Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color — Spring Shades

Today I'm swatching a few polishes from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color collection. These three are the newest colors in the line: Blue-Away, Fuchsia Flare and Peachy Breeze.

The most important thing to know when using these polishes is that Sally Hansen means business when they say "Insta-Dri." The minute the lacquer comes out of the bottle, the drying process begins. This is a great thing for people who get impatient, but you definitely need to move quickly during application or you end up with a goopy mess. It's not an ideal polish for nail art, but the quick drying time means that you can use it as a base and begin your nail art even sooner.

Blue-Away is a sky blue that leans toward the pastel side. It actually looks a bit lighter in the bottle than it does on the nail, but once applied it's a beautiful color. I wore this shade for less than 24 hours and got three different compliments on my nails. The formula is a bit streaky, but if you apply two coats and seal with a good top coat (I used Seche Vite), it has a really smooth and clean finish. Be sure that you wrap the tips—I missed the tip of my index finger and by the next day the polish had already started to chip off.

The formula for Fuchsia Flare was a little difficult to work with—it seemed to dry a little quicker than the other two for some reason. When applying, be sure that you get the excess polish off the brush so you don't pool it over the nail (it's even more important than normal to do this due to the thickness of the polish). The colorful is a bright, cheerful pink and you might be able to get away with one coat, if you polish carefully. I used two coats above and sealed it with a good top coat, so it smoothed out whatever streaks there were.

Peachy Breeze has a bit of a misleading name. I would consider this color more of a coral pink rather than peach, which I usually associate with more orange undertones. In the bottle, it looks like it's in the same color family as Fuchsia Flare, but on the nail it's actually softer and very feminine. Although the name doesn't quite fit, the color is great and very unique—I haven't seen a shade like this in a nail color in a while. The formula on this one was better than Fuchsia Flare, but definitely needs a top coat. As with all of these polishes, the brush has short bristles that lay flat for a thick stroke across the nail.

Overall, my favorite color of the three is Blue-Away for its unique sky blue color—it also had the best application of the three.

Sally Hansen polishes are $4.99 and can be purchased at drugstores and mass retailers nationally.

These products were provided for review.

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