We love a colorful mani moment, but every once in awhile it serves to keep it black and white—or, in this case, in between the two. Yup, we're talking about grey nails. The light-and-dark nail hue has proven to be a hit among beauty lovers on Instagram and real life, with #greynails growing by the minute.
Unlike some other nail trends, grey nails are incredibly versatile. That's because there are so many different shades of grey to choose from. Whether you want to rock a warm-based shade, a dusty hue, or a slate-inspired color, they're all within the grey spectrum. And, if you want to get really creative, you can even choose a different shade of grey for every nail to kill two trends with one stone. Of course, that would first require sussing out the best grey nail polishes the beauty market has to offer.
Luckily for you, since we're well aware that time is of the essence, we've gone ahead and rounded up the 15 pretties grey shades ranging from light colors to dark shades. Take your pick, below.
Cookies and Cream
This ultra-light cool grey color is named after Erica Chidi Cohen, the co-founder of Loom—but, if we're being honest, all we can think of when seeing the pretty pale shade is cookies and cream. The modern hue is sweet, simple, and undoubtedly minimalist. Wear it on its own or detailed with darker polish.
This pale blue-grey shade looks especially ethereal during the transition into winter. It mimics the color of a winter's first snow and looks dreamy for days on end. And, thanks to its breathable formula, its better for the health of your nails in the long run.
Believe it or not, there are even greenish-grey shades on the color spectrum. So if you can't choose between purple and blue undertones, consider this earthier grey for an equally as alluring end look. It brings images of fuzzy lamb's ear to mind.
Jason Wu-Approved Grey
Grey nails are undeniably on trend but if you don't believe us perhaps the fact that this particular medium-tinted shade is created in a collaboration with none other than the esteemed Jason Wu. Yup, go ahead and click "Add to Bag."
This holographic silver nail polish takes regular grey nail polish to the next level with ultra-fine, light-reflecting shimmer that simply can't be missed. Paint it on one accent nail or on each and every finger — either way, you're bound to earn more than a few likes on your crystal-inspired mani.
Neutral Medium Grey
Not too purple and not too blue, this neutral medium shade works well for anyone looking to ride the middle of the grey nail trend. In addition to major color payoff, the formula features 10 active ingredients that strengthen, lengthen, and improve the overall look of nails.
Medium Dark Grey
The purple-based medium grey is a moody hue that can be worn all year-long, though especially during the colder seasons. The rich cream color is super shiny, so depending on your preference, you can even get away with a quick single coat.
Dusty Blue Grey
This dusty blue cream nail polish looks gorgeous on its own or paired with intricate nail art. Whether you wear it with tiny white details or in a half-moon negative space design, we wouldn't be surprised if it earned a permanent spot in your nail polish collection.
Love all these grey nail colors but can't choose which will pair best together? Fortunately for us, Olive & June makes it especially easy to nail the mismatch trend with their 5 Shades of Grey Mani Kit ($48). It includes ECC and AW (mentioned above), as well as RP, CDJ, HD, and The Top Coat. When nails are prepared properly and topped off with The Top Coat, you can expect the salon-quality results to last for at least a week (and as many as three) without a single chip.