First Impressions: Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour


Sonia Kashuk Grey Matter, 2 coats plus Seche Vite

Hi everyone! It’s time for me to share my first experience with a polish that has been sitting in my stash for way too long. I have definitely had this one since last year, probably the first half of last year. Woops. ManiGeek raved about Sonia Kashuk polishes sometime ago. The post was so memorable to me that when I accidentally stumbled across the display in Target, I had to pick up a couple bottles. Grey Matter is the first polish that caught my eye, a beautiful dark grey with a lot of purple tones. Naturally, it had to be the first Sonia Kashuk polish that I tried!

All swatches are shown over Zoya Get Even base coat.


Sonia Kashuk Grey Matter, 1 coat

This polish has an almost crelly-like formula, which really surprised me. I did not expect a dark grey cream-finish polish to be a crelly! It looks patchy and a bit sheer on the first coat, but it was easy to apply. Grey Matter is very shiny on its own; perhaps the shine is why they went with a crelly formula.


Sonia Kashuk Grey Matter, 2 coats

I did manage to get this polish opaque in two coats! It helps that the polish self-levels well and has a nice formula to apply with. I am not a huge fan of the brush, it is similar to Revlon’s but does not seem to fan out quite as well.

Overall, I was underwhelmed by this polish. The color is so gorgeous, I have no complaints about that at all! The purple tones are a lot stronger than other dark greys that I have. I just do not love that it has a crelly formula, it seems unnecessary for such a dark polish. I could imagine someone (me on a different day, for instance) needing to use three coats for full opacity. The brush also is not great. I am okay with skinny brushes as long as they work well with the formula and fan out nicely, but this one did not want to do that. I am not in any hurry to try the other color I picked up, Rich Girl. I suppose my expectations were set too high for this polish, I probably would have been satisfied with it had I not already formed a good impression of the polish line.

What do you think? Have you tried any Sonia Kashuk polishes? What are your favorite greys?

xx, Ashley

Sonia Kashuk’s makeup line can be found at Target, where I purchased this polish. Sonia Kashuk is cruelty-free.


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