Monday, January 25, 2010

Guest Polisher - Taupe Overload!

Hello fellow Babbling Brooke readers!  Recently, Brooke and I were discussing my obsession with finding the perfect polish in the taupe/brown/gray/purple family, so I offered to put together a guest post of my collection.  I had no idea how much work this would be!  Now I have a new appreciation for Brooke's willingness to post a new mani every day (as well as her camera's excellent fine focus)! 

OPI You Don't Know Jacques!

My search for the perfect polish began with OPI You Don't Know Jacques!  I'd read about it online, and when I saw the bottle, I had to have it.  Once I polished my nails, I realized what all the hype was about.  Part of YDKJ's unexpected appeal, for me, is that it is a bit of a chameleon.  Sometimes it looks more gray, other times it looks more brown, but it always looks fabulous.

Forever 21 Light Gray

Shortly after I got YDKJ, I came across this light gray polish while shopping for cheap accessories at Forever 21.  I'd seen dove gray on other people and loved it, but this polish turned out to be as uninspiring as the name "Light Gray."  It just doesn't look right with my complexion.  Maybe I'll try it again this summer when I have a bit more color.

OPI Over the Taupe

The more I wore YDKJ, the more I liked it, but sometimes I wished it wasn't quite so dark.  I discovered that OPI Over the Taupe is a similar but slightly lighter shade, so I picked this one up next.  This polish is more brown than YDKJ, the shade is nice and warm, and it's a great neutral that goes with everything.  (It does need a third coat, though; all the others I swatched are two coats only.)

OPI Parlez Vous OPI

At the same time, I picked up Parlez Vous OPI.  In the bottle, YDKJ looks like it has a bit of a purple tinge, but that doesn't show up on the nail.  I was hoping Parlez Vous OPI would look like a grayed-out lavender on my nails, and that is a pretty accurate description.  I thought it was too purple at first, but after wearing it on my toes for about a week, it grew on me.

Sephora by OPI Metro Chic

Every time I wore YDKJ, I wondered how it would look if some of the purple I see in the bottle carried over onto the nail.  Then I saw Sandra Bullock's nails at the Golden Globes, and up against her purple dress, they looked identical to the color I had been imagining in my head.  Someone suggested that hers looked like Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, so I had to try this next.  It's perfect!  If Over the Taupe is the slightly browner sister of YDKJ, then Metro Chic is the slightly grayer sister with just enough of a lavender tinge to satisfy me.

The comparison swatch has, from top to bottom/left to right, Parlez Vous OPI, Metro Chic, You Don't Know Jacques, Over the Taupe, and Light Gray.  As you can see, each of the OPI polishes are slightly different hues.  I love all four!

I've been hearing about a few other polishes in this family, too.  Essie Mink Muffs looks nice, and I've read that Sandra Bullock's nails were actually Chanel's Particuliere.  I guess this is supposed to be this season's hot color, like Jade before it, but at over $20 a bottle, I think I'll pass.  I'm happy with the polishes I've found in the YDKJ family, and I'm happy Brooke gave me the opportunity to share them with all of you!

Liz is my friend, fellow grad student, and one of the most stylish people I know.  Read more at her thoughtful blog, Literature is Where I Go, plus check out pictures of what she calls her "unintentionally funny" (and oh so adorable) dachshund, Oscar! 


PolishedPrude said...

They all look really gorgeous on you. They're all really good color choices and that makes it hard to choose a favorite.

Paige said...

They all look great! My favorite is YDKJ!

Carine said...

This post made me put some polish on x)

Unknown said...

PolishPrude - I agree - Liz'a nails are so gorgeous, they would look fabulous covered with taupe colored mud!

Thanks gildedangel! I really like YDKJ but Liz's comparison has made me desperate for Metro Chic - it is so gorgeous!

I love that Carine! :)

Liz said...

Hi Ladies! Glad you like the polishes! And Brooke, thanks for the kind words. : )

One thing I forgot to add-- I was so excited to put on YDKJ when I got it that I didn't use base coat first. OOPS! It stained my nails badly. Now I always use base coat.

Unknown said...

^^ Thanks for the good tip Liz!!

Niki* said...

Thanks for this! with my colouring I tend to steer away from taupe for fear it may look too close to my skin tone! but looking at these i'm inspired to try them again!

Christina said...

the light grey is my favorite! so chic.

PixyEla said...

I have Over The Taupe too & I love it!! All the shades are so nice in this post. Thanks for sharing. :)

Fiona M said...

I love taupe polishes as well. I have Essie Mink Muffs and I find it runs too brown on me. Essie Chinchilly is the most amazing gray taupe, almost like cement, but in a good way. I just bought YDKJ so I need to try that next.

Nicole said...

I have this thing for the taupe/mushroom shades! I love them. I think the reason I love gray so much is because it's right *next* to the taupes! This is a wonderful comparsion.

Cam said...

YDKJ is one of my absolute favorites! Last week i went out and bought Parlez Vous and LOVED it too! Can't wait to try Metro Chic! Brooke, you having this blog is just bad news for my polish obsession! lol :)

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