Chalk it up to impatience, but we're beyond ready for fall 2010's most wanted accessory: new nail polish! After a summer of striking, bright varnishes that captured the life-of-the-party, warm-weather vibe, we've been itching for a glimpse into what's on deck for fall nail trends. And from mysteriously dark to the tippy-top of glam, polishes really nail it this season, zeroing in on striking gemstone shades, heavy metals, luxe neutrals, and clear-cut pops of purple—a welcome shift from the ubiquitous beige/grey. Don't get us wrong, greige was definitely last year's color-du-jour and a cool game-changer, but we're ready to paint on some supersexy shades that really grab the fall's moodier, upscale vibe in a big way. Just read on for our top four fall nail polish trends and pick your poison for the season ahead.
1. Purples: Whether it's Purple Rain or Purple Reign, this provocative shade is leading the pack in fall nail colors.
2. Metallics: Elements of precious metals twinkle and shine throughout theses deep, eye-catching shades that pack an almost vampy, multi-hued luminosity.
Above, from left: Lippmann Collection Nail Polish in Bad Romance, $18, available at Nordstrom; Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Black Sequins, $21, available at Nordstrom; Zoya Nail Polish in Cheryl, $7, available at Zoya; Orly Cosmic FX Nail Polish in Its Not Rocket Science, $10, available in September at Orly Beauty.
3. Neutrals: If basic instinct is more your game, go with the understated power of soft cream shades that channel the crushed leaves of a crisp fall season or the buttery softness of a timeless vintage Chanel bag.
4. Gem Tones: Striking color rules with these rich, jewel-tone shades that perfectly transition your digits from a playful summer to a rich, technicolor fall.