Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sally Hansen - Batbano Blue & Dupes

Hello everyone!

When I received the new Sally Hansen Designer collection 2014 for review purposes, one color immediately jumped at me. #845 Batbano Blue, designed by Tracy Reese, looked a lot like one of my favorite blue polishes of all time, China Glaze Frostbite. When I went through my stash I found another nail polish that looked similar in the bottle, Essie's Aruba Blue. So here is a little comparison of those three for you.

Swatches Cobalt Blue Nailpolish

Sally Hansen-Batbano Blue-dupes_2
with Underground Nails Quickie topcoat

Sally Hansen-Batbano Blue-dupes_1
two coats of each polish, no topcoat

In the pictures I am wearing Sally Hansen Batbano Blue on my middle and pinkie nails. On the index nail is Essie Aruba Blue and on my ring finger is China Glaze Frostbite. For the Essie and China Glaze polishes I did two coats for full coverage. Batbano Blue is more sheer and required three coats for full opacity. In the second picture you can still see some visible nail line with just two coats of it.
All in all these three shades are very similar. Aruba Blue is the most pigmented of the bunch, but it is also a bit darker. Frostbite is a smidgen more vibrant compared to Batbano Blue, but the difference is hardly visible on the nails.
Formula-wise Aruba Blue is my favorite because it is so pigmented and neither too thin or too thick, just perfect. China Glaze Frostbite is thin and runny, so you have to be careful not to flood your cuticles. The gorgeous vivid cobalt blue color is worth the effort though! Batbano Blue is somewhere in the middle, with its consistency not as thin as China Glaze, but not quite as "thick" as Essie. A little drawback is the lighter pigmentation which required more coats to reach full coverage.

Sally Hansen Batbano Blue is part of the Designer limited edition that is available now. 14.7ml retail for 8,99€ in select German drugstores. Essie Aruba Blue is permanent, available at DM drugstores in Germany and 13.5ml cost 7,95€. I believe China Glaze Frostbite is permanent, too, but is not as easily available over here. E.g. you can order it from this shop where it retails for 6,95€ per 14ml bottle.

All in all, I have a hard time deciding which one I like best, because they are all so pretty. However - unless you're a nail polish collector like me - they are close enough to own just one of them. Which one, that is up for you to decide ;) Let me know which cobalt blue you'd go for!

I hope this little comparison was helpful.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sabine Siggy
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