Monday, September 12, 2011

Sally Hansen Bronze Ablaze

Bronze Ablaze is one of the Fall 2011 limited edition Insta Dri shades from Sally Hansen. As bronzes go, this one is quite olive-toned in a lot oflighting conditions. I used two coats of this shimmer.





When putting it away in the "metallics to be swatched on wheels" drawer, I noticed an old Sally Hansen Salon, Baroque Bronze, that looked very similar in the bottle.



Baroque Bronze was a two-coater as well. On the nail, it turned out to be a touch darker than Bronze Ablaze.



Top to bottom: Bronze Ablaze, Baroque Bronze, Bronze Ablaze, Baroque Bronze.


Both of them sparkle prettily in direct light:


Top to bottom: Bronze Ablaze, Baroque Bronze.


Outside, in indirect light, they show their bronzey brown faces:


Top to bottom: Bronze Ablaze, Baroque Bronze, Bronze Ablaze, Baroque Bronze.


If I were forced to choose only one of these (and it may come to that at some point), I'd keep Baroque Bronze, mostly because I like the bottle and brush better.

24 comments:

  1. I'm so annoyed that I have yet to find Bronze Ablaze. Hmph! Did you find this recently??

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  2. Kris, I bought this particular bottle a while back, but I did see another one at Walgreens yesterday when I was making my rounds looking for new displays.

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  3. I agree on keeping the older one; I'm not a fan of the brush on the newer bottle at all...and only buy them to use for stamping!

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  4. I like both of them. I'm actually a fan of the Insta Dri brushes, so that's the one I'd probably keep.

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  5. I'm always amazed when you make the Insta Dris look perfect, because I just can't manage that brush. Do you have to do a lot of clean up?

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  6. These are really similar! I love the darker one if I must choose!

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  7. When I finally saw Bronze Ablaze in the store I decided not to get it, even though I enjoy seeing pictures of it.

    That is a great comparison. If I had to choose I think I would get the darker Baroque Bronze. Not only do I like the color more, but I love the brushes in those square SH Salon bottles!

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  8. That Baroque Bronze is more of what I wanted the last time I got a pedicure, but the bronze ended up being so deep it just looked dark brown. I was bummed because I liked the idea of the bronzy shimmer.

    I got my toes done again this weekend and thought of you -- I ended up layering a glitter (China Glaze Outta Bounds) over a shimmer (China Glaze Atlantis) and I felt very fancy. Sparkly and green! (Greener than I wanted, actually, because I loved the teal of Atlantis, but it's still pretty).

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  9. I bought the Bronze Ablaze, too, and haven't worn it yet. Your photos look awesome. I plan on wearing this color a lot in the fall (or once the weather cools down). Like Gail, I am wondering how you make the polish by the cuticles look so good because I find the brush awkward and the part up by the cuticles ends up weird. Any tips to share?

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  10. The Insta Dries chip so awfully on me! I think I like the darker one, too :)

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  11. Hmm. I'm not much into this one, but I saw the teal from this collection and I liked that very much!

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  12. I was looking for a color just like this, but in my confusion was calling it dark gold. Yeah I don't know why, but this is gorgeous.

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  13. OMG! I bought this Sally Hansen one today on my lunch break! I thought it might look good with a purple stamp over it!

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  14. I regret not getting this when I saw it the other day. I hope I can hunt it down soon, it looks great.

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  15. Bronze Ablaze is one of my favorite colors. At the walgreens by me, they still have plenty. I could do a cp for some people if they'd like!!


    Xoxox

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  16. Pretty polish but I hate the Insta-Dry bottle! Why sally, why? Who makes all the weird polish bottles?

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  17. they are both beautiful! Loving bronze, I don't think I own anything quite like this, hope I see this at my walgreens, nice conparison!

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  18. ohhh i cant wait to wear some bronzy colors for fall(:
    thanks for showing this color

    <3 BB

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  19. Both are really pretty! That greenish bronze makes me think of crisp fall air and yummy apple pies! :-)

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  20. Thanks for the comments, everyone!

    Gail and DesertNails8, I don't know that I'm an expert with the Insta Dri brush, but I've gotten to the point with it that I don't end up having tons to clean up. I think the biggest issue with it is not getting too much polish on the brush--that wide stem seems to mean a lot more drips down onto the brush, so I make sure to take extra time when I pull it out and wipe the excess back into the bottle.

    Harmony, your glittery pedi sounds great!

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