There are few things more indicative of a seasonal shift than the ceremonious fall manicure. That beautiful time of year has finally arrived when nail color aficionados can officially swap out their summery bright reds and solar pinks for something a little moodier. Far from gloomy, autumn’s deepest shades come in a surprising range that moves well beyond your basic black. Iridescent and metallic, ultra-glossy and glimmering, they’re as enchanting as the pervasive night sky.

There is Floss Gloss's latest glistening aubergine, speckled with twinkling magenta flakes, and OPI's beautifully deep olive, a wonderfully wicked hue fit for any It-girl with a penchant for the dark. From Smith and Cult's galaxy-inspired Dirty Baby, a glamcore shade for the ages, to NARS's dark emerald lacquer in Night Porter, a remake of the brand's iconic eyeshadow for an equally mesmerizing look at hand-level, here are 9 better-than-black shades for fall.