Autumn/Winter Nails 2015

About five months ago I wrote a post swatching 12 of my favourite spring nail polish colours. Now that it seems we’ve seen the last of the summer sun, I’ve really been feeling the more autumnal colours and I thought it was about time for another swatch post! So here are the wintry colours that I’ve been loving again.


The Neutrals

Aside from your average ‘neutrals’, i.e nudes, this time of year I often find myself reaching for the grey tones. They’re as versatile as nude nails in the sense that they go with everything, but they have a slightly grungier feel without being as strong as full on black. I’m also reaching for metallics more often now. Topshop’s Solar is a beautiful subtle golden colour that also goes with everything.

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L-R: Bourjois So Lacque Glossy – Taupe Modele, Topshop – Sketch, Essie Snakeskin Magnetic – Snake Rattle and Roll, Topshop – Solar.

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The Reds

Reds are really an all-year-round colour, but instead of bright orange-reds, I’ve been going for more berry-toned Christmas reds. Jessica – Bazaar is a perfect winter red. The Barry M colour looks very orange red in the swatch below, but is actually a gorgeous, rich Hollywood red. Topshop – Middle Child is a plummier alternative, and H&M’s Ravishing Ruby is a stunning metallic option.

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Jessica – Bazaar, Barry M Gelly High Shine – Blood Orange, Topshop – Middle Child, H&M – Ravishing Ruby.

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The Darks

These are my black alternatives. Though black will always have it’s place, it’s nice to mix things up a bit. All these colours appear slightly darker in person than they look in the swatches. Rita Rouge is a deep, black cherry kind of colour, and Dusk is a very dark forest green. Bleuet and Navy Blue look very similar in these photos, but Bleuet is more of a dark green-blue, while Navy Blue is (obviously) the perfect navy. Topshop’s Sketch, in the neutrals category above, is also a great black alternative.

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L-R: Rimmel London 60 Seconds – Rita Rouge, Soigné – Bleuet, Collection Hot Looks – Dusk, W7 – Navy Blue.

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The Glitters

For me, glitters only really come out in the colder months. There are loads of really good glitters available at the moment in Boots and Superdrug. Gosh do a range of matte finish glitters, which dry textured. I have Frosted Gold from this collection swatched below. Barry M is also undeniably one to go for if you want good glitters; their Aquarium and Glitterati collections give you a lot of choice, although for at least the colour I have – Rockstar – they look best when painted over a solid colour. Gosh’s Silver is my favourite silver. Not a colour I use often, but if you’re looking for a good silver try that one out if you haven’t already. L’Oreal’s Diamond Lurex is my standard glitter topcoat for if I want to jazz up a solid colour, or add even more glitter to my glitter. Kiko Cosmetics also have a range of iridescent glitter top coats which are beautiful. The final product in the picture below is a necessary for glitter nails (especially if you’re using actual dry glitter, which I sometimes do): a peel off base coat. Nothing ruins your nails like trying to pick off glitter nail polish. With a peel off base coat, the manicure does not last quite as long, but it is ten times easier to remove and causes no damage.

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Gosh Glitter Matte Finish – Frosted Gold, Barry M Glitterati – Rockstar, Gosh – Silver, L’Oreal Top Coat – Diamond Lurex, MUA Peel Off Polish.

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