Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue layered over Tropic Thunder, swatch

Sally Hansen — Black and Blue (Complete Salon Manicure) Swatch & Review

Brand: Sally Hansen

Don’t be fooled by the swatch above! Today’s shade is Black and Blue (580) from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line, and it’s actually a very sheer topper. The photo above shows one coat of Black and Blue over two coats of Tropic Thunder, a vampy blue cream from the same product line.

Here’s the bottle of Black and Blue. It’s a very sheer, light teal blue shimmer with purple iridescence. Gorgeous, right?

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue.

It’s also sheer as heck, which makes it a fine topper, but don’t buy it thinking it’s going to look just like it does in the bottle. Here it is, alone, with two coats:

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue, swatch
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue, swatch.

 

I haven’t tried piling on the coats to see if it gets any more opaque, but really—who wants to apply five coats of polish, anyway?

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue, swatch
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue, swatch.

 

And again with one coat layered over Tropic Thunder:

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue layered over Tropic Thunder, swatch
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black and Blue layered over Tropic Thunder, swatch.

It’s a shame that the purple iridescence barely shows up on the nail, layered or no. You can kind of vaguely glimpse it along the edges of the nail that are angled away from your view, or if you’re in just the right light.

It does make for a pretty, deep blue shimmer when layered (perhaps I should try it over a purple polish, as well), but it’s a little too much hassle for a duochrome that appears mostly monochrome.

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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.

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5 thoughts on “Sally Hansen — Black and Blue (Complete Salon Manicure) Swatch & Review

  1. Oh man! I have eyed this polish more than once and had no CLUE that it was so sheer, omg. I’ll have to remember this post any thing I get tempted by how it looks in the bottle. Because it is mesmerizing in the bottle. What trickery, Sally Hansen!

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  2. I have this polish and I agree – it’s quite sheer but if I’m remembering correctly the 3rd coat made it quite a bit more opaque. The bottle is totally deceiving though – where the heck did the purple shift go?

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  3. This looks so pretty layered! I have so much disgust for duochrome shades that end up being monochrome. It seems particularly common with these blue/purple combos.

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