One of the colours I find the hardest to wear is grey. Aside from beige, grey is definitely the odd one out playing by itself in the sandbox that is my nail-polish collection.
So when I had the opportunity to wear China Glaze Elephant Walk from the On Safari Collection, I was crossing my fingers, toes, and eyes that it would be one that wouldn’t clash with my skin tone. (Yes, I was quite the beautiful sight…) 😉
Speaking of elephants, are you also a fan of the majestic creatures? I like how they take their time and aren’t ashamed of being so wrinkly. (Or who knows? Maybe they slather themselves with anti-aging creams at night and hope for the best. I wouldn’t put it past them!)
And for the fellow Canadians out there who were children of the 1980s, did you used to watch The Elephant Show with Sharon, Lois, and Bram? I did – it was one of my childhood favourites!
China Glaze Elephant Walk Pictures
China Glaze Elephant Walk Ingredients
China Glaze Elephant Walk Swatches
All swatches have:
√ Cool graphite grey
- Name: China Glaze Elephant Walk
- Collection: China Glaze On Safari Collection 2012
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze On Safari Collection press release
- Colours Available in the China Glaze On Safari Collection: Elephant Walk, Adventure Red-y, Man Hunt, Exotic Encounters, Jungle Queen, Kalahari Kiss, I’m Not Lion, Call of the Wild, Desert Sun, I Herd That, Purr-fect Plum & Prey Tell
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Victoria Nail Supply, 8ty8Beauty, Nailsupplies & Trans Design
China Glaze Elephant Walk Review
My flash photos are more accurate than my dim natural-light photos.
A lot of the time there’s a concrete slab type of grey, but sometimes you’ll see a bit of blue come through that makes it look softer.
According to China Glaze, this is cool-toned.
(I often have trouble picking out the right shade of grey for my skin tone. I have yellow undertones. Can you suggest specific grey nail polishes for me to try?)
When I see this colour, I certainly think of an elephant. What do you think of? Haha, 50 Shades of Grey? (Nope, I haven’t read the book.)
Elephant Walk by China Glaze has a subtle silver-shimmer finish that helps this grey nail polish from looking really flat.
I find that many creme greys are just too simple for my taste and never look right on me. So the shimmer is a nice touch that makes it more interesting to me.
That being said, the second day I wore this colour, I ended up doing nail art on top to make it more my style. Make it work! Right, Tim Gunn? 😉
Application & Formula
Elephant Walk by China Glaze was thick yet a bit runny. However, it was very pigmented, so I only needed 2 coats to achieve complete opacity. That’s good because for grey nail polish, I tend not to be very forgiving.
You see, because I have a soft spot for greens, if a green needs 3 coats, I’m okay with that. But, for a grey, if I have to use 3 coats, I’m very disappointed. Yeah, I play favourites sometimes. Shh! Don’t tell the ‘children’ in my Helmer, or they’ll start fighting! 😉
Final Verdict: 6/10
There’s nothing wrong with Elephant Walk, but it just makes my heart walk…not race. As much as I love elephants and tried really hard to fall in love with it, I just thought it was okay. If you’re a fan of grey nail polish, you’ll probably really like this one.
Oh, and you’ll find out soon what kind of nail art I did with this as the base. I ended up loving the manicure after I tweaked it. 🙂
Are you a fan of grey nail polish? Which greys would you recommend for me?
Do you love elephants? (If not, please leave my blog immediately! Hahahaha…no, no, no! You should stay! Pull up a seat, stay a while, and then you’d better explain yourself to poor Mr. Elephant! He’s crying in the corner, wiping tears away with his trunk! I suggest giving him a peace offering in the form of peanuts, maybe…)
Edit: In case you’ve never heard the Skinamarinky Dinky Dink song from The Elephant Show (*Gasp*), I’ve included a link to it here. Funny how even after all these years, I remember the words, the melody, and all the gestures still!