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Fall is almost here—and that means it’s time for pumpkin spice everything. The same goes for nail polish colors. “As we enter the fall season, we can easily see a lot of dark colors and some fall staple colors like pumpkin spice popping up on social media and in our everyday fashions,” says Lechat Nails educator Hemi Park.
“I personally recommend going bold with seasonal colors, as it may be more budget-friendly to invest in a bottle of nail color than other fashion items,” Park says. Black and burgundy shades are fall classics, but Park says to elevate them by trying a deep navy, dark green, or rich teal. “This year we’re seeing more teal colored glitter and chrome, as well as deeper purples for Halloween,” she adds.
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And while pastels have traditionally been reserved for spring and summer, Park notes delicate and lightly textured pastels are showing up on fall styles this year. “You can also mix and match a soft pastel palette with a medium gray hue for a more sophisticated look,” she says.
While you stock up on shoes, sweaters, and coats, be sure to pick up some of these gorgeous shades from Amazon to get your nails ready for the season. Not only are they trendy shades, but the formulas have also received rave reviews from Amazon shoppers—and prices start at as low as $6.
Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Vegan Nail Polish in Millennium Momentum
The most annoying part about giving yourself a manicure is waiting for your nails to dry—but this neutral nail polish by Essie dries in under a minute. It doesn’t even need a base coat or top coat! Plus, the cream shade is a perfect transition from summer to fall, says Park. “It’s a very soft neutral nude color that is just so classic,” she says. “If your summer staple colors were pastels or white, this would be a great transition color.”
OPI Nail Lacquer in Malaga Wine
“Vampy red is classic for any occasion, but for the fall season, go with a super shiny top coat with a full coat of this vampy red,” suggests Park. OPI’s Malaga Wine is the shade it’s talking about, and Amazon shoppers are excited about it, rating it 4.8 stars. One customer said she can go weeks without a pedicure, and that this polish “never chips and stays shiny from day one until I remove it.”
OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
Another customer favorite, OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, has received over 12,000 five-star ratings on Amazon due to its “perfect” and “long-lasting” color. “A deep burgundy almost black is one of my favorite colors for fall,” says Park. “It complements any shape and length of nails, and goes with casual or dress up occasions.”
Essie Nail Polish, Cream Finish in Plain View
Feel like royalty with this deep teal from Essie. “This medium deep teal is absolutely chic and will complement the hot, fall closet items we have to start wearing,” Park says. It comes with an easy-glide brush for easy application, and shoppers at Amazon say “the polish was very smooth and opaque in two coats.”
The OPI Nail Lacquer in You Don’t Know Jacques!
“When I see taupe colors, I know fall is coming,” Park says of this trendy fall polish. Smooth like chocolate, this OPI shade of brown is powered by non-chip technology that lasts up to seven days. “It went on very smoothly, and I was able to do two and three coats, but it wasn’t very thick,” said one Amazon shopper. “It also dried out faster than I expected.”
Revlon Chip-Resistant Nail Enamel in Refined
Formulated without chemicals like formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resins and camphor, Revlon’s light brown color is a fun option for fall that delivers long-lasting color. There’s a little shimmer to it, which Park says is a trendy option for fall. “Twist it a bit with a matte top coat to turn this shimmery gray into a warm fuzzy texture on your fingers,” she suggests.
Beetle Gel Nail Polish in A6-Blue
“Pastels aren’t just for spring,” Park says. “A cool shade of light blue, like this one, dominates fall fashion staples like sweaters and dresses.” According to Amazon shoppers, this trendy, creamy blue gel from the Beatles is non-toxic, contains only nine ingredients, and delivers high-shine shine.
Ella+Mila Nail Polish in Sunset Escape
It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and made without harsh chemicals, but this polish by Ella + Mila doesn’t compromise on quality or payoff. Burnt orange is definitely the color of fall, Park says. And Amazon shoppers love this polish: “The color was gorgeous and bright. It stayed on better than any other nail polish I’ve ever tried,” wrote one customer in a review.
OPI Nail Lacquer In You Got That Glass Glow
Smoky lilacs are a staple this fall, Park says, especially as we transition out of summer. “Mauvy nude is a great transitional color when you cut nail length after summer,” she says. The OPI You’ve Got The Glow provides an attractive glossy finish and offers up to seven days of wear without chipping. One Amazon shopper called the delicate color a “nice pale pink, subtle color that goes with everything.”
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Chrome’s Game
Go bold this fall with Sally Hansen’s Game of Chromes. This bronze chrome hue captures the warm tones of autumn and tops it with a metallic glaze for entertaining. The long-lasting gel polish is chip-resistant for up to eight days of shine, and has received more than 9,000 five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers.
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“My absolute favorite fall color would be this mauve burgundy shade,” says Park. “It’s easy to mix and match with any fall hues like orange, burgundy or even red, but it’s also great on its own because it’s a medium-dark color.” Amazon shoppers say that not only is the color beautiful, but “application of the polish is easy, it dries faster, and lasts longer than most brands.”
LeChat Dare to Wear Metalx Nail Polish in Hypnotic
The end of October can’t come soon enough after Lechat receives the polish of this metal. “This color-changing pairing goes from chrome polished teal to a deep purple metallic shade,” says Park. “It will complement your witchy vibe for the Halloween mood while being perfectly aligned with current color trends.”