Read this post on allure.com here.
Model Brooklyn Decker recently bad-mouthed the shade when she posted a picture of her manicure on Twitter. She said, “I painted my nails the color of poo. ‘Brown dress’ is a nice euphemism for the color. Who told me this was cool again?”
Brown may never have the dramatic effect of inky black or the sex appeal of fire-engine red, but that’s no reason to call it names. (For the record, Decker is wearing Essie’s Little Brown Dress.) To prove it can be done, we searched the Allure beauty closet for pretty brown polishes that show that the color is neither boring nor icky.
Orly Nail Lacquer in Coffee Break. Ease into the controversial hue with this creamy light brown polish—it even won a 2011 Best of Beauty award for best nude. The high-gloss formula leaves nails looking clean and refined.
OPI Nail Lacquer in You Don’t Know Jacques! This edgy shade looks a bit grungy in the bottle, but the taupe-brown hue is surprisingly chic on short nails.
Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer in Rich Coffee. Coat nails in this deep chocolate shade for a shimmer-free neutral that’s less expected than beige.