Heather Gray Nails

While we're eagerly anticipating the slew of super dark nail polish shades that are hitting stores later this year, in the meantime we've been looking for the perfect transitional color. The conditions were elaborate in scope and limiting in nature, as we said no to neons, refused all reds, and banished all iterations of blue to the back of our bathroom cabinets. What, you might ask, could possibly satisfy our finicky fingertips? The answer, dear readers, is heather gray: a newish neutral seen on the discerning digits of ladies like Sienna Miller, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Szhor!

Now, before you start to fidget and get frustrated because you feel like you've seen this before, let us explain. No, this isn't the taupe trend that was sparked by Chanel's Nail Color ($23) in Particuliere and OPI's Nail Lacquer ($8) in You Don't Know Jacques oh-so many moons ago. This time around, we're talking a real gray, something the color of concrete, a shade that's the niftiest of neutrals. The thing about heather gray is this: it looks glorious with your summer brights (it modernizes and mellows the more in-your-face colors), plus it harmonizes perfectly with autumn's many muted shades. Just check out Catherine Malandrino and Oscar de la Renta's F/W 10 shows if you need a little inspiration. At Malandrino, a trio of CND products