With the advent of a new season comes the time to take a fresh look at your nail lacquer collection, and toss away the well-worn spring and summer shades.
That doesn’t mean fall colors are limited to a narrow circle of browns, beiges and navy blues, as has been the case in the past. There are so many new kids on the block but that doesn’t mean fall is the season for boring colors. Here are three ways to rock fall nails.
FABY Italian Nail Couture ($18 each)
A brand new professional Italian nail care brand makes its splash in the US with its “five-free” collection. The brand includes the Classics Collection (the permanent line of lacquers) and has a Bergdorf Goodman-sized collection of 315 skus with over 175 colors, and 45 more coming. In other words, there's a color for every dress in your wardrobe and then some. The lacquer is thick without being goopy, and the brush control is excellent. The line is carried in high-end salons, boutiques, and online. The swatch above is Red Carpet.
A UV nail lacquer without the light and curing? It's possible with COVERGIRL's latest XL nail gel, a jumbo-sized bottle that gives you that thick, glossy, almost-a-Louboutin-heel look without the extra fuss. It is designed to give your nail reflective shine for up to 7 days and comes in 9 shades. Shown above is the swatch in Plump Up Plum.
Sally Hansen Colorfoil Collection ($7.99 each)
Metallic iridescence doesn't stop at the catwalk, or during summer. You can sport Sally Hansen's new Colorfoil nail makeup collection all year round, because some shades like Minted Metal (above) are stately yet wonderfully subtle at the same time. This is your Jeff Koons of nail lacquers: it's sporty, whimsical, and with on-trend shades. It features electrifying pigments with aluminum leaf to give you some serious theatrics.
It’s hard to imagine something topping the launch of Smashbox Photo Finish primer, pretty much the primer staple du jour among makeup artists but now the Full Exposure palette ($49) has become the biggest launch in the brand’s history.
The set of neutrals gives you everything from matte to shimmer, all with a beautiful sleek double-ended shadow brush.
The most beautiful thing about this palette may be the full range of matte eye shadows: I am pretty crazy for a good matte eyeshadow, which can not only function as a great base but also give you that depth for layering. Here are the top features of the Full Exposure palette that makes it worth the price:
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Photo Credit: Matthew Minucci
When I heard about Clinique’s sensitive skin nail enamel, I was even more curious than if it was the latest skincare trend. After all, I had never heard of sensitive nails but I felt as though I must be missing something.
Leave it to Clinique to figure this out. They have discovered that we touch our eyes eyes about 200 times a day; therefore, nail enamel that is not properly formulated for sensitive skins can cause significant allergies or periorbital dermatitis, which is a facial rash that develops around the upper and lower eyelids. No thank you!
A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins(ARV $16)
This newly realized data inspired Clinique to devote six years of R&D to develop
Everything new and noteworthy in makeup seems to be focused on upping the ante in the nail space. Illamasqua Speckled Nail Varnish for spring 2013 is something every girl should own, in all the shades. Do not pass go: simply make a mad dash to your nearest Sephora and stock up before these limited editions become rare collectibles.
Inspired by the beautiful and delicate markings on a bird’s eggs (which is hard to miss on the finished products), these speckled eggshell one-of-a-kind nail lacquers have us ecstatic. They’re currently available in five pastel and neutral shades for spring 2013 including: Speckle (a lavender/eggplant shade), Motle (mint green), Fragile (a classic robin’s egg