Friday, March 11, 2011

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Spam!

The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line was the first "expensive" nail polish I bought. To be fair, they really are quite expensive for drugstore polish!

I distinctly remember thinking "OMG this is expensive!!" when I bought 3 on sale for $5 each at Walgreens. Ahh... the good old days.

The brush is really huge, but manageable. The really downer with these is the paddle-like stem, which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to wipe off excess polish at the neck of the bottle because flat + round does not work!

Sally Hansen Fedora - This is my hands-down favourite SH CSM. I just love the way it looks! It is a dupe for $OPI Under My Trenchcoat.

Sally Hansen Sequin Scandal - This came out in the same collection as Fedora. I do like it, but wish it was a bit more sparkly. I hear it is very close to ChG Wagon Trail.

By the way, one of my favourite ways to wear ChG Zombie Zest is over this polish. Take a look:

I swear, if that layering combo could be achieved in one polish, it would EASILY be in my top 10! *swoon*

Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure - Infamous little sucker. I remember finding the display and seeing both HTs gone. I didn't find this until months after it came out, in a random little bin at Kmart (of all places!). I wore it over everything for a week before promptly never looking at it again. Sounds familiar, right? *sideways glance to OPI Black Shatter*

Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure - One of those first 3 CSM polishes I bought. I was really excited about it and almost bought Petal to the Metal in its place. I do like this pale gold shade, but now that my stash is much larger, I've come to somewhat hate the brushstroke appearance, as mild as it is.

Sally Hansen Fairy Teal - (first eww cuticles!!) I loved this shade like crazy until I got Illamasqua Muse. They were too close (but definitely NOT dupes) to keep both... especially since this SH one stains! Now that I have a better handle on basecoats, I wonder if it would still stain?

Sally Hansen Pink Slip - One word: ICK. DO NOT WANT. So so bad. Maybe my application is better now, but I already gave this one away to a friend who prefers to wear things sheer. I think Essie Ballet Slippers is a much better alternative to this monstrosity.

Even though I hate the brush/stem, I still have some CSM lemmings... such as Gray by Gray.

Your turn: any fav or hated Complete Salon Manicures?


  1. They all look stunning on you. I only have one of these Complete Salon polishes and holy cow they're expensive for a Drug Store polish!

  2. Amazing pictures...!
    Greetings from Barcelona ;-)

  3. I own only two of these: Lavender Cloud, which is currently living with my friend, and Sequin Scandal, which I haven't tried. There are so many that I want, but the price REALLY deters me. I'm glad to know that Fedora is a dupe for the $OPI. I was kicking myself for not buying the former, but I already have the $OPI so now I feel a bit better.

    Oh, come to think of it, I have like four bottles of Hidden Treasure stashed away. I'm that annoying person that buys them all up ;) I was using them for giveaways for a while.

  4. Fedora is so pretty! Is it still available?

  5. I love them all, but my favourites are Fedora and Sequin Scandal!!

  6. My favs are Midnight in NY and Haute Chocolate. :)) I used to like Gilty Pleasure. lol

  7. thank you so much for your comment on my post! :) helped me a lot! and I LOVE you swatches, really neat and lovely colours on u!

  8. My favs are Midnight in NY and Haute Chocolate. :)) I used to like Gilty Pleasure. lol