7 Nail Polish Colors for Late Summer and Early Fall

There are people who savor every second of summer, embracing warm weather, beach trips and breezy clothing. Then there are those who start counting down to cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters and maple lattes the second June starts. No matter where you fall in this contentious debate, picking the perfect polish is a fun way to bid farewell to summer and hello to fall. Here are some of our favorite hues for this time of year.

JINsoon, Enflammée

JINsoon’s Enflammée polish — a bright and vivacious coral — is a cheery color to throw on your nails for an end-of-summer trip or while you rewatch “Gilmore Girls” for the 12th time once fall begins. Coral hues have long been a summertime favorite, but this color is orangey enough that it can also feel distinctly pumpkin-like.

OPI, Edinburgh-er & Tatties (available at Walmart)

We can always count on OPI for punny-named polishes, a tried-and-true formula and wide-ranging colors for every occasion under the sun. The brand’s Edinburgh-er & Tatties polish (available at Walmart) is no exception. This particular shade may not be as eye-catching as some other polishes on our list, but what it lacks in vibrancy it more than makes up for as an unbeatable neutral to use year-round. If you’re going to have only one everyday color in your makeup bag, this is among our top choices.

Essie, In Pursuit of Craftiness (available at Ulta Beauty)

Purples — particularly lilac and lavender hues — usually have their moment in the spring and summer months, when we’re daydreaming of roaming lavender fields and drinking wine in the south of France (just us?). Essie’s In Pursuit of Craftiness (available at Ulta Beauty) is a moody purple with cool, gray undertones. The color reminds us of the last bits of a sunset, making it an ideal shade for this time of year.

Butter London, London Fog

You’ve probably seen the “blueberry milk” trend take off this summer — powder-blue nails that feel fresh and different from more classic summer colors like pink and coral. You can easily bring this look into fall with Butter London’s London Fog polish. Similar to the blueberry milk look, it has a creamy, blue base with a touch of gray mixed in to make the color feel a bit more appropriate for cool autumn days.

Cirque Colors, Succulent Garden (available at Beyond Polish)

You may typically gravitate toward a honeydew or seafoam green for summer nails and an army or forest green for fall, but Cirque Colors’ Succulent Garden polish (available at Beyond Polish) is an ideal hue for both seasons. Its khaki green base may feel fall-like, but the shimmer and holographic sparkle adds playfulness that’s perfect for summer.


Londontown, Pearl

If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more understated than Beyond Polish’s Succulent Garden but still has some sparkle, Londontown’s Pearl is an excellent option. It’s a neutral champagne color that pairs well with any outfit, and the shimmer adds a little extra dazzle. Pearl would also make for a beautiful wedding shower or bridal nail color, or a great gift for bridesmaids.

Chanel, 147 Incendiare (available at Macy’s)

No matter the time of year, you can’t go wrong with a classic statement red polish — and this one from Chanel (available at Macy’s) is both bold and timeless. Whether you’re pairing it with a lightweight linen set for summer or more cozy clothing for fall, the hue is a perfect accompaniment that will never go out of style.

Whether you’re sad to see summer come to an end or more than ready to welcome fall, picking up one of these polishes is a fun and simple way to celebrate the end of one season and the start of another. Don’t forget to shop through Rakuten to get Cash Back on all your nail care and beauty essentials. Happy shopping!

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