Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sally Hansen's New Complete Salon Swatches

Above & Below: Midnight in NY is a black creme base with very subtle multi-colored microfine glitter. The black is one shade away from black in my opinion, and could be considered the deepest shade of charcoal grey. All of these polishes are shown indoors using 2 coats.
Below: Gray on Gray is a blue gray shade that I would say doesn't lean more toward blue or gray, but rather a true blue gray shade.

Below: A bottle picture comparison alongside Barielle's Slate of Affairs. As you can see, Slate of Affairs is much more blue.
Below: Fairy Teal is a true teal, although it does have a slight 'dusty' look to it in real life.

Below: Bottle comparison picture of Fairy Teal with Misa's Dirty Sexy Money. They are in the same color family, but not all that similar.
Below: Look at the inconsistency in the brush cut on Midnight in NY (L) and Gray on Gray (R). The one on the left is tapered (and has some stray hairs!), while the one on the right is much less tapered and straighter along the end. Quality Control was obviously not involved in the production of these!
I wanted to try out some of the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicures I picked up earlier this week (click here for original post), so today I have swatches of Midnight in NY, Gray by Gray, and Fairy Teal to show you. This new line has quite a few shades in it and they retail for about $6.50. I found mine in an end cap display at Walmart. These have the flat stem and tapered brush, much like their Insta-Dri line. I don't dislike the brush/stem structure, but it does take a bit of getting used to. As you'll notice above, the brushes are inconsistent in their cut from bottle to bottle, even though these are all from the same line. My biggest complaint with these, as with the Insta-Dri line, is that it seems to me that the bottle opening should be a little wider. The bottles themselves are also a new shape and are quite heavy and substantial. Otherwise, the polishes all applied nicely in 2 coats, dried quickly, and although they all seemed somewhat thick, the formula caused me no application problems. All in all, I think Sally Hansen's formulas and color range are improving with every new collection.

16 comments:

  1. Those brushes drive me a bit crazy. Maybe they're going to change the brush design and are using up the old ones? Who knows what they're doing! I'm not overwhelmed with these shades. I just wish the price would come down. We can get OPI and China Glaze much cheaper on line.

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  2. I like the colors but I really don't like the shape of those brushes. I think I'll pass on these. Too bad, I really wanted to like them!

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  3. SH has the worst quality control on their brushes, one is a mop and the next is nearly bald. If they could just settle on one brush and be consistant I would be more apt to dive into new collections.

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  4. omg those brushes look terrible!!! i would totally return them just for that reason.. how can you paint your nails with a nasty brush with stray hairs?!!? that's just ridiculous!

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  5. Those brushes do not look fun to use, but the colors look nice!

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  6. I love the grey and teal one. Adorable colors.

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  7. I feel torn with these new Sally Hansen polishes. I agree that the color range is improving. I am not a fan of the brush from the Insta-Dri line moving into the Salon range. I also am against the continuing price increases.

    That said, Gray on Gray is a pretty shade. I would love it as a base for nail art. Fairy Teal is nice as well. I object to the name of that one. Faeries are not dusty! ;)

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  8. I want to take a look at some of these IRL. Thanks for posting!

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  9. I really like the old insta-dri brushes. I can paint my nails in no time with 0 application problems.

    I'm so getting midnight in NY. It reminds of never enough shoes fra $OPI. Great color.

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  10. Mmm, now I'm REALLY on the fence about these Mary! I love the colors just as much as I thought I would - but I have a horrid relationship with that Insta-Dri brush, and it hurts my feelings to hear they're using that one for these polishes too. I'll probably have to try one or two of these anyway - I keep going back for punishment, haha. Isn't that weird about the inconsistency of your brushes?

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  11. I bought the SH Complete Salon Manicure in Plum's the Word...great color, good coverage, HORRIBLE brush!! I will not purchase another polish from this line due to the nasty brush.

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  12. I really like the shape of the brushes! I usually have to do major clean up around the edges of my nails once I'm done painting, but the flat brush made application mych easier and neater fo me. My only complaint is that i wish they could have left the stick the brush is attached to round. It is a bit awkward.

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  13. That is the point of the brushes to be shaped like that. It allows you to cover your whole nail in one swoosh. If you put the right amount on the wand, you will get a nice even polish. =]

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  14. I agree the colors are beautiful on your nails however, the best nail polish brush I found were from OPI, their pro-brush just allows the polish to glide across your nail. Does China Glaze's brush do the same as OPI's.

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  15. I HATE, HATE, HATE THE FLAT BRUSH STEMS, AND ALSO THE INSTA-DRI POLISH IS WAY TOO THICK

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