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:

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Powder Room, swatch

Sally Hansen — Powder Room (Color Therapy) Swatch & Review

Collection: Sally Hansen 2016 Summer, Color Therapy [Launch]

I know this isn’t very Halloween-y at all, but I decided that my nail polish backlog is too great, especially since I also just picked up a number of Sally Hansen, L’Oréal, and Trust Fund Beauty polishes.

I haven’t reviewed many Sally Hansen polishes in a very long time (my last one was a Throwback Thursday review of Mandarin Mantra), but I recently became more interested in the brand after their recent summer launch of Color Therapy, a nail color infused with argan oil. The bottles look like the existing Complete Salon Manicure line, except with rose gold caps. Yup. I’m sold. (Ridiculous of me, I am aware!)

Shoppers Drug Mart ran a sale a couple of weeks ago, so I picked up Powder Room (200), Slicks and Stones (390), and Therapewter (130). I must mention that one reason I tend not to buy Sally Hansen polishes is that their top-shelf lines like Complete Salon Manicure and MiracleGel are actually priced higher than, say Essie. And I will almost always pick an Essie (one of my favorite brands of polish) over a Sally Hansen. The Color Therapy polishes tend to retail for about CA$12, and I got them on sale for $9.99. By comparison, I can often get Essies on sale for around $7–8.

So, my hope for these new Color Therapy polishes is that they make a case for being chosen over a less expensive Essie. Their marketing gimmick of containing argan oil doesn’t move me—polish needs to harden up, and I doubt there can be any benefit to the presence of said oil, let alone provide “instant moisture”.

Introducing new Color Therapy™, gorgeous color that cares while you wear! The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.

Powder Room (200) is a soft beige-pink opaque frost that has a touch of taupe. The finish gives it a satin ribbon look.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Powder Room

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Color Club Professional Lacquer in Safari Sunset, swatch

Color Club — Safari Sunset (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Color Club 2014 Spring, Safari Garden

A while back, I scored a pack of six Color Club polishes, plus a clear top coat, marked down to CA$5 at Winners.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer, Safari Garden collection

The Color Club packs sold at Winners are typically unlabeled, but the colors all looked like the ones in Color Club’s Spring 2014 Safari Garden collection. I’ll have to label the bottles myself.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Safari Sunset

Safari Sunset (1023) is a rather unique shade of orange: it’s a peachy amber with honey-gold frost. The African-inspired collection reminds me of those honeypot ants (no pic ’cause it’s a bit icky if you’re not into this stuff).

Honey, honeycomb
Honey, honeycomb. Image: (Yes, this image came from a site about yeast infections!)

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Señorita Rose-alita, swatch

Throwback Thursday! OPI — Señorita Rose-alita (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2002 Spring/Summer, South American

Happy Cinco de Mayo! (I clearly have very little imagination, as last year’s Cinco de Mayo polish was China Glaze Señorita Bonita!)

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in OPI’s 12-shade South American 2002 spring/summer collection. This collection contained some real gems: Chile o Caliente? (surely a “¿” should have started that name!), Dulce de Leche, Ecuadorable Coral, La Paz-itively Hot, Peru-B-Ruby, The Thrill of Brazil, and Up the Amazon Without a Paddle).

OPI Nail Lacquer in Señorita Rose-alita

Señorita Rose-alita (NL A11) is, hands-down, one of my faves, though! And, I’m not even usually a big fan of pink! OPI describes it as a “rosy plum with a touch of golden charm.” It’s always read a little more pink to me than plum, though. I’d call it a soft, slightly plummy-mauve rose with loads of pink and gold shimmer. It does lean a little to the frosty side.

Traditional Peruvian courtship dance; woman in a pink dress
Traditional Peruvian courtship dance; woman in a pink dress. (I know Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration, but Señorita Rose-alita was from a South American collection!)

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Avon Nailwear Nail Enamel in Spring Fling, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Avon — Spring Fling (Nailwear Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Avon

I’ve done an Avon Nailwear for Throwback Thursday before, so I’ll just repeat a little bit of info from that post:

I’m afraid I don’t know what year this polish was released, but it is from an older Nailwear line, perhaps a second incarnation as I remember an even older Nailwear bottle that was square. Reviews for Nailwear at Makeup Alley start from 2001, but I don’t know which version that was. At some point Nailwear got upgraded to Nailwear Pro, and then in 2012 it was reformulated and renamed to Nailwear Pro+. So at the very latest, this polish is from a year or two before 2012, and probably even earlier than that.

I know for sure I purchased this particular polish at least over seven years ago, because I haven’t placed an order with Avon in ages. Their website no longer lets you order directly without having to go through an Avon rep, and I don’t know, it just seems like such a hassle.

Spring Fling (C)(F 348)—the C means cool-toned, I believe—is a little dated: it’s a blue-toned pink frost! The finish is actually surprisingly nice for a frost, almost satin-y, and I admit to liking this one! It’s everything I shouldn’t like, yet it calls to me. I would look to upgrade this one to the new Nailwear Pro+ formula, but the shade is no longer available.

Avon Nailwear Nail Enamel in Spring Fling, bottle

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Misa Nail Lacquer in Sunrise Dew, swatch

Misa — Sunrise Dew (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Misa 2014 Fall, Warm Days

Here’s another Misa, from my haulage late last year.

It’s a lesson to me to do a little research before I place orders, because it turns out that Sunrise Dew is a matte! I hate mattes! Hahaha—don’t get me wrong—I like the look, but it always drives me batty to feel the matte finish on my nails. It’s like hearing nails on a chalkboard, or metal clanking against metal.

I will admit, however, that Sunrise Dew is a bit smoother, and therefore is not as horrible-feeling to me as some other mattes are. This one I can actually sort of stand. Kind of. Well, I slapped a shiny top coat over it, anyway. But I did take the swatch shots before I did that!

Sunrise Dew is a pale lavender heather packed with superfine frost. Possibly due to the matte finish, it doesn’t have the crazy streakiness that many frosts have. Under certain lighting, you can also see that the shimmer has a slight iridescence. Very pretty, if a bit subtle.

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Essie Nail Polish in Bikini With a Martini (Retro Revival), swatch

Essie — Bikini With a Martini (Retro Revival Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Retro Revival

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night.

You can check out my first review from this collection (Birthday Suit) for further details.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Bikini With a Martini (960) [originally 555 from 2006’s Summer collection] has the most adorable name! Unfortunately, I found it a bit disappointing, as I suspected I would. This was the only shade of the three that I almost didn’t pick up, as it looked way too sheer and frosty. And so it is. It’s pink with a heavy dose of coral, the type of color I’d normally be all over, but it’s also terribly sheer and frosty.

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