Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Review

I was recently selected to received a new VoxBox from Influenster containing three Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes. The colors included were 470 Red My Lips (a true red), 510 Pat on the Black (a vampy, dried-blood brownish plum), and 540 Jaded (a minty green).

(UPDATE: Apparently somehow I deleted the album with the pictures for this review. I only found a couple to add back in. Sorry.)

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (abbreviated to CSM for the rest of the post) claims the following:

"Have it all! 7 benefits. 1 bottle.
  • Base Coat
  • Strengthener
  • Growth Treatment
  • Color
  • Top Coat
  • Chip Resistant
  • Gel Shine Finish 
CSM. The total package."

One thing I have to mention above everything else is the brush. The. Brush. I love when polishes have a flat brush for application. It makes things so much easier by being quicker and having less chance of streaks.

My first test was to pair two somewhat similar colors together, one being a CSM and the other a competitor's brand. I chose Essie since they claim that with an independent study of 375 women who wore Sally Hansen CSM and eitehr Revlon Classic or Essie, more women chose Sally Hansen for: Color Coverage, Speed of Application, Streak Free Application, The Brush, and Saving Time.

I picked SH's Jaded with Essie's Naughty Nautical. Sally Hansen CSM claims you do not need a base or topcoat so I chose to really see how well it wore by also using Butter London's Nail Foundation and Hardwear (base and topcoat) with the Essie polish.

What I first noticed is that with Jaded, the polish was very thin and did not cover well. It took a total of four layers for it to reach full opacity. On the Essie hand, it took the normal one layer of basecoat, two layers of color, and one layer of topcoat for the hand to be completed so when it comes to that, both hands took the same amount of time.

As far as wear time goes, they both lasted the same amount (about one week) before I noticed chipping. Note that I am pretty hard on my hands. I tend to accidentally smack them against walls and doorframes, I work out at the gym everyday which includes free weights, and I am very sensitive to dirt and grittiness on my hands so I wash them often. So a week or so is about what I can usually expect from most polishes, even high end ones.


After they started to chip, I removed both hands and decided to apply SH's Pat on the Black. I really like the color of this and I noticed that this color applied in two coats I haven't been able to see if it stains my nails after removal and I cannot attest to the "strengthening" aspect of the polish but I am happier with this shade overall.

All in all, I believe I would buy this range of polishes if they have the colors I am looking for. The coverage is good (but varies by color), the wear is good, it saves me the trouble of base and top coat, and they dry to a lovely shine.

›› I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. If you would like an invite to Influenster and get chances to receive free products for review, please let me know!


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