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How many times have you wished for an extra few hours at the end of your day? If you’re like me, more times than you can count! Both at work and home, I’m constantly looking for ways to maximize my time. When it comes to my beauty routine, it’s no different.
I couldn’t agree with Recessionista more; nail polish is one of the easiest ways to stay current and on trend in a more conservative environment. But these days, who has time for manicures? The base coat, nail treatments, color, a topcoat…and an hour later your nails are done. Whew. Well, no more! Enter Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.
Easy to find in any drugstore, you’ve probably seen (and maybe even passed up) Sally Hansen. But hold up; this is some pretty serious nail technology on the cheap! Inside this one little bottle are all five steps of a professional manicure. There is a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, and a topcoat. The only things missing from this bottle are all the harsh toluene, DBP, and formaldehyde. That’s right, this polish is big three free! They also throw in their patented Vita-Care technology for longer wear, more shine, and nourishment.
Offering an array of 42 shades, I tried All Fired Up, a gorgeous true and classic red (shown here on our cutest and littlest model, my Boston Terrier), and Purple Pulse, a bright frosted blue-purple. Plus, the review team got to test a slew of other shades.
One of the first things I noticed was a little rubber band around the bottom of the cap, making it much easier to hold and not drop the brush while painting with a wet hand. Genius! The bottle has flat sides that gently curve into each other and fit pleasantly in the hand. And the brush has a flat, tapered tip that sold me with the first stroke! The color went on beautifully and nearly opaque with just one coat. Two quick coats were all it took for me to have perfectly painted nails.
I was concerned about not using a base coat as I have nails that stain pretty easily. When it came time for me to take the color off I was pleasantly surprised to find nary a hint of stain. The lack of a top coat did add to the chip-age factor though. 3 days later and I had some pretty serious peeling and chipping.
42 shades is a wide selection. But sadly, there’s nothing you haven’t seen before. I would love to see them get a bit more creative with their upcoming shades, but knowing where I can get a good ol’ standby color does have it’s perks.
Overall I really liked the Complete Salon Manicure line. Anything that can save me a step or two is good in my book! Review team and readers, what did you think?
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