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Nail Polish Obsession – Carolyn New York Handball Courts

By on June 3, 2008
in Carolyn New York, Gray, Shimmer

For a while now, I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen about how pale grays are the next “it” color, especially come Fall. And while I rarely find shades that I consider worthy of multiple wears (last Fall it was CND Hyde In The Dark, another gray), I’ve found a winner to put on the list.

Carolyn New York Handball Courts

This dove gray shimmer is perfectly crisp, clean and chic. It feels fresh and I can’t stop staring at my nails while wearing it. And like all CNY polishes it has their fab wide brush that makes application a breeze. Two coats = perfection!

So is anyone else embracing light grays this Summer or planning to be an adopter this Fall? I know that CND has an amazing gray headed our way as well. I saw it at New York Fashion Week and am waiting with bated breath to get my hands on it and the rest of their Fall shades.

Handball Courts can be purchased at for $5.50. A note regarding the name: On the CNY site Handball Courts is currently listed as Hanging On The Stoop. If you go to order it, just make sure that you’re selecting the shade described as a “pale gray” NOT “grey”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    what a pretty color. Too bad I won’t be getting it. I have a fear of trying new formuals and brands. I have only recently ventured out from OPI to Essie, then more recently China Glaze. Tell me, is it as good as them?

  2. diann_co says:

    awww,they look like mud on me. I did have this one

  3. m says:

    looks awesome!

  4. Selkie says:

    Ooooh, dove-grey, and not “heavy”-looking at all like some greys. I will go right out & try & find this, or buy it online. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love it! I have OPI Moon over Mumbai, Essie Great Expectaions, and Estee Lauder Crystal Tourmaline, chic, fine to wear at work (and a change from Pink).
    Thanks for all the swatches such a great help when you live in the sticks.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s pretty:)

  7. Anonymous says:

    The CNY product is really great both in quality & brush/bottle. Too bad all the complaints about customer service and order mix-ups:-( Hopefully they will get that part fixed….

  8. ocelot1 says:

    i want this so bad!! but im scared they will mess up my order :/

  9. kirsten says:

    Wow that is so pretty. I’ve had Rescue Beauty Lounge’s “Concrete Jungle” since last fall and I love it, but I really love the light shimmer to CNY “Handball Courts”. I might just have to make myself another dove grey polish purchase.

  10. style-ish says:

    pretty pretty color. I have been looking for the perfect gray. Will try this one out.

  11. *jen says:


    Thanks for the post (and lemming)!

  12. Lena says:

    Hey, I checked out the CNY website, you know I think you got the names mixed up, cause they do have a Handball Courts that is a grey.

    Niweys, I think will try them both–I haven’t ventured yet into greys, and I think it’s about time w/ all the nice offerings…

  13. Rach says:

    I LOVE greys. I get so many compliments whenever I wear my two best beloved greys, China Glaze Recycle and CND Hyde In The Dark, which I’m wearing now. Grey is chic and wearable, yet a little unexpected. It’s polished, yet a little punk. I love it and I can’t wait to get my mitts on this one.

  14. makeup loves me says:

    gorgeous color!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Help! I just purchased “hanging on the stoop” from the Carolyn website. However, it’s not very pale and I don’t see any shimmer? I don’t want to order Handball Courts and get the wrong polish again. Any advice?

  16. CincyFan says:

    Anon #1 – I think the quality is just as good as the brands you mentioned. Honestly, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

    Anon #4 – I’ve been fortunate to not have any C.S. issues but I have read on the MUA boards about others’ problems and it’s a shame. I think it’s during the big sales that the majority of those problems happened.

    Kirsten – I am soooo tempted by Concrete Jungle. Every pic I’ve seen of it is gorgeous. I just wish their shipping price wasn’t as inflated as the polish price.

    Lena – The problem is that the descriptions on the CNY site don’t match with the polish names. It’s very confusing.

    Anon #5 – I’m sorry that happened. It sounds like they sent you the correct color for that name. The problem is with the descriptions on their site. I suggest you call them and say that you ordered Hanging on the Stoop because you thought it was a pale grey (as described on the site) and hopefully they can correct the situation. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at

  17. GodivaEyes says:

    This color is one of my first ventures away from my staple reds. I love the color, but the application looks very uneven on my nails. Even with two coats, I can see my tips through the color, and it is even more transparent on the sides of my nails. The only nail I have that looks even has a pretty thick coat on it, and it took quite a while to dry. Cincyfan, the color looks SO even on your nails. Can you give me some application tips? I don’t usually ever wear a base coat or topcoat with my polishes. Did you use either in your photo? Please let me know. Thank you!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I should try this one – I bought Hangin on the stoop which I love. The formula is fab – dries fast, goes on beautiful and not streaky. I love the darker grey of HOTS but I think I might also have to try handball court.

  19. Laura says:

    Is there a minimum purchase requirement at Carolyn New York? I really want to try Hanging on the Stoop, but every time I try to check out with just one bottle it won't let me. It will let me check out if I add a bottle. Thanks!

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