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Autumn Nail Polish Shades By Barry M

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Black Pistachio, Mustard, and Chilli

Generally, I don't really follow trends that closely, I just pick and choose what I like, but all of that goes out of the window at this time of year. The berries, the camel colours, the copper... and also less-raved about shades like these.

I found Barry M's Gelly Nail Paints to be a little hit and miss when they were first released, but they've most certainly perfected the formula by now because all of these apply very smoothly (as long as you don't get too much paint on the brush). Boots had a 3-for-2 offer on recently (it might still be going) so I picked up three shades: Black Pistachio, Mustard, and Chilli

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Black Pistachio, Mustard, and Chilli (on nails)

Black Pistachio
A dark, almost-black green that I'm absolutely in love with (dark nails are my fave). This is part of Barry M's latest Gelly collection, which also includes Black Grape, Black Cherry, and Black Currant, and I think I showed incredible restraint by only buying one of them... so far, at least! They've kept the wider brush that everyone loved when the Speedy Nail Paints were released, and thank gawd for that because it makes everything so much neater. Love.

When it comes to clothing, I can't stand yellow  certainly not on me  but it's a whole different story where nails are concerned. I admit, this is a tiny bit out of my comfort zone, but I feel like it's easier to experiment with your manicure than it is any other aspect of your look. I think mustard shades look particularly good when they're worn with dark blue denim and grey (both staples of mine).

An orange-toned red/brown  as the name would suggest, it's like a paler version of chilli powder, although weirdly it looks a little pinker in the bottle and in photographs. Possibly the most autumnal shade of the bunch, and it reminds me of the leaves when they start to turn brown. It pops against my pale skin but I think this would look really beautiful against warmer skintones too.

What are your favourite nail polish shades for autumn? Would you wear any of these? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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