23 Stunning Fall Nail Colors
It's hard to believe, but fall is in the air. Crisp air, autumn leaves and the return of the infamous pumpkin spice latte are all indicators that it's time to ditch your summer wardrobe and wrap yourself up in cozy, fall colors. While different colors trend every year, some colors are timeless.
Stock up on the latest fall nail polish colors, and enjoy these splendid shades of orange, green and everything in between.
We've been wearing this one since it came out. It might not be a brand-new color, but if it's brand new to your collection, does it matter? It's hard to see the exact color online, but in person, this Essie fall nail polish color is incredible. It's the color of dark red wine, and just like wine, its true colors shine when it catches the light.
Get the look: Essie Nail Polish, Bordeaux, $7.75
No.17: Cherry Red
Bright, firetruck red is fun, but we don't necessarily want our nails to remind the world of an actual emergency. This deeper cherry tone is classic — and not too loud to wear to the office.
Get the look: Dear Sundays No.17: Cherry Red, $18
One of the best parts of fall is the changing colors of autumn foliage. The green of summer bursts into shades of gold, orange and red. This bright, orange-hued cherry red will have your nails matching the fall colors to a tee.
If the name "CV" is off-putting, it has nothing to do with resumes. It's actually an abbreviation for Clare Vivier, the founder of fashion brand Clare V. Her fun bags are crazy expensive, so maybe just stick with CV-inspired polish.
Get the look: Olive and June CV, $8
No. 24: Sunset Red
It's a combination of multiple fall colors. Defined as a "muted cream red," it's really a blend of rose and orange. We love it as a transitional color that works well with both summer and fall color palates. It's not the cheapest polish, but it's totally opaque. Less coats equal less drying time. Yes, please!
Get the look: Dear Sundays No. 24: Sunset Red, $18
This golden brown, shimmering fall nail polish shines all on its own, but its formula is the real star. Eighty percent of the ingredients are made from renewable vegetable biomass rich in calcium and magnesium. It's totally vegan and cruelty-free, so you don't have to feel guilty about your manicure.
Get the look: Plant Magic Vegan, Cruelty Free Bronzite Nail Polish, $10
Yes, I Canyon
There are so many shades of orange, but this one is one of our favorite fall nail polish colors ever. It's pretty much the exact color of a pumpkin. Decorate with a stripe of brown polish and another of cream for nails as delicious as freshly made pumpkin pie.
Get the look: Essie Yes, I Canyon Nail Polish, $9
Sweet & Gracious
While this shade of orange is more like tangerine than pumpkin, the vibrant shade is exactly what we need to spice up our autumn ensemble. How can gloomy days get you down with nails as colorful as this?
Get the look: Olive and June Sweet & Gracious, $8
Is it yellow? Is it green? We think it's somewhere in the middle, and it reminds us of vibrant maple leaves in the middle of changing colors. Wear it with a black and white plaid mini skirt and a pair of platform boots to capitalize on this year's Y2K throwback trend.
Get the look: Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish, Taxi Hopping, $9
Jamaican Me Crazy
Who says fall colors have to be muted or dull? This chartreuse polish is glowing and vibrant, yet still festive. For Halloween-themed nails, alternate it with black and orange for cute, witchy vibes.
Get the look: Nailtopia Jamaican Me Crazy, Chartreuse Creme, $10
We've been on the hunt for a perfect, opaque hunter green for years. Some fall nail polishes have too much yellow in them, turning green into more of a dull brown. We want our nails to look like cool, lush moss, not a smushed olive.
Get the look: Olive and June Geometry, $8
Whoa. We've never seen a polish quite like this one. It's hard to tell what color it is from the picture, but it's actually a dark, holographic olive green. Holographic polish is like glitter grown up. Classy enough for work, fun enough for the weekend.
Get the look: ILNP Caesar, Deep Olive Holographic Metallic Nail Polish, $10
Central Park After Dark
While Cirque describes this particular fall nail polish color as "khaki," we'd describe it as more of a soft, silver sage. This one is fantastic because it coordinates well with burnt oranges and deep browns but also with light pinks and other pastels. Pick it up for fall, keep it for spring.
Get the look: Cirque Colors Creme Nail Polish, Central Park After Dark, $12.50
A soft slate is just the shade to remind you of cloudy skies and sweater weather. Like every Expressie shade, Air Dry dries faster than most polishes out there, so there's no need to be cautious of smudging your polish for hours.
Get the look: Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish, Slate, $9
No.35: Jade Blue
This creamy jade blue color is like the color of the sea before a storm. It's blue but with just enough green and grey tones to remind us of a chilly autumn walk by the ocean.
Get the look: Dear Sundays No.35: Jade Blue, $18
Zoya Nail polish was the first breathable formula made without harmful ingredients like toluene and formaldehyde. It's vegan and never tested on animals, and this deep navy is to die for.
Who said nail polish had to match pumpkins to feel like fall? Any rich jewel tone like this one will do.
Get the look: Elliot, Blackened Peacock Blue Cream, $10.50
Shimmery, deep plum in a long-lasting, gel formula is a must-have for fall. It's not exactly a neutral color, but it comes close. It pairs well with most other fall colors, so feel free to mix and match.
Get the look: Essie Gel Couture Museum Muse, Muted Plum Purple, $11.50
Finding a perfect purple polish is no easy task. Getting the color right is the hardest part. It needs to have the perfect balance of blue and red, and this Butter London polish hits the mark. It's also packed with nourishing ingredients to help maintain the strength of your nails, and it lasts up to 10 days.
Get the look: Butter London Ace, $18
Fall nail polish colors don't have to be dark. This light, pinkish beige polish can lighten up any cloudy day, and it goes with pretty much any outfit. Pair it with a comfy pair of jeans, your favorite boots and a soft scarf, and your fall ensemble is complete.
Get the look: Sally Hansen Vegan Nail Polish, Pink Cardamom, $8.99
Sometimes, bright colors feel too loud. Subtle neutrals still make a statement, just a different one. This highly pigmented, breathable taupe polish feels earthy, calming and put together. Wear this, and you'll feel totally on top of your to-do list. Just wait until it dries to start checking off boxes.
Get the look: Lakur Natural Charm Deep Taupe Nail Polish, $16
Even if you live in a warm climate that rarely gets cozy, autumn weather, you're still welcome to have a cozy, autumn mood. Paint your nails with this deep, steely grey, and pretend there are raindrops dripping down the window pane as you sip a cup of Earl Grey.
Get the look: Olive and June Scattered Showers, $8
Can't Pick Just One? Don't.
Let's be honest. Choosing just one nail polish color for fall isn't humanly possible. What if you're feeling like festive, fall pumpkin spice one day and stormy grey the next?
This fall nail polish kit comes with 20 different fall colors. They range from vibrant oranges and yellows to muted greens and soft neutrals. There are even a few glittery polishes. With so many options for such a reasonable price, you can't go wrong.
Get the look: Beetles 23 Pcs Gel Nail Polish Kit, $27.99