|Sally Hansen’s latest and greatest nail products and colors for Spring/Summer 2011 (photo by Alison Blackman)|
Anyone who reads my columns regularly knows that I am a big
fan of Sally Hansen products. Not only did I grow up using Sally Hansen’s signature product: “Hard As Nails” but
in the past few years I’ve learned that Sally Hansen has been the innovator
of a lot of interesting products, for nails, and not just for nails. They have excellent bodycare and beauty tools, too. At a recent event, I got a chance to look at a lot of new and nifty Sally Hansen products. So many, in fact, that I am breaking this review into three parts. The first, is about what Sally Hansen does so well: nail color.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (Srp. $9.99). The peel-and stick strips of real nail polish
dress your nails with nail art designs, or solid colors, or even glitter – and it
takes just minutes to do all 10 nails.
The DIY kit even comes with a dual-ended emery board and a wooden
cuticle stick. It might seem difficult to do both hands but even a clutz can do
it (for the step by step directions, read my previous review of these Sally Hansen SalonEffects Real Nail Polish Strips): I love the fun factor, and they’re great for
travel. A slick of a good top coat
(Sally Hansen has several, will keep your nails looking fresh and new, up to a
week ! There are 8 new neons, high 5
shine glitters and shimmers, and a whopping, 11 high fashion patterns, aplenty.! TIP:
Just as you would with any nail polish you’ve applied, add a top coat of
clear, high shine polish (Sally Hansen has several good ones) to seal the
polish and protect it for longer wear.
If you love nail art, consider this: you can now create yourown, no-two-are-ever-the-same, nail designs, every single time you use polish! Yes, it’s true! Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat comes in
shimmery gold and silver, iridescent purple, hot pink, black and red. Paint it
on over a solid nail polish color and the overcoat goes on smooth and opaque, but
within seconds it breaks apart on it’s own with a “crackle” effect that looks
striking and different on each nail. If you want to see what it looks like, you can get an idea from the “crackle” design on the nail polish cap in my photo.
check out this photo of the nail I painted at the event:The
color combinations are nearly endless, and the effect will be different every
time you paint on the overcoat. Play
around! It’s not just fun, it looks like
you spent an entire day at the nail salon, to get these designs painted
on. Only you will know it took
literally, seconds! I honestly don’t have a favorite, they are all great, and can truly change the look of your nails. Try a light/dark combo such as the black, Ink Splatter on white or light pink nails, or try white Snow Blast on black or navy nails. Wear metallics with nudes, or hot pink on everything….you can’t make a mistake, and they’re totally addictive. It is just
that much fun to paint one on, and see what develops. New new shades
available in June at $5.95 each include:
Snow Blast, Vintage Violet, Fractured Foil, Fuchsia Shock, Distressed
Denim, Antiqued Gold, Cherry Smash, and Ink Splatter. TIP:
the overcoats are matte, seal them with a clear, shiny top coat for
longer wear and a great sheen.
products and aren’t into nail designs, will love the exceptional, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure $4.75
. It has all the steps of a manicure in one
bottle: base coat, strengthener,
growth treatment, color, and top coat.
All you have to do is pick one of dozens of chic, runway ready colors
and you’re out the door with one coat, or maybe two. Even the shine is self-renewing! Sally Hansen nail polish products also nourish
your nails, with a patented “Vita-Care Technology” and they’re Toluene, DBP, and Formaldehyde
free. I’m loving the creamy, not-too-bold, “Coral Fever” and the bold but beautiful teal-y blue “Model Behavior,” but “Strike a Pose” is an iridescent perle that is perfect for weddings or anytime you need demure (but not dull), nails. The top level of the photo at the top of this post shows the colors designer Tracey Reese designed for Sally Hansen and used in her runway show.
If you want to get out the door super fast, try a nail beauty that gives you literally, a 60-second
manicure, courtesy of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish. The colors are trendy, including metallics
and surprising blues and yellows. I love
the large brush that lets you swipe on the smooth, opaque color in literally
one pass over your nails, and I love the way it lasts for days, too. The
exclusive “Flexiglass” complex gives you shine and strength. Apply it
in seconds, get gorgeous color and it lasts longer than many salon manicures?
It’s true! For Summer, 2011, there are eight new, shimmery shades that will available
August 2011 for $4.95 each: Presto
Pewter (shimmery silver); Brown Ablaze, Cocoa A Go Go, Quick Brick, Ruby Rush,
Grapescape, Teal-y Fast, and Emerald Express.
For those who have nails like mine, that break the moment
you look at them, seemingly without doing anything to then, Hard As Nails still
is the beloved favorite. And there is
also a polish that protects nails with color as they grow longer and
stronger: Sally Hansen Nail Growth
Miracle. Available in August 2011 for
$5.99 each, these polishes have Sally Hansen’s own nailgrowth miracle salon
strength treatment that contains advanced peptide technology, along with
keratin, biotin, and Vitamins A, C and E. Nails are purported to grow 30%
longer in just five days, Sally Hansen says they guarantee it. While I can’t say mine grew longer that
fast, they did seem to break and peel less and of course, they look beautiful,
thanks to eight shades: Lush Lavender
(my favorite for it’s soft, subtle, ladylike look), Polished Pearl, Dreamy
Olive, Perfect Peach, Desert Clay, Radiant Red, Plum Parfait and Chocolate
Denim. I can’t say I really have a favorite, but “Desert Clay” might be the perfect mauve/pink that flatters everyone.
Sally Hansen’s Extreme Wear Color Collection that debuts July 2011
provides a really long lasting color plus shine polish that benefits nails with
Sally Hansen’s hard as nail formula. Ten
colors from, greens, purples and blues, to browns, nudes and pinks, and a
number with shimmery and big glittery bits, include: Teeny Greeny Bikini; Pumpkin Spice; Teal-y
Cool; Deep Blue Sea’ Pink-y Ring, Time to Shine; Twinkle; Very Cherry’ Set the
Stage, and Midnight Sky. Be patriotic this Summer by alternating nails in shimmery DeepBlue Sea, Very Cherry, and a shimmery white! I also love “Teal-Y Cool” for it’s watercolor sheer teal blue infused with big pieces of holographic blue/green glitter. It reminds me of what a mermaid would pick to dress up her hands and….tail?
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to what’s new from Sally Hansen. Check out reviews of bodycare and beauty tools, in the next few days.
|A grouping of Sally Hansen’s new packaging and products, photo by Alison Blackman|
….here’s a sneak peek
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