I need to sit in a circle and declare my addiction to grey polishes…I always knew I had ordered enough to do a second swatch spam but truthfully I actually had enough to do a third as well! At the risk of you all getting bored of grey polishes, I’ve consolidated them all into one so I have six different polishes to show you all today. So without further ado, bask in the glory with me of gorgeous grey polishes with different colours glitters!
Kicking off with Nostalgic Lacquer Personal Jesus – a charcoal grey jelly base with white, purple, teal and black glitter. This was a last minute whim purchase when I bought another Nostalgic Lacquer and I’m so glad I grabbed it. I layered this over Ulta3 Wild Berry which is a fabulous one coat charcoal grey, but this polish is opaque in three coats on it’s own. A couple of coats of top coat were needed to smooth everything out at the end.
Next is Smitten Polish Flurry, a pale grey jelly with pale grey and iridescent blue/purple squares and turquoise small hex glitter. This polish took three coats on it’s own to reach opacity and is very subtle. I probably would have preferred to layer this too so the glitter didn’t get lost in the layers but I couldn’t find a grey creme in my collection light enough to match this.
Another Nostalgic Lacquer, this time Date At Midnight With Nosferatu. Ever since I saw the first swatch for this, it hit the top of my lemming list but sadly Nostalgic Lacquer only ships in flat rate boxes so $17 shipping for one polish was something I couldn’t justify. Luckily for me, Shoppe Eclecticco started carrying Nostalgic just before Christmas so I jumped on it to order this and Personal Jesus. The base in this polish is extremely sheer, even after 3 coats I still couldn’t reach anything near opacity so this went over my old reliable China Glaze Recycle. I added two coats of DAMWN to get some depth as the pink glitter is all the same colour. I probably could have even put on a third coat without it being overkill as all the glitter is so fine.
Another polish I had been lemming for a while but couldn’t justify the shipping for one bottle is Jindie Nails Water 4 Elephants. This is my first ever polish with circle glitter! I couldn’t get over how complex this polish is when I received it. What you see here is two coats of Water 4 Elephants on it’s own. It has an amazing variety of green, cyan and turquoise glitters in hexes and circles, plus pale orange iridescent squares scattered through it. I just have to take a moment here to rave about the formula too – I’ve quickly learnt that grey polishes are difficult beasts to apply and are often uneven and streaky which means a base colour is essential. Not so with Water 4 Elephants, it is perfection in a bottle – opaque yet sheer enough to show the layers underneath, thick enough that it doesn’t end up lumpy and glitter flows perfectly so it doesn’t need splodging on to get an even coverage. Win all round! I have more Jindie Nails polishes to show you in the next few weeks, they’re all perfection too.
Yep, I couldn’t resist the call of the Hare when Nikole announced just before Christmas she was putting out two LE polishes. I skipped the other one but Swanky Soiree ticked the boxes for this junkie – grey base with glitter, yep needs to be mine. Completely different to anything else I own, this polish has a similar formula to the Finders Keepers collection and is loaded with glitter. It does build to complete opacity in 3 coats but that laid down too much glitter for me, so once again out came Ulta3 Wild Berry and then two coats of Swanky Soiree over the top. This is definitely a polish that is hard to do justice to with photos and needs to be seen in person, the red really pops and creates an eye catching combo.
Last up is Girly Bits Long Winter’s Nap*. Firstly, I love that name! Winter always makes me want to nap, it’s a favorite past time of mine on a weekend afternoon. Unsurprisingly by now, I had to layer this one too and it once again went over Ulta3 Wild Berry. This is the second darkest polish here after Personal Jesus but the grey has quite a strong blue undertone to it. Loaded with silver and two shades of blue glitters, I added two coats of Long Winter’s Nap. The base colour on this polish quite pigmented so it disguises the glitter in the layers underneath and I think anymore than two layers would see the glitter starting to disappear.
So there you have it, finally an end to all my swatch spam! I will be moving back to my usual posts by brand going forward but not before I share my 2012 retrospective over the next few days. For those of you hoping for some NYE nails from me this year, I’m afraid there won’t be any. I’m working NYE and won’t be going out so I didn’t have any motivation to load up on glitter. I would however like to wish all my readers a safe and happy new year while celebrating.
Product(s) marked with a * was/were provided to me for consideration but this in no way influenced my review. For my full disclosure policy, please click here.