Sally Hansen HD: Spectrum
I was certain I needed to take a buying break after I splurged on the whole Essie Metallics collection. But then Jamie Sanford sent me a heads up that CVS is doing a big clearance sale, including 75% off of Sally Hansen’s HD Hi-Definition Nail Color polishes. That’s a damn good deal. It makes each one something like $1.60 each.
I hit the first CVS right away. No dice, they didn’t even have a display rack. Last night I hit another and they had just three left, two bottles of Spectrum and one bottle of Resolution. I grabbed one of each color and had to try Spectrum right away.
Spectrum is an amazing translucent blue that’s pretty much just a delivery medium for a bajillion glass flecks. It’s crazy-packed with glass flecks. And I’m absolutely in love with a good glass fleck formula. I chose to layer it over one coat of China Glaze’s Liquid Leather, my go-to black creme. The result is absolutely magical.
I decided to hold my Back to the Future DeLorean Hot Wheels car. It’s DeLorean-worthy.
Like most glittery finishes, this polish has the potential to be a top coat-eater. I went a bit heavy handed with Seche Vite, but if you prefer thin coats of quick dry top coat I’d probably recommend a layer of Gelous in between.
It was a bit of a mess to apply, the thin formula tended to want to go everywhere. Couple that with being a naturally messy (let’s say “free-spirited”) nail polish applier, and I ended up with quite a clean up job to tackle at the end. It wasn’t terribly hard to clean up, but the flooded cuticles are especially apparent.
There’s also a very slight duo- or multichrome effect that’s nearly impossible to capture on camera. At very acute angles a deep violet tone emerges, and at opposite angles you might see just a hint of aqua.
If you think it looks a bit like a foil, maybe a bit like Orly’s Sweet Peacock, you’re not alone. I knew it seemed sparklier than Sweet Peacock, but my memory was telling me that Sweet Peacock was a very similar blue and similarly textured. So I found my swatch and did a quick comparison. Not even close. Of course, I should note that Sweet Peacock is opaque and shines without a black base coat. It’s a true foil, and the best blue foil I own.
So there you have it. GET THEE TO A CVS before they’re all gone. I might go out and hit a third store tonight to see if I can find any more.
Posted on July 12, 2012, in Misc and tagged back to the future, china glaze, DeLorean, foil, glass fleck, glassfleck, hd, hi-definition nail color, hot wheels, Liquid Leather, manicure, nail polish, nailpolish, Orly, Sally Hansen, Seche Vite, spectrum, sweet peacock. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.