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For my last grey I have on something that’s a pretty accurate color depiction of what it looks like outside right now. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (Metro, Fall 2011) is a dark asphalt grey creme:
Picture taken in (barely any) natural light. This applied well; I got full coverage in two coats. The formula wasn’t of the totally solid, creamy variety, though, so watch out for cuticle drag. I love this color! It’s taken over Sephora by OPI Break a Leg Warmer! as the darkest grey creme I own. There’s something that’s so chic about it, plus it’s really flattering. Although I’d label it a cool grey, it doesn’t seem to be obviously blue-toned, though it still has that industrial look. I like the alliteration in the name, but this makes me think more of asphalt than concrete. I paired this with Color Club Gossip Column on my toes.
The Yankees may have exited the postseason in the most dismal fashion, but I’ll be damned if I don’t get these last couple of greys tried this month. First is American Apparel Echo Park (Fall 2010) is a light dove grey creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This was solidly pigmented and applied well in two coats. This leans just ever so slightly warm. It definitely doesn’t have that steely, industrial quality like the other two American Apparel greys I’ve tried this month. The high pigmentation gives it a crisp definition on the nail, but the color still looks so delicate and soft. It makes me think of down feathers. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way on my toes.
My mood regarding the Yankees’ postseason has become worse and I pretty much feel like the color I’m wearing on my nails now. American Apparel 7th & Alameda (Fall 2011) is a cool dark grey creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. The formula didn’t have that totally solid, creamy texture like I hoped it would, but I still got full coverage in two coats. It’s a cool grey, but it seems to be purple-toned rather than blue-toned. I always favor the darker greys because I find them more flattering. This one is dark, but still light enough to be identified as grey and not almost-black. There’s something about it that says “industrial chic” to me. I paired this with Essie Bobbing for Baubles on my toes.
For the first of several grey untrieds I want to check off this month, I’m wearing American Apparel Factory Grey, a cool medium grey creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well in two coats. This isn’t as purple-leaning as I thought it would be. I feel like the purple tones would be most obvious in comparison to other greys. It does lean cool overall, which gives it an industrial appearance that’s totally befitting the name. It’s not unique but I do like that it’s not very light nor dark; it’s a great middling shade. The smooth, pigmented formula is a plus, too. I paired this with OPI Sapphire in the Snow on my toes.
Now that the postseason is underway (The Yankees won a game that was tense until they blew out the Orioles in the 9th inning. ), I have several blues and greys to try. First up is a mani that combines both colors. OPI Blue Shatter is an electric blue shimmer. I put it over Orly Mirror Mirror (Once Upon a Time, Fall 2009), a light cement grey creme:
Pictures taken in weak sunlight. Mirror Mirror applied smoothly and was nicely pigmented, giving full coverage in two coats. It provided a good, fast-drying base for Blue Shatter. Blue Shatter is another that would look good as a regular polish, too. It’s such a vibrant, electric shade of royal blue. It has that glowy metallic quality to it, but it’s not frosty at all, just loaded with pretty, light blue shimmer. It might not be as obviously Yankee-themed as this crackle mani I did last year, but at least I crossed off the last untried crackle polish off my list. I paired this with Color Club Who Are You Wearing? on my toes.
I still have lots more grey untrieds, but I just wanted to wear one more this month. RGB Cosmetics Steel (Pre-Fall 2009) is a medium slate grey creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was a little thick but applied well in two coats. RGB describes this as an “industrial grey,” which is apt, given the name. I’d say this is a middling shade that leans more towards the light side, but this is definitely not a pale, delicate, whispery dove grey. It looks cool and, for lack of a better word, steely. By now grey cremes are a dime a dozen, but I’m happy to collect them from different brands. I paired this with OPI Pink Flamenco on my toes (I know this combination is more Hello Kitty than Halloween, but I just love grey and pink together.)
So I don’t tire myself out on black/dark polishes, I’ve put on a color that is apparently making a comeback. Plus I have lots of grey untrieds. Illamasqua DWS is a cement grey creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied quite well in two coats. Not perfectly buttery smooth, but very well nonetheless, as I can pretty much expect from Illamasqua. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t shake my bottle enough, but I see streaks of darker grey pigment against the lighter grey color. It’s kind of looks marbled, but only in straight lines. I’m not complaining about it, I actually like it! It gives the finish an interesing visual texture, and it’s only really apparent when you look closely. As far as shades of grey go, this is a nice middle shade, and would be a great staple in a collection. It’s not too dark or too light, and doesn’t really lean cool or warm. I tried looking up what “DWS” means and I figure it refers to the law firm formerly known as Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, (it was still called that when the polish was released) based in London. I paired this with Sally Hansen Gray by Gray (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.
With the weather like it is, I didn’t feel like wearing a bright, happy color that I wouldn’t be able to see in the sun. Plus, I still had to check this polish off my list, so I thought it was the perfect time to try OPI Skull & Glossbones (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), a greenish pale grey creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; even though it’s a lighter color it wasn’t that streaky and was quite pigmented. I only needed two coats (plus minor touchups) for full coverage. I love polishes across the whole spectrum of grey. This one looks like it’s on the warmer side, especially compared to most of the other light dove greys I own, which are cool-toned. Typical of a light grey, though, it looks whispery-soft. The green tone gives the color a murky, dusty look, in addition to contributing to its overall warmth. I paired this with Barielle Snap Dragon on my toes.
After all the crazy neons I thought it would be nice to give my eyes a break and return to a softer color palette. Also, there are several polishes from this year’s spring/summer collection that I’ve yet to try. China Glaze Pelican Gray (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a light grey with fine pearly shimmer:
Picture taken in (weak) sunlight. This applied well; the formula was smooth and pigmented and I only needed two coats. I love the shimmer in this; it adds a delicate sheen and keeps the finish from looking flat. It’s not the most obvious of shimmers, but it’s definitely visible (although probably not that noticeable at only a quick glance.) I actually like this quality, because it’s like a creme with a little extra something. I don’t think this shade of grey leans particularly cool or warm; it’s a soft, middle light grey. There’s something quite calming about this look. Plus the name has got me thinking about plushy baby birds! I paired this with Barielle Blossom on my toes.
I didn’t think I would be wearing a color like this again until the fall, but since the cold temperatures persist, I took a one-mani break from the brights and put on something to match the weather (plus I have Grey’s Anatomy on the brain!). Sephora by OPI Break A Leg-Warmer! (Urban Ballerina, Spring 2011) is a dark grey creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well in two coats, but it was so pigmented that I could almost get away with just one. Although it’s not one of really bluish greys, this one is definitely cool-toned. I have plenty of grey cremes in a wide range of shades, but I think this may be my darkest one! I love how deep and moody it looks…or, should I say, dark and twisty. I paired this with Urban Outfitters Blue 2 on my toes.