Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Decidedly NOT Duck Poo: Essie Chinchilly

Despite my love for 'edgy neutral' polishes, it took me forever to pick this one up. I heard/saw that it was a grey (yay!) with a green tint (ew!). This reminds me not so pleasantly of duck poo in squishy little piles in the grass, just waiting for you to step on it with new suede shoes that can never, ever be the same again.

This is either further proof that my skin tone is just plain weird, or I got a bizarre bottle, but this does not look like duck poo on me!

Essie Chinchilly:

Once again, I've noticed that most polishes with *any* hint of purple in them tend to pull extremely purple on me. I had no idea this had any purple in it, but apparently it most every light it looks like a lighter $OPI Metro Chic on me...tres bizarre!

I tried really hard to find a light that would bring out the supposed "green" in it. This is the best I could do - and it really almost never looks like this on me in reality:

To my eye this doesn't look duck poo-ey either - just a nice, slate grey.

The formula was quite thin and jelly-like. Some people might object to this, but I have no problem applying 3 coats if a polish isn't chalky (which this isn't), and the jelly-ish finish makes the polish look extra pretty and a little bit delicate on the nail.

Despite the fact that it is an interesting polish, I'm not sure I'm so into this one on me. I do think it's nice, and I like the way it takes on a purple cast on me...but it's lacking some of the sexy, smokey complexity that I love in other greige polishes. Chinchilly is cool, but I don't think its one I would reach for often, or really look forward to wearing.

Have you tried this? What does it do on your skin tone?


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Rachael said...

A friend of mine gave me this polish, because she hated the way it looked on her, but on me it just pulls very grey, slightly taupe-y. No green on me. I was happy for the hand-me-down!

Sarah B. said...

I don't look very good in grays... I always say that if I get a tan I look gray... So I must have something gray about my skintone!

And gray polishes make me look...gray!

Looks lovely on you thought!

Grace said...

I have this polish, but I picked it up only recently and it just feels more like a fall polish to me, so I'm kind of waiting to be "in the mood" for it. I love it on you, though. I probably have too many of these polishes, but I can never resist one when I see it. Especially an Essie :)

kittytokaren said...

@Rachael - I love giving/getting things to/from friends! I think it makes the polish that much more special...

@Sarah B - hahaha your description made me think of one of those grey aliens with big eyes....somehow I doubt you look like that!

@Grace - It does feel very fall, eh? I think I might be over the whole "grey" polish thing. I just don't think this suits me that well. At least this one - it doesn't make me smile or want to look at my nails. I I said, I think I might be 'over' the trend. I have a hard time resisting Essies too....something about that bottle!


faerieberry said...

Doll, I think you can pull off most colors, though I can see that this one wouldn't suit your taste very much. This leans slightly green on me and I love it! I am a green hound for sure and have also always been one for the weird taupe/grey/zombie colors.

kittytokaren said...

@faerieberry - Aww thanks! I am usually a big lover of taupes and 'edgy neutrals' but for some reason this one just isn't pushing my buttons! Maybe its because I'm expecting it to look like duck poo?


Lucy said...

I don't know if I've bought this or not. Will have to check my book when I'm a bit less lazy. I'm watching a TV show about cults on the History Channel. I just don't understand how people joined Jim Jones' cult. Also kill themselves knowingly. I belong to a nail polish cult! Buy more and more. I love these sort of shades. I don't know why we have to keep buying all that we see. I've never noticed that it had a green tint. I like the way it looks on you.

Sarah B. said...

I do have big eyes, and they are dark.
I might be a strange person, but I don't think I'm an alien, no... I think!


Karla said...

I was so excited by this post that I ran to ulta last night, picked up this gem and redid my nails last night. I LOVE IT! Well, I don't love that I was probably too tired to do my nails and I'll need to do another coat tonight, but that's another story. Thanks for some great pictures. :)

kittytokaren said...

@Lucy - Wow thats creepy...I can never watch shows like that because they give me nightmares. Its scary what people can be convinced to do, eh?

@Sarah B - Hehe I doubt you are an alien, but I'm definitely jealous of your big eyes!

@Karla - That is so flattering to hear!!! I'm so glad you love it! :) :) Really that made my day!


la llacquer said...

i never thought Chinchilly looked green! to me, it's a nice warm taupe and i love it so much

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