Back To School/Early Autumn Nail Trends

Posted by on Sunday, October 16, 2011

 Similar to my Summer Nail Trends post, I selected a few (well, eleven) shades from my collection that I felt best represented what the early autumn landscape looks like, nail wise. Though I've been rather out of the loop, blogging wise, I kept up with reading my favourite blogs and from these, I formed an idea of what the current trends are (going to be? I don't know. I'm probably totally wrong, lol).


Yes, I photographed these over my Physics textbook, for I am a hardcore nerd.


Companies seem to be bringing out the foiled, irridescent colour shifting polishes at the moment in gorgeous antique colours (I'm seeing lots of old golds and greens) such as the Model's Own Beetlejuice collection (sourced from Vampy Varnish)...the Inheritance fan in me hopes that this is a sort of nail polish celebration of the release of the last in the series but somehow I really doubt that. What? The strong duochromes remind me of dragon scales, OK?

Geekery aside, the other new fad seems to be magnetic nail varnish, which I think is lining up to replace the mighty crackle. The colours of the polishes again fit the model of the 'autumn trend' - that is, they're darker and shimmery, but I'm wondering if it's going to catch on like the crackle trend simply because including a magnet with your nail polish is going to make it more expensive, and there isn't really a way to get past that. While the cheapest crackle polishes retail for about £6, you can buy a crackle for £1.99 from W7, or just a pound more from the MUA Pro range.

Finally, I've seen loads of lilac around recently. This may just be where I live, but pastel lilac nails seem to be really popular over I bought two new ones, one from No7 and one from MUA, so I could be a sheep and take part in this new and fascinating obsession with the lilac colour. *shrugs* Purple in general seems to be a huge thing at the moment, both in clothes and in cosmetics. Perhaps it's something to do with the recession? Isn't purple linked to royalty? Maybe there's some sort of subconscious thing going on there.

Onto the photographs...

Right hand (from left to right):
Nails Inc 'Lowndes Square'
MUA Shade '23'
No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in 'Vivid Violet' (I think. I 'borrowed' this one off my Mum to swatch, and she's asleep as I'm writing this post so I can't sneak into her room and double check!)
Funky Fingers 'Snakeskin'
Barry M 'Dusky Mauve'

I'm fully aware the Dusky Mauve phase has gone and passed, OK? But I included it as an example of a subtler colour shift. I do think the neutrals/mannequin hands trend is slowly passing right now, very few brands have included neutral colours in their line up.


Left hand (from left to right):
American Apparel 'Passport Blue'
No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in 'Lucky Lilac'
Barry M Nail Paint in 'Indigo'
No7 Speed Dry Nail Colour in 'Beautifully Black'
Kiko Makeup Milano '262'

Bonus polish, for sitting through all of that so nicely:

A gorgeously sparkling Kiko topcoat, to help add that bright, otherworldly look to the polishes in your collection - cheaper than buying loads more soley for the sake of the trend, in all honesty. I'm really up for buying all of that Beetlejuice collection, personally, but for now I'll make do with this to paint over my darker nail colours. It's beautiful in it's own right, really. I don't have nearly enough coloured/glittery topcoats.




Thoughts on the trends for Autumn? Do you like them, or are you staying away? If you do like them, which companies do you feel interpreted them best? I personally want to say Models Own, but 17 have really stepped up their game with their releases recently (I'm thinking about the BB Cream as well, even though the shade range is pants) so perhaps they deserve the crown.

EDIT: I'm pretty sure I got my hands mixed up and left is right and vice versa. I get so confused with these things, sorry!


  1. I never get excited about fall collections b/c i hate dark nail polish and vampy colors.

  2. Fair enough, Courtney! Although I don't consider this particular autumn's colours very vampy, I do get where you're coming from. What about glitter and metallic polishes?

  3. Mmm, purple, that's what I like to see. Though I am on a nail polish buying ban, I do have one of those £5 No7 vouchers...

  4. You know what? I liked the hand with all those different purples, they go well together! :D

  5. Ooh, I <3 purples & blues :P & OMG those multi-chromes :O :O :O

  6. I love the Vivid Lilax NO7 Color stay polish!

  7. Lena have you seen the new Nails Inc Gossip Girl topcoats, too? Very lovely. Thanks for the heads up on models own.
    D x

  8. I like glitter but not metallic. I need to relax and try different colors, lol. Yes I don't consider these colors you posted vampy at all. I'm just saying in general.

  9. Julianne - USEITUSEITUSEIT. I love those vouchers, lol. £2 can get you quite far with one of those in your hand! Plus No7 just bought out all these new colours, there must be something that takes your fancy.

    Thank you, Smaltoitaliano! The nails are such nubs though, my violin teacher forced me to cut them (as usual) :(

    Same, Rhea. I really want to stop myself from buying the entire set of Models Own polishes...must.resist!

    The application is pretty good but not the best, Charlie! (Understandable, as it is a pastel)I like the colour too, though. I think I prefer it to the MUA polish of a similar colour -that was has more pinky undertones.

    No, Anonymous? I had no idea that Nails Inc were doing Gossip Girl topcoats? Thank YOU for the tip! I'll be off to check those out now!

    Lol, I know what you mean, Courtney - I personally think I have some of that, I tend to shy away from high frost and metallic colours. Thanks for clarifying and for sharing your opinion!


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