The 90’s have very clearly come back and Rebecca Minkoff (Essie’s Global Colour Designer) wanted to bring some of the iconic nail polish shades back with it. As someone who really discovered nail polish in the 90’s, I have some very specific colour memories. There had to be a vampy, blood red and a silver chrome. Those definitely didn’t make an appearance in this collection but the six shades that are here do make sense to me. We got to try three shades in the collection.
can you feel it? you’re totally picking up what this warm ivory with a dash of pink is putting down
To say this ivory was a complete pain to work with is an understatement. The only way I could get it to look even remotely passable was to apply two coats, let it completely dry and then add a third, plus a top coat. If you look at my ring finger in the photo, you can still see the wrinkles. And the pinholes. On top of that, I hate the shade. Love the name though.
hey, little misfit. those socks and this deep wine red with purple undertones are gonna take you higher.
This berry shade is the closest I’m going to get to a real vamp red but taking the 90’s out of it, this is a fantastic fall red. I got this coverage in one coat. Two would look amazing as well but I like the brightness you get in one.
Dressed To The Nineties
red carpet event? all you need are a plaid mini skirt, this dark purple with a green-blue shimmer and a rockstar attitude.
This is definitely a 90’s shade but maybe late 90’s and not the grunge era. Either way this shade is stunning. It photographs a little dark, even in natural light, but get it outside and in the sunlight and just watch the shimmer. Gorgeous. 1 coat was decent but two really brings out all the colours. I didn’t want to take this one off.
I’m really happy that we received Knee-high Life and Dressed To The Nineties to review. I could’ve definitely passed on Mix Taupe and tried As If! instead because that blue is absolutely 90’s. I might just have to pick that one up.
It might feel like winter in Toronto, but it’s still technically fall. And since I love fall nail polish collections (especially CND’s) I’m ok with that. Modern Folklore might still be my favourite Vinylux collection but Craft Culture is exactly what I expect from a CND fall launch; lots of shimmer and microglitter, some red and some unexpected shades that I really love.
I love when brands bring out shades like this. A yellow-gold microglitter, this goes on really smoothly and had great coverage in two coats. In the sunshine, the dimension in this shade is a little insane. It’ll totally carry over into a great holiday party shade too.
I don’t have anything like this shade in my collection. Some that come close, but this rosy-copper shimmer is in a league all it’s own. Two coats of this one was perfect (but then, most of these are perfect in two coats) and it’s just such a pretty fall shade. One that I’ll be using a lot. Stunning.
This silvery plum shimmer was the one I was most excited to try. Unfortunately I must have gotten a bad bottle because there were some major issues. The first coat went on fine and it was gorgeous, the second coat was where the problems started. It became chunky and wouldn’t settle and it definitely did not play well with the top coat. Which is too bad because this shade is gorgeous. If I use it again, I’m sticking to one coat.
This deep teal blue shimmer is the kind of shade I’m known for loving and love it I do. One coat of this is pretty but two is way better. There’s a hint of grey in there that gives it depth.
This copper-brown shade was a little unexpected for me and I don’t know why. Two coats of this were great and while it shows some brushstrokes, it doesn’t really bug me with this one. I almost wish it was a tiny bit darker but it’s really nice either way.
And now we’re headed in to creme territory. Vinylux cremes are pretty spectacular. The go on super smooth and last for a really long time. Oxblood is a pretty typical dark red that surprisingly didn’t stain at all. One coat was nice and bright and it gets darker the more coats you add. The photo is two.
Shade wise, this dark pumpkin shade (the closest I’ll get to pumpkin spice anything) was my favourite of the collection. Surprising, since I’m completely over orange nail polish. Two coats went on really easily and the wear was incredible, I went days without tip wear. And then the weirdness started. Getting this one off was like trying to take off Shellac like it’s regular nail polish. It took me forever to get it off and it stained really badly. I’m not sure what happened since Vinylux is usually a breeze to remove but I love this shade enough that I’ll probably try it again.
I don’t remember ever trying a blue-grey shade like this before and I seriously can’t imagine why more of them don’t exist. This is the definite winner from the Craft Culture collection for me and to top it off, it’s a rare Vinylux one coater! I can’t tell you how much I love this gorgeous shade. I’ve worn it a lot already and I have lot of plans for it in the future.
Craft Culture is yet another fantastic fall collection from Vinylux. They just never disappoint me for fall shades and I can’t wait to see what else they have coming up. Most of these are available in Shellac as well.
I’m all over fall nail polish right now, it’s my favourite nail polish season after all but this year Ceramic Glaze isn’t releasing new shades for their fall and holiday collections. Instead, they’ve added a bunch of new core shades and we have a couple that fit right into fall anyways. Ceramic Glaze is only available at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada but if you’re stateside you might be able able to find similar shades with another similar brand. Those are all the clues you get.
I was honestly convinced that I had already tried this bright, hot pink shade but after a search through my archives, I couldn’t find it. I love this pink as a transitional shade, since Toronto still feels like it’s summer and not fall and some of us aren’t quite ready for cooler weather (I’m so ready though). Island Getaway was extremely runny, which led to pooling, which really wasn’t fun. But two coats were good for opacity, just be prepared for a ton of cleanup.
The formula for this dark berry was much better and there was a lot less cleanup involved. Two coats of this super pretty pink was perfect. It’s a really nice year round shade.
If this dark plum shade looks familiar to you, it’s because it’s very similar to OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. Like, almost exact. But I wore this one for a week with basically no chips or tip wear and it’s definitely on my favourites list for fall. That said, this one needs a top coat, it really needs that glossy finish. The first coat of this one was very patchy but the second was perfect.
Forever In Love
This was the last of the four polishes I tried and I really didn’t think anything could top Raisin Biscotti for me in terms of favourites. This gorgeous burgundy just screams ‘fall shade’ and I could’ve gotten away with one coat but did two for depth. I still can’t decide if Raisin Biscotti or Forever In Love won as my favourite but I’m already trying to decide how I can wear both at once.
Fall is my happy place as far as nail polish goes and I’m so happy that we receive fall collections when it’s still summer. First up is OPI’s Washington DC fall/winter collection. There are twelve shades in this collection plus three more ‘limited edition’ Kerry Washington shades. The Scandal star is OPI’s creative ambassador this year and her shades are pretty great. We have a lot of colours to get through, so let’s get started.
Pale To The Chief
So nearly nude, it’s almost scandalous.
I’m not a huge fan of nude polish but I actually like this one quite a bit. The formula is a little tricky though, I did two coats but I waited a good couple minutes between each one. If you don’t, you risk squishiness and patchiness and settling issues. Be patient with this one and it’ll pay off.
Never A Dulles Moment
A curry yellow seen on airport and fashion week runways.
I’m not a fan of yellow in pretty much anything so yellow polish isn’t my thing. As far as tricky yellow formulas go, this one wasn’t too bad. It was actually pretty similar to Pale To The Chief. This was two coats with a little patchiness and slight settling issues. I felt like I had painted my nails with mustard but the few people who saw me wearing it, loved it on me.
Yank My Doodle
Get a tawny copper mani and call it macaroni
This terracotta shade was relatively easy to work with, the first shade went on very sheer but the second made it perfect. This one is just ok for me. I don’t hate it but I probably won’t wear it again either.
Freedom Of Peach
Wearing this creamy peach is your fashion right
This dusty peach was a one-coater! I had zero issues with it and I actually ended up loving it when I was expecting to hate it. I might be completely over orange nail polish but this one just felt a bit different.
Squeaker Of The House
A chocolate brown so yummy, it crosses party lines
Squeaker Of The House went on perfectly in two coats and looks like milk chocolate. It’s pretty much everything I want in a brown polish.
Shh…It’s Top Secret
A deep, deep brown so dark, it’s incognito
OPI is calling this one brown, so there must be some in there but all I see is black. And I’m ok with that. I coat of this one was good, two was better and a top coat makes it stunning. I love Lincoln Park After Dark for an almost black and this one might be even better.
A commanding red with real Oval Office power
1 coat of this pink learning red was great but two is gorgeous. It’s such a great transitional shade between summer and fall and I wore this one for a week without much tip wear. It does stain though. Badly.
OPI By Popular Vote
It’s a landslide victory! This cool apple red is a real winner.
Does this look a little similar to Madam President? Yes, yes it does. This one was a one-coater though and a touch more of a traditional red.
We The Female
You’re hereby authorized to wear this empowering garnet
Two coats of this oxblood red is just perfect. I love this shade for fall.
CIA = Color Is Awesome
A smart, dusky blue for secret agent fashionistas
I was expecting to love this deep teal blue but I really didn’t think I would love it this much. It doesn’t hurt that the formula was flawless and this is a one-coater. Staining was minimal. This is one of my favourites from the collection, if not my actual favourite.
Stay Off The Lawn!!
Don’t trespass on this deep, lush green
Clearly blue and green polishes are my favourites because there’s going to be a lot of gushing going on between this one and CIA = Color is Awesome. Like CIA, this one was a perfect one-coater only in forest green this time. It’s just perfect.
Suzi – The First Lady Of Nails
Command the political scene in this chic olive green.
This olive green was unexpected for me until I realized it could also be considered military green, in which case it makes perfect sense. The first coat of this one was very sheer but two was perfect. I really like this shade and don’t have a lot like it in my collection.
Kerry Washington Shades
Inside The ISABALLETway
Washington’s movers-andshakers vie for this caramel crème
Named for Kerry Washington’s daughter, this light brown had a great formula. Two coats were perfect but you can get away with one if you really have to.
Accomplished stateswomen love this plum with capital flair
This plum shade is so, so pretty. Unfortunately, it’s also patchy. Two coats mostly evened it out and if I was patient enough I might’ve done a third to even it out even more. But I love this shade enough that I didn’t need it completely perfect.
“Liv” In The Gray
This edgy, sophisticated dark gray makes a strong federal case.
This one-coater gray is another one of my favourites. It’s so gorgeous and a nice little change from black and brown.
Obviously I’m not going to like every shade in a collection this big but this is hands down my favourite OPI collection in a very long time.
There are so many options for holiday nail polish looks and it’s rare that one collection has options for nearly all of them. Ceramic Glaze’s fall/holiday line has a little something for everyone. Want a glossy creme? Got it. Sparkle? Got it. Fancy top coats to change up your look? That too. There are six new, limited edition shades and two previously released shades (Hong Kong Diva and Vintage Glam). We have the new shades to show you.
Applause is a deep plum with a little shimmer and it’s gorgeous. If you want something that falls into the holiday category but is a little different, this is a great choice.
This deep, bold blue is a one-coater and it goes on extremely smoothly. This is my favourite shade of the collection.
Wonderland is an iridescent shade that’s hard to nail down. There’s gold, silver, green and purple in here and it changes depending on the lighting.
Sorcery is a dark teal creme and it’s quite different than most shades in it’s category. This one stains though.
Snow Queen + Diamond Dust
Snow Queen has white hexagon glitter in a clear base and Diamond Dust has holographic microglitter. I’m wearing them over Sorcery in the swatch. The’re both really nice top coats but I prefer Diamond Dust. It’s so, so pretty.
I’ve already mentioned that fall is my favourite nail polish season and CND Vinylux have pretty consistently been some of my favourite fall shades. Vinylux is Shellac’s at home weekly wear system. You apply two coats, add the top coat and it dries in minutes without a lamp and lasts for at least a week. The best part, you can use regular nail polish remover. These are my most wanted shades for fall.
Faux Fur is a great deep brown that’s perfect for fall. I feel like there really haven’t been a ton of brown shades released lately and it’s too bad because they’re great for someone who wants a dark shade without being edgy.
There are very few purple shades that catch my eye but this dark plum is one of my favourites.
This medium green has a ton of grey in it which makes it more of a fall colour than spring or summer. If you don’t want to go completely dark with your nail polish, this is a great option.
I have a really hard time explaining Fedora. There’s red, brown and purple in it and it’s the best alternative to black. It’s really a gorgeous shade.
I find it’s pretty difficult to find a good black that’s glossy and has a great formula. Black Pool might be the best black I’ve found and I wore it on Halloween with little skull decals but I would wear this any day of the year.
Do you have a favourite fall nail polish?
Fall is usually my favourite time of year for nail polish collections, I love the darker, warmer shades. Usually though, I love a couple shades from a collection, not the entire thing. Essie’s rock’n’roll royalty inspired collection is everything I want in a fall collection. The formula for this collection is a tiny bit thicker than their usual thin formula which made it really easy for almost all of these shades to be one-coaters.
Color Binge isn’t a classic red, it has too much orange in it, but it’s a great fall shade that would be a great base for halloween nail art.
With The Band
Essie calls With The Band a ‘toasted spice burgundy’ and while I’m not a huge fan of red polish, I fell in love with this one with the first brush stroke. This could’ve been one coat but I went with two to even it out a bit.
In The Lobby
In The Lobby really makes me think of the 90’s. An ‘exotic cinnamon plum,’ this shade is competely on trend and a fantastic shade for fall.
I don’t know if I would’ve ever picked up this molten bronze shade on my own but it’s really pretty in the sunlight and had full coverage with one coat.
Frock ‘N Roll
Frock ‘N Roll is described as a ‘shimmering rich espresso’ but it leans toward the black side. There’s a lot going on with the shimmer as well, I saw reds and golds and probably missed other shades. This one was also one coat.
To the surprise of no one, I knew Bell-Bottom Blues would be my favourite shade just by looking at the bottle. But I was completely unprepared for how gorgeous this indigo shade is. One coat looked great but two is spectacular.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve loved an entire collection so much to the point where I didn’t want to take any of these polishes off. I really liked the thicker formula and might have to stock up on a couple of these in case I run out.
One thing I’ve noticed about quite a few fall nail polish collections this season is that they don’t necessarily look like typical fall collections. Quo By Orly’s Fall Dance Party collection definitely has a few shades that I would classify as summer but some that definitely fit into the fall category. Fall Dance Party has six shades, of which we tried four (we received five but couldn’t get Epic Remix opened). Quo by Orly is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada but if you don’t live here, Orly’s In The Mix collection looks to be nearly identical.
This hot pink screams summer to me but it was a one-coater that looked gorgeous. For some reason all the Quo By Orly pinks I’ve tried have been the only ones that can get away with one coat.
Turn Up The Volume
This coral pink was really pretty but really didn’t go with my skin tone. Taking a photo was difficult because my skin looked kind of off with this shade.
Live In The Moment
We’ve gotten so few purple shades lately I feel like it’s been months since I’ve worn one. This mid-toned bright purple is great for fall and it wore really well.
I’m With The DJ
I don’t think it would surprise anyone that this dark blue creme is my favourite of the bunch. It was almost a one-coater but had a little bit of patchiness that two coats smoothed out. This is a definite must have shade for fall.
Overall I really liked the Fall Dance Party collection. The names fit the theme perfectly but I wish Quo By Orly would invest in better brushes. Mine were consistently uneven which makes application a little tricky. But the formulas are getting a lot better.
I’m a huge fan of CND’s Vinylux seasonal collection and fall’s Contradictions collection is just as great as previous collections. Vinylux is the weekly version of Shellac but you can do it at home and take it off with nail polish remover. You don’t use a base coat and use the Vinylux top coat. Most of these swatches are two coats and even though CND says the polishes will dry in about eight minutes, I found some were faster than that.
Naked Naiveté is a pale pink nude cream and it was just ok for me. There was some unevenness that was bothering me that I couldn’t seem to fix but it’s pretty decent for a pale nude.
I wanted to love this metallic silver shimmer but as you can see from the swatch, I had issues. And I couldn’t fix them. Safety Pin is such a pretty shade but the formula drove me crazy.
Poison Plum is one of the most unique shades I’ve seen in a while. It has a black jelly base with red glitter and when you get it into the sunlight it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Tartan Punk is a metallic red shimmer perfect for fall. It’s not too dark and it’s just bright enough to stand out from all the other fall reds.
I’m completely obsessed with this shade. It’s a metallic blue base with blue-green shimmer and it’s even more stunning in person.
Rouge Rite is a dark red creme that screams fall to me. The fact that it doesn’t stain is a bonus. Loving this shade.
Couture Covet is a dark teal creme and I don’t think I’ve seen a shade quite like it in a long time. This one does stain a little which made cleanup a tad difficult but I love this one so much I won’t let that stop me from using it.
I’ve saved the best for last. Grommet is a one coat wonder and this metallic dark blue shimmer is one of my favourite shades from all the fall collections I’ve tried. I have a feeling I’ll be making quite a dent in this bottle.
Even though I had issues with some of the shades from this collection, I really love it. I’ll be wearing more than half of these polishes again and I really can’t say that about most of the collections we review. Especially a collection this large.
I’m so happy we’re heading into fall. It’s my favourite season and it’s by far my favourite nail polish season. I’m so happy to start our fall nail polish posts with what might be my favourite collection that I’ve seen this season. Nails Inc teamed up with Alice and Olivia’s Stacey Bendet for for a fall/winter collection inspired by 1970’s rock and roll with a bohemian twist and boy are these shades gorgeous. These minis come with pretty big brushes but they have a rounded bottom that perfectly fits my nail beds so I was actually loving the brushes instead of hating them for a change. All of these were two coats plus a top coat but I have to say they all could’ve been a one-coater with a heavy enough hand.
Ruby Night Sky
This deep, deep red was almost black until you got it into sunlight and then you could really see the red. It’s one of those shades that’s way better in person.
I’ve made my dislike for glitter pretty well known but this one might actually be worth the trouble of removing it. It just glitters and totally makes me think of the ’70’s.
I love this shimmery red plum so much. It’s such a fantastic fall shade and the formula was perfection.
Next To Nothing
I’m really not a fan of nudes and their formulas aren’t always the greatest, so when I find one I love, I stockpile. I’m definitely going to need a full size of this latte nude cream. It’s so flattering with my skin tone and the formula went on flawlessly. I never would’ve guess that my favourite shade would be this one when I got the set.
I really can’t say enough about this Nails Inc x Alice and Olivia collaboration. They really hit a home run between the gorgeous shades and fantastic formulas. I hope there are more collabs coming.