Above & Below: Wined Up and mattified with Essie Matte About You. I like the Essie, but I prefer Nubar's V for Men, simply because I had a bit of smearing around the cuticles with Essie and I didn't have that problem with Nubar. The actual level of matte is very close, although I will admit, Essie's may be a percent or two more matte than Nubar's.
Above & Below: Jumpin' Jade alone and with a matte finish.
Above: Pronto Purple.
Above and Below: These were my first Konad attempts some months ago. Flashy Fuchsia and Mochachino.
Below: Brush detail compared to a regular OPI brush. The stem and brush are about 3x that of a standard one.
One Stroke! One Coat! Done! That's the tag line that Sally Hansen uses for this collection of polishes and I'd have to agree with it...for the most part. The unique character of this polish is the brush. It's extremely wide with a bit of tapering around the edges and the stem is a wide, flat rectangle rather than the standard round stem. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the application is almost flawless. The only problem I really have, is that the opening to the bottle is a bit small and the stem is so wide, that I've almost tipped the bottle over scraping the stem and brush against the neck edge to get the polish amount right on the brush. Because the stem is so wide, it holds onto a lot of polish that will drip onto the brush and give you too much product, so I always scrape a bit of the stem also. You actually can get away with one coat, but out of habit I tend to use two. One stroke? That's questionable, because if you press the brush down, it widens out enough to almost coat the entire nail, but you really do need to add a stroke up each side for complete coverage. My overall thought on this polish is that it's very good. It dries extremely fast, wears well, comes in a wide array of colors and the brush, once you've gotten used to it, works very well. I normally pick these up at local chain drugstores, but I think the average price of $5.99 is a bit high for this brand. Price shopping and watching for a sale make them more affordable and make me feel less guilty spending that much for a drugstore brand.
I was recently introduced to a fairly new website called Pebble.com which makes finding a product and price shopping a whole lot easier. You simply type in what you're looking for and it brings up a list of stores that carry that product along with the price. For example, typing Sally Hansen Insta Dri Polish will bring you these results. It was nice to see actual bottle pictures of each color right away, rather than just a store name or a color swatch. I typed in my tanning lotion the other day and was able to find it for less than half what I've been paying and it's scheduled for delivery today. The other feature that this website offers is "Ask Questions/Get Answers." It allows the user to ask a question about a product and receive an answer from their expert panel. You can use this site to search for any consumer product, and it's a great source for comparative shopping. I've also come across some etailers that I was unaware of when searching for various beauty products, so I appreciate being able to not only find everything in one place, but to be able to compare prices at a glance and discover new places to shop along the way. Check them out the next time you're searching for something and it will help you find the best deal available online. If you find a shade you like while searching, here's a coupon you can use from Walgreen's today or tomorrow for $5.00 off a $25.00 purchase, either online or in the store.