Grey vs. Gray

February 13, 2009


This was a simple experiment, granted I didn’t know it as such at first. All I wanted was gray fingernail polish. I couldn’t find it anywhere on the internet so I decided to make it.

Before

Before

Plus, I thought, making it myself would let me decide how gray it actually was. Easy.

after displacing some of the white (read: trash), I poured the black into it

after displacing some of the white (read: trash), I poured the black into it

black fingernail polish
+ white fingernail polish
———————————
gray fingernail polish

partially mixed

partially mixed

Seems easy…

As it turns out, though I’d scoured the isles at Target to find the blackest black, the one I’d decided to use actually had a blue base.

not gray or grey

not gray or grey

The result was something I would refer to as “Carolina blue” – a light blue that I haven’t worn on my nails since grade school. Bummer. Guess it wasn’t that easy.