Thursday, January 16, 2014

Influenster VoxBox Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Total Knockout Challenge: Part 3 (Sally Hansen #CSMTKO)

Three days into wearing Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pat on the Black, I thought I would check in on how the polish is wearing.

On the first day, I noticed minimal tip wear and minor dulling to my top coat (I used Essie Good to Go to decrease drying time). This is typical of what I expect of nail polishes, if not better than expected. I work in retail and use my hands often, and I honestly expected to see my nails quickly destroyed.

After three days, I haven't noticed much change to my nails. There is still minimal tip wear (of course) but no noticeable chipping. This is atypical, as polishes have usually chipped by the third day for me! Consider me impressed!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pat on the Black after 3 days of wear

Honestly,  I think my only real complaints about this polish would be that I did not like the large brush size, although I think you can work with it, and I did not personally like the colors I was sent. I don't traditionally see an appealing color selection of Sally Hansen nail color products in stores I frequent, but I do see colors on the website that interest me.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Influenster VoxBox Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Total Knockout Challenge: Part 2

What I Did
On my left foot, I painted Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Red My Lips. On my right foot, I used a similar shade from a competing brand, Essie Size Matters. To both hands, I applied Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pat on the Black.

Contradictory to benefits promised of Sally Hansen, I did face slight problems in color coverage and streaking.  Particularly with the darkest shade, Pat on the Black, I noticed that the first layer went on somewhat sheerly. This was easily solved with a second coat but left a bit of a mess around the edges, where my brush strokes did not line up exactly.

Brush Size
Although many women apparently preferred Sally Hansen's larger than average brush, I did not. I painted one foot with an Essie polish (known for tiny brushes) and one with Sally Hansen Red My Lips. The toes I painted with the Essie polish (in a similar shade) went on noticeably neater, quicker, and left a nice pedicure. On both my toes and finger nails, I struggled more than usual with the Sally Hansen brush. I took more time trying to "paint between the lines" and required more cleanup than usual.

Once a second layer was added, I did notice an adequate shine to the polish that I haven't necessarily seen with all other brands. I would be content wearing this polish with a top coat, if I weren't so impatient about drying time. (Because of this, I went ahead and added Essie Good to Go top coat.) However, I would not equate the finish to that of a gel manicure.

  • Glossy finish
  • Consistency -- neither too thin nor too thick
  • Some streaking/lack of coverage on first layer
  • Brush size too large and clumsy to work with
For now, here's my manicure! (Please excuse my need for a cleanup.)

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pat on the Black

I'm sure I'll have more to say in a few days' time.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Influenster VoxBox Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Total Knockout Challenge: Part 1

For those of you unfamiliar with Influenster, it is a chance for bloggers and other social media users to test out new and repositioned products and spread the word about their experiences. The site describes itself as "the go-to destination for trendsetters who want to be rewarded for their influence." To qualify, a user must create an account, fill in basic personal information, and perform a few activities to draw credibility to their social influence and relevance to the product, including things like reviewing similar products on the site or filling out prequalification surveys.

Enough of the boring stuff. I've participated in Influenster challenges before, but this time I was asked to test out Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish. I was sent three shades: Jaded, a not-quite-pastel/not-quite-midtone jade; Pat on the Black, a deep eggplant; and Red My Lips, a true red.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jaded, Pat on the Black, and Red My Lips

A note card included with the polish claims, based on an independent study, women prefer Sally Hansen to Revlon Classic or Essie nail polishes. Benefits of Sally Hansen are said to be color coverage, speed of application, streak free application, brush, and time saved. The brand promises '7 benefits in one bottle:' base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip resistance, and gel shine finish.

This week, I'll be testing one (or more) of these polishes, along with polishes of competing brands. Reviews will follow.