Friday, August 30, 2013

[Swatches & Review] ~ Sally Hansen Designer Limited Edition

Happy Friday lovelies!

Today I have a little swatchathon for you. For this year's New York Fashion week the nail polish brand Sally Hansen cooperated with three designers Rodarte, Prabal Gurung and Tracy Reese to create their new Designer collection. The result are six stylish colors with various finishes: there are cremes, jellies and a foil polish. I must admit I am not a fashion victim and I haven't heard of these designers before, but I can see these nail polishes going well with lots if different outfits this Fall. Let's have a closer look.

A little disclaimer in the beginning: I did all the swatches without base or top coat. Indeed, the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure polishes are meant to be all in one, so you don't necessarily need a base or top coat. However, especially for the blue colors, I recommend at least a base coat, as they left me with some nasty smurf fingers. All swatches were taken under a daylight lamp.

831 Stocking Nude is a nice neutral nude color. I like that it doesn't lean either too yellow or too pink, so it's a nude that does not clash with my skintone. I did three thin coats for opaque and even coverage.

832 Nightwatch is a deep jelly-ish navy blue. It is not too dark so on the nails it does not look black. This is two coats and as you can see, it covers faily well for a jelly.

833 Loden Green is a khaki green. This is my boyfriend's favorite, because on principle he likes everything military green. I usually like weird colors (think Butter London Wallis or China Glaze Trendsetter), but this one feels weird on me and I can't exactly grasp why. The texture of Loden Green is somewhere between a jelly and a creme. This is two coats.

834 Pretty Poppy is a vibrant orange-toned red and a real jelly polish. This is two coats and you can clearly see my nail line. This one isn't too thin, so you might get it opaque with 3 coats. The formula was a bliss to work with and while it may not be the most unique red ever, I really like this shade.

835 Coat Of Arms surely is the star of this collection! It is a pale gold foil nail polish. You can get away with one coat, but I applied a second to obtain this almost mirror-like finish.

836 New Wave Blue is your usual turquoise creme color, nothing overly exciting here. Nevertheless, the color is lovely and perfect with two coats.

I own a few of Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear and Insta-Dri polishes, but these were my very first Salon Complete Manicure polishes and I was curious to try them. Overall, I can't say anything negative about the formula of those. They were all easy to work with and I like the wide and thick brush they come with. While I do like the colors themselves and their quality, I think these shades are not very unique. For the occasional nail polish wearing woman or if you're just starting out collecting nail polish, these are nice-to-have colors. However, if you're an avid nail polish collector, you might already have similar colors in your stash. The standout shade for me is Coat Of Arms and if you're looking for a nice nude, check out Stocking Nude. The US seems to get three more shades, two metallics and a purple creme/jelly, which probably won't be available in Germany.

The Sally Hansen Designer collection will be available at selected Müller, DM and Rossmann drugstores across Germany in September 2013. A bottle retails for 8,99€.

How do you like this collection? Is there anything you're interested in?

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

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