All summer I was so impatient to get my hands on the most wanted fall accessories. What’s that you ask? Nail polish! At long last, all the gorgeous fall colours are hitting beauty counters. Now, I don’t know if the toxic fumes have anything to do with it, but I get all hyped up when I talk polish. In fact, we all do in the style department, it's a soft spots for both Karen, Katherine and myself. Let's just put it out there, we're not your french manicure kinda gals. In a previous post Katherine proclaimed our undying affection for Deborah Lippmann's Walking up in Vegas—a creamy heather grey. Still my favourite.
Lacquer is so much more than *just* a beauty product, it also moonlights as a fashion accessory. Although I miss striking on bright summer shades like a warm coral, pastel pistachio or the-life-aquatic blues I'm happy to move on to all the great fall offerings. Here's our picks of the most flattering and au courant shades for fall.[caption id="attachment_683" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Essie Nail Polish in Sew Psyched, 15 mL, $10."] [/caption]
Soldier on: Military green is still a major trend and it seems to have snuck it's way into polish too. Some beauty insiders feel this shade fits into the "greige" category. But I beg to differ, I think it stands on it's own. Essie's Sew Psyched is a dusty khaki green that works well on all nail shapes and complexions. Whenever I'm sporting this shade I always get the question, "what are you wearing, I love it". It's attention grabbing without being obnoxious.
Designer Collection: Greige (grey + beige) is still a big deal, All Hail McQueen is wearable and sleek, not too muddy. The Butter London fall 2010 collection was a tribute to the late great Alexander McQueen, and this particular shade is selling out fast! I normally shy away from any polish with shimmer, but the micro glitter gives the varnish a little something something. Long live this lacquer.
Purple Haze: Love, love, love Merino Cool. This is one of Katherine’s picks and I must agree. This taupe colour with a streak of purple looks lovely on any and all skin tones. Application is smooth, not too thick no too thin, just right. Revlon also has a similar shade called Stormy that I adore, and it’s about half the price.[caption id="attachment_691" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress, $11."] [/caption]
Lady in Red: Red is the most vibrant "it" colour for fall fashions, which is why retro red nails are making a come back. Nothings more lady like than a sleek red nail with a matching lip, throw in a kitten heel and a trench, and it’s so film noir. Try a new red or play it safe with a classic, like OPI's I'm Not Really a Waitress.
2010 Space Odyssey: At first glanced I was perplexed by this polish, it just wasn’t doing it for me. But the more I see it on fellow beauty editors the more intrigued I’ve become. At first glance (in the bottle) you see a shimmery iridescent purple. However once applied Paradoxal transforms into a greyed out plum with a hint of taupe. I like.