The Polish Equivalent to a Black Leather Mini

Back in middle school, I was obsessed with a set of metallic nail polishes I ordered from Delia’s. Obsessed! Since my day-to-day look is light on makeup, my nails have always been my canvas for experimentation—I’ve been known to keep a box of crazy colors in my living room for commercial break manicures and boredom-induced nail art designs (with varying results). So imagine my delight when I got to test drive Color Club’s new shade called Dark ‘n Stormy, a gunmetal gray polish that harkens back to my beloved Delia’s metallics, scheduled to appear in Birchboxes this November.

Like a black leather pencil skirt, Dark ‘n’ Stormy is a new neutral, with an edge. Named after our favorite rum and ginger drink, it’s part of Color Club’s Holiday Cocktail Hour collection, full of shades we helped the brand develop with names like On the Rocks (a light silver) and Top Shelf (a sparkling champagne). Talk about a polish party. When it comes to application, Dark ‘n’ Stormy glides on smoothly without being goop-y, and it’s opaque enough that one coat will do the trick. The color, a rich granite with hints of blue (did someone say Blue Steel?), is unique without being overpowering, and tends to reflect the hue of whatever you’re wearing.

I personally love nail polish most when it introduces an element of play. There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing a chic lady with a wild manicure. Dark ‘n’ Stormy lends itself to this type of wear—it’s a great base for glitter, fun to mix with a matte topcoat—but remains dazzling enough to stand on its own. So go ahead, pair it with a smokey eye, and dare to don a little heavy metal this fall.

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