Beauty Trend: Matte Gray Nails

What: Nails that looked like they were dipped in concrete are tres chic overseas and soon to become the new silver State-side.

What the experts say: It’s official: In the January 2008 issue of Oprah magazine, there is a big picture of a hand model showing off her gray manicure. “We’re in a time of big changes in the world and basics (like gray) represents stability,” says Leatrice Eiseman, author of More Alive with Color and Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “You’re making a statement about being a bit offbeat.”

What we say: At first, we thought it was the ugliest thing we ever saw, but after a bit, it kinda grew on us (since we recently reported about the gray eye shadow trend, we thought it makes sense.) It’s definitely a conversation piece and if it’s a light enough shade of gray, it could even pass for a dull lavender. While we came across a million silver polishes on our quest for matte gray, it is still a difficult shade to find. ManGlaze recently debuted their Matte Grey Color at a hardcore punk festival in Japan, which is available for $6.66. You know what they say, though; everything is big in Japan.