Though I love the brights and pastels I reach for in the Spring and Summer, the dark and moody colors of Fall and Winter are my jam. You might notice that there aren’t any warm, bronzed, or ruddy colors here. I do wear a lot of reds this time of year (my favorite being Big Apple Red by OPI), but I wanted to show you guys some of the other colors I wear on the regular during this season. I also didn’t include any Essie colors, though I am a fan, since I haven’t added many Fall/Winter colors to my hoard. I should note that none of these colors come from any 2012 nail color collections, these are just a select few of tried and true colors I love for these cooler months.
Anyway, about the polishes!
Left to right: Raven-Zoya, Russian Navy-OPI, Casey-Zoya, Deep Sea-M.A.C., Dree-Zoya
Raven is a slightly shimmery black. It’s not quite inky, due to the very subtle, silvery shimmer. I love this color worn alone, or layered with a gold glitter like INM Northern Lights Gold Holo Topcoat–which, together, looks like starry night skies. I like to do 3 thin coats of this color. This is, incidentally, what I have on my nails currently. I think it’s perfect for October and Halloween.
Russian Navy is a shimmery, deep navy with a purple iridescence. The color comes across more purple in the bottle and is quite navy on the nail. In my opinion OPI has the best brush and I like their formula as well. This color is opaque with two coats. It also comes in matte (which I have seen all over Pinterest) and as a gel color as well. I almost always wear this color alone with a shiny topcoat (I like Seche Vite and Out the Door), sometimes I make it matte it with Essie’s Matte About You. Mattifying does subdue the purple tones. I could get lost in this color, it is so pretty and interesting.
Casey is one of my favorite colors of all time. It reminds me a bit of Lincoln Park After Dark and After Midnight. It’s a deep purple-red that appears nearly black (Sean says it’s just black, but he don’t know nothin’ about nails). You could call it vampy, I would call it witchy. It’s a little creamy and a little jelly. I like to do 3 thin coats of this color for ultimate opacity and I always wear it alone with a super shiny topcoat. I think that it is classic and classy while being a touch edgy.
Deep Sea is a deep, moody, green-toned teal. It has a cream finish and I love this color. It enchants me. That may be a little heavy, calling it enchanting, but I couldn’t leave the store without it. It was one of those things–I went in for foundation and left with this color. I had to have it. It reminds me of bottomless seas, wintry lakes, sea monsters, and deep woods. This color covers well enough with 2 coats, but I like to do 3. Even though I don’t always think cream finishes have the most interest (though I LOVE them), this one is interesting and even dynamic. The color sometimes comes across more teal and other times more of a dark forest color. It always looks great with a super shiny topcoat.
Dree is by and large the lightest color here. It’s an olive-y, yellow toned, army green–think camo without the mottling. I love this color because it reminds me of mossy forest floors. It has a cream finish and I like to do 3 coats for opacity. The color comes across more green/grey on the nail and more green/yellow in the bottle. I love this paired with all sorts of metallics–gold, bronze, and silvers.
**As always, all opinions are mine. I was not paid to promote these products, I just share them because I love them and I love you!
That MAC color is lovely. Have you tried Butter nail polish? They have some great colors too.
I have, but I don’t own any…yet!
Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen
I’m very jealous that you can paint your own nails that neatly. I have to shell out for manicures if I want mine to look that good! I love, love, love the Casey & Deep Sea colors! I think my salon carries Zoya polish – I’m going to hunt for that Casey color next time.
So far this fall I’ve gotten manicures in two of OPI’s new fall colors from their Germany collection – “Danke Shiny Red” and “Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine (a dark gray-olive)” Both are awesome. Isn’t fall nail polish the best?! Thanks for the recommendations!
Oh, I’m not that good…I just use a flat paint brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the edges 🙂 I haven’t checked out any fall collections yet–I put myself on a polish purchasing hiatus! I’ll probably break soon!
Katie @ Blonde Ambition
Yes! I was so excited to hear you’d be doing this. I have been at a loss when choosing nail colors lately, since I have so many bright hues for spring/summer. I’ve just been wearing the same dark fuschia for weeks now. I love the middle 3!
Yay, I’m so glad! Dark fuchsia is always a good choice, though 🙂
Awesome post! I’m always looking for new nail colors, and it’s nice to see them on actual fingers because it’s often hard to tell the true color by looking at the bottle. I’ve never tried MAC polish, but I LOVE that green/blue color on your nail – I may have to buy it! Beautiful! (And Zoya polishes are awesome.)
Yes! I love Zoya polished too and MAC Deep Sea is definitely a favorite of mine and worth the purchase, I think.