|Would buy this product again.||86%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
The best gray polish I've tried. It's a very true gray, it doesn't have purple or green undertones. It's been really hard for me to find a gray polish that wasn't too mauve or too green, but this one is it. Pretty much my go-to nail polish for every day. It goes with everything and looks very polished... no pun intended. Probably the best nail polish I own. I'd buy it again and again and again. Stays on your nails forever without looking like crap after a few days. With a topcoat, Essie polishes last between 4-7 days for me and I use my hands pretty much constantly.
Only downside is that this polish takes three coats to be completely opaque. Two doesn't look bad, but three is best. I think the results are 100% worth it, though.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've had this for a while and forgotten how beautiful it is. Nice grey-ish brown with some purpley hue to it. Very chic. In fact, it reminds me of a lighter Metro Chic from OPI.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Medium Eyes: Brown
I think Chinchilly is meant to be a grey with a tinge of green/lilac running through it. However on me its just a flat grey. I initially bought it as I thought it showed up a little duochromatic in many swatches. I was also looking for a darker shade of grey like OPI's You Don't Know Jacques. My idiosyncracies aside, I do think this is a very nice nail varnish if you are looking for a neutral grey. I like the formula very much, although I needed three coats to make this opaque enough. I also think Essie polishes are very reasonably priced. It looks nice on me; its just not what I was going for.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is the perfect gray polish. I'm not a huge nail polish person, but have totally been into the gray craze. I wasn't too impressed by all the purple-taupe and slate shades out there (Sally Hansen Commander in Chic, Sally Hansen Concrete, Rimmel Steel Grey, Maybelline Gray-T Glamor, etc.). Chinchilly is a true gray - not too light, not too dark, no muddiness, and no competing shades underneath that change it under different lighting. Some of the reviews below state that this is a lilac-gray, but I disagree. If you want a "greige" or lilac-taupe-slate gray, Concrete and Steel Grey are good options. This formula is a little on the sheer side - it needs a good 2-3 coats for true opacity, but once it's on, perfection.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
Full disclosure: I love Essie! This is one of my favorite colors, it is a beautiful gray-lilac and I find it to be the perfect neutral, alternative to light pinky, nude shades. Great for the work week, but also a nice understated evening color and I think it would look good on almost every skintone.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
First things first: I hate Essie's packaging because it's NEVER an accurate portrayal of the color inside. It usually ends up being a couple of shades darker with a different hue to it. OPI breaks my nails like nothing else, so when I see Essie and OPI next to each other in the drugstore, I'm always tempted to reach for the OPI derivative of what I want, but I refrain since I know I'll regret it when half my nail comes off it's nail bed a week later (yes, it happens much too often with OPI for me).
Second: I still love Essie, though. Some may say it's not as good as Chanel- and I don't care. I don't have the money for Chanel and I'm paying for my nails to stay good looking for a week- not a month. I still prefer Sally Hansen to any other brand, but Essie's colors make my mouth water (and nor do they break my nails or my bank).
Chinchilly is a BEAUTIFUL, sophisticated unsaturated grey with lilac undertones. It's not too dark or light and it's the perfect neutral color to kick off the dimmer skies and darker color palettes of Fall.
If you're a warm, neutral, or cool undertones gal this color will suit any of you. I was so surprised at just how sophisticated it looked.
If you want a darker option of this, take a look at Mink Muffs! It's <3.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
This is my first Essie polish since they've just come to Myer in Australia, but I'll definitely buy more now that I've tried Chinchilly. I love the colour- it feels very chic, fashionable, and "grown up" all at once, and I think it would go well with just about anything. I didn't find the application too bad- it looked good after just two coats (though the first coat was a bit thick, I had a bit of difficulty getting a thin coat on), and I actually found the thin brush gave me a neat application (I suppose I have fairly narrow fingers).
I can't really say much about the staying power- I'm using Sally Hansen Miracle Cure as a "base coat" at the moment and I'm pretty sure it's the reason that the entire nail's worth of polish started to lift at the edges in one giant piece. I haven't had that happen with any of my other polishes, but I know the Miracle Cure makes for some problems since it's actually a nail treatment and not a proper base coat. Due to the odd peeling I had to take it off after 3 days, but aside from some tip wear the polish was unchipped. I'm rather rough on my nails, so this is a pretty good result for me!
EDIT: The peeling was definitely due to Miracle Cure, I didn't have the same problem when I used Essie's first base coat! Also managed to get the first coat thinner and definitely needed 3 coats
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
LOVE this lilac-tinged grey! It looks so so chic on my short nails. In many lights it is a solid grey, especially if you do three layers (two can be a touch more transparent and lilac). Some lights bring out the purpley touch. I am in love with the colour. Great quality, no chipping, some tip wear but hey, whatcha gonna do.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Brown
I actually have no idea why I bought this... it was a totally random buy. I was drawn to it somehow because gray is a staple in my wardrobe (I really like my neutrals), but on my nails, that's usually the place where I like to do color. The polish is good quality though. I have issues with the brush because the handle is a bit hard to handle with me so I have to be a bit more careful, but I can deal with it. I very rarely use this color. A person who's maybe a bit older who's a bit more edgy might be able to pull it off better. I do like using it on weekends though when I can go out and be a bit more fashionable than I am at school.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Lovely grey colour with a hint of purple. Really flattering, very good formula. LOVE IT!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Love this color! So pretty on nails. one of my favorite colors for sure.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Neutral Hair: Black, Relaxed Eyes: Brown
My favorite grayish taupe. Buying a second bottle while it's still widely available.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Other
the formula isn't bad, and i wanted to like this color a lot, but it just didn't work for me. i'm very pale with cool undertones, somewhat new to having nails (recently stopped biting!) and was disappointed. i'll give it to my sister. try before you buy, i think.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
I should start out by saying that I love the Grey/Taupe nail trend. Chinchilly is such a stunning color!!! I think it works well as an all-season color. It makes everything else in my (large) collection seem boring or tired.
The formula is kind of funny though - I've noticed that the polish job actually looks better the next day. Weird right? The first time I tried this polish, I had to start over because there were a couple of brush strokes that bugged me. After the second application I was still not happy but I didn't feel like doing it over. The next day I was admiring this beautiful color, and I noticed that the polish seemed to have smoothed out and fixed itself! Am I crazy?
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
The problem with this color is the simple fact that it doesn't look good on everyone's skin. It's just not flattering on some skin tones and makes you look dead rather than alive. But if it's good on your skin wear it because it's a fabulously different color! I gave mine to my best friend.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I didn't like it at all.
The formula was so runny I hated it.
The price wasn't too ad b/c it came as a deal with atte About you Top Coat. but Essie is expensive and I wasn't happy with the grey nor the formula. Won't re purchase and will swap.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Liked the unique color but that's about it.
For me it chipped on second day, with base and top coat, and formula is a bit like plastic when dry, which I don't like, and drying time is very slow.
edit: I am now completely in love with the formula, consistency of polish is great, just wasn't something I was used to at the beginning. Drying is still slow on me, but chips are gone with good base coat. No top coat needed for this shiny beauty.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Love at first sight with this nail polish, and we lived happily ever after!
I saw it, bought it, loved it. It was a taupe colour that I haven't seen before. The quality of Essie is great. Two coats, then pop a top coat and you got yourself nice nails for 1-2 weeks.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
This was my first Essie polish, and after all of the hype, I was pretty disappointed. The color is a great taupey gray creme, but the actual formula comes out goopy and streaky for me. Even a good top coat couldn't completely save the finish! It's a neat color, so I may try it with a matte top coat to see if that improves the finished look at all, but it's just a total pain to work with, and I wouldn't buy it again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
my hg shade of gray. it's so soft and neutral and fresh looking. goes with anything and everything. application is smooth and opaque in 2 coats.
would definitely buy again if i run out. just beautiful