This "Ugly" Nail Colour Is Suddenly the Only One That Matters for Autumn

Courtney Higgs
·3-min read

I never thought I'd see the day that the colour brown would make the ultimate comeback. You see, I fall about midway on the millennial age spectrum, meaning I grew up in the heyday of teen sensations Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, and Destiny's Child, who all regularly sported brown everything—from then-fashionable culottes and page boy caps to beauty staples like nail polish and lipstick. But once the 2010s hit, it's like brown got publicly shunned and relegated as the ugly stepsister to all the other colours. (Even pea-soup green has been prioritised above it.)

But as the years have passed and trends have shifted, brown seems to be making a resurgence. On the fashion side, the once "ugly" colour has taken over the runways, and now, in the beauty realm, brown nail colours are all over the place.

Recent polish launches from my favourite brands like CND, Orly, and Essie have driven this point home by featuring rich brown hues in their autumn collections. There's really nothing left to say, except that brown is back, baby! In celebration, I've scoped out the best brown nail colours—from true chocolate to rust-tinged to light neutrals—to practise your throwback manicure with. Check out the 13 selects ahead.

Essie Nail Colour in Generation Zen (£8)

Apply three coats for a gorgeous colour payoff.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish in Rubble (£12)

This rich neutral is so dreamy and lasts for up to seven days without chipping.

Kiko Cosmetics Smart Nail Lacquer in Drak Chocolate (£3)

This affordable polish is one of our favourite brown shades.

J.Hannah Nail Polish in Hepworth (£20)

This thoughtfully crafted colour was inspired by natural elements.

Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Nuit (£22)

The slightest tinge of maroon makes this shiny lacquer the cherry coke of nail polishes.

Nails Inc Keep It Tonal Polish Set (£22)

Take all the effort out of curating the gradient nail manicure.

OPI Nail Lacquer Nail Polish in You Don't Know Jacques! (£14)

And this one can look brown, purple, or taupe depending on how the light catches it.

Nailberry L'Oxygéné Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Taupe LA (£15)

This chocolate colour is sublime.

Essie Expressie Nail Polish in Cold Brew Crew (£8)

This warm shade is on the lighter side, but it totally delivers on the brown promise.

786 Breathable Nail Polish in Lima (£10)

This polish is inspired by the hue of Peru's coffee beans.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish in Fedora (£9)

And this long-lasting formula from CND is the perfect dark brown.

Essie Nail Polish in Penny Talk (£8)

Looking for a beautiful metallic brown? Found it!

More Picks to Keep Your Manicure Fresh Longer

Estella Bartlett Nailed It Manicure Kit (£22)

Glossier Hand Cream (£16)

Nails Inc Lacquer Lock Top Coat (£15)

OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (£20)

Dior Creme Abricot Nail Cream (£22)

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Infused Cuticle Oil in Peach Vanilla (£15)

Nails Inc Nail Polish Remover Pot Powered By Collagen (£9)

Ready for more nail inspiration? Check out the 7 autumn nail colours we've already worn this season.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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