Monday, August 22, 2011

Making the Grade: Fall Polish Report

Leave it to us to turn something like the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2011 into a post about nail polishes.  When we first saw these colors a few months ago, we immediately thought of what amazing polishes these colors would make.  So, in true HLNC style, here are the top 10 colors for fall (along with a brief description from the fine folks over at Pantone) and the polish that we think makes the grade.

"Bamboo, a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season.  Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone."
bamboo PANTONE 14-0740 HLNC's pick: Chanel's Mimosa                              

"Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the warmth of a glowing fire - the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall."
emberglow PANTONE 17-1547 HLNC's pick: Orly's Peachy Parrot                 

"Offering a sense of continuity from spring, dynamic Honeysuckle adds a bold punctuation point.  This playful, reddish pink works..."
honeysuckle PANTONE 18-2120 HLNC's pick: OPI's My Address is HollywoodMy Address is Hollywood - OPI Nail Polish

"Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding statement when worn on its own."
phlox PANTONE 19-2820 HLNC's pick: NARS' Tokaido Express           

"Evoking the freshness of a cool mist in a dark forest, Cedar is a versatile, mid-tone neutral green."
cedar PANTONE 16-0526 HLNC's pick: Barielle's Positive Zen-ergy          

"Deep Teal, a strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness."
deep teal PANTONE 19-4914 HLNC's pick: Zoya's Cynthia  zoya-nail-polish-cynthia-zp568

"Rich, decadent Coffee Liqueur brings a sense of elegance to fall, and is a savory alternative to basic black."
coffee liqueúr PANTONE 18-0930 HLNC's pick: China Glaze's Street Chic 

"Nougat, a deliciously warm camel tan."
nougat PANTONE 16-1320 HLNC's pick: Essie's Case Study         

"Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones..."
orchid hush PANTONE 13-3805 HLNC's pick: Sally Hansen's Pedal to the Metal    

"Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains, as always, a practical, dependable staple."
quarry PANTONE 15-4305 HLNC's pick: butter LONDON's Lady Muck    

These colors were love at first sight for us.  We're SO ready for fall now!  Are you with us??  Or are you still hanging on to the last few days of summer?  Drop us a comment to let us know.


  1. What a great post! I love how you recommended both high-end and drugstore polishes to suit any budget, too. Well done, of course ;)

  2. I love love love all of these colors! I have teal polish and just might go ahead and paint my nails today. I'm ready for fall -- it's my favorite season -- but I really am trying to enjoy the end of summer (which is actually three more months here).

  3. Loving the deep teal color the best followed by the purple. I love everything about summer, but there is something about fall and the cool crisp air that is just perfect!


  4. I love the Pantone Fashion Color Reports and this was an AMAZING post. May need to grab that OPI My Address is Hollywood. So pretty.

  5. I'm excited for fall! It's my favorite time of the year! Plus it will give us in Texas a break from the intense heat wave that we've had all summer.

  6. What a seriously awesome and creative post! I love it! So many gorgeous colors =) I love summer the best, but fall is my 2nd favorite. Lots of nice breezy weather and I do enjoy spending time outdoors. I went to Ulta this morning and picked up some new polishes!

  7. love the colour choices!
    Also, thank you so much for the lovely comment =)

  8. @ NeutraKris - Thanks!! Yep, we tried to cover a little of everything!

    @ Lisa - We are approaching the end of summer and can't wait to use all of our awesome Fall colors. :-)

    @ Style Journey - Two beautiful colors...We are really for the Autumn chill!

    @ Hannah - Yes, that's a great color to have! Hope school is off to a great start! :-)

    @ Meg - We love Fall too! We are ready to turn the AC off and start wearing boots!

  9. I love the Chanel nailpolish! the color ir stunning!
    kISSES :) !!

  10. @ Tropical Mind - Can't wait to find out what polishes you got!! :-) We got some new ones last week - so excited!!

    @ Harija -Thanks so much!

    @ Gaby - It's such a happy color!!

  11. THis is such a fantastic post!! I think honey suckle is my fav :o)

    Now - finding a nailpolish that actually lasts is the key... :(

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

  12. Amazing post!! These colors are really great. Thank you for this post, loves.

  13. Great post...phlox is my favourite, even though I think you spelled purple wrong ;p

  14. i love cedar and quarry!!! although bamboo scares me!!! I love fall, but am not wanting summer to end :(

  15. @ Cami - We think it helps to use a base coat (like China Glaze) and then use a brand like Seche Vite as a top coat. It has lengthened our manicures. :-)

    @ Danielle - Thanks so much!! So glad you like the post.

    @ Tracy D - Phlox is so gorgeous!

    @ RachelM132 - Don't be scared!! :-)

  16. I WANT IT ALL !!!!

    Visit my blog:
    Love from Portugal

  17. I love their pick for fall colors, can't wait to try out some of these nail polishes. Thanks ladies! Liking the new 3 column layout.
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  18. @ Marina - We are too! They are on our Wish List!

    @ Rita J - We do too!! :-)

  19. Thank you so much! Love your blog.
    U are both beautiful*

  20. @ Shasie - Thanks for noticing our new layout!!:-)

  21. I'm totally with you!! That deep teal is gorgeous!!

  22. girls, the colors are fantastic nice job for sharing it with us. I so totally miss painting my nails after reading this post!

  23. Love that phlox color! I have tried the honeysuckle, and it's really chic. I have tried also the deep teal, but it doesn't look too good with my skin tone... I'll have to stick to a "bluer" blue

  24. these are great colors! i love that you did this. i wanna get me some bamboo, that orchid color and maybe neutral green!!!

  25. @ Kariyah - It's a must have!

    @ Mitch - Get to painting!! :-) Thanks for the sweet comment!

    @ Chiara - Phlox is so pretty!

    @ Claire - Go forth and shop! :-)

  26. You girls are awesome! I love your blog and all your reviews. I am SO looking forward to all these fall colors!

  27. @ Lindsay - Thank you so much!!! We are ready for Fall too!

  28. Ooooh, amberglow and honeysuckle are my favorites! Quarry is a close 3rd.

  29. @ Mary Lane - Mendi has the color that we selected for Amberglow and it's beautiful!


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