Don't get us wrong—we'll protect (and continue to wear) our collection of signature fall nail colors for the rest of our days. Brooding cult-classic shades of burgundy, purple, navy, and rich emerald never go out of style and meld nicely with plummeting temperatures and our re-emerging sweater collection. But, in all honesty, said fall nail colors are 150% predictable. With all of our favorite nail polish brands debuting crisp new colors and collections for the fall season, why not expand our fingertips' color horizons?
We've surveyed the newest, most exciting nail colors and trends for fall, and ahead, we're highlighting 15 less-predictable shades we suggest putting on your looming fall beauty roster. From less-expected neutrals to less-expected flamboyant colors, we can't wait to lacquer up our nails with some help from these chic, warm-and-fuzzy nail shades. Keep scrolling!
1. Juicy Cranberry
Olive & June Nail Polish in JG ($8)
Less intense than your typical burgundies or maroons, a fresh shot of cranberry is still rich and fall-leaning. We're loving this shade from Olive & June's epic fall collection.
2. Rosy Caramel
Essie Nail Polish in Cliff Hanger ($9)
Nudes are great all year round, but this hue of caramel (spiked with rosy undertones!) feels especially cozy for fall.
OPI Nail Lacquer in This Isn't Greenland ($11)
Get ready for compliments. This mossy green-yellow shade will become your new neutral this fall.
4. Mystical Moss
LeChat Dare to Wear Nail Polish in DJ Mix ($9)
Meet the equally flattering sister to your favorite fall shade of emerald. Creamy and highly pigmented, this slightly bluer take on the seasonal classic is great to have on standby.
5. Blueberry Cobbler
Zoya Nail Polish in Vesper ($10)
The brand describes this striking fall nail color as an antiqued shade of gray-violet, but it also reminds us of one of our favorite fall desserts—that's not apple or pumpkin. It's our favorite shade from Zoya's beguiling fall collection!
6. Shimmering Pumpkin
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Fade the Sun ($18)
That said, we still love this juicy, slightly gilded shade of orange that's perfect for pumpkin picking and carving season.
7. Coal Gray
OPI Nail Polish in Rub-a-Pub ($5)
OPI's Scotland Collection is the stuff of fall dreams. The color we're craving most? This sleek, cool shade of coal gray. Plus, that jaunty name just can't be beaten.
8. Ballet Slippers 2.0
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Organdi ($28)
No, we're not asking you to put away everyone's favorite cult shade of baby pink forever, but for fall, how stunning is Chanel's Organdi? An irresistible cool nude pink.
9. Tartan Yellow
Orly Nail Polish in Spark ($10)
Back for a limited time only, Orly's lovable shot of custard yellow was a hit for summer and still has legs for fall. (It's one of the few polishes in our kit that we're seamlessly transitioning into next season.)
J. Hannah Nail Polish in Fauna ($19)
J. Hannah is one of our all-time favorite nail polish brands, and pretty much every shade was made for your fall wardrobe. That said, if you're looking to switch out your cherry pop shade of red this season, look no further than this rustic shade of ochre.
11. White Chocolate
Jinsoon Nail Polish in Prim ($18)
White is the antithesis to fall's inevitable wave of jet-black nail colors. But we prefer this slightly warmer, creamier take, which is a chic compromise between ho-hum beige and summer's stark whites.
12. Studio 54 Rose Gold
Aila Nail Polish in #LikeABoss ($16)
Aila's shimmering shade of rose gold nail color called #LikeABoss is one of our favorites for fall. It looks great stacked with jewelry and is more subtle than some of the chunky glitters that flooded our IG feeds all summer.
13. Royal Velvet
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Rule Breaker ($20)
We're asking you take the name of this pretty new fall shade seriously and break your typical rotation of almost-black fall purples. This vibrant shade from Deborah Lippmann is the perfect antidote for fall polish fatigue and is limited edition—making it all the more covetable.
14. Deep Forest
This deep forest green is an enchanting alternative to fall's obvious shades of navy, sapphire, or emerald.
15. Bewitched Black
Opi Nail Lacquer in You Don't Know Jacques ($10)
Sorry, but we can't start talking about fall beauty trends without a little bit of haunted innuendo. You Don't Know Jacques from OPI is a mysterious and gorgeous pick for fall, as it's not quite purple, not quite red, not quite black, but a rich medley of all.
16. Steel Blue
Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in Air Dry ($9)
Essie has blessed us with some incredibly beautiful polish shades for fall, but this unexpected steel blue-gray shade is winning our hearts right now—the perfect beauty accent to cross over into fall.
17. Mid-Day Mocha
Essie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Mid-Day Mocha ($9)
Nothing conjures up the ambiance of fall quite like a warm color palette of toasty browns—hot coffee, chestnuts, golden leaves. This nail polish is the perfect embodiment of it.
18. Warm Ash
Olive & June AW Nail Polish ($8)
With underlying warm tones, this ash-gray hue is unequivocally bewitching.
19. Glossy Fuchsia
Essie Nail Polish in Mod Square ($7)
A fuchsia polish will add a flash of mood-boosting flair to your nails this fall.
20. Frosty Gray
Revlon Glossy Shine Finish in Sophisticated ($6)
An understated yet elegant washed-out gray is seriously versatile—perfect for everything from business meetings to weddings.
21. Dark Teal
Londontown Lakur Nail Polish in Chivvy Along ($16)
Universally flattering, this rich, dark jewel tone is tracking as one of the coolest colors for fall.
22. Pastel Blue
Zoya Nail Polish in Elena ($10)
Creamy, pastel hues are back in a big way for fall—an invigorating alternative to the deeper blue hues we see during the colder months.
23. Soft Orange
Aila Nail Lacquer in Doolish ($16)
Give the pumpkin hues of fall a softer touch and watch the compliments roll in.
24. Shimmery Copper
Olive & June Nail Polish in OJSM ($8)
Metallics continue to dominate our feeds. We're particularly loving a shimmery warm rose gold to spruce up our nails in style this autumn. The perfect accompaniment to our LBD.
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up next, This Is Already the Coolest Nail Trend of 2021
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