Beauty Review: Topshop Nails in Smashing Pumpkin

Well, it was Halloween, I kind of had to didn't I?

Now that we're into full-blown autumn, I've already been excitedly planning my nail colours for the rest of the season leading up to Christmas (because I'm organised/odd like that). Anyone who's a regular reader of my nail posts will know that I like to co-ordinate my nail colour with the season, so with Halloween just gone it made sense to give Topshop's Smashing Pumpkin a go. (Just as a sidenote, I'm loving that nod to the 90s.)

As the name suggests Smashing Pumpkin is a rusty orange colour, not quite a bright pumpkin orange but closer to the colour of a fallen leaf or a fox's coat. This picture is with three coats; two was OK, but it was slightly streaky on the tips so I went over it again just to make sure.

I've commented before about how impressive Topshop polishes are, and this one is no exception - not only is it a lovely rich and slightly unusual colour, the polish is also pigmented really well and isn't too thick or gloopy. I also really love the polka dot packaging and the names - it's quirky, but still fashionable.

The polish lasted pretty well too - I did them on Monday night and aftet three typing-heavy days at work, the first tiny chip appeared on Thursday night, so I'm quite pleased with the durability on that. I used a new topcoat as well, Nails Inc's Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat, as a change from my usual Seche Vite as I was starting to get a bit annoyed with the Seche because it took forever to dry. But I'm very impressed with the Nails Inc, both in terms of drying time - it might not be 45 seconds but it is a lot quicker than Seche Vite - and of durability.

Overall, I really like this polish. It's a great shade for autumn - still a little bit bright, but not too summery, and goes really well with other seasonal colours (I particularly like it with the teal jumper I'm wearing as I type this post). Plus the polish lasts for ages and has good opacity. Definitely a favourite.

Sadly Smashing Pumpkin is no longer in stock on the Topshop website :( but they may have some in the shop or on eBay so keep your eyes peeled if you want to try it!

Do you like seasonal nail polishes? What's your favourite orange polish? And how did you do your nails for Halloween? Let me know in the comments and have a great day!

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