Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FAVORITES -- Best Polishes for Fall

Hey everyone! I apologize for the double polish/nail posts, but I just haven't had time to sit down and swatch or record videos like I'd anticipated. I thought I would get a chance to do that yesterday, but then my personal email account got hacked. I woke up from a brief nap to over 40 emails and 16 text messages from people asking me what was going on and why they were getting strange links from me. Needless to say, I spent the majority of the afternoon sorting that whole mess out. Ugh.

Anyways, I can't believe it's already time to share my favorite fall polishes, with you.. but.. here we are! I feel like I picked less colors this time around, but each one is particularly gorgeous and spectacular. 

Fall immediately makes me want to slap every dark color I can find on my nails. I think it's got something to do with the temperatures getting cooler and the days getting shorter. And if you remember, I even posted back at the beginning of August how ready I am for vampy lacquers to reappear.

So, without further adieu, I give you my favorite polishes for fall!


Oh my goodness. Y'all. I can't even TELL you how in love with this color I am. It's one of China Glaze's new Halloween polishes. I picked mine up at Ulta over the weekend. 'It's Alive' is a glorious army green jelly packed with green micro-glitter and bigger flecks of glitter for some added interest. 3 coats and it's completely opaque and gorgeous.

When I first put it on, Chris wasn't a fan of it. He said it looked "like snot" and it is definitely different from anything I've ever worn before.. however, after a day or so he admitted that the color had grown on him and now he really likes it!

I can't wait to swatch this for y'all soon because it truly IS a fantastic color and so incredibly perfect for fall. Plus, I'm a huge nerd and I loved walking around the house wiggling my fingers at Chris and saying "IT'S ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!" Haha!


'Scandal' easily falls right into the "vampy" polish label. It's a deep eggplant creme that isn't quite dark enough to ever appear black. Like most Pure Ice polishes, it's a little sheer but it easily becomes opaque after 3-4 coats. This polish has been a staple in my collection for almost 5 years now. I especially love it on short nails. It looks so sleek and chic! And for $1.99, you really can't go wrong!


Okay, so besides the fact that every time I think of this polish, I want to start singing 'Irreplaceable' by Beyonce, I love this color for fall! I knew I definitely wanted to include a nude polish in this post, and this was the clear winner. 'Irreplaceable' is a lovely tan-nude polish with gold micro-shimmer. It can either be worn sheer (1 coat) or be built up to full opacity (3 coats). Personally, I prefer it with only 1 coat. The only problem is that my nails still have stained ridges from the combination of my acrylics and dark polishes, so I need to wait for those to grow out before I can wear sheer polishes again.

But mark my words.. this will be on my nails as soon as I get the chance! Essence comes in mini bottles and is sold at Ulta for only 99 cents! Every time I see 'Irreplaceable', I pick a bottle up. I learned a valuable lesson after my beloved Essence 'Pool Party' was discontinued. :(

'Cynthia' is another great vampy shade, but this one clearly leans a little more black. I think it's because this polish has a teal undertone, which is kind of closer to black. Did that even make sense? Anyways, I picked this up during Zoya's "Buy 1, Get 2 Free" promo.. or something like that? I can't remember. All their promos are amazing and they have so many of them!

This fabulous creme can be a 1-coater if you're careful (!!!) but it's usually best to use 2 just in case. I also love how it still clearly shows the teal undertones instead of being just your standard deep blue.


In case you're looking for something a little brighter than an "almost-black" color.. Look no further! 'Jade is the New Black' is a glorious jade creme. It isn't in-your-face bright, but it's definitely anything but subtle. It will look fantastic will fall's color palette and anything in your wardrobe that you pair it with!

I've really been loving rich-looking colors and blues/greens lately and this definitely fills both requirements! I've been looking at this polish forever and always skipped over it or neglected to pick it up, but I know this is one polish I'm definitely going to grab ASAP!


Yet another fabulous Zoya polish, 'Roxy' is a reddish-purple jelly packed with purple glitter. The base isn't quite maroon, and it's not quite burgundy. If I had to classify it, I'd call it a "berry" color. It's a great "Look at me!" color that's perfect for a party or just a time when you want some extra attention on your nails. If you're not so crazy about having glittery polish, you could even subdue it by adding a matte topcoat.

Another easy polish to build up, opacity can be reached in 2-3 coats. The bright purple glitter in this polish really does a great job of catching the light and creating a stunning effect. I have a feeling this might also be one of my favorite winter polishes as well because it'd be perfect for holiday parties!

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Did I include any of your favorite fall polishes? Or do you have a fave that I omitted? Let me know!


  1. I LOVE that Cynthia color! I also might have to pick up some of the Halloween CG colors.. I missed out on them last year and they're just so fun and season appropriate! :)

  2. Yes! I actually REALLY wanted ChG's Ghoulish Glow.. but I tried it and it turned my polish a horrible milky color and barely glowed after 3 coats.. so I decided to pass on that one. I'm really bummed because I had such high hopes for it. ♥

  3. These are gorgeous colors especially for the fall! I have a similar color to Jade is The New Black :)

  4. Hey there Mandy,

    It's been a while (it's Alyssa from WNW!). :) Or formerly from, haha.

    Anyways, this is a great selection of polishes!

  5. Alyssa!!! I woke up, checked my phone and saw I had a comment from Mrs. Steve Jobs and was like "Awww, yay!" :D

    Thanks! I wanted to include 'Ebony Hates Chris' but I was like "I already have so much dark polish, haha. ♥