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About Face: Glitter and Beyond in Fall Nail Trends

About Face looks into shiny, matte, creme and glitter with this fall’s nail trends.

Whenever I have a lengthy to-do list, I ignore everything on it and paint my nails instead. It’s an addiction—and one that will certainly be fueled by this fall’s offerings from Orly, OPI, China Glaze, Zoya, Deborah Lippmann and Essie.

Last week in my About Face post about Organix Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner, I lamented how I can’t eat gyros every day—well, I could, but I would probably die in a few years of massive cholesterol issues brought on by lamb grease, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce. Sure, I’d have wriggled out of paying back my student loans, but it would be because of an unfortunate death. I’m not willing to take that chance.

But with this week’s About Face installment, you get nailsto read about another one of my weird quirks: Nail polish. I’m basically obsessed. I have hundreds of bottles, a despicable gluttony of product that my post-college roommate totally appreciated. Every time a new nail polish collection comes out, whether it’s from a designer brand like Deborah Lippman or a salon brand like OPI, I freak out. Glitters? Foil? Jelly? Whatever the finish is, I’ll wear it.

And this fall, there are a bunch of new collections to choose from, 10 of which you can read about in this post. Let’s look at my favorites from those collections, and then we can move on to the details of each offering:

(Polish on each nail, from left pinky to right): Frolic from Orly’s Happy Go Lucky collection; Pros & Bronze from OPI’s Glam Slam! U.S. collection; Jem from Zoya’s Mirrors collection; Cynthia from Zoya’s Smoke collection; Very Structured from Essie’s Carry On collection; Fowl Play from Orly’s Birds of a Feather collection; Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window from OPI’s Touring America collection; Electric Pineapple from China Glaze’s Island Escape collection; Billionaire from Deborah Lippmann’s fall collection; and Crown Me Already! from OPI’s Miss Universe collection.

Why are they my favorites for this fall?

On my first hand, Frolic is a pretty, mid-toned purplish-pink creme from Orly’s Happy Go Lucky four-piece collection, which is full of bright colors.

Pros & Bronze is a gorgeous copper foil, part of a duo inspired by and created with accomplished tennis star Serena Williams. There were three other duos that came out earlier this year in partnership with Williams: Glam Slam! England, which had a glittery purple shade, a foil silver shade and a glitter topcoat; Glam Slam! France, which had a purple-pink glittery shade and a red shatter topcoat; and Glam Slam! Australia, which had a shimmery green-yellow shade and a black shatter topcoat.

Jem is a wonderfully glittery burgundy, like an attractive bruise; the whole Mirrors collection from Zoya is full of darker colors with slightly shimmery or glittery finishes.

Cynthia is a deep blue-black, like a comic book heroine’s hair; Zoya’s Smoke collection is an accompaniment to Mirrors, and is full of dark and rich colors.

And Very Structured reminds me of leather and cognac and other sophisticated things. The six-piece Carry On collection from Essie is inspired by iconic purses.

On my other hand, Fowl Play gets a big boost from the multi-colored flake-style glitter in the purple base; the six-piece Orly Birds of a Feather collection is meant to evoke the unique colors found in birds in nature.

Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window is a military-inspired and on-trend olive; you’ll see lots of these drab green and brown colors this fall. The 12-piece Touring America collection from OPI has a mix of weirder colors like this one and brighter, shimmery shades; each is inspired by a city or state.

Electric Pineapple keeps summer going with a neon yellow hue; the China Glaze Island Escape collection is extremely bright and fun and came out earlier this season.

Billionaire is a deep hunter green, almost black if you don’t look twice, and is one of the higher-priced items featured here, as all Deborah Lippmann polishes are. But the quality is insane; these polishes are always unique colors and take barely two coats.

And Crown Me Already! is more than a typical silver glitter thanks to its various particles, from regular dots to larger hexagons. The in-your-face shade makes sense as part of OPI’s four-piece Miss Universe collection, inspired by the beauty competition.

bottlesThere’s a lot more to choose from this fall if glitters and dark colors aren’t your thing. Here are the collections in full:

(Second photo, top row of polish, from left to right): Nite Owl, Sweet Peacock, Peachy Parrot, Fowl Play, Lucky Duck and Sea Gurl, from Orly’s Birds of a Feather collection; Fresh, Flirty, Frisky and Frolic from Orly’s Happy Go Lucky collection; Stormy Weather and Billionaire from Deborah Lippmann’s fall collection. (Bottom row of polish, from left to right): Cha Cha Cha, Papaya Punch, Senorita Bonita, Electric Pineapple, Blue Iguana and 108 Degrees from China Glaze’s Island Escape collection; Glamour Purse, Very Structured, Carry On, Case Study, Power Clutch and Lady Like from Essie’s Carry On collection.

OPI(Third photo, top row of polish, from left to right): It’s MY Year, Congeniality is My Middle Name, Swimsuit … Nailed It and Crown Me Already! from OPI’s Miss Universe collection; Pros & Bronze and Love is a Racket from OPI’s Glam Slam! U.S. collection. (Bottom row of polish, from left to right): I Eat Mainely Lobster, I Brake for Manicures, Road House Blues, Suzi Takes the Wheel, Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window, My Address is Hollywood, Are We There Yet?, A-Taupe the Space Needle, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, Get in the Expresso Lane, Color to Diner For and Honk if You Love OPI from OPI’s Touring America collection.



(Fourth photo, top row of polish, from left to right): Aja, Cynthia, Dree, Jana, Petra and Codie from Zoya’s Smoke collection. (Bottom row of polish, from left to right): Nimue, Marina, Tao, Yara, Neeka and Jem from Zoya’s Mirrors collection.

VERDICT: A for everything. It took months for me to do wear-tests on all of these, but these brands — China Glaze, Essie, OPI, Orly, Zoya and Deborah Lippmann — are consistently some of the best, and these multi-colored fall collections are no exception. Most of these polishes were opaque with two coats, but you may need three for some of the darker ones, like from Zoya’s Smoke and Mirrors collections and OPI’s Touring America, to truly get the right kind of look. Nail polish is an affordable way to change up your look for fall, and these collections offer a wealth of options.


PRICE: Orly’s Birds of a Feather and Happy Go Lucky polishes, $7.50 each for 0.6 fl oz; Deborah Lippmann’s polishes, $16 each for 0.5 fl oz; China Glaze Island Escape polishes, $6.99 each for 0.5 fl oz; Essie Carry On polishes, $8 each for 0.5 fl oz; OPI’s Miss Universe and Touring America polishes, $8.50 each for 0.5 fl oz; OPI’s Glam Slam! U.S. duo of polishes, $14.95 for each pair; and Zoya’s Smoke and Mirrors polishes, $8 each for 0.5 fl oz. Ulta, which carries China Glaze, Essie, Orly, OPI and Zoya, often has buy-one-get-one sales on the brands.

AVAILABILITY: Check each company’s website for retailer information

EDITORIAL NOTE: The product/s reviewed in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s reviews are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company or any other organization unless mentioned.

Swatch and product photos by Adam Fried.



In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog – and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.


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