There was a time when I was terrified of trying out new colours to paint on my nails. I stuck to my nudes and muted pinks for a good two years before I discovered red and how it didn’t necessarily have to make you look and feel old. Even after that, I was stuck on red, nude, and pink for a while until I picked up OPI’s “Jade is the New Black” which is a gorgeous jade green that just made me feel so happy while wearing it. After that, any and every colour became an option. Greens and pinks are still my preferred shades, but I’ve tried nearly every colour on my nails and one Christmas I even went for a sparkly black instead of the usual red. Grey, however, is one shade I’ve considered but never really had the chance to pick up and try. Grey is tricky, because if it’s too light then your fingers look… well, dead. If too dark, then it’s just too close to being black (and “emo”). I finally had the chance to try a grey, and here it is: Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in “Smoke Screen.”
“Smoke Screen” is a sort of purpley medium-gray, which definitely doesn’t look black even from afar and it’s not too pale for my warm skin either. In the bottle, the polish swirls and it looks like actual smoke (cool!). When applied, it is a pretty creme finish that is opaque with 3 coats. To be very honest, I was surprised by how much I genuinely liked the colour on my nails. I was very excited to begin with, but the amount of pleasure I got out of wearing a grey was definitely a shock. Haha!
If you’ve never heard of the brand ULTA before, that may be because it’s a U.S. store. It’s like Sephora in that it carries beauty products from various brands and also has a line of their own cosmetics and beauty tools (which this polish is a part of). Unlike Sephora, ULTA stores usually have salons in the back… something that I found really interesting, at first. Haha! Anyway, if you’re wondering hear more about this nail polish and find out how I got my hands on it through the awesome House of Flair, read on!