Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in A Perfect Tin, swatch

Sally Hansen — A Perfect Tin (Complete Salon Manicure) Swatch & Review

Collection: Sally Hansen 2016 Spring, Complete Salon Manicure

Today’s swatch is from Sally Hansen’s 2016 spring collection.

A Perfect Tin (473) is a metallic lavender that doesn’t particularly remind me of tin! It’s loaded with fine, silvery frost.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in A Perfect Tin

I’ve had just a couple of Complete Salon Manicure polishes in the past; I only bought a few more recently because they were on sale for about CA$6, which I thought was a good deal. I recall not particularly liking the CSM brush, and unfortunately, A Perfect Tin reminded me that was indeed the case.

Check out this brush:

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in A Perfect Tin, brush

Just look at how wonky that is!

The polish formula itself is very nice, but I really don’t like this brush. It’s so unevenly shaped and not tapered in any of the right places. Also, it’s incredibly thick and holds too much polish for my liking. This would normally be OK, since it’s usually easy to just wipe off the polish into the neck of the bottle before attempting to use the brush. But, as you can see in the photo below:

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in A Perfect Tin, brush close-up

…that plastic stick holding the brush is enormously wide! Since it’s not round like most polish sticks (I don’t know what to call it!) are, you can’t wipe the excess polish off into the rounded bottle neck. So loads of polish just stays on that stick, and it runs down onto the brush as you’re using it to paint your nails. Horrible. My nails are on the smaller side, so this excess of polish is especially egregious in my case.

I used two coats in my swatch. One coat actually covers well, but I preferred the look of two. If Sally Hansen would only give their polish a decent brush—seriously, I’m not even asking for a great one—this polish would be a winner, even at its higher pricepoint for a drugstore polish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in A Perfect Tin, swatch

One other drawback I found to this polish was that while it appeared to dry reasonably quickly, it remained easy to scratch for quite a while later (like, 20 minutes later!). It’s possible that the frostiness of this particular shade’s finish just masked the little imprints it was already picking up and I didn’t notice. So, I’d highly recommend a quick-dry top coat with this polish in order to mitigate this issue.

The lavender shade is super pretty, though, isn’t it? A Perfect Tin won’t be for everybody, since it’s so frosty, but I kind of dig it. It’s a perfect Easter shade, too. Clearly I’ve swatched this at the wrong time of year!

The brush, though. Ugh.


Sally Hansen Color Therapy contains 0.5 US fl oz / 14.7 mL and retails for around US$7.99 / CA$9.95. The formula is free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Sally Hansen’s website states that Sally Hansen and her husband developed a Hard as Nails nail treatment in the late 1950s. (This begs to differ! How odd. There isn’t even a Wikipedia page on the woman or the brand!) Anyway, Sally Hansen, the company, was purchased by Coty Inc. in 1997 when the cosmetics giant acquired Del Laboratories, which owned brands like Sally Hansen, La Cross, and NYC (New York Color). Coty itself was founded in Paris, France in 1904, and is owned by a German holding company and headquartered in New York, NY, USA.


6 thoughts on “Sally Hansen — A Perfect Tin (Complete Salon Manicure) Swatch & Review

  1. These pale frosty polishes really remind me of the kind of polishes my nan used to wear, for some reason I kind of like the lavender hue, normally I’d be completely turned off my these!
    Do agree though, looks nothing like Tin, it should be way more Chromey to be tin!
    I’ve only got one SH SM polish and it’s a glitter called Copper Penny – I liked the brush for glitter as it was easy to dab it on for quick application, but for normal polish, nope I’d want a different brush!

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    • Ahhh it does make sense for this brush to be good for glitter. Not a big glitter person, so that didn’t occur to me.

      My mom only wears light to medium pinks. LOL. This lavender frost would be very avant garde for her. 🙂

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