One Editor's Obsession: Stormy Gray Nail Polishes

So, we all have our "thing," right? Whether it's red lipsticks, dry shampoos, or perfumes, most ladies that I know have one beauty product that they can't help but hoard. Well, my beauty obsession is weirdly specific: I go absolutely weak in the knees for gray nail polish. I just can't resist. (As my lovely and talented colleague, Gabrielle Korn, described it to our editor: "You should hear the poetry that comes out of her mouth whenever something is gray-ish.")
I'm not sure why exactly I'm so drawn to these neutral shades. They're not as eye-catching as red, and they're not as exciting as spangly glitter polishes. But, there's just something so soothing about gray — it probably isn't a coincidence that I tend to prefer overcast days over blindingly sunny ones. The color makes me feel reflective, cozy, and calm — plus, wearing it on my nails makes me feel like a bit of a moody and fashionable badass. What's not to love?
Thankfully, gray nail polish has become a trend that just won't die, and it seems that over the past couple of seasons, almost every nail-polish brand out there has added one or two stormy shades to their lines. Meaning, I can indulge my obsession with a slightly different shade of storm cloud every week. Click through to check out some of my favorite picks, and tell me: What's your beauty weakness?
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I've gushed before about my other Sally Hansen gray obsession, but I have to say that Earl Gray is giving my bottle of Commander in Chic a run for its money. It's the perfect pale, stormy, neutral gray — I'm considering hoarding a few bottles just in case the shade gets discontinued!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Earl Gray, $7, available at
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This gray was one of my original favorites, before the gray-nail trend really hit. It has a nice balance of taupe and lavender tones, which make it super flattering for most skin tones.

Essie Nail Polish in Master Plan, $8.49, available at Target.
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Besides for Jin Soon being an all-around awesome person (our beauty department has secret dreams of being best friends with her), she is the master of neutrals. I love this steely shade, and I'm super-psyched for her brand-new shade, Kookie White, which is a lovely mix of blue, gray, and white. Look for it in March!

Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Auspicious, $18, available at Sephora.
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When this lavender-infused shade appeared on my desk, I had a serious moment (Seriously, I may have alarmed my officemates with my Herbal-Essences-esque exclaims of, "Oh, yes!") I can't wait to get it on my tips.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Taupe-Less Beach, $9, available at HSN.
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I instantly fell for this taupe-infused gray from the new Formula X collection — it's a very sophisticated take on the trend, no?

Sephora Formula X Nail Polish in Dynamic, $10.50, available at Sephora.
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I spotted this lovely blue-gray shade in this story over at Cup of Jo and instantly added it to my wish list.

NARS Nail Polish in Galathee, $19, available at
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