The Best Autumn Nail Colors for October 2021

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Essie high voltage vinyl
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We might have already dropped the Prettiest Fall Nail Colors To Try ASAP—but now that we've made it out of transitional September, it's time to explore all the autumn-perfect October nail colors that are ripe for the picking. When you're looking for the best October manicure to tag along with all of your fall activities — like apple cider sipping and pumpkin bread baking — keep these trendy polishes in mind. Think about your favorite fall things, from cozy sweaters to pumpkin spice lattes, and choose the most fitting color for you.

From muted metallic lavender to classic dark aubergine, we've rounded up the best October nail polish colors for 2021.

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Complimentary Wine by OPI

OPI Muse of Milan Nail Lacquer Collection

Heading up OPI's best fall hues, this vampy purple-red feels like just the thing to get us in the sweater state of mind. Temps might not be at their lowest quite yet, but you'll be ready when they do.

BUY IT: $10.50;

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Cargo Cameo by Essie

Essie Bronze Nail Polish

Fun metallics have been all the rage for a while now, and autumn makes no exception. We're going for a burnt bronze metallic mani to complement our fading summer glow.

BUY ITt: $7.99;

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Bed Rock & Roll by Essie

Essie Bed Rock & Roll

Classic red is given an autumnal makeover with hints of earthy brown and orange, making it ideal for the month of October.

BUY IT: $8.99;

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Stockholm Syndrome by Smith & Cult

Smith & Cult Stockholm Syndrome

Since taupe is forever one of the most popular nail polish shades for fall, this deeper elephant grey shade should definitely be in your rotation during the month of October.

BUY IT: $18;

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7th & Flower by OPI

OPI 7th And Flower

Capture the more festive tones of the season with a vibrant magenta color that is perfect for going pumpkin-shopping, latte in hand.

BUY IT: $9.50;

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Jealous Boyfriend by Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Teal Nail Polish
Sally Hansen

This moody teal is all we need to pair with spooky movie nights—Hocus Pocus, anyone?—all month long.

BUY IT: $7.50;

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Tang Bang by Smith & Cult

Tang Bang
Smith & Cult

We fell in love with this color at first sight and have been anxiously awaiting the cooler temps and changing leaves that herald its season once again. Now that October has arrived, Smith & Cult's pumpkin-spice hued polish is a sure thing.

BUY IT: $14.40;

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Espresso Your Inner Self by OPI

OPI Espresso Your Inner Self

Calling all neutral lovers for what we might call the neutral of the season that you'll be seeing again and again. It's an espresso brown that doesn't fall flat from OPI's fall 2021 collection, and we're officially obsessed.

BUY IT: $9.50;

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Feeling' Amped by Essie

Essie feelin‘ amped

This creamy blue teal is an unexpected shade from Essie's fall 2021 collection that will have all your friends asking where they can snag it, too. It'll look amazing with those cozy sweaters you've been not-so-patiently waiting for months to sport.

BUY IT: $8.99;

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JJ by Olive & June

Olive and June JJ
Olive and June

Embrace bonfire season with a cozy cinnamon brown that feels like a muted version of brick red.

BUY IT: $8;

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Incognito by Dior

Dior Vernis in Incognito

For an update to your grandmother's favorite dusty rose pink, look no further than this perfect blush from the ultimate classic brand, Dior.

BUY IT: $28;

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High Voltage Vinyl by Essie

Essie high voltage vinyl

Last year's army green isn't totally out of style. Instead, it's gotten a cool-girl makeover that feels totally unique in Essie's fall 2021 collection. Meet onyx green.

BUY IT: $8.50;

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Addio Bad Nails, Ciao Great Nails by OPI

OPI Fall Purple Nail Polish

When everyone goes dark, let's go celestial with this dreamy lavender color finished with a gorgeous subtle shimmer that makes your fingers sparkle in the light.

BUY IT: $10.50;

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Rouge Noir by Chanel

Chanel Rouge Noir

Make a statement with this dark blood-red shade that toes the line of being black but adds a little more personality.

BUY IT: $28;

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Chemistry by Olive & June

Olive and June Chemistry
Olive & June

You never want to be caught without a neutral at-the-ready, and Olive & June's new fall 2021 shade is just the ticket this October. It's an almond cream that's perfectly hued for the season.

BUY IT: $8;

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