Category Archives: Fall

Fall 2013 Nails – My Top 14 Fall Polish Picks


Have you been pondering your fall polish wardrobe? I have been pondering fall polishes forever! Fall polishes are my favorite, so I always anticipate a bit.

Here’s what’s on the top of my list for 2013. Some of these are new, some aren’t. Some of these I have, some I don’t…and some I will pick up soon! (I tried to include where to get the indie polishes if you’re a Usian.)

14. Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset (Christmas Without Snow collection, Winter 2012)

Image courtesy of Pretty Purple Polish.

Christmas in autumn? What? Although it’s in a Christmas collection, this rusty orange polish screams fall to me. (Pretty Serious is based in Australia, where Christmas is in the middle of summer, which sounds AWESOME. But I digress.)

Happily, I just picked this up through a blog sale, and I gotta say I love it. The formula was very smooth (not super thin, but opaque in 2-3 coats), and the color had just enough POP to make me wear the heck out of it. I believe you can get this at Llarowe if the polish gods are kind and a restock goes your way…

13. CrowsToes Heartshaped Box of Horses#@T (ValenCrows collection, Valentine’s 2013)

Image courtesy of More Nail Polish.

Again, this is a winter polish, but I love the sparkly brown and gold, plus the name…lulz! I just saw this was in stock at Llarowe. Yay!

12. Glitter Gal – Belgian Chocolate

Image courtesy of Ashley is Polish Addicted.

Mmmm, tasty! I’ve decided I have a thing for brown and block holos this fall, and this is one of the first that caught my eye. This one is occasionally available at Llarowe and Ninja Polish.

11. Colors by Llarowe – Burnt Sugar

Image courtesy of Pointless Cafe.

Brown holo again! This is obviously from Llarowe. i don’t have it yet, but I’m putting it on the ol’ wish list.

10. Ninja Polish – 100% Columbian (The Enigmas collection)

Image courtesy of Pointless Cafe.

The depth in this picture seems incredible to me! Although Pointless always takes great pictures, I’ve gotta say, I’ve seen a lot of good pictures of this one, so maybe it’s just generally gorgeous. This is going on my Ninja Polish wish list.

9. China Glaze Budding Romance (Avant Garden Collection, Spring 2013)

Image courtesy of Lydia’s Nails.

I KNOW! It’s a spring polish. But it’s such a nice “pretty-ugly” shade of green! It’s not one of the typical spring pastels in my book. Plus, I’m old and l live the in Midwest, so I make up my own fashion rules!

8. Bad Ass Polish Chocolate Covered Cherry

Image courtesy of I Heart Pretty Polish.

Bad Ass Polish is one of those smaller indies that has great ideas! They took my brown holo and put a little red in it – two, two two shades in one! I really want to eat this model’s fingers, and I don’t even like real chocolate covered cherries. Available from the Bad Ass polish website.

6. and 7. Zoya Flynn and Louise (Cashmeres and Satins collection, Fall 2013)

Zoya Flynn

Zoya Louise

Images courtesy of Stephanie Louise – All Things Beautiful.

I could have kicked myself that I didn’t pick these up during Zoya’s buy one get one back-to-school sale. (Who buys polish for back-to-school? I guess I would!) I’m constantly in a search for a good muted yellow like Flynn. And Louise is such a lovely brown polish.

5. OPI Peace, Love, and OPI (San Francisco collection, Fall 2013)

Image courtesy of Vampy Varnish.

I’ve got several dupes of this, but I bet the formula and coverage is great. I’ve been eyeing it ever since the collection came out. For me, it’s the clear standout if the collection.

3. and 4. China Glaze Ick-A-Body and Zombie Zest (Awakening collection, Halloween 2010)

China Glaze Ick-A-Body

Image courtesy of Scrangie.

China Glaze Zombie Zest

Image courtesy of The Swatchaholic.

No mainstream polish does Halloween like China Glaze! I probably could have chosen all their Halloween polishes for this list, but I limited it to the ones I own. I always put on Zombie Zest while watching the premiere of The Walking Dead. Mmmm…brains!

2. Above the Curve Fallen Angel

Image courtesy of Cosmetic Sanctuary.

Above the Curve is one of those indie brands you should know! They’re steadily gaining in popularity, and if you follow them on Facebook, they have some fun giveaways on Fridays. They give some of their proceeds to a very worthy cause, too – Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

I’m really looking forward to their fall collection. (And ATC, what’s up with that awesome greeny-gold polish? You must have made that just for me!) But until then, I’m jonesing for Fallen Angel. Fallen Angel is a black-based holo with purple and pink and blue glass flecks. I also want to try Fallen Angel 2.0, which is a bit more of a linear holo than the original Fallen Angel. You can order from their Big Cartel site.

1. KB Shimmer Quantum Leaf

Image courtesy of Manicurator.

SQUEEE!!! I’ve wanted this polish forever. FOR. EVER. It’s like fall in a bottle. I got it for my birthday in July, and I’m not touching it until at least the first official day of fall. I mean, the mustard yellow base, the orange/red/gold glitters, even the name – it makes me want to buy 27 decorative gourds and mull some cider with the Great Pumpkin! Arrrrgh! In other words, I’ll be trying this one soon. I don’t see it available on their website – I hope they’ll restock!

So, what are you going to wear in the coming months? Are you going to stick with fall colors? Start the holiday season early? Is it spring where you’re at? (Or is it spring in your mind, and you plan to break out the pastels or neons?)

[Disclosure note: the pictures above are not mine – however, they are all linked to their original sites. Consult those sites for further disclosure information regarding polish sources . No polishes were provided to me for review, and any reviews of these polishes are from polishes that I purchased.]