The Autumn/Winter Nail Edit

AW Nail EditI have been excitedly waiting to write this post for a few weeks and I’m so glad I get to share it with you today! We are already into May and the second month of Autumn. Over the past week or so I’ve been noticing a real change in the weather; it’s no longer a crisp breeze in the morning and the nights are getting colder. One thing I always love to do regardless of the weather is paint my nails. Similar to what I did in my Spring/Summer Nail Edit, I’m going to show you what colours I think are perfect for Autumn and Winter. Again, there is a mix of brights, muted tones and shimmers.

The Lineup:

AW Nail PolishesClockwise, top to bottom: Revlon – Mon Cherry, OPI – Kiss Me At Midnight, Rimmel – Climax, OPI – No Room For the  Blues, Rubi – Rose Gold and Essie – Take It Outside.

1. Revlon – Mon Cherry

Everyone needs a classic red in their collection and this is my favourite out of the two I own. Funnily enough, my other red is also from Revlon but I love how glossy and shiny Mon Cherry looks on my nails. This is quite a bright red but I believe red looks nice all year round and the cherry hues are cooler than a tomato red for example.

Chanelle’s Tip: Team this polish with a red lip and monochrome outfit for a classic look!

2. OPI – Kiss Me At Midnight

Glitter is one of my favourite things in life and polishes are no exception! I got this mini polish in a Mariah Carey Holiday set along with two others and the combination of silver and blue glitter make this a particularly lovely wear in winter. The liquid sand texture is reminiscent of snow, despite the fact my part of New Zealand doesn’t get snow (apart from one time a couple of years ago). This polish only needs two coats but you could almost get away with one. My only gripe is I wish I had this in full size, I might have to invest in it.

Chanelle’s Tip: Don’t wear a top coat as it will alter the liquid sand texture and the polish won’t look as pretty.

3. Rimmel – Climax

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t wear this nail polish a whole lot and I should. The formula of this is so long-lasting and the iridescence mixed in with the dark purple is really pretty. Purple is my colour and what I mean by that is, whenever I seem to wear purple, clothing, makeup etc. I always seem to get complimented. I’m making it a goal to wear this polish a lot more in the near future.

Chanelle’s Tip: I don’t really have a tip for this polish except maybe to be mindful of the brush. It’s quite wide and if you have smaller hands you’ll need to be more careful.

4. OPI – No Room For the Blues

You’re probably thinking, “isn’t this more of a summer colour?” and yes brights are more likely to be associated with summer but I’m the kind of girl who loves brights all year round. Blue is a winter-y colour hence it being on the list!

Chanelle’s Tip: If you don’t like your nails getting stained use a base coat with this shade.

5. Rubi – Rose Gold

I picked up this polish for around $3 last year and briefly mentioned it in my HUGE Me Spree post. I am one of the people who has totally jumped on the rose gold bandwagon and this polish is incredibly gorgeous. The formula is surprisingly good and doesn’t apply streaky or too thick. I included this polish as it incorporates more traditional tones and colours associated with Autumn.

Chanelle’s Tip: This would be especially lovely if you’re looking to brighten up your nails during the cooler months. It’s neutral enough to be an everyday shade but still special enough if you’re dressing up or for an occasion.

6. Essie – Take It Outside

If you’re an avid reader of Chanelle Hayley you’ll know Take It Outside also featured in my Spring/Summer Nail Edit and it must be pretty amazing to warrant an appearance in both posts. The colour is a lovely light grey with hints of lilac and taupe throughout which helps to brighten up the nails and make them look fresh. The formula compared to some of my other Essie polishes is a dream to apply and wears well.

Chanelle’s Tip: Grey has become one of my go-to colours in my wardrobe as it makes a change from black but still has that classic, traditional feel. I like my nails to reflect my style.


My A/W nail polish choices may not be your usual dark berry tones and plum shades but there are a ton of those posts out there if that’s your thing. I like my nail polish shades to be versatile and a bit different and there’s always a purpose behind the purchase of each one. What’s your favourite shade for winter?

signature_59rnt66ifetkuap2w9

23 thoughts on “The Autumn/Winter Nail Edit

  1. danniijane says:

    The OPI polish looks super pretty! I used to wear darker plums and more vampy colours for winter, however, as the UK winter drags on I used glittery shades this time☺ Seems more cheery when the weathers dull☺ x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kaily says:

    I loveeeeeee purple in the Fall and Winter! And I totally get you wanting to hang on to the blue during those seasons too. Sometimes you just need a break from all the dark colors. I do the opposite in the Spring and Summer and sometimes just crave a good black.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Nadine says:

    Lovely post, Chanelle! That Essie polish is so beautiful! I am also currently addicted to grey especially on my nails. My favourite autumn/winter shade would have to be a stunning, deep red. Especially those burgundy shade that are so dark that they almost look black yet they have that hint of red. xx

    Liked by 1 person

      • Nadine says:

        They can but I just always use a neutral colour as a base coat. It doesn’t stain at all then and it makes it much easier to get off when the polish starts showing signs of wear. 🙂 x

        Liked by 1 person

  4. adeleinglasses says:

    Great idea for a post. I love how versatile all of these colours are, Rubi – Rose Gold is one of my favourites here though, it looks like Autumn in a bottle! The ‘Chanelle tips’ are fab too, definitely want to read more of those!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Lor says:

    It’s so crazy to think that it’s Autumn where you are right now! (We’re just starting our spring!) I love the red and purple colours…I always wear those shades around fall time 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.