With summer drawing to a close, some of my fellow Tuesday Twinsies and I were talking about polish picks for the changing season and decided to put together some posts about it. With Ash in charge, we set the limit at 15 polishes to represent not only specifically autumn colours but also some of our transitional picks from summer to fall.
My picks (and a lot of pics!), in no particular order, after the break...
butter LONDON Bossy Boots
Bossy Boots is a great transitional polish from the bright greens of summer to the mossy olives of autumn. And nobody ever said fall colours have to be dark, right? I've never really been one to care overmuch about what's "seasonally appropriate" (fashion gurus aren't the boss of me!), but I think Bossy Boots is a nice choice for when you're ready for something a little more subdued without having to go dark or drab. Alternate choices: OPI Stranger Tides, Essie Da Bush
China Glaze Ahoy!
Neons were especially huge this summer, but the arrival of autumn doesn't have to mean putting away everything pink. China Glaze Ahoy!, from the Spring 2011 Anchors Away collection, keeps that cheerful brightness of the summer neons going while still giving a nod to the changing season. This fuschia pink jelly has some strong blue undertones, but there's a gorgeous golden shimmer to it that gives it an appealing warmth.
The past few months have shown us dupe after dupe of this gorgeous duochrome, but as much as I love this incredible concoction of colours, I haven't worn it very much over the summer. With the arrival of autumn, though, I think that's about to change. Originally released last fall, this polish's season has come around again. Alternates: OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, Jessica Iridescent Eye, Gap Gold Rush, China Glaze Rare & Radiant
China Glaze Drastic
China Glaze Drastic is a fantastic red that I originally swatched back in May. Loved it, looked forward to wearing it a ton, and then all the awesomely bright summer colours started rolling in. But now I think it's time to bring out this luscious jelly again. It actually makes me think of Snow White, from her crimson lips to that irresistible candy apple, but despite being a deep, blood red it stops just shy of full-on vamp, making it a great shade to carry through from summer to fall.
These 5 polishes are all one big pick for fall. A couple lean slightly pink, one is more grey than beige, but overall they represent a putty/beige range of neutral polishes that are great for this time of year, whether worn alone (classy and subdued) or as a base for layering (yay, glitter sandwiches!). Left to right, these are Revlon Elegant, Revlon Colorstay Bare Bones, OPI Skull & Glossbones, OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh?, and Essie Jazz.
Zoya Crystal is from the Fire & Ice (winter 2010) collection. I'd never seen it before last month, but the minute I laid eyes on this bottle I snatched it up with a quickness. Not quite this "royal" a colour in real life, Crystal is a great denim-blue foil with tons of shimmering golden particles. My very first thought when I saw it was "jeans." As the weather gets just that little bit less sweltering and I start living in my jeans again, this polish is going to be a great match for anything I pair them with, making it a great staple for fall. Alternate: FeiFei, from Zoya's new Diva collection
Essie Chinchilly is a classic "greige." The little hint of taupe in this soft grey shade gives it a touch of warmth. It's neutral without being boring, interesting without being overt, another great colour to carry through from summer to fall.
China Glaze Cling On
Cling On is one of 4 polishes from the first China Glaze Magnetix collection that I bought months ago, tossed in with my untrieds, and then totally ignored. I loved the magnetic patterns, but the colours just didn't grab me once I brought them home...possibly because, like, several of the other polishes on this list, they came out just as I was getting excited about all the bright, beautiful colours of summer, making these darker shades seem a little blah by comparison. But after several months of neon brights I'm ready to start wearing some of my darker colours, and the mossy green of Cling On (the Trekkie in me loves that name way too much) went and caught my attention all over again.
Wanting to incorporate some darker colours doesn't mean I'm ready to go all dark all the time, and Zoya Bevin is another of my untrieds that may have finally found its season. I love bright, pretty aquas like China Glaze For Audrey and Aquadelic, and Zoya Wednesday, but Bevin has an awesome hint of grunge-y grey to it that makes it just that little bit more reserved and complex. It's still light and pretty, but it's a little more muted than the shades I kept reaching for all spring and summer. Pretty much my perfect personal pick for a transitional polish.
OPI Warm & Fozzie
The first few times I picked up OPI Warm & Fozzie, from last year's Muppets collection, I didn't think it was that interesting a polish, probably because I was so caught up in all the sparkly glitters it was released alongside. Well I'm more than willing--happy, even--to say I was completely wrong. Warm & Fozzie is a beautiful blend of gold, brown, and bronze foil that's part-shimmer, part duochrome, and all kinds of awesome. It's a perfect polish for fall.
China Glaze Below Deck
I. Love. This. Colour. I'm not even particularly partial to purples myself, but I completely love this colour. China Glaze Below Deck (like Ahoy! above, part of last spring's Anchors Away collection) is a gorgeous shade of lavender-grey that's muted enough to flirt with neutral greiges but still bright enough to be a colourful compliment to anything from white to purple to beige to black. Another choice that's not specifically "autumn" in colour but a great transitional polish from warm to cooler months.
China Glaze Kalahari Kiss
Wow, I didn't realize just how many China Glaze polishes I was picking for this list...but this one is actually from their fall collection! Kalahari Kiss, which I used just recently as a base for these zebra stripe nails, is one of several gorgeous colours in the China Glaze On Safari collection (which, by itself, could easily have filled half this post or more). Of all of them, I chose Kalahari Kiss because I think it's the most unique of the bunch. I'm definitely going to need a backup bottle of this warm, banana beige because I don't ever want to run out of it.
Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune
Another pick that says I'm not going to go gently into those dark colours of winter, Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune was an impulse buy from my last trip to the States, and I love, love, love it. It's some kind of awesome love child of a jelly and a foil and just completely packed with sparkly blue and gold shimmer. This is as colour-accurate as I could get it, but it's just a little bit greener than this. Somewhat darker than this summer's flashy, neon hues, it's autumn-appropriate (for me, anyway) while still residing firmly within my favourite range of aquas and teals. Between that and being glittery as all get-out, I plan to wear this one a lot.
OPI Designer... De Better!
Like its partner in the Muppets collection, Warm & Fozzie, OPI Designer... De Better! is another fabulous colour for fall. This champagne-silver is sprinkled with...I'm not even sure what to call them...bronze? cinnamon orange? flecks that give a warm, inviting glow to this highly metallic foil.
China Glaze Hunger Games Collection
My final pick on this list isn't a polish; it's an entire collection. When the China Glaze Hunger Games Collection came out, some said it was a little dark, a little murky for a spring collection, and as much as I love quite a few of the polishes in it, I can see their point. But now that summer is giving way to fall, I think it's the perfect time to give this collection another look. Honestly, these are some spot-on, perfect colours for fall! The golden, mossy green of Agro; the fiery orange shimmer of Riveting; the beautiful bronze of Harvest Moon...this collection has autumn written all over it.
So those are my fifteen picks for fall. Phew! There were so many more polishes I wanted to include, but I think this was a pretty good representative sample of the colours I'm looking forward to wearing over the next few months...at least until the next, new collections come out! And also there's glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. I had to draw the line somewhere, though. Now I'm really looking forward to seeing what the other ladies chose for their lists!
Amanda at Amandalandish
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch