OOOOoooo Duochromes and Metallics, where do I begin. Although they were not seen exclusively on the catwalks as such, textures trended in most of the collections, I felt inclined to extend my forecasts to these type of polishes. They are excellent at giving your handnails and toes the wow factor and with such a hoard entering the marketplace, I would pick them up sharpish. Pretty much all the larger nail brands are offering some metallic/duochrome in their line or collection so it must be the next mainstream nail trend this autumn.
The collections featured either a gold/silver/rose gold toned metallic, a red, a bright blue, a bronzey/brown, a deep navy, deep green and purple toned metallics. Along with this trend, duochromes have also featured in several of the nail polish collections. They reflect some of the embellishment and more is more philosophy which has been going on with the latest collections, inspired by the 70’s boho vibes and 80’s inspired excess.
Anyway, onto the polish picks. Of probably any metallic shades gold and silver shades is where we can have the most flexability. Most brands do metallic silver or gold, so dupe away if you are saving your pennies. Or if you have them in your collection, pull them out! If you are shopping for some new shades here are a few options. Sally Hansen’s miracle gel polish in the shade Game of Thrones is a lovely almost platinum metallic with an excellent formula. Another budget option would be Rimmel’s 60 Second Super Shine polish in the shades Your Majesty – a silver toned metallic and Darling You Are Fabulous – a gold toned metallic. For a good range of foiled metallics try Nails Inc’s Foil range, my favourite being Chelsea Bridge Road, a foil gold shade. My favourite rose gold toned metallic is Topshop’s Suffice but for a more higher end option Orly’s Rage is definately the way to go. If you are after a pinkier copper toned rose, OPI’s Worth a Pretty Penne is a lovely pick.
Red toned metallics are gorgeous and rich, my favourites being The Boltons and Aspen being my favourite Nails Inc shades. No7’s Stay Perfect nail polish in Salsa is an excellent budget option. A newer addition to the market is Ember from Zoya’s Flair collection which is a brilliant bright red metallic, very pretty indeed.
Blue metallics seem to be everywhere, in practically all the collections. My favourites are in both the bright and light and deep and gorgeous varieties. I personally feel blue toned metallics are divine, in case you are wondering why I might be going a little overboard with options! Essie’s Bell Bottom Blues and Aruba Blue would be two must haves! Two staple darker shades would be Nails Inc’s Kaberet – a deep navy metallic and Butter London’s Big Smoke – A smoked out navy. Two longwear metallics come from Revlons Colorstay Gel Envy polishes in the shades Sky’s The Limit – a lighter blue metallic and Blackjack – a true navy metallic. My favourite light blue metallic is Hop from Topshop, a nice budget option. OPI’s Venice collection also offered two limited edition shades in blue toned metallics, Venice The Party and St Marks The Spot which both look gorgeous.
Purple toned metallics are up there with blues for me, just so pretty! Topshops Matte Metallic in The Usual Suspects is a pretty shade to look out for, similar would be MaxFactor’s Colour Effects nail polish in Fantasy Fire, just a delicious shade even though you have to build it up. Another shade with the same spark which i feel is that bit nicer is Topshop’s Plume, a purple golden duochrome, absolutely breathtaking. Another lilac toned purple metallic is Eyes of Steel from Topshop, more of a foil but very sophisticated on the nail. My favourite darker toned purple metallic is Revlons Colorstay Gel Envy in the shade Showtime, a truly gorgeous shade which pops beautifully with a glossy topcoat.
Two red toned damsons come in the shade Galaxy from No7’s Gel Hi Shine nail polish and Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel polish in Spice Age both absolute beauts!
Green metallics are some of my favourites, shades like Ciate’s Vintage, Essie’s Stylenomics, Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy in All in Over Blackjack all are to die for.
If you are looking to dip you toes in the duochrome pool, shades like Plume and Aurora from Topshop are wonderful picks. For more budget picks check out Barry M’s Aquarium Collection, shades like Persian, Pacific, Arabian and Mediterranean are pretty options with a great price point. Also at the drugstore Revlon Chroma Chameleon polishes definately give that duochrome edge to your manicure with 5 shades to choose from, all tick the boxes for me. Essie’s Leggy Legend is a lovely golden bronze duochrome pick along with China Glaze’s Cabin Fever gold to red duochrome. Higher end duochromes are where its at. I am going to do a post all about them in the coming weeks.
I could literally be here talking about metallic alloys in a number of hues and chromatic polish choices but I must cut this blog post short.
If you need some more inspiration check out my metallic nail polish picks which will be posted within the next week or two or check out some of my picks from the Nail Polish Fashion Forecast. Experiment with colour, its so much fun! I am sad to end this series but I enjoyed talking all about these wonderful shades of colour!
What did you think of the forecast on the whole? Any colour palettes catch your eye? Notable shades or possible dupes? What are your must have shades?
Let me know in the comments.