Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Old School Week: Sally Hansen Magical Nail Makeup

This week I'll be highlighting some of my older polishes, and first up is Sally Hansen's Magical Nail Makeup polishes. I only have two of these and I believe this line was my first foray into the much-loved holo polishes made more popular of late by the OPI Designer Series and some of the NFU-Oh polishes. The quality of the formula on these is not nearly as nice as the OPI and Nfu brands, but for "back in the day", these were as good as it got. The formula itself isn't too bad, but I always need to be aware that these require a much lighter touch or less pressure on the brush, or you'll end up with dark grey streaks. I used three coats on these and photographed them in various lighting.

Above & Below: Fairy Dust Pink is my favorite of the two I have. It's a light violet pink shade mixed with enough silver that contrasts nicely together, giving a strong holographic pattern.




Below: Copper Cauldron is more of dirty peach shade in darker lighting and a somewhat pink/lavender shade in brighter lighting. I never seem to see much copper in this shade when I wear it and the holo isn't as strong as I'd like it to be.





Sally Hansen has been quite innovative over the years, and this line was ahead of any others that I can recall when it comes to a line of true holographic polishes. I don't recall when these came out--I want to say 2002 or so, but that's purely a guess. They are now discontinued, but a quick Google search shows they are still fairly easy to find and the pricing starts at about $5 to $6 a bottle.

I find they get less streaks in them if you shake them up quite a bit during the application, but they don't give me the even coverage that OPI and Nfu do with fewer coats. I love the holographic color bands on the bottles and I think Sally should figure out a way to incorporate that look into a nail polish.

Do you have any polishes from this line? How do you think they compare to OPI Designer Series and Nfu holographic polishes?

25 comments:

  1. holy wow, those are gorgeous! I'm gonna have to look for these next time I'm searching evilbay for polish!

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  2. OMG!!!!! I looove these! How I wish I could have them... :D Great swatches. I think they are very very close to Nfu-OHs! <3

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  3. I have Fairy Dust and it is gorgeous!

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  4. I think I have all of these and I got them by accident about 8 years ago. I got 2 bags of old Sally Hansen nail polishes for $3 a bag in a discount store, and they were filled with these and all the duochrome ones. Thus began the hoarding :)

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  5. Very cool! I love seeing people's old polishes.

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  6. How I wish I owned at least one of these awesome oldies.

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  7. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, i love holografics, here in Brasil we have Sancion Angel holografics, is the first in Brasil , come to my blog to see.
    loucasporkonad.blogspot.com

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  8. When these came out I had the silver one, and later threw it out...I am so sick I did that! >:P

    This one is so pretty!

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  9. woooow jaw drops.. might try to find that peachy one.. copper cauldron... so nice

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  10. I have several of these: Fairy Dust, Crystal Ball (the silver one), Copper Cauldron, Magical Magenta, Mystical Mandarin, and I had Blue Aura and the purple one (forget the name) for a while (gave them to my friends' kids one year when they were visiting - the kids were thrilled!!)

    These polishes aren't as durable as the China Glaze OMG holograms, nor as finely-textured as the OPI Designer series. That said...they are absolutely gorgeous!! My biggest problem was finding a top coat that protected the polish from dings and scratches, but didn't mute the holographic effect.

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  11. I love shiny things! You'd think that with bottles like these they would've caught my eyes. And I agree, having a polish that looks like the label would be FAB!

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  12. Man, I don't even remember seeing these. I must have been whacked or something. I love, LOVE those over-the-top sparkles!!!!

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  13. Those are gorgeous!! I love Fairy Dust! :D

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  14. ooh! they look so pretty! I wanna find them now! :)

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  15. I have Blue Aura and I love it sooo so much even though it is my most chiptastic polish. Still, so pretty and great holo effect in the blue.

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  16. so gorgeous, i love sally hansen nail polishes

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  17. I had no idea these existed. They were very innovative. I love China Glaze & OPI's holo. I don't own any of the Nfu-Oh's. These are beautiful to look at.

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  18. I'm trying so hard to think where I was in 2002 or so and I can't remember really but one thing I know for sure, I wasn't into nail polishes then. Too bad cause I would've picked these babies up!

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  19. it's magical like unicorns!

    - Angie
    pandaphilia.com

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  20. Thank you for showing these! Now I want them all even more than I did before. I have 3 currently (Copper Cauldron, Blue Aura, and Mystical Mandarin). I bought them on eBay for about $4 each, so it was definitely worth it.

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  21. I didn't know these, but they are very nice!

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