Autumn just wouldn’t be Autumn without two coats on my nails. I’m talking polish here of course. I love to see the transitioning trend in A/W nail colour, and have amounted quite a collection. Today I’m sharing five of my year-on-year favourites.
I’ve long been an Essie devotee but easily swayed. There are so many gorgeous colours to choose from, sticking to one brand isn’t possible. With new collections launched each Autumn, some I like, some I don’t care for, I’m not quite ready to give up on iconic Essie shades such as Merino Cool and Angora Cardi.
I’ve put together my most reached for autumnal polishes, leaving reds behind until Christmas comes around and focussing on transitional colours but keeping it chic as always. Before you start, always remember your base coat. Dark colours will stain more readily than lighter summery polishes.
Essie – Merino Cool
Described as, cutting edge glamour. Relentless beauty. This sensuous autumn mulberry nail polish is the very essence of style and the epitome of chic.
I’ll agree with that. Merino Cool doesn’t fall into the ‘dark’ category as such with its mulberry tone, but that said, it does have a more autumnal vibe and one I wear more at this time of year than any other. I love the muted tone and neutral appeal which fits well with Autumn attire. It’s in the grey-mauve bracket and on the “dusty” side. The formula is smooth and glides on well. Two coats needed for opacity.
Essie – Angora Cardi
Brush on this lush, deep dusty rose polish and you’ll never want to take it off. it’s one stylish sweater for every fashion season.
Angora Cardi was first released with the fall collection “Cuddle With Colour” way back in 2009 but is still holding its own. In 2016 Angora cardi was touted as Pinterest’s “most Pinned” shade of the year. No doubt, this accolade has bolstered its recognition and it remains one of my cult polishes of all time.
Gaining ground on Merino Cool, with it’s warmer rose tones, I’m in no hurry to replace it with a newer colour. Any mention of “Angora cardi” and I’m dreaming of wrapping up in a soft, warm knit on a wintery day. Again, this being a muted tone makes it fairly neutral, wear it with chunky knits or dress it up with a classic trench.
Nails Inc – Kensington High Street
Described as the bestselling Gel effect polish range, formulated with revolutionary plasticiser technology for a flawless manicure at home. Gel effect polish glides on effortlessly and the extra wide brush ensures easy application. Highly pigmented to provide exceptional coverage and with a plumping agent to level out any imperfections on the nail.
This deep plum polish is an Autumn staple for me and makes a welcome appearance each year – as sure as the falling leaves. It’s chic, classy and one which I repurchase again and again.
Nails Inc – Alexa Silk
2014 was the year Nails Inc celebrated its fifteenth birthday and to mark the occasion, a collaboration was formed with fashionista Alexa Chung – bringing a fresh new face to the brand. Tired old bottles restyled, and replaced with shiny new ones fashioned by Fabien Baron. Also, two new polish lines came forth.
I’m a fan of the “black but, not black” nail. That said, a full on black can also be chic and when styled in the right way can still be “grown up” Silk, by Alexa Chung is black, but as its name suggests, it takes on an appearance of silk which somehow softens the look. There’s no mega-watt shine here, more of a glossy and not surprisingly, silky look to it. (I’m wearing it on my pinky in the photos below). Silk is for you if you’re looking for a subtle version of a typical black. Perfect for day wear, but equally, wear it if you’re going “out-out” it won’t let you down either way. The formula is rich and glossy and lasts as well as any other polish. Finish with a top coat for a little more staying power.
Essie – Luxedo
Essie tells you to: Suit up in Essie’s beautiful plum black lacquer and add a feminine touch to a sexy, tailored nail colour look borrowed from the boys.
Luxedo is my most worn shade from my ever-growing Essie collection. Almost black, but those deep purple tones come through giving an edgy appeal. I adore it, and have repurchased several times. It has a sophisticated style and again, a “grown-up” feel to it. Two coats and it’s opaque.
Once you’ve applied your dark polish, you’ll need to make sure you clean up your cuticle area.
OPI Correct & Clean Up Pen
When wearing a dark polish it goes without saying, you’ll need a perfectly preened ‘cuticle gap’ Tidy it up with an OPI corrector pen which comes with a spare nib. It’s also refillable so you can simply refill with your own nail polish remover – as when you need to. You can see from the rather “close up” photo above, I leave a gap all around the cuticle area and sides of my nails, I’ve always done this, as I just think it looks neater than polish leaking onto the sides. If this happens, it’s difficult to get a good clean appearance afterwards. The OPI corrector pen is one I can’t live without, and always use it when wearing dark polishes. I apply the usual two coats, allow to dry, tidy up the cuticle and finish with my top coat and I’m good to go.
Do you have any favourite Autumn polishes?
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