Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Insta Dri Selections

Today I have what I think are the two most interesting polishes from the latest limited edition Sally Hansen Insta Dri collection. They're not necessarily the prettiest, but they're definitely the quirkiest, and I like quirky, so I had to try them.

Chartreuse Chase is a yellow-leaning lime green shimmer that I liked way more than I expected to on my nails. It's a bright color but the shimmer adds a nice softness to it, too, which makes it way more wearable for me than a creme of the same color.





In the category of "what were they smoking at that meeting?", we have Snappy Sprinkles, which features muted rose and iridescent lime green bar glitter in a slighty murky clear base. Since I had Chartreuse Chase on already, I first tried Snappy Sprinkles over that. Not surprisingly, the lime glitter blended into the base color, which made the rose bars more prominent. I didn't think this was a particularly good combination. For these swatches, I didn't use top coat, but it'd definitely be needed to wear this for a full mani, since the glitter pieces are somewhat floppy and tend to crinkle and stick up. I guess that makes this more of a string glitter than a bar glitter.







Since Snappy Sprinkles over yellowy lime was not good for me, I decided to try a base color that contrasted better with the glitter. I put on Revlon Ruby, a dark red creme. At two coats, it covered but looked too bright to make a good background for the rose glitter, so I went to three coats to darken it up more. Then, since I was skeptical that Snappy Sprinkles would look good on its own, I used the "when in doubt, add more glitter" approach and put a coat of Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening on two of my fingers, thinking the rosy glitter in that would coordinate nicely with the Sprinkles. I also used two coats of Snappy Sprinkles instead of the one I'd used over the chartreuse.




Snappy Sprinkles on its own over Ruby.



Snappy Sprinkles over Some Enchanted Evening over Ruby.


I like Snappy Sprinkles better over the deep red, but I'm still not sold on the rose and lime combination. Maybe it's one of those things that's an a acquired taste. I do have to give Sally Hansen credit for giving us something that's different; I haven't seen any other glitters like this in the spring displays.

15 comments:

  1. THat green is pretty and I like how it looks with the glitter, i like pink + green but thats me xD

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  2. I like pink & green together, too; I think it's the shade of pink here that's throwing me off since it's more muted than the lime. It's definitely interesting to look at, for sure.

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  3. Like the glitter polish, spice up any polish. :)

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  4. I love how the first one looks yellow and green!!

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  5. Those two are the ones I wanted most from the collection. I have to agree about Sprinkles, what were they smoking? I actually think they came up with it as a recycling program for last year's left over Easter grass. They just shredded it and threw it in some polish lol. I am loving the Chartreuse Chase on you!

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  6. I love that yellow lime green color on you! It looks amazing on you and so fresh!

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  7. I love this:..when in doubt use more glitter!! Too funny! Love the green which is soft and pretty but will probably pass on the bar/string polish. Thx for showing!

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  8. You have spoiled us today with TWO polishes and lots of looks!
    That Chartreuse is fabulous. I really must go see my cousin in Philly and get me some stuff. Imagine - being able to pop into a chemist's shop and find polish like this. You are so lucky.

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  9. The chartreuse one is pretty on you...looks zesty. But I'm not sure about the snappy sprinkles.
    I agree with you though that they deserve props for trying something new. Now all they have to do is try something new that actually works. :D

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  10. the last pictures make your nails look like dessert!

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  11. I love Chartreuse Chase, very pretty! I tend to avoid bar glitters after one I bought was all sticky up and floppy! It was annoying and made me want to pick them off one by one :P I thought that all bar glitters would be like that for some reason, silly me :P xxxx

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  12. I need to look for that Chartreuse colour. I haven't checked Walgreens polish displays in awhile.

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  13. That shimmer is very nice. As for the confetti lacquer, it looks very good on the revlon color.

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  14. The revlon with the Sprinkles looks gorgeus.

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  15. LMAO @ "In the category of "what were they smoking at that meeting?" Bleck .. I don't like it. It looks like an easter basket threw up on your fingers. LOL ;) I can't stand bar glitters .. the texture is irritating. lol

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