Like many people, I am craving metallic nail colors for fall. However, I’m craving more of a rustic pewter shade. You know a shiny silver dirtied by lead. That’s the color I like. I’ve been inspired by my home decor cravings: traditional, colonial, a little rough around the edges/rustic. Here’s a list or a guide of metallic pewter nail colors in a variety of price points:
Budget Pewter Nail Colors/Under $10: L.A. Girl Metal Nail Polish in Graphite is a darker dirty silver with tons of shimmer. It retails for about $4. Revlon Nail Enamel in Steel Her Heart is a darker, tarnished pewter shade. It retails for under $4. Milani Nail Lacquer in Ms. Milani is a perfect pewter shimmer (meaning it’s rustic but classy enough for all environments) that retails for about $4. Manic Panic Claw Colors Nail Polish in Hell’s Bells is a smoky pewter metallic shade that retails for about $7. Ulta Professional Nail Lacquer in Silver Lining is a metallic medium silver. It retails for $7.50. Essie Nail Polish in Steel-Ing The Scene is a deeper pewter shimmer, a bit edgy. It retails for $8. OPI Nail Polish in Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous is a shimmery smoky pewter that is in the Swiss Collection. It retails for about $8. Sephora by OPI in Run With It (not pictured) is a gray shimmer that reminds me of abused antique pewter retails for $9.
More Expensive Pewter Nail Colors/Over $10: MAC Nail Lacquer in Nightfall is a mysterious deep (almost black) shimmery, liquid metal pewter. It retails for $13. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Snap (not pictured) is a perfect pewter shimmer (and I’m very irritated that I can’t find a pic). It retails for $14. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Marquee Moon is a medium silver with large silver glitter flakes. This is more of a polished pewter. It retails for $16.
I think my favorites out of this guide is Milani Nail Lacquer in Ms. Milani, Essie Nail Polish in Steel-Ing The Scene, and Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Snap. If you know of any more pewter nail colors, please share! I’m always on the hunt for new products, especially nail colors.
less expensive: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Shining Moments, Insta-Dri in Metallic Momentum, X-Treme Wear in Gunmetal (my friend at work uses this one and it is beautiful). I also saw Petites in Twilight at the drugstore recently.
more expensive: Zoya in Freya, Urban Decay in Gunmetal
UPDATE: Post is older so some of these are no longer available.