Five for Fall: Red Nail Polishes


In the spirit of #BLOGTOBER, I’m starting a new series called “Five for Fall”, which will showcase five fall-inspired product recommendations in various beauty categories!

I rarely wear red nail polish in the summer, so I know the seasons have changed when I begin trading my nudes for crimson colors.  In today’s Five for Fall post, I wanted to share some of my favorite red nail polishes for autumn. 

  • OPI The Thrill of Brazil:  If you like classic red cremes, this one’s for you.  The Thrill of Brazil is bright without being too bright, and the formula is fan-freaking-tastic.  I used two coats, but if I was being lazy I could have gotten away with one.
  • Revlon Velvet Rope:  I think the Revlon Colorstay polishes are some of the best out there, and Velvet Rope is no exception.  This is another red creme that is a bit darker than The Thrill of Brazil.  Love it.
  • OPI I’m Not Really A Waitress:  A rich, shimmery red with pink undertones, this is said to be OPI’s best-selling nail polish of all time!  It reminds me of red delicious apples, which makes me think of apple pie, which of course makes me think of fall.  You see how it made this list.
  • Deborah Lippmann Bitches Brew:  BITCHES.  BREW.  There are a lot of great nail polish names out there, but this takes the cake.  This vampy dark red shimmer is oh-so-Hocus-Pocus… perfect for a chilly October night!
  • Essie Bahama Mama:  While this isn’t a true red shade, I consider it to be in the red(ish) family, and it’s one of my all time favorites so I had to include it in this post.  Bahama Mama is a dark berry-wine creme with an excellent formula.  Something about having this color on my nails just puts me in the mood for chunky sweaters and boots.

fiverednailsdiptic1aOPI The Thrill of Brazil

fiverednailsdiptic2Revlon Velvet Rope

fiverednailsdiptic3aOPI I’m Not Really A Waitress

fiverednailsdiptic4bDeborah Lippmann Bitches Brew

fiverednailsdiptic5aEssie Bahama Mama

These shades have an excellent formula, and I used two coats for all of these photos.  What are your favorite red nail polishes for fall?




  • Claire

    Bitches Brew, what a name and what a colour, gorgeous! I remember years ago in one of your videos you mention this was given to you, you can’t beat a deep red 😉
    xxx Claire

  • Alina Ermilova

    I love Deborah Lippmann ‘Bitches Brew’ nail polish! It’s such a gorgeous shade of burgundy!



  • jenna

    my favourite red is definitely OPI manicurist of seville, its more of a berry-red but its just so flattering and perfect for fall! Great blog series allison! Hope you do a five for fall lip products post :)

  • Emily Attwood

    Love that Essie color! I just painted my nails a very similar color. It’s perfect for fall!

  • DeAsia Nichelle

    Lovely post! I love Bahama mama and it gets a lot of love during fall and winter, but I most defiantly will have to pick up and try one those Revlon polishes– everyone raves about their color and formula + the price is just right! 😀 <33

  • Marina F. Piñeiro

    bahama mama is one of my favourite fall shades as well! Chanel’s rouge noir is a close second :)
    Marina x

  • Maggie

    I just bought an Essie color similar to this and im loving it right now!

  • Sparklygoddess

    Love the colour of Essie nailpolish it looks really nice and sophisticated and also great for fall!

  • Helene

    My absolute favorite is Chanel’s Pirate. I can’t stop wearing it.

  • sisi

    Bahama mama is definitely one of my favorites too!

  • Hassna Iliyassou

    I absolutely love all of these colors but Bahama Mama is just so beautiful I want it <3

  • Amanda Lander

    Opi Im not really a waitress is an old fave of mine. I haven’t worn it in so long and this post is making me want to paint my nails! Thanks!

  • perlasancheza

    Beautiful polishes! Too bad I can’t keep mine from chipping for more then a couple minutes…

  • Laura S.

    I love the Bahama Mama, but really all of them are gorgeous! You have such nice oval nails too!
    xo, Laura

  • haley

    love these–I’m a sucker for a classic red nail! I love the tone of the revlon one and the deborah lippman polish looks so luscious!

    Haley x

  • Deepti @ Endless Postcards

    Absolutely obsessed with I’m Not Really a Waitress and Bitches Brew – I especially love that name! Reds definitely are symbolic for fall :)

  • Puri

    Oh my goodness, the Deborah Lippmann one… it’s kinda winning me over <3<3<3

  • Marianna Neal

    “Bitches Brew”… LOL I feel like I need to buy this just for the name :)
    My all-time favorite for the fall/winter is La Moss from Butter London—it’s a dark burgundy, rich and vampy. I also really like OPI’s Thank Glogg It’s Friday! from their Nordic Collection.

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  • Song

    I’ve never been a red lacquer girl, I just never thought it looked that great on me. But I think trying an off shade like Bitches Brew or Bahama Mama might get me in the mood for the new season!

  • nueyork

    My favourite red nail is Covergirl’s ‘Wine Time’ it’s so deep, dark and glossy!

  • Siham Hamdan

    Ravishing Dahling by China Glaze was my pick a few days ago, I love the color but it takes about 3 coats to get it dark enough. It’s more to the red side, I think I like better the berry/wine tones for the fall :) X

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  • Lindsay Weimer

    Oh wow I NEED to get my hands on Bitches Brew. That is just too good! And the color is amazing.

  • Naomi Kenya

    My favorite is I’m Not Really A Waitress, I love how glossy it is!

    – Naomi

  • Misty, Handbags + Handguns

    I really love that Essie polish.

  • Aissa

    I remember you raving about Bahama Mama about two years ago. I actually hunted this down and was so excited when I found it! Til this day, it’s still a favorite.

    Aissa // tea in january

    • shirale68

      Me too ! I remember her talking about it all the time :)

  • Lauren B

    I love this colour for Autumn, the Deborah Lippmann one is gorgeous


  • Jenna Doeleman

    Oh, I really love the Revlon one…gotta find me this. Great picks, Allison!

    Northern Beauty

  • shirale68

    The OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress is GORGEOUS !! I have something quite similar to it but this one is absolutly fabulous !! Need to get it !

  • Sophie

    I love Essie’s Bahama Mama, i’ve just featured it in my autumn nail polish favourites :). Such lovely photos and nail polish picks! x


  • kfc

    I am completely obsessed with basically the whole Revlon Colorstay longwear nail enamel line and Velvet Rope was definitely one of my first ones I tried out and I fell in love. I’m also loving Revlon’s Parfumerie in Bordeaux! It is like the perfect red wine color and I enjoy the formula and the packaging is so cute!

  • Sammi Penni

    Ahaha Allison, you make me laugh! That Deborah Lippmann polish is gorgeous, but I could never justify spending that much money on a polish (even one with an awesome name like that).

  • MissJJan

    me too! I feel like Fall/Winter are the best time for wearing reds!! love OPI I’m Not Really A Waitress!! It’s beautiful!!!

  • Emily Shea

    Ooh Bahama Mama! One of my favourites for sure

  • Margery Ho

    Love the deborah lippman! x