It's no secret I'm very lazy when it comes to my nails. I would love to do pretty designs or an elegant french manicure, but I'm clumsy and have no patience. When Sally Hansen came out with the "UV Free" Gel Manicure I was very curious. I've never had a professional gel manicure before, so I would be a bad judge of comparison, but I was only interested in one thing: Longevity.
Unfortunately, Sally Hansen's Nail Varnish was so popular that the top coat was sold out at my local Target. I was only interested in the light pink color, Creme de la Creme, but the only way I could get the top coat was to buy it bundled with something else. That something else was "Street Flair" and I hate it, but I'll get to that later.
|Disregard my shedding|
I actually ruined my brushes by taking these photos, so don't leave the brushes out of the varnish too long/leave them in direct sunlight. Seems like common sense though, right?
Usually with such a light color, like Orly's Powder Puff Polish, it takes three coats to four coats to reach full opacity. With Creme de la Creme, I only needed two! I was really pleasantly surprised. Although my nails were passably opaque, next time I think I'll apply a third coat for safety.
|My cuticles. Poop.|
|Left Hand After Two Weeks|
|Right Hand After Two Weeks|
You can see a close up of the "damage" here.
Disclaimer: My Toes Are Gross.This is my swatch for "Street Flair." Ignore the grossness of my feet, I don't take care of them very well. The reason why I don't like "Street Flair" is that it's very boring and very unflattering shade to my skin tone. The application is great though! Although they say you should do at least two shades, I feel like you can reach full opacity with one. This is probably due to the nature of darker nail polishes.
It's a very dusty mauve-y, lilac-y, purple. Unlike Creme de la Creme, it dries very slightly darker than the shade in the bottle, as stated before, I just don't like the color.
|After a week of wear|
The nail polishes and topcoat retail for around $9.99 and the bundled topcoat and nail polish set retails for $14.00.
As of 9/11/2014 Ulta is having a sale on these nail polishes and are selling them for $7.49! Check out these links for purchase: