The Best Chocolate Nail Shades According To The Experts

Forget black and burgundy – this season, it’s chocolate brown nails that are most on trend. Here, we asked eight manicurists to reveal their favourite, and most flattering, shades.
By Rebecca Hull

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Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish In Rosewood Stardust, £12 | Bio Sculpture

Rated By: The Daily Nail, @TheDailyNailOfficial

“For a hint of shimmer, you can’t beat this smooth, brown shade. It’s easily the most luxurious and intense chocolate brown I’ve come across. All my clients have been asking for it.”

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Nail Lacquer In Cliffside Karaoke, £8.58 (was £14.30) | O.P.I

Rated By: Saskia Fenwick, @SaskiaFenwick

“I often turn to OPI polishes as they’re easy to use and tend to last longer than other non-gel alternatives. The shade itself is a glossy, rich brown that has a nice depth to it – especially if you apply a few layers for a richer feel. It looks luxe and expensive.”

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Oxygenated Nail Lacquer In Hot Coco, £16 | Nailberry

Rated By: Megan Evans, @TheBeautyEdits_

“Glossy and rich in pigment, this colour has so much depth to it, which makes it easy to wear all autumn and winter without ever looking too heavy. The polish itself is long wearing with impressive shine.”

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Longwear Nail Colour In Infinite, £25 | Chanel

Rated By: Georgia Rae, @RaeLondonNails

“I’m all about the chocolate shades for the cooler months ahead, and I always reach for ones that are deeper in tone because they tend to suit multiple skin tones. My favourite this year is from Chanel’s latest collection. With a glossy top coat, it just works with every look.”

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Bio Sculpture Nail Polish In Sunset Boulevard, £12 | Bio Sculpture

Rated By: Emma Jackson, @EmmaJacksonNailArtist & Julia Diogo, @PaintedByJools

Emma: “This is a rich, creamy chocolate brown that flatters everyone. That’s thanks to its warm undertones which add depth, and the texture which is rich and glossy. It’s the perfect autumnal shade – especially if you want something a bit different.”

Julia: “I’ve had so many people ask me for chocolate brown recently. It works with all skin tones and is really versatile. You can layer it up for better intensity, or stick to a single coat for something lighter.”

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Gel Couture In All Checked Out, £8.99 | Essie

Rated By: Sarah Falshaw, @SarahFalshaw

“A burgundy brown, Essie’s ‘All Checked Out’ is a chic way of trying this new trend. It has a gel effect finish, which gives it this super glossy, plumped-up effect I love.”

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Nail Lacquer In Fall Wonders, £13.90 | O.P.I

Rated By: Iram Shelton, @IramShelton

“A gorgeous deep, brown shade, this suits most people – in particularly those with a medium to dark skin tone. It sets the tone for autumn and gives nails a really sophisticated look. Plus, it works on both long and short nails – it’s such a versatile colour.”

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