Thursday, September 27, 2012

Top 20 Autumn Polishes and China Glaze Harvest Moon Swatched!

Good morning everyone!! I've been seeing lots of "Top Autumn" posts going around in the past week or so and I thought I would join in on the fun! Fall is my absolute favorite season and I'm so excited that it's finally here. I love everything about it, from the cooler temps and falling leaves to Halloween and pumpkins to boots and sweaters and everything in-between. Another thing I love about Autumn is the colors. Not just the vivid colors of the changing leaves, but also the murky grey skies and the muted jewel tones of fall fashion. Don't get me wrong, I love me some neons but there's nothing quite like a deep, glowing red polish to put me in a great mood.

I had a really tough time choosing a top 20 and I feel like I'm really missing a lot of gems here. I wanted to try to represent a wide range of color families in my list and I'm pretty happy with what I've come up with. I ended up deciding on my choices by writing a list of the colors (i.e. not the specific polishes) that I thought were essential for fall, and from there I picked a polish that fit into each category. I will list the runner's up in each category as well, just for fun =)

So here's my Top 20 Autumn Polishes for 2012. In bold, I have listed the colors pictured and in parentheses I have listed the runners up!

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Metallic Bright Red: Sally Hansen Hot Sauce (Runner Up: OPI Danke Shiny Red)
Red/Orange Duochrome: MAC Bad Fairy (RU: Sally Hansen Prisms Amber Ruby)
Red w/ Copper Shimmer: Maybelline Autumn Leaves (RU: L'Oreal 405)
Vampy Red: China Glaze Branding Iron (RU: Revlon Vixen)

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Bright Orange Shimmer: Wet n Wild Inferno (RU: China Glaze Riveting)
Pumpkin Orange: Joe Fresh Pumpkin (RU: OPI Ginger Bells)
Orange-Copper Foil: China Glaze Harvest Moon (RU: Kleancolor Metallic Orange)
Gold Glitter: Milani Gold Glitz (RU: China Glaze Fireside Glow)
Mustard Yellow: China Glaze Trendsetter (RU: Hard Candy Hot Rod)

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Dusty Green Creme - Avon Olive Green (RU: China Glaze Westside Warrior)
Green w/ Gold Shimmer: Sally Hansen Project Runway (RU: BB Couture Grenade)
Green/Gold Duochrome - Chanel Peridot (no RU)
Olive Green Shimmer - NARS Mash (RU: China Glaze Wagon Trail)

 Dusty Blue-grey: Essence Into the Dark (RU: MAC Blue India)
Teal: OPI Ski Teal We Drop (RU: YSL Wintergreen)
Purple/Blue Duochrome: Nubar Peacock Feathers (RU: Ludurana Reluz)


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Plum Creme: Misa Sorry Just Can't Help It (RU: China Glaze Urban Night)
Deep Purple Shimmer: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest (RU China Glaze Cowgirl Up)
Brown Shimmer: Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora (RU: China Glaze Ingrid)
Metallic Brown: Urban Decay Barlust (RU: China Glaze Side Saddle)

Honorable mention:
Anything not previously listed from the China Glaze 2011 Metro and 2008 Rodeo Diva Collections

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Now I have for you a polish I have been dying to swatch since it came out, China Glaze Harvest Moon. Harvest Moon was part of this spring's Capitol Colors collection, which is perhaps the most fall-ish collection to ever be released not in the fall. Harvest Moon is a gorgeous orangey-copper foil. Pictured is two coats but it really could have been a one coater had I not been taking pics. This color just screams autumn to me and the name is perfect as well! Formula was decent, it took a bit longer to dry than I would have expected, hence the smudge on my ring finger. The dry time isn't too crazy though and is definitely manageable.

Here's 2 coats of China Glaze Harvest Moon!



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So what do you all think? Do you agree with my top polishes for autumn? Disagree? What are some of your picks for the best fall polishes?

Thanks for stopping by today! See you all tomorrow =)

66 comments:

  1. I love harvest moon! I've seen pics of bad fairy and looove it. I'm gonna have to try out trendsetter soon, this is one I do have! <3 this post.

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    1. I'm glad you like the post!! Harvest Moon really is a stunner! Bad Fairy and Trendsetter are definitely essentials and perfect for fall =)

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  2. I love all of your fall picks! I really like how you organized it by colour and then listed both your pick and a runner-up :)
    I also love Harvest Moon! It and Agro were my favourites from the Capitol Colours collection and have to be two of my fall picks, they're both so perfect for the season!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like them!! Harvest Moon is a stunner! Agro is beautiful too, the Capitol Colors really had some great fall shades even though it was a spring collection =)

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  3. Fantastic choices! I love them all!

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  4. I love this post! Ill be pulling a few of these out over the next few months. Harvest moon looks lovely too!

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    1. Glad you liked it!! Harvest Moon is definitely a winner =)

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  5. Oh, I love your choices! I see some really awesome colors here I now think I need, lol!

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    1. Thanks!! Glad to have created some lemmings for you!

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  6. Dude what an awsome post!! I need to bust out my Joe Fresh Pumpkin like now! Harvest Moon is amazing.

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  7. I LOOOOOOVE Harvest Moon! I've been meaning to take a trip to my local Sally's but I'm afraid once I walk in there and go to the CG's...I might just break the bank!!!

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    1. LOL! It can get dangerous with all those pretty polishes in there.

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  8. I love your chooses. I have to check to see if I have SH hot sauce. The Joe Fresh looks like the pefect orange for fall. (I don't own any Joe Fresh) SH Project Runway is an amazing polish. ♥ it! Harvest Moon looks beautiful on you :)

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    1. SH Hot Sauce is one of my favorite vintage SH's ever, it's so vibrant!! Glad you like my pics and thanks for the compliment on Harvest Moon =)

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  9. Oh wow, I should have gotten Harvest Moon! Very curious about the brown shimmer 212-Sephora polish, don't think I've seen it before.

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    1. Harvest Moon is amazing!! It's still for sale in lots of places online =) 212-Sephora is another good one, I will have to swatch it soon!

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  10. It's so hard to narrow them down, isn't it?! But I love what you came up with! I don't think I've seen CG Branding Iron before, but it's so gorgeously vampy. And Harvest Moon looks beautiful on you! :D

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    1. Branding Iron is one of my all-time faves! I did a swatch of it waaay back when I started the blog however I don't recommend looking at it because my swatches were terrible back in the day lol.

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  11. Nice pics!! They look like they from ads for the polishes!

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  12. I love posts like this one! It's interesting to see what everybody likes to wear in a certain season. And I have the same opinion about the Hunger Games collection. I still have to swatch my Smoke and Ashes. They all seem fall colors to me!

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    1. Thank you!! Yup, the ChG Hunger Games polishes definitely scream fall to me!

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  13. What a lot of nice fall colors :)
    Harvest Moon is in my untried stash, because it screams fall to me too, so it's still waiting LOL - but it's so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, glad you like! YOU MUST TRY HARVEST MOON SOON =)

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  14. Lindas cores!
    Todos elas lembram muito o outono!
    Aqui no Brasil começamos a primavera, mas o frio que faz aqui em São Paulo faz nos pensar que estamos no inverno, e eu amo frio! :)
    Amei o seu blog!
    Beijos diretamente do Brasil ;)

    http://ficadikmabe.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. Hello, and welcome from Brazil!! I'm glad you like these colors! It is funny to think that in other parts of the world it is spring right now while we are experiencing fall! Thank you for stopping by =)

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  15. Gorgeous swatches, Jacqui :) And Peridot.... mmmmmmm.

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  16. Lovely lovely picks for autumn!! Except maybe for Trendsetter... I still live in the 80s and I haven't jumped on the fuglies wagon yet ;). I love the other ones though, and Harvest Moon... Wy don't I have it again?????? :)))

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    1. LOL Trendsetter is definitely not for everyone =) You definitely need Harvest Moon though, it is essential for fall!!

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  17. I love them all - but I wanna see CG Branding Iron!

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    1. I actually did a swatch of Branding Iron way back last year when I started the blog, but it's a horrible swatch lol. I will swatch it again for you guys soon =)

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  18. Love your choice and Harvest Moon on ya !!! I have to try mine soon !! :)

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    1. Thanks Vicky! Definitely break out the Harvest Moon, it's perfect for fall!

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  19. Wow amazing picks for fall! I love them and Harvest Moon!

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  20. Great list, and of course, I adore Harvest Moon!

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    1. Glad you like! Harvest Moon is definitely a you color =)

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  21. Awesome swatch and list! I've been using WnW Inferno a lot now that the leaves are changing. I've never been a WnW fan but received this as a gift - and it's great for fall!

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    1. Thanks lady! Inferno is positively amazing, one of the best Wet n Wild polishes ever!

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  22. Damn good picks, lady! And also ... I LOVE HARVEST MOON ON YOU :D One of my faves from that collection.

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    1. Thanks Rach! Harvest Moon is definitely a stand out from the collection, I'm so glad it's fall so I could finally swatch it! It didn't seem seasonally appropriate back in the spring =)

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  23. Great choices. I agree on a lot of them.

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  24. Woah, cool collection of colours! I'm feeling all fall-y and it's springtime here! I just wanna run out and jump on some crunchy leaves!

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    1. Glad you liked the post! Haha it's funny to think that in other parts of the world, you guys are having spring right now while we are enjoying the cool weather =)

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  25. all are stunning! especially those chanel and mac duochromes! :D

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    1. Thank you! Ahh yes, Peridot and Bad Fairy are definitely some of the gems of my collection!

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  26. Harvest Moon is beautiful on you! I also really like that Misa plum polish in the bottle :)

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    1. Thanks Shelby! That Misa is definitely a stunner too, one of my favorite purples =)

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  27. I never thought of blues for fall but they really work! All of your choices are perfect. I especially love the greens and if I had to pick a favorite, it would be SH Project Runway. Orange has always been your color and it looks lovely on you. I think after wearing metallic orange, I could totally pull it off, too. :-)

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    1. They really do!! Thanks, I love the way orange looks on me too =)

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  28. Love your top 20!! And harvest moon is gorgeous!

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  29. This is a really beautiful polish perfect for fall! I'm loving that Trendsetter, too!

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    1. Thank you! Trendsetter is such a fun polish too, I highly recommend it!

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  30. Great picks! Looks beautiful on you!

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  31. So much fun to see your fall polish picks! I love Harvest Moon! It looks beautiful on you and is totally a fall color. :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you liked the post =) Harvest Moon is gorgeous, I feel like it would look great on everyone!

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  32. I love your picks and how you have a bit of every kind of color!

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  33. I love wearing plums and muted purples for autumn--but anything slightly muted will do, really. Summer can sometimes bum me out a bit because my skin is so light and just seemingly weird-toned. I don't feel like I can always pull off bright colors on my nails!

    I know it's not the *obvious* autumn choice, but I've been wearing butter LONDON Scoundrel and loving it. It's a more pigmented purple, but not too dark or bright. I feel like it could work for a lot of seasons, but I love that it's that perfect balance between having a pop of color and playing it down.

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