This season brings some grey weather and some grey nails. I love this trend, because its versatile. This look can easily be taken to work and then to a night out. Neutral colours like grey are prefect for two reasons: 1. You don't have to worry about your polish clashing with your clothes 2. If you don't have the time to change your polish often grey polish can easily carry you through the week and not clash with anything that comes up. This season had many collections that had a dark grey in them. They ones I'm comparing are all described as dark grey cremes with zero shimmer to them.
From left to right:
Deborah Lippmann - Stormy Weather (Fall 2011)
CND - Asphalt
Essie - Power Clutch (Carry On Collection Fall 2011)
China Glaze - Concrete Catwalk (Metro Collection Fall 2011)
From the swatches you can see that all are very similar. The only one that is noticeably very different is Essie's Power Clutch. To me that Deborah Lippmann and the China Glaze are the darkest and are virtually identical. The CND is also a lot like Deborah Lippmann and China Glaze but is slightly in direct like a tone lighter. Essie's Power Clutch is the lightest of the bunch and a tad bit green compared to the other three. Out of direct light they are all very close.
Deborah Lippmann is sold in Canada at Murale, Holts, and select boutiques. You can see my post on this polish (here). It was $20 CAD.
CND is a little harder to find in Canada. Mine is from an e-tailer and it's been probably about a year since I've bought it so I don't remember exactly what I paid for it. They retail for about $8 CAD.
Essie is now in drug stores and very easily accessible. Essie including there new collections can be found in Wal-Mart, Shoppers, and London Drugs. They are about $8 CAD.
China Glaze can be found in Chatters and salons. They are about $7 CAD.
Final thoughts, nobody really needs all of these colours. Deborah Lippmann, China Glaze, and CND are very close in colour. I would say pick one to see how you like it.