The Official Nail Polish Shade for Fall Isn’t What You’d Expect

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When visiting a nail salon during the height of fall, you, like me, might tend to gravitate toward darker polish colors like gray or deep plum in place of your bright coral summer mani. But according to Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of celeb-approved nail salon Olive & June, this year’s go-to hue might not be what you’re used to.

“Fall nails usually include darker colors, but we’ve seen the season act as a ‘palate cleanser,’” Tuttle says, explaining that nude and neutral colors usually make an appearance during the season. But this year, it’s a different hue you’ll be seeing everywhere. “Blues have been huge this summer, so slightly darker shades will be popular as we transition from lighter summer blues to a dark navy in winter.” If the nail guru’s word wasn’t enough to convince you, take a cue from the leading polish brands below, whose new fall collections all have one thing in common: a brilliant shade of blue.

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OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in Turn On the Northern Lights ($13)

The latest collection from OPI is inspired by jaw-dropping Icelandic sights. This deep purple-meets-blue hue is modeled after the country’s midnight sky and delivers megawatt shine for days. 

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JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Abyss ($18)

Art Noveau, a nineteenth century art style, is at the heart of Jin Soon’s fall-winter lineup. This must-have dark, moody blue is our favorite, and turns any manicure’s chic factor up a few notches. 

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Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Light Bloom ($28)

If a bright mani is your signature, reach for this pastel blue for the prettiest way to transition from summer to fall. 

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Essie Nail Polish in Dressed to the Nineties ($9)

Inspired by the upbeat heart of the ’90s, this navy-meets-purple shade boasts a green-blue shimmer that’s the ultimate date-night accessory. 

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Butter London Patent Shine 10X in Bang On! ($18)

With a formula brimming with good-for-your-nails ingredients like bamboo extract for boosted strength, each swipe of this stunning, muted-teal hue delivers your nails some much-needed TLC. 
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Zoya Nail Polish in Hadley ($10)

This smokey blue is a no-brainer for anyone who opts for a black manicure come fall—plus, the 10-free formula means healthier nails as you wear. 

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Dermelect ME Nail Polish in Phenom ($14)

This classic, Egyptian-blue polish is packed with keratin peptides to nourish nails, not strip them. 

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Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in No. 54 Studio Silver ($28)

Whether you wear it alone or atop your go-to blue, this shimmering, silver polish boasts a blue base to deliver a holographic, on-trend sheen to any look. 

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Blue Suede ($9)

The brand describes the hue as a “teal denim crème” and the velvet-smooth application can’t be beat. 

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