Sally Hansen "Grey Area" Nail Polish (Pictures, Review, and comparison to Zoya Kelly)

So I have been on sort of a Sally Hansen kick lately.  I don't particularly love this brand, but it's not terrible by any means.  I guess I get sucked in by the price...this one (from their "Xtreme Wear" line) was $2.99 plus I had a coupon for 50 cents (from this week's Sunday paper!  I love couponing!).

Grey Area is a dark, purple toned grey and reminds me of a storm cloud.

This color definitely reminded me of Zoya's Kelly, so I pulled that one out to compare:

As you can see, Grey Area is a tad warmer and less blue than Kelly.  

Then I decided to add some shimmer to it....I put CND's "Violet Shimmer" Effect on top. I LOVE how this came out, it looks like a totally different color!

If you read my blog, you already know I am a huge fan of CND's Effects....they are the coolest!!

I really love the warmer tone of "Grey Area", but the formula on Zoya's "Kelly" is far superb.  Also, I was having issues with the Sally Hansen brush (crappy control near the cuticle) and Zoya's brushes are flawless.  

What do you think of my combo?

<3 Mb


  1. OMG, Maribeth! I thought that Grey Area alone was outstanding, but with the CND overlay....it blew me away! I love those type of "fairy-light" effects! On another note, you know what else Grey Area reminds me of? Essie's much coveted Smokin Hot from last year's Fall collection! You just may have stumbled upon a dupe! I need to get my paws on this one to see for myself! Amazing swatches.....naturally!

  2. Grey Area is one of my faves but I love it even more now with the Violet Shimmer! Beautiful!

  3. Thanks Eugenia!! I missed out on Smokin' Hot, so now I don't feel so bad ;-)

    Meme, thanks so much! I am really diggin' this combo :)

  4. Love it with the CND on top!

    And ommorphia is right--Grey Area is really close to Smokin' Hot. I had to buy both--for research purposes, as I'm sure you can understand. :)

  5. Wow, Grey Area looks amazing with Violet Shimmer on top! Ugh, why do I always spend my money on stupid things?! I need to save it up for the things I really want and not just buy the first pretty thing I see. But then again maybe my problem is that I want it all and just can't afford it all, haha.

  6. I love this look! The CND makes it sooooo much prettier!I have to order some :)

  7. Love what the CND Violet Shimmer did to that polish! Awesome! We need to look for CND products.

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravigns

  8. You just managed to make Grey Area (with CND on top) look like Chanel Paradoxal and Revlon's Perplex. Good job friend! If you have either I would love to see a comparison ... if you have the time <3

  9. Karen D; "Research Purposes" is my go-to excuse :)

    Jessi; I lol'd at "why do I spend my money on stupid things?"....def give them a try when you can!

    Kim, I agree...by itself it was ok, but I love the shimmer :)

    Jayme & Mendi, Let me know if you try them!

    Loodie, I don't have either, but now I need to acquire them somehow for "research purposes" :)

  10. I love your combo!!! I going to grab that SH color. Thanks!