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!
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)
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)
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)
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)
Anything not previously listed from the China Glaze 2011 Metro and 2008 Rodeo Diva Collections
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!
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 =)