I never thought I'd see the day that the colour brown would make the ultimate comeback. You see, I fall about midway on the millennial age spectrum, meaning I grew up in the heyday of teen sensations Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, and Destiny's Child, who all regularly sported brown everything—from then-fashionable culottes and page boy caps to beauty staples like nail polish and lipstick. But once the 2010s hit, it's like brown got publicly shunned and relegated as the ugly stepsister to all the other colours. (Even pea-soup green has been prioritised above it.)
But as the years have passed and trends have shifted, brown seems to be making a resurgence. On the fashion side, the once "ugly" colour has taken over the runways, and now, in the beauty realm, brown nail colours are all over the place.
Recent polish launches from my favourite brands like CND, Orly, and Essie have driven this point home by featuring rich brown hues in their autumn collections. There's really nothing left to say, except that brown is back, baby! In celebration, I've scoped out the best brown nail colours—from true chocolate to rust-tinged to light neutrals—to practise your throwback manicure with. Check out the 13 selects ahead.