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This is my last taupe of the month (and probably for a while.  I’m kinda tauped out!)  MAC Style Clan (A Tartan Tale, Holiday 2010) is a dark taupe with copper microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  (Well, weak sunlight.  I wish I could’ve captured the sparkle more clearly, but you can see what it looks like in the bottle.  I had to choose natural light ’cause the pictures I took under artificial light were not color-accurate at all.)  This applied well in two coats.  I love this kind of finish; out of the light there’s just a hint of sparkle, but it’s brought out even more in the light, with a sort of trapped under the surface effect.  Since the base is more creme-like than jelly-like, the microglitter just adds a nice depth to the finish (instead of looking more glass-fleck like).  And there’s just something about dark taupes that I really like, probably because they’re less common.  This one looks super rich, too.  I paired this with Wet n Wild Rustic (Craze) on my toes.

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I was in the mood for a taupe, but instead of reaching for a creme, I picked something with a more unique twist.  MAC Earthly Harmony (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2010) is a beige-taupe with bronze microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well in two coats.  The microglitter is subtle but definitely noticeable; it adds depth to the polish.  I love this shade of taupe; it’s more on the greige side.  The color reminds me of a trenchcoat (and no, it’s not a dupe of Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat.)  I paired this with OPI Charmed by a Snake on my toes.

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Although this particular polish was created for a spring collection, it fits in perfectly well with my fall palette theme.  MAC Originality (Pret-a-Papier, Spring 2010) is a warm bronze shimmer with a sparse amount of flaky bits:

Picture taken in natural light.  (It’s photographing like an antique honey gold but it is clearly bronze in real life.)  This applied well in two coats.  From what I saw in the bottle, I was hoping the small, irregular flakes (I don’t think this qualifies as flaky glitter) would look more dense on the nail than they actually do.  When a flake actually ends up on a nail, it doesn’t completely rise to the surface, so it looks like I have a bump on my nail.  Otherwise, this is a nice color, and the shimmer keeps it from looking too brushstroke-y.  Not quite a foil, but still pretty sparkly.  I paired this with Barielle Two Timing on my toes.

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I said my Halloween-themed NOTDs would be black, but I figured I’d throw in an orange.  MAC Imperial Flower (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2010) is a fiery orange with orange and gold microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  (I don’t think this is photographing completely accurately.  It’s quite a bold and punchy color.  Edit: I’ve changed the picture to one that I hope is slightly more true to life.  My computer’s having monitor issues so I can’t really tell which of my photos are the most accurate.)  This applied well; because of the slightly jelly quality of the base, I needed three coats to cover up VNL.  I love this delicate microglitter type of finish, and this is a gorgeous orange!  It has a glowing ember-like quality.  It doesn’t look very fall to me, but it fits perfectly well with the theme of this collection.  I paired this with Rescue Beauty Lounge Moxie on my toes.

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To kick off these Posteason Blues™, I’ve put on MAC Blue India (Give Me Liberty of London, Spring 2010), a greyed slate blue creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied very well in two coats.  I absolutely love this color!  It looks deep and rich, yet still has a fresh quality.  It was released for spring but it works well for fall, too.  I haven’t been wearing much of this finish lately; there’s just something great about looking at a nice, smooth creme.  And who doesn’t love the pretty bird on the bottle?  I paired this with Sally Hansen Wet Cement (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.

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I’ve mentioned how I like blends of blue and green; I also adore blends of blue and purple.  MAC Rain of Flowers (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2010) is a deep indigo with blue, fucshia, and purple microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well in two coats.  While applying the first coat, I could see the base color looked more purple, but the finished mani has a more blurple appearance (although it doesn’t look as blue as the picture suggests.)  The microglitter does look nice in the sun, but out of direct light, it practically disappears and the color looks like a very dark creme.  That is disappointing but I do like dark polishes and I still think it looks gorgeous and jewel-like.  I paired this with LA Splash Sparkling Fushia (that’s how they spell it, *shrug*) over black on my toes.

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I’m back to wearing jewel tones, but in a color I’ve not yet tried this month.  MAC Jade Dragon (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2010) is an emerald evergreen with green microglitter:

Picture taken in artificial light.  (I didn’t expect to have to photograph my NOTDs under my halogen bulb so often, but I can’t help this recent lack of sun.)  This applied quite well in two coats.  When out of direct light, the shimmer’s not so visible and the color looks dark, but still noticeably green (kind of like seaweed.)  But in the light, the microglitter is gorgeous and the color looks absolutely rich and lush.  I love this kind of green!  I paired this with LA Splash Sparkling Oceanspray over black on my toes.

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I’ve done my nails in a dark red in honor of the True Blood finale. 🙂  Despite today’s cloudy weather after days and days of sun, I’m in an extra-happy mood; the US Open has turned out just how I wanted it to, with two of my favorite players (Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal) in the final. 😀  MAC Concubine (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2010) is a deep cherry red with red microglitter:

Picture taken in artificial light.  (Since there is absolutely no sunlight, I’ve resorted to photographing this under a halogen bulb.  I tried taking pictures in natural light, but they did neither the color nor the sparkle justice.)  This applied well; the formula had good flow, although the red base was rather jelly-like so I needed three coats to eliminate VNL.  The color deepens with each coat, and it really does look best at three.  I wish the sun was meant to come out today; I can only imagine the finish would’ve looked even better in that kind of light.  This is a gorgeous, sparkly red, and the slight berry tone makes it look more fall than holiday.  I paired this with LA Splash Crimson Tide on my toes.

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Continuing my theme of jewel-toned polishes, and at the end of Labor Day weekend, I’m wearing MAC Ming Blue (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2010) , a vibrant, deep ocean blue with light blue and red microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied quite well in two coats.  Under low lighting, the color looks darker, almost like a sapphire blue, and the microglitter looks more subtle.  In the sun, the color looks a couple of shades lighter, but just as rich, and the sparkle really comes alive.  (I know that red microglitter looks kind of purple in the photo, but it is red in real life, although it’s more noticeable in the bottle than on the nail.)  Either way, this polish is very, very beautiful.  I paired this with LA Splash Sparkling Stratosphere over black on my toes.

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I’m not wearing the brightest of colors today but I’ve already tried all the other polishes from the same collection so I had to get this out of the way.  MAC For Fun (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2009) is a reddish purple creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  (The reddish tone is more apparent in real life.)  This applied well; I needed to use three coats, but just barely (like, it looks decent at two but better with three).  This color makes me think of grapes, but not in the same way as Grape Pop does.  It makes me think of the real fruit.  I paired this with Wet n Wild Wild Orchid (Wild Shine) on my toes.

This is the first of several pictures I took outside of this restaurant (a Landzeit) at a rest stop in Austria, en route to Vienna:

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