Friday, September 18, 2020

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Donut Shop Collection

I probably should have prefaced the title of this post with "Selections from", as I don't have the whole Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Donut Shop collection today. I have just two of the six shades, because four of them were cremes, and I'd rather save the $40 of my polish budget for something else. I do have the two glitters: Mixture Perfect and Sprinkle & Spice. The caps are printed with sprinkles (or jimmies, in some parts of the country), which I think is a nice touch.

Back when I bought these, Ulta had a gift with purchase, so I also got this tumbler with plastic sprinkles in between the cup and the liner.

Sprinkle & Spice has pink, pastel yellow, light orange, lime, and sky blue matte glitter in an iridescent purple-y pink shimmer base.

I tried to hold the cup for photos, but it's awkwardly shaped and wide, so that didn't work out.


Sprinkle & Spice is wearable on its own; my swatch is three coats plus clear topcoat, which I didn't really need as the glitter lays flat. There is a hint of visible nail line, which I don't mind in this case.

Sprinkle & Spice can be used as a topper, too. I grabbed some Sally Hansen cremes to represent the shades I didn't buy and laid them down as a base: Insta-Dri PiƱa Colada (yellow), Complete Salon Manicure Tie the Knot (beige), Complete Salon Manicure At First Blush (pink), and Insta-Dri Jade Jump (green). I then added one coat of Sprinkle & Spice (skipped the clear topcoat this time). The shimmer in Sprinkle & Spice softens the base colors; I thought it was most attractive over the beige and green.

Mixture Perfect has white, pink, pale yellow, sky blue, and coral matte bar glitters in a pink tinted transparent base.

I would not wear Mixture Perfect on its own. I swatched it alone so you can see how at two coats the base was still transparent.


I used the same base colors as above to see how Mixture Perfect looks layered. Definitely a strong frosted donut with sprinkles vibe here.

To play with these two just a bit more, I put on Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Cherry Cherry Bang Bang, a berry creme, then experimented. Left to right, Cherry Cherry Bang Bang: plus one coat of Sprinkle & Spice, plus one coat of Mixture Perfect, plus one coat each of Mixture Perfect and Sprinkle & Spice (in that order), plus one coat each of Sprinkle & Spice and Mixture Perfect. I was surprised at how much Sprinkle & Spice changes the darker base color; I liked the result a lot. Putting Mixture Perfect under Sprinkle & Spice softens the bar glitter some and helps it blend in better with the hexes.

I'm glad I picked up these two; I want to support fun limited edition polishes from mainstream brands, and these are that.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wheel K13: Glitters from Salon Perfect

Much as I try to avoid Walmart, I do miss the days when they had big seasonal collections several times a year that I could go hunting for. Sure, I often got frustrated when I couldn't find them, but I found them often enough that it was worth the chase. Today I've got a whole wheel of glitters from the brand, many of them snagged off those seasonal displays.

(all have clear topcoat over glitter coats noted below)

1. Salon Perfect One Love (2 coats, over half black base)
2. Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust (2, over half black base)
3. Salon Perfect Silver Sparkler (1, over half black base)
4. Salon Perfect Dust to Dust (3)
5. Salon Perfect Cosmic Black (2)
6. Salon Perfect Platinum Party (3)
7. Salon Perfect Disco Ballin' (3)
8. Salon Perfect National Holi-yay (2)
9. Salon Perfect Star Light Star Bright (2)
10. Salon Perfect Bling Bursting in Air (2)
11. Salon Perfect Star Spangled Selfie (2)
12. Salon Perfect Firewerk (2)
13. Salon Perfect Glam Glitter (2)
14. Salon Perfect Lust at First Bite (2)
15. Salon Perfect Hearts a Flutter (2) [had to fish for the hearts; not sure if this always had a tinted base or if there's been bleeding of the glitter]
16. Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger (2)
17. Salon Perfect Too Cute to Spook (2)
18. Salon Perfect Plumeria (2)
19. Salon Perfect Disco Diva (2)
20. Salon Perfect Foxy Lady (3)

Bottles 1 through 6:

7 through 12:

13 through 17:

18 through 20:








Some bonus shots in direct light:


Monday, September 14, 2020

KBShimmer The Eh Team and Off Tropic

Since I don't have any brand-imposed deadlines these days, what I decide to swatch when is based on a) what I've bought recently and b) what catches my eye as I continue the seemingly never-ending process of getting my stash organized. Today's polishes are from option b); I was going through a box of indies to get them into the queue for putting on nail wheels and saw these two from KBShimmer that just demanded to be used. They're both acquisitions I made at IEC 2019: The Eh Team and Off Tropic.

The Eh Team is a teal-leaning green shimmer with prominent holo shimmer and subtler gold/orange shifting microflakies.

Two coats were plenty for full opacity; I added clear topcoat for extra shine and depth. Under indirect light, The Eh Team shows a few glimmers of color on the teal background.

Under direct indoor light, more color shows up:

In sunlight, it's "hello rainbows!".
Off Tropic is a topper with multichrome flakies in a clear base. Purple, fuchsia, blue, green, and gold make up most of the mix, with a few other colors peeking out here and there.
I put one coat of Off Tropic over the Eh Team and slicked on clear topcoat over that to make sure I had a smooth surface. Friends, this combination was so gorgeous—I felt both regret for not trying Off Tropic sooner and delight that I finally had and could look at all the pretty colors.
Direct indoor light—still pretty:
Sunlight—differently pretty as the holo was powerful enough to take top billing from the flakies:
I just had to see Off Tropic over other base colors, so did Skittles with Essie Mani Thanks (light gold shimmer), SinfulColors Fearless (red violet creme), Sally Hansen Insta Dri Bluetiful (blue creme), and Funky Fingers Dark Knight (black creme), then added Off Tropic and clear topcoat. Different aspects of the flakie mix were highlighted against the different bases; I liked all these combinations.
The Eh Team was an IEC exclusive and no longer available, but I see that Off Tropic is in stock on the KBShimmer site. Maybe I should get another bottle? I mean, it goes with so many things and makes me so happy to look at—but probably things in my unswatched boxes will, too, so probably best to save my pennies for other things.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Sally Hansen Sour Patch Kids Collection

Sally Hansen Sour Patch Kids CollectionI was on such a high after my nail polish display hunting outing the other day that I swatched some of my purchases almost immediately, including the ones I have today, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Sour Patch Kids Halloween collection. Left to right: First Sour Then Sweet, Pump-kid, The Un-red, RIP-urple, Boo-lue, Hallogreen, and Ghouls Night Out.

Because all except the white one are cremes, I decided Skittles swatches would be fine to show the colors, so I started with Pump-kid (orange), The Un-red (red), and Ghouls Night Out (black). I did freehand stripes on my index with all three, then each shade got its own digit. Pump-kid and The Un-red were two coats; Ghouls Night Out was one.

I gave the same treatment to RIP-urple (purple, though a lighter shade than has become popular for Halloween in recent decades), Boo-lue (blue), and Hallogreen (green). RIP-urple and Boo-lue were two coats; Hallogreen was one.

I put down a base of the black, Ghouls Night Out, then did a ghost on my ring finger with one of the Insta Dri whites (I think it was the Crayola one), dotting her eyes in with Ghouls Night Out, then put a coat of First Sour Then Sweet, which has tiny white matte glitters in a clear base, over everything. Given that it's not unusual for it to snow on Halloween where I live, I think this is a perfect mani for the holiday.

Of course I had to do some comparisons. I started by putting Hallogreen up against Jelly Belly Green Apple from 2020, Jelly Belly Green Apple from 2019, and Crayola Granny Smith Apple.

Below on the nails, one coat each, in the same order as the bottles above. Hallogreen is pretty much indistinguishable from either of the Green Apples (I had to use them both to make sure it was just a shade number change from year to year); it might be a touch darker but not so you'd notice unless you were studying it super duper closely. Granny Smith Apple is definitely more yellow than the other three.

Pump-kid was up next; I pitted it against Pumpkin Queen (from 2014's Halloween collection), Crayola Sunset Orange, and Crayola Atomic Orange.

On the nail at two coats each, Pump-kid is ever so slightly darker and red-leaning than Pumpkin Queen and Sunset Orange (which are pretty much dupes). Pump-kid and Atomic Orange are basically the same. (My apologies for the poor cleanup here; as will become even more clear later, I was evidently having some kind of a day and didn't realize at the time.)

The Un-red matched up with Crayola Wild Strawberry, Jelly Belly Very Cherry, and Crayola Scarlet.

I call this comparison the most subtle red ombre ever. From The Un-red to Scarlet, these shades get the tiniest bit more orange as we move from index to pinky. All are two coats.

I pulled two polishes to compare to Boo-lue, namely Crayola Cerulean and Crusin' Blue (from 2019's Tropical Brights collection). I snapped the bottle shot, painted my nails and took notes, and then apparently briefly blacked out or was abducted by aliens or something because I did not take any photos of them on my nails and failed to notice until I was writing this post. You and I will have to take my notes' word for it that there were no dupes here. Cerulean is less turquoise-leaning than Boo-lue, and Crusin' Blue is lighter.

I did no comparisons with RIP-urple because there were no shades that were even close in either the Jelly Belly or Crayola releases (nor in any of the other Insta Dri purples I had close to hand). I'm sure I have something in another line that's close if not a dupe but I didn't go digging in my stash.

I rallied to do a bit more play with these colors, doing a dotticure with the five non-black cremes, then topping with First Sour Then Sweet, which did a good job of distracting from where I'd smeared some of the dots with topcoat.

Obviously the most interesting of these it First Sour Then Sweet. Ghouls Night Out is a great black creme if you're needing one. The other cremes are also solid choices with good formulas (though I know the Insta Dri wide flat brush is not to everyone's liking), but none of them are must haves if you've already got a stash built.