We’re dishing about nails today…ombre, pearls, special effects –total new-ness. These are from Sally Hansen and they’re totally trendy, but with a big bonus: these new Sally Hansen nail polishes are limited edition for Summer 2025, covet-able, collect-able and inexpensive!
Unless you’ve been sitting in a cave for the past couple of years and haven’t ventured out, you already know that nail art and special effect top coat overlays are the thing to turn even the most reluctant person into somewhat of an instant nail artist. You swipe them on either on bare nails, or better, with a base coat, and presto-change-o, your nails take on a totally new look. Another use for a top coat or special effect polish is that you can instantly fix polish that has dulled or faded or even chipped, by adding some chunky bits & pieces of confetti or glitter over the top. It’s a quick save when you simply don’t have time for another full polish change or manicure.
*If you are using glitter or top coats with a lot of bits and pieces in them, note that you need a nail polish remover that’s at least a few steps stronger than “wimpy.” But acetone-based nail polish can dry out your nails if you use them too much. One way to deal with this is to coat nails with one of the new, nail polish peel off base coats. Sally Hansen has just introcue their Big Peel Off Base Coat ($5.99) that you slide on before you put on other polish and/or top coats. When it’s time for a change, simply peel off the polish in one fluid movement without wrecking your nails. It has antioxidant Vitamin E, and is supposed to dry into a transparent coat.To get this base coat to work just right, you may need a few tries. My initial test with this product didn’t go too well. I glopped on too much at once and it stayed white in spots, in fact, it never dried fully. The second test I used too little and when it came time to try and peel of the polish, it didn’t peel (it did make removal with nail polish easier, but still messy). To get this base coat to work just right, you may need a few tries, but one you get the hang of putting it on smoothly and in the right amount (be sure to let it dry thoroughly before adding other polish or it will have a hard time drying properly), it can save time, and also save you a lot of extra time dealing with messy polish removal. Most of all, it can help keep your nails healthy–and that’s what Sally Hansen has always been all about!
OMG! Glitter Ombre- Gradate your nail looks with sally Hansen’s INSTA-OMBRE™ NAIL COLOR (oh shine on you crazy diamond)!
Everyone loves ombre on hair, but if you wanted an ombre look on your nails, you’d have to go to a nail salon and find someone totally talented to do it. Now you can DIY with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Ombre™ Special Effect and even better for glamour gals out there…these are glitter!
Oh who doesn’t love glitter! It’s fun. It’s glamorous. When you look at the polish in the bottles (there are eight colors) they look almost solid with glitter, but when you coat your nails you’ll find that they’re very sheer. The glitter deposits quite nicely and evenly on nails, so if you just want a glitter nail, just add a coat or two and go for it. For the ombre effect, you apply one coat to clean, dry nails (I suggest using the Big Peel Off Base Coat first). Then add a second coat from mid-nail to tip and finally, a third coat to the nail tip only. This is supposed to give you a vibrant, full ombre effect on your nails. Alas, I didn’t quite get that as I rushed the process. But I can see how patience would be rewarded. The All of these are glitter infused into a clear base, so even the darkest shades like the silver “Grey-diant” and the purple “Layer on Lilac” (on my pinky fourth finger in the photo above) come out clear, with just the color of the glitter to shine through. I love these for either a full glitter nail that shines like mad, or the ombre effect they were created for. Here’s the lineup: Copper Cap: Beige that grows into a warm, copper glow, Cobalt Coat: Blue, from barely-there to intense, Layer On Lilac: A cool-toned take on purple, Scarlet Spark: A true red that fades into a whisper, Gold Grade: Metallic glitter, from quiet to saturated, Fuchsia-Nista: A bright pink with the slightest hint of violet, Jade Fade: An enviable emerald hue, Grey-diant: A stunningly sparkled fade from light to black
Iridescent and pearl formulas for nails are right now, too. So Sally Hansen just created a collection of special effect radiant, iridescent look polishes with pearl crush in them (little rounds of iridescent confetti)–but you won’t get too much to that on your nails in one or two coats). PEARL CRUSH™ features eight new Special Effect polishes that give nails an eye-catching, shimmery finish but they’re very subtle. If you’re looking for opaque polish with a lot of shimmer keep in mind that these are really overlay top coats. Be sure to let the polish you are using dry thoroughly between coats or the polish won’t dry quickly or thoroughly!!
As with anything new like these, you might need to practice and see what works best. I took a photo of my nails with a few of the Pearl Crush Special Effect polishes on them over a white base because I wanted you, the reader of this review, to really see how they look up close and personal (forgive the sloppy nail polish job,,,but I used more coats than I normally would to emphasize the tones, and then had to take a selfie (harder than it looks sometimes). In any case here is the collection lineup as described by Sally Hansen’s press release: SHADES: Oy-ster It Up!: Aw, shucks—this true white with faceted glitter catches the light beautifully, She Sells: Whether on the seashore or the city streets, this pale blush hue is pretty, pink perfection, Lady Crab: No need to pinch yourself—this dreamy hot pink really is as steamy as it gets!, Rainbow Fish: Casting off icy tones, this iridescent blue is quite the catch, Shell & Tell: The secret is out: A lovely lilac like this doesn’t come around every day, Mer-Mint: This splashy, soothing seafoam green is loaded with sea-inspired shimmer, Silver Scallop: Reflect on this modern take on metallics—a shape shifting silver that appears constantly in motion and Clam Digger: This lava-rock black stands out with flecks of phosphorescent-green glitter.