the shimmers.  It's creamy and easy to apply and lasts a long time.  I wore Lady Like here with a lacy scarf of the same color (that I knit myself!).

What have your favorite fall nail polishes been this year?

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