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Testing Your Gunmetal

Very rarely do I stop someone in the hallway to ask where they purchased a bag or who designed their dress.  Because, thanks to this blog, I usually know every piece from every major retailer and designer collection by sight.  After all, I spend 30 hours per week window shopping on the Interwebs.  

But last night, I actually crossed the street, and headed away from my destination, to ask a woman what nail polish she was wearing.  Don’t kid yourself, she thought I was bonkers.  Because in that moment, I was like a tweenage girl following a Justin Bieber look-a-like through the streets of D.C.

The color that sent me into a flutter?  Iron Butterfly by Orly.  

One look at that perfectly matte gunmetal grey shade, and I dove headlong into the kind of obsessed, compulsive behavior that earns Glenn Close an Oscar.  

No wonder the color is sold out everywhere and only available on eBay.  

This shade is perfect for the woman who is bored of dark purple and not emo enough for black, but still wants to shake it up from time to time.  And if Iron Butterfly isn’t calling your name, its copper-colored partner shade, Glam Rock is also calling my name.

So while I don’t recommend risking life, limb and a restraining order to style stalk a woman down 7th Street at rush hour, this shade is definitely crush-worthy.  

If you like the shade but don’t partake in the eBay madness, Zoya makes a polish called Freja that is similar but shiny.  If you must have matte, Deborah Lippmann sells a Pat Benatar designed shade called “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” which can only be described as rocker chic.

So will you be wearing gunmetal grey polish this season?



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  1. Rory says:

    Revlon makes a a great gunmetal called Steele Her Heart.

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. Rory says:

    Revlon makes a a great gunmetal called Steele Her Heart.

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  3. g says:


    love all of your posts.

    if you do like the Zoya color, Essie makes a matte top coat that will tone down the shine. https://www.alllacqueredup.com/2009/08/matte-top-coats-lets-compare.html

    November 10, 2010/Reply
  4. Stephanie says:

    I love it! Thank you for stopping that woman to ask her what shade she was wearing, and for sharing the info with all of us.

    November 10, 2010/Reply
  5. Rory says:

    Revlon makes a a great gunmetal called Steele Her Heart.

    November 11, 2010/Reply
  6. Hannah says:

    “style stalk”?! ingenious.

    November 11, 2010/Reply
  7. Katherine says:

    I love this, but I'm not sure if I could pull it off. Nubar Midnight is similar too.

    November 11, 2010/Reply
  8. Allison says:

    I am a little surprised you posted about this, do you think this almost black color is inappropriate for work? Or is this just a weekend wear thing? It would be inappropriate at my office.

    November 11, 2010/Reply
  9. EAC says:

    Belle, this shade is available at head2toebeauty.com and victoriasnailsupply.com. If you have any nail supply stores (the places where nail salon owners shop) you'd probably be able to find it there as well.

    November 11, 2010/Reply
  10. Belle says:

    Allison, That depends on where you work. I wouldn't wear it to work. But there are times when we're not at work.

    November 11, 2010/Reply