Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect: Sorbet and Dune

As my friends and lovely readers know, I am a Sally Hansen girl.  I just adore polishes from this brand and have a weakness for the magnificent design collaborations that have been produced the past few years.  Whenever a new Sally Hansen display comes out at my local Wags or CVS, I must literally pace a hole in the floor in attempts to avoid buying the entire display.  

However, I never even thought of trying out the recently launched Smooth & Perfect line, which is supposed to, and I quote, hide ridges and imperfections with a breathable porcelain-smooth finish.  Enhanced with ginseng, camelia oil, and lotus to promote stronger, healthier nails.

When I was offered the chance to try these out, I was excited; I don't typically have ridge problems with my nails, but I liked the concept of porcelain-smooth finishes that would strengthen my nails.  Unfortunately, my experience with these was mixed.

These are my swatches of Sorbet and Dune, both applied with three coats.

Smooth & Perfect Sorbet

Smooth & Perfect Dune
As a polish, these did not apply well at all.  While they have the pro-wide brush I love in the Complete Salon Manicure line, because the Smooth & Perfect formula is so runny, the wide paddle exacerbates the pooling at my cuticles.  Because these jellies are not strongly pigmented, I applied three coats for opacity which dried unappealingly thick on my nails.  

On the other hand, I was really shocked at how much I loved the colors of these polishes.  As I typically gravitate towards heavily pigmented polishes, I did not expect to enjoy wearing such light colors.  Surprisingly, I really appreciated the light and airy quality these polishes possess and found myself really enjoying the delicate peach of Sorbet.  The creamy ivory of Dune has a slight shimmer that I also thought was quite pretty.  However, both of these polishes brought out a greyness in my skin tone that I wasn't a fan of.

I'm thinking that maybe cooler toned colors from this collection might be better suited to my skin tone; you'll be the first to know if they do!

Have you ladies ever tried polishes from this Sally Hansen line?  What did you think?


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16 comments :

  1. Those both look so beautiful, and I love the names!! :D  I haven't tried any of this line yet.

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  2. I prefer Dune on you.  I only have Whisper from this line, but haven't tried it yet.  I love the soft colors they have.

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  3. I personally don't love nudes, but I do know that they speak to a lot of girls :)

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  4. Sorbet did really look like dessert, it was pretty cool :)

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  5. The colors were soft, but the formula was what I wasn't a fan of, sadly.

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  6. what a lovely color! im trying to find that perfect nude shade for my nails and not having much luck.  this looks perfect!

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  7. Let me know what you think if you get this!  

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  8. I haven't tried these, and I am not sure I will.  I like my darker colors and I want my polishes very pigmented.  I think the peach one is a pretty color though!

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  9. I'm with you about pigmentation, but I'd be willing to try the blue or lavender ones, since I prefer cooler toned pastels.

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  10. Sorbet looks awesome on you! If I ran across a killer deal, I'd give this line a shot ... but I effing HATE those paddle brushes. Grr.

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  11. Lovely nude! Sorry about the application though :(

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  12. See that's the weird thing, while I love the paddle brush (I think it was literally tailored to the width of my nail), the formula just didn't work well with it. Created such a mess.

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  13. Eh, it's all good. Got to try out a new line and share it with you guys which is always exciting!

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  14. Too bad about the formula. But the colors are pretty lovely.

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  15. Thanks. I feel like it just needs a tad bit of white creme in each to thicken it up a bit. But I like my polishes super opaque so that might just be ruining the integrity of the polish.

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