We love a colorful mani moment, but every once in a while it serves to keep it black and white—or, in this case, in between the two. Yup, we're talking about gray nails. The light-and-dark nail hue has proven to be a hit among beauty lovers on Instagram and in real life, with #graynails growing by the minute.
Unlike some other nail trends, gray nails are incredibly versatile. That's because there are so many different shades of gray 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 gray spectrum. And, if you want to get creative, you can even choose a different shade of gray for every nail to kill two trends with one stone. Of course, that would first require sussing out the best gray 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 prettiest gray polishes ranging from light colors to dark shades. Take your pick, below.
Cookies and Cream
This ultra-light cool gray color is named after Erica Chidi Cohen, the cofounder 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.
Believe it or not, there are even greenish-gray shades on the color spectrum. So if you can't choose between purple and blue undertones, consider this earthier gray for an equally as alluring end look. It brings images of a fuzzy lamb's ear to mind.
Pale Gray Shimmer
Described by the brand as an "edge-of-dawn gray," this iridescent hue takes the last greenish-gray shade up a notch by adding loads of sparkle to the mix. In the right light, it might just give you mermaid vibes.
Jason Wu-Approved Gray
Gray 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. Go ahead and click "Add to Bag."
This holographic, metallic silver nail polish takes regular gray 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 every finger—either way, you're bound to earn more than a few likes on your crystal-inspired mani.
Neutral Medium Gray
Not too purple and not too blue, this neutral medium shade works well for anyone looking to ride the middle of the gray 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 Gray
The purple-based medium gray is a moody hue that can be worn all year long, 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 Gray
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 gray 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 ($54). 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.