Nail Polish Colors for Fall 2011 - The Hottest Hues

There’s something about the rich, moody autumnal fashion palette that always gets us excited to see the season’s lacquer lineup.

And Fall 2011’s standout nail polish shades don’t disappoint—ranging from green-gold to chocolate brown to shimmery blue to deep burgundy.

“Last year in nails, we saw a lot of purple, dusty neutrals, and gem tones,” says celebrity nail artist Jenna Hipp. “This season on the fall runways, fabrics are all about texture—feathers, leather, velvet, fur. Nails definitely have an opportunity to stand out.”

And though nail guru Sophy Robson said it’s all about metallics for fall (popping up on the runways at Vivienne Westwood Gold Label, Roksanda Illincic, and Chanel), she adds that “dark blood reds are always glamorous and exciting for fall and winter.”

Below, the hottest hues so you’ll have your fingers nailed come fall. 

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Chanel Le Vernis – Peridot

The iconic French brand is releasing three gorgeous metallics for fall. The unique shades of green-gold, metallic silver, and metallic beige modernize your manicure, and Robson predicts many brands will be copying them for fall. The reflective shimmer of this iridescent green-gold is sure to add just the right of cool pizzazz to your fingertips … and will look super chic on toes that are still tan from summer.

Chanel Le Vernis in Peridot, $25; at Chanel beauty counters nationwide, specialty stores, and

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OPI – Suzi Loves Cowboys

Artistic Director Suzi Weiss’s recent road trip across America sparked the creation of the brand’s latest collection. “Autumn is a time for reinvention, and these shades revive classic, iconic colors for fall,” says Weiss. This rich chocolate hue was worn by models at Rebecca Taylor and is the perfect complement to a fall wardrobe.

OPI in Suzi Loves Cowboys, $8.50;

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Dior Vernis – Tuxedo

“Navy blue is the only color which can ever compete with black,” Christian Dior famously said. A part of Dior’s Blue Tie beauty collection, this deep blue has a metallic sparkle with a hint of violet and periwinkle—creating a fresh, sexy color that is sure to become a perennial favorite.

Dior Vernis in Tuxedo, $22; at select Dior beauty counters nationwide and

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Essie – Carry On

This mulberry merlot is "bold, intense, and romantic," not to mention gorgeous. The latest autumnal nail collection from the renowned nail brand consists of six creamy, rich shades that were inspired by the clean lines and simple elegance of post-war styles and the colors of handbags. This beautiful burgundy screams fall, but whispers "I'm totally wearable."

Essie in Carry On, $8; available in September at

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Sally Hansen – Oxide

Tracy Reese joined forces with Sally Hansen to create bold metallic nails that went with her collection. This tinfoil black shade has a celestial sheen that softens it up and catches the light.

Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Oxide, $7.99; available in October at drugstores nationwide.