Loving the Gray Nail Polish

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?


island-ish said...

I was so happy to see the post about the zoya Kelly - I wanted to get it because my name is Kelly lol so I am glad to see the swatch.

You have to try China Glaze "Recycle" It a dark matte gray. I absolutely love it.

annelise said...

Ooh, nice! I haven't seen any grey around here lately (though I haven't really been looking for it either) but will keep an eye out now!

Lately, I've been alternating between fire-engine red and a nude-beige type colour. I get a bit sick of wearing and seeing black everywhere, so grey will be a nice change.

Style Attic said...

We just got home from vacation. My head turned when I noticed a lady in the elevator wearing gray! It looked awesome. On my to get list now :)

Katie said...

I've never thought of trying gray. Now I'm going to have to look for some. :)

Untypically Jia said...

Way cute! I hardly ever wear polish, but I found some old pinkish metallic kind that has been working.

Holly said...

Gray nail polish...I think I could like this a lot!

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