Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Milani Bare To Wear

I love a neutral gray polish. The right shades make my hands look elegant and professional and it's sort of like finding the perfect pair of shoes — I can look at them and feel pulled together without having a full-length mirror letting me know otherwise. While checking out some of the other polishes in this range online, Milani Bare To Wear kept showing up and it frustrated me that my CVS never had it! Turns out that it was from their Bare It All collection from a few years ago and it didn't make the cut to their core line (Why, Milani? Why???) Fortunately, it is still easily found online so I ordered it from Amazon and it arrived quickly. Yay!
Bare To Wear — such almondy perfection!
The formula was kind of thin, but it had a jelly quality to it so I wasn't surprised to need three coats, although it was perfectly fine at two with only slight visible nail line. Siiiiiiigh. I couldn't stop looking at my nails! They looked so elegant that I felt like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly combined!

Since I love neutral grays so much, it's no surprise that I already have several, right? Are any of them dupes? Let's see...

First I tried it with my favorite medium neutral gray, OPI Berlin There, Done That; Revlon Smoky Canvas; and Revlon Elegant. I think each of these also became my absolute favorite the first time I tried them. (I'm really fickle, aren't I?) As you can see, Berlin There, Done That is much darker, although similar in tone, while the two Revlons are much yellower. No dupes there!
Comparison #1
Next I compared it with Essie Miss Fancy Pants, Essence Café Olé, and Priti Silver Torch. Closer, but again no dupes. Café Olé is much lighter and yellower and Silver Torch is grayer with a shimmer. However, Miss Fancy Pants was very similar!
Comparison #2
 Let's look closer...
Close, but no cigar.
In person they looked a lot closer than in the photo but I think that may have something to do with how the camera captures the different formulas; Miss Fancy Pants is a straight-out creme while Bare To Wear is more of a jelly/crelly. For me, that gives it the edge in appearance because jellies have so much more gloss and depth than cremes do, although it was also two coats for the creme versus three for the jelly, so if time is a factor there's that to consider (but how much time does an extra coat matter when faced with perfection?)

Milani! Add this to your core line, please! I can't be the only one who loves this shade!


  1. Very pretty polish! Very professional and elegant :)

    1. Agreed! I almost want to build a wardrobe around it.

  2. What a gorgeous greige! This should totally be a core polish. Love it!

    1. Fingers crossed that they decide to add it!

  3. Love this! Thank you for the comparison!