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My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.
This will cover grays and silvers. These polishes look gray or silver in the bottle or have gray or silver in the polish name. They are not necessarily labeled gray or silver by the polish manufacturer and do not always look gray or silver once they’re swatched. Every time I get a new gray or silver polish, I will edit this to add the new polish in. Of course, the polish will also be featured in the article reviewing the purchase. If you’d like to see any of my other nail polish colors, I also have articles for Corals & Oranges, Yellows & Golds, Browns & Blacks, Blues, Greens, Beiges & Nudes, Coppers and Bronzes, Reds, Sheers & Whites, Salmon & Wines, Purples, Pinks, and Nail Treatments, Base Coats, & Top Coats.
I photographed the grays and silvers in order from lightest to darkest and used a flash. The flash is wonderful at picking up detail and finish. Individual pictures below use natural daylight for a more exact color. When I add new polishes, I will not take group pictures again, but I will place the new individual picture in order of where it lies within the shade meaning every article will have the lightest shade first and the darkest last.
Nails Inc Silver Glitter appears silver thanks to the silver micro glitter. The finish is matte and mostly smooth. A topcoat can help smooth it even more.
Julep Kirby appears silver thanks to large chunks of silver glitter. The finish is matte and slightly rough. A top coat can smooth it out.
Julep Dendrie is a pale gray. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Julep Angie is a holographic silver. When the light hits it, the primary colors shine through. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Tin Man is a sparkling silver. It has micro fine glitter that gives it a holographic appearance. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Ciate Fit For a Queen is a metallic silver. It is sheer for a metallic. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Nails Ins Metallic Silver is an opaque, metallic silver. It has micro fine glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Harley is a metallic silver. It is very opaque. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
OPI Push and Shove is a metallic chrome. It resembles a mirror, although it does not omit a perfect reflections. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Julep Jahnavi is a chrome with a slight hint of gold. The finish is smooth and semi glossy.
Julep Annika is a light silver chrome. It has a slight hint of rose-gold. The finish is smooth and semi-glossy.
Julep Marzia is a silver, pewter. The finish is smooth and semi matte.
Julep Kim is a sheer, dark gray. The finish is smooth and semi matte.
Julep Rachael is a graphite shimmer. The finish is semi-glossy and smooth.
Julep Devon is slate gray with a fuchsia micro shimmer. The finish is glossy and smooth.
Sephora X Off The Hook is a dark gray with purple glitter. The finish is glossy and mostly smooth. A topcoat can smooth it out.
Julep Marika is stone gray. The finish is matte and mostly smooth. A topcoat can smooth it out.
Julep Stevie is a concrete gray frost. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Lydia is a dark gray with gold glitter. The finish is semi matte slight rough. A topcoat or two can smooth it out.
Julep Daria is a dark slate gray. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Julep Peggy is charcoal with rose shimmer. There is a rose shimmer in this that makes it almost look like a duo chrome, but it looks much closer to my picture in natural light than it does to burnt wine picture Julep portrays on its site. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Janae is a charcoal. It appears like a very dark gray or a light black. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.