Hello gorgeous 🙂
How are you doing today? I am back again with variety of nail colors from Sally Hansen! Couple of shade belongs to my sister while others are a gift for me. This is one such swatch project which was pending since last year for some or the other reason. Firstly, because I am not very impressed with their particular range ‘Hard As Nails’ except few shades and second, I had a huge product list to share with you first including my favorites ‘Sephora Colorhit’ nail polishes. So, let’s talk about ‘Sally Hansen Triple Shine Sea Through’and ‘Hard As Nails Nail Colors in Sturdy Sapphire, Limestone and Made in Jade’ today 🙂
Price: $3-$7 for 0.45 Fl oz (13.3 ml), price varies across store
Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propyl Acetate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, N-Butyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Alumina, Benzophenone-1, Calcium Pantothenate, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Aqua/Water/Eau, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tin Oxide, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), D&C Red No. 6 Barium Lake (Ci 15850), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (Ci 15850), D&C Red No. 34 Calcium Lake (Ci 15880), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 Aluminum Lake (Ci 19140), Guanine (Ci 75170), D&C Red No. 30 Aluminum Lake (Ci 73360), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510)].
The “original” nail color + treatment! Nails are sealed with brilliant shine for added protection against chipping, cracking and splitting.
My Experience with Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Lacquer And Hard As Nails:
The Sally Hansen ‘Triple Shine Sea Through’ nail color is boxed in cute glass bottle packaging with unique black cap. It does come with another brush applicator safely placed under the big black cap. The ‘Hard as Nail’ nail lacquers come up in slightly bigger bottle packaging with comparatively long and narrow ended brush applicator. Over all I find them quite user friendly and safe for travelling as I did travel with them all the way to India and to and fro but none of them succumbed to damage or leakage thankfully!
Talking about the ‘Sally Hansen Sea Through Triple Shine Nail Lacquer’ first, it looks like a shimmery translucent sea green shade in packaging as well as on my nails. It gives very sheer glossy sea green shimmery sheen to my nails irrespective of one or multiple swipes. I find it works best as top coat for most of my matte green nail lacquers as it gives perfect shine to my nails which stays put for good 7+ days with every household work. However, we cannot use it alone on nails as it hardly delivers any color pay off on its own other than the shimmery glossy sheen. Over all I find it good as a top coat for most of the nail paints but I don’t think I would get it again.
IMBB Rating: 3.5/5!
Coming over to the ‘Sally Hansen Hard As Nails’ range, it has got mixed verdict from me as I did manage to find some very charming and worth trying shades in the collection while others were sheer disappointment. I like their sleek, narrow brush applicator which gives perfect finish to every nook & corner of my nails. I also like their formula which is neither watery nor thick to feel streaky or goopy at times except few shades like ‘Sturdy Sapphire’ which come up very sheer and uneven at times. I am impressed by their color pay off, lasting power over all as they all manage to stay for good 6-7 days without chipping or fading a bit.
Now let’s quickly go into details of all three ‘Sturdy Sapphire, Limestone and Made In Jade’ nail lacquers.
The shade ‘Sturdy Sapphire’ seems like a subtle and eye catchy cobalt blue with fine shimmers in packaging but sadly it delivers only 10-20% of actual shade seen in bottle. To my surprise this is the one & only disappointing shade so far out of my other ‘Hard As Nails’ purchases as rest of them seem intensely pigmented with almost opaque and perfect finish in 1-2 swipes max. The texture of this shimmery blue nail color seems runny and tricky, it gives uneven and streaky finish sometimes which need at least 3-4 strokes additional for even and gloss finish apart from delivering sheer-medium color pay off.
I won’t give credit to its amazing brush applicator which still manages to work well with such runny texture. The shimmers look way subtle and thankfully they won’t give you frosty or cheap glittery look. Guess we can top it over any matte cobalt, blue shades to jazz up the holiday look. The staying power is quite decent ranging from 4-6 days in my case. I feel it is only suitable for people who love glitters and wear them with base coats or other nail shades unlike us who hardly get time to experiment with nail art. I would only recommend this sheer nail color to girls who are looking for top coat colors or sheer yet subtle shimmery colors to pair with their matte and creamy shades. Others need a serious skip.
IMBB Rating: 2/5!
The shade ‘Limestone’ seems totally a unique milky/limestone green shade to me and I call it limestone green as it is exactly similar to green paint of my house, probably neon green to be precise.
The texture of nail paint is quite thick yet runny to adhere on my nails with no goopy or streaky finish though I need 2 swipes to get even and glossy finish. I noticed that this shade dries pretty quick like other Sally Hansen products there by toughening up to thick layer which won’t chip or break off but it might look cakey upon multiple swipes somehow. However, I understand that it helps with strengthening our nails and resist further damage as per its claim. Other than that I love how it gives full coverage with exactly same shade like that in the bottle on my nails in just 2 coatings with streak-free and feather free finish. The staying power of this range is pretty impressive as it stays with no chipping/fading for almost a week that too with heavy duty kitchen/water/laundry tasks. I would definitely recommend this summery shade to everyone its really awesome. Probably I would also get it again.
IMBB Rating: 4.5/5!
The shade ‘Made In Jade’ is a beautiful metallic shimmery green shade which does not look frosty at all even with metallic sheen and shimmers to my liking! I love how it gives build able color pay off and coverage in just 1-2 swipes unlike ‘Sturdy Sapphire’! This is my next favorite shade in my personal ‘Hard As Nails’ collection.
This shade is neither runny nor thick but just perfect to give a streak free even finish on nails. I am impressed to see that it also dries up pretty fast into a glossy finish and does not look cakey even with multiple swipes unlike previous shade ‘Limestone’. It gives an intense green pigmentation with metallic sheen which stays put for good 5+ days on my nails with all sorts of household tasks. It is more wearable shimmery shade which does not look OTT or frosty at all.
IMBB Rating: 4.5/5!
Let’s sum up the Pros and Cons:
Pros of Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Lacquer And Hard As Nails:
- A wide variety of light weight DB p, formaldehyde and toluene free nail lacquers from Sally Hansen.
- All the shades stay for decent 5-6 days or even more with no chipping and peeling off.
- The Sally Hansen ‘Triple Shine’ brush applicator is small in size with broad fan brush which helps to get perfect coverage and finish in single swipe.
- While the Sally Hansen ‘Hard As Nails’ long and narrow brush applicator picks up right amount every time painting every nook & corner of our nails.
- Leaving few all the other shades give intense pigmentation with streak free even glossy finish.
- Even the metallic shades like ‘Made In Jade’ does not look frosty on nails.
- Travel friendly packaging.
Cons of Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Lacquer And Hard As Nails:
- Sally Hansen ‘Triple Shine Sea Through’ and Sally Hansen ‘Hard As Nails Sturdy Sapphire’ shades are too sheer to deliver any pigmentation even after 3-4 generous swipes.
- The shade ‘Limestone’ from Sally Hansen ‘Hard As Nails’ might give cakey finish at times.
Would I Recommend Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Lacquer And Hard As Nails?
Well, I feel every brand has its hit and miss and we can only learn from mistakes and/or negative experiences. This is what ‘Sally Hansen Triple Shine Sea Through’ and ‘Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Sturdy Sapphire’ tells us. I would say it is better to skip these two while the other two ‘Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Limestone & Made in Jade’ are perfect for everyone.
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