Monday, May 4, 2020

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure

Idaho has moved into Phase 1 of reopening but I'm still going to be staying at home just about as much as I have been which means more time for swatching than when I was gallivanting around shopping for non-essentials and hanging out with friends. Today I have the two colors I plucked out of one of my "to be swatched" boxes, where polishes can languish for months. These are the shades I chose to try from the new-ish Sally Hansen line Good Kind Pure: Crystal Blue and Lava Rocks.

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Crystal Blue Lava Rocks

Crystal Blue is a light cornflower blue with silver/white shimmer. At least in the bottle it has shimmer; on my nail it mostly went missing. It was opaque in two coats, which was good, but I didn't especially care for the formula as it felt sort of tricky to work with as far as getting even coats and keeping it away from my cuticles, which wasn't good.


Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Crystal Blue

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Crystal Blue

I added a conventional topcoat (not the Good Pure Kind one) which did not bring out the shimmer any (it maybe made it less visible) but did add shine and leveling. I did try hitting it with direct light but that didn't coax out the shimmer either so I'm not bothering to include any of those shots.

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Crystal Blue

I was curious how Crystal Blue stacked up against my old favorite Essie Bikini So Teeny.

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Crystal Blue Essie Bikini So Teeny

Left to right below: Crystal Blue, Bikini So Teeny, Crystal Blue, Bikini So Teeny. They are very close in color, but I definitely liked the Essie formula better.

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Crystal Blue Essie Bikini So Teeny

The other shade of Good Kind Pure I got to try was Lava Rocks, a charcoal grey shimmer. With this one, the shimmer does show on the nail. I used two coats, though one might have been sufficient. The formula of this one seemed better; maybe the type and amount of shimmer made it more well behaved.

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Lava Rocks

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Lava Rocks

I liked the look of Lava Rocks in direct light; the shimmer showed a sort of pearly metallic glow.

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Lava Rocks

I wasn't wowed by these. If I were looking for a vegan option, they'd be fine, but there's nothing else special about them to make me want to collect more shades.

2 comments:

  1. OMG I love that light blue! :-D The grey is nice too :-D

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  2. I like them both, but I prefer it when the shimmer actually transfers onto the nails :D

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