Friday, January 13, 2012

Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect

Despite my ranting about Sally Hansen bringing out yet another new line (I have around two dozen different ones in my collection at least, and I can't really tell the difference between all the various formulas), I can't stay mad at her for long. When I saw the new Smooth and Perfect ones on sale, I got a couple to try.

The first one I have to share is Dune, a peachy tan. I don't usually go for colors like this, having overdosed on them during my years of working in a very conservative job, but I thought I'd try this one, figuring it might be good as a camouflage color when my nails are going through a rough patch (like I used Zoya Melodie for last week). On the woman on the brochure, these polishes are opaque, but at three coats, I still had visible nail line. I was okay with that, since the color is light—sheer is more acceptable to me with a light color for some reason.



This has a pearly shimmer to it that's very subtle. It settled nicely; this did live up to the "smooth" part of the name. I wouldn't go so far as "perfect"; that's a really high bar.





To add some interest, I tried adding a layer of Glass Slipper, from the newly relaunched Diamond Strength line.



I've seen some discussion about whether or not Glass Slipper is a flakie. I say it is. Those iridescent white things floating around in the bottle are irregularly shaped (like soap flakes or instant potato flakes) and once on the nail, they lay nice and flat. I'm not wearing topcoat over them in these photos, and you can see how smooth it is. That they don't have a color shift doesn't make them any less flakie, just less flashy.



The second shade of Smooth and Perfect I got was Sea, the green one, which is much more of a Karen color than Dune. I used three coats of this one as well, and it was not quite opaque at that point. I must have accidentally used thicker coats on some of my nails since they don't quite match each other in coverage, but I'm not sure it's something I'd notice if I weren't staring at them in close up.



Like Dune, this has a subtle pearly finish. I'll be interested to see if this line gets expanded to non-pastel shades, which aren't usually pearly like this.





I had to try Glass Slipper on top of this one, too, and quite liked the effect.



Where do you stand on the Glass Slipper flakie question? Or the Smooth and Perfect question—is this different enough to be a new line?

23 comments:

  1. I love the Glass Slipper polish...adding it to my list to check out on my next store run! I really like the two colors you chose, but not sure if I will pick up any of those.

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  2. Glass Slipper one is really lovely!

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  3. Glass slipper is definitely a flakie in my opinion! I never can find it though. I am not seeing anything I am just dying to have from the Sally Hansen line..I am not a fan of sheer polishes.

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  4. I think Glass Slipper's a flakie. I'm liking the smoothness of these polishes - thanks for the review. I shied away from the green, but I might reconsider!

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  5. Glass Slipper is absolutely a flakie! I love it. It's great for frankening too.
    I'm a big fan of these smooth & perfect polishes, I think I have all but 1 of the colors.

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  6. I would say Glass Slipper is a flakie. It's so pretty!!

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  7. To me it´s totally a flakie. I like the pearly finish of the Sally Hansen ones too

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  8. I know dang Sally how can a girls wallet keep up! Well regardless I do want some of this new line I think they do look kinda smooth or it could just be good marketing,I want the blue and peach one but I'm glad I put them back today if they are on sale other places I will wait, and I think glass slipper is a flakie polish and if it isn't I don't know what it is.

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  9. Both are pretty. I love them with Glass Slipper on them!

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  10. I really like these two colors and first one looks better with a top coat! :)

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  11. They look beautiful! I like the pastels a lot!

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  12. I agree that this is a flakie. Looks like a flakie acts like a flakie. My question is totally non Sally related. Have you always had you tags separated or did you just do that? I am wondering how to separate my tags into categories like yours. Can you help me out?

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  13. Agreed with you on the flakie issue. I think we're just spoiled with flash flakies, especially lately. Still, an awesome polish to have!

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  14. The second colour is my favourite with or without the flakie

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  15. Glass Slipper...sigh* very pretty!

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  16. I've never seen Glass slipper in person but it definitely looks like a flakie to me! And I love both polishes you got, definitely feeling the pale colours right now:D

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  17. If it's not a flakie, what would you call it??? I need Glass Slipper. My main gripe about most flakies is that they flash gold/orange/green. I want one that flashes pink/purple/blue.

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  18. The dune is really nice and subtle but the Glass Slipper is just beautiful!! Very nice swatches x

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  19. These are both great colors!! Dune is such a gorgeous neutral. I can't speak to the Glass Slipper question because I don't have it, but it sure looks like a flakie to me.

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  20. Thanks ladies for validating my thought that Glass Slipper is a flakie. :) I've seen some people call it an irregular glitter, because it doesn't color shift like the flakies in Hidden Treasure and its ilk.

    Fingers, I used have one big list of tags but switched to categories not too long ago (at the same time I abbreviated the types, from color: to c: for instance, so I could fit more labels on each post when needed). I used this post as a guide for how to set it up:

    http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2010/10/drop-down-labels-list-blogger-gadget.html

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Thank you for reading and commenting! I greatly appreciate knowing I'm not just talking to myself here. :)