I love black nails, but they're a little too dark for summer. But sometimes you just need a break from colors, you know? So I turned to gray - a summery black. I'm loving it!
I have been wearing Zoya's Kelly, from the new 'Wonderful' collection on my toes. I expected Kelly to be a little lighter, and a little less blue (kind of like the true gray in the splatter up top). I think it's too dark to wear on my finger nails in the summer. But it'll be a great color for fall and winter, and is great for toes. Although I was hoping for concrete, I'm kind of digging the blue'ish hint to this one. It looks almost navy in low lighting. I feel like I'm too old to be sporting an in-your-face blue or turquoise. So I'm thankful for Kelly, because the blue-gray color satisfies my blue needs in a sophisticated way.
For my fingers, I picked up Essie's Chinchilly from the Fall 2009 collection. I am really digging this color. It's a concrete gray with just the tiniest hint of beige - which warms it up ever so slightly and makes it very flattering with my warm skin tone (NC25). The formula is a bit sheer, but I find that two coats are sufficient for a smooth even (non-streaky) coverage. I am also happy to report that this formula works wonderfully with the Zoya color lock system, so my manicures have been lasting well for about a week. Sweet!
Swatches of Zoya Kelly and Essie Chinchilly - taken in daylight. One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a gray polish is that they tend to look lighter in the bottle than they do on your nails.
What nail polish colors have you been digging lately?