Nail Polishes For Fall That Aren’t Black

Nail Polishes For Fall That Aren't Black | Left to right: Essie After School Boy Blazer, Stylenomics, and Wicked; GlitterDaze Lewinsky and Freak of Nature; OPI Lincoln Park After Dark
Nail Polishes For Fall That Aren't Black | Left to right: Essie After School Boy Blazer, Stylenomics, and Wicked; GlitterDaze Lewinsky and Freak of Nature; OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

I’m all for dark nail polishes, especially during the fall, but sometimes black nails just aren’t satisfying and some color is needed. That is where these 6 nail polishes for fall that aren’t black come into play, and I’m obsessed!

Essie |

After School Boy Blazer— how cute is that name!– is a beautiful deep navy blue shade that literally looks black from afar, but is definitely more dark blue toned. Stylenomics, which was one of my must have green nail polishes last winter, is still a fall/winter favorite of mine. It’s such a beautiful deep and dark forest green shade that is very unique. If you want something that is a deep red toned nail polish, Wicked will be for you. It’s such a popular shade and I definitely understand why.

All of these shades need two coats to get them really opaque so they’re not patchy because the first coat is quite sheer and streaky. I wouldn’t say these are creme’s because a creme to me is opaque in one coat, but they do have a creme finish after 2 coats.

GlitterDaze |

The Back To Rad collection from GlitterDaze is my new obsession because it’s inspired by the 90s and it contains a lot of creme nail polishes, which is my favorite nail polish finish. Lewinsky (LOL) was inspired by one of the biggest presidential scandals in the U.S. during the 90s and is a beautiful deep red with brown undertones. This nail polish has a creme finish and is super opaque and glossy after two coats, and it’s not streaky or patchy at all.

Freak of Nature, which was my sister and I’s favorite “diss” when we would fight as kids, is similar to Stylenomics, but not really. It’s not as dark and is more a darkened moss shade; Stylenomics definitely looks more black. The formula of this is sheer with one coat, but not streaky or patchy, and by two coats you have an opaque glossy creme finish. I am currently wearing this on my nails with a matte topcoat on top, and love it!


Lincoln Park After Dark is probably the most iconic black, but not black, nail polish; it’s more of a midnight purple shade. OPI creme nail polishes are some of the best in my opinion because their formula is just so opaque and creamy in one coat, and I have an odd obsession with nail polishes that are super creamy.

What are your favorite fall nail polishes? Anything I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Mia

    These shades are all so gorgeous, especially wicked! :)

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    • Wicked is my go to during the fall for sure! Such a classic shade.

  • Lincoln Park After Dark is definitely a classic! These are the perfect almost black nail polish is for the season. :]

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    • Lincoln Park is just so stunning. I love almost black nail polishes for fall :)

  • Gemma Turner

    Ooh I love the look of those Glitter Daze polishes – so pretty xx

    • They’re really great! The formula is amazing and they have really great colors! Plus, I’m all for anything 90s lol.

  • I just painted my nails with After School Boy Blazer – it’s one of my favorites! I need to keep an eye out for the OPI one though, it sounds perfect.

    Kelsey |

    • I had that on my nails five days ago with a matte top coat and loved it!

  • Love this post! Black nail polish is my favorite but it’s nice to change things up every once in a while. Thanks for sharing x

    Lina /

    • It is! I love almost black nail polishes, but of course black will always be a classic :). Thanks for stopping by!

  • I’ve never seen Stynomics before but it looks like something I would absolutely love as well as something perfect for December! I really like ‘false black’ nail polishes, they always give you a perfect sophisticated touch!

    • I agree, and Stylenomics is definitely a wonderful “false black” nail polish :)

  • OPI Lincoln Park After Dark is one of my all time favourite shades!
    xxx Claire

    • It’s such a gorgeous color! So glad I added it to my collection.

  • I love dark nail varnishes for autumn, but agree sometimes black is a little to harsh.
    These are lovely picks :)



    • Definitely. I love the effect of polishes that are almost black, but aren’t exactly :)