Disclaimer: Purchased by me
I spotted the new Sally Hansen Color Foil line at my local Walgreens late last week, and I stood there for a while, debating. Do I get the purple, pink, green, blue, gold…etc. etc…. or do I try one and go back if I love it?
Mike and I are trying to save for a house right now, and I decided buying one would be the prudent thing to do, and I could rationalize with myself any further purchases at a later time!
Of all the polish I have acquired recently, this was the one I was most excited to try out, so I set out Saturday night to paint my nails with Titanium Flush, my pick.
I’m going to take you through my experience then share swatches.
I applied one coat of OPI Nail Envy and it dried relatively quickly. Then I added one coat of Titanium Flush to my left thumb. I always start with a stroke in the middle of my nail, and move it out over to the right, and then to the left, and go over the nail a time or two more, and cap it off (on second coats, I cap first, then paint strokes).
Well, I painted my one stroke down the middle, got the right and left stroke in, and when I went to go over the whole nail, HOLY PULLAGE! My nails looked like a war zone of balding, bunched up foil polish.
I think this starts drying so fast that you have GOT to be quick about your application. And use the least amount of strokes possible.
So as I went from nail to nail, I got more efficient in how I applied this, but I had a LOT of clean-up, because I was more worried about getting my nail covered with no balding than I was about neatness.
Second coat was going very well, except on nails where the polish wasn’t quite dry enough yet, so it pulled. Your best bet is to wait until the first coat is dry to go at your nails with a second coat.
I ended up redoing my right thumb – oh, the horror of it! – and my right pinky. The thumb just looked awful, bunched polish and balding, I just had to take it all off and redo it.
I had to use so many clean-up swabs, and my hand slipped when I was cleaning around the cuticle of my pinky and I ruined a part of it. Luckily, I was able to touch it up and not redo the entire thing.
I went at my mani with my Holy Grail top coat, HK Girl by Glisten & Glow, very gingerly. It looked good when I was done my left hand.
Then I did the right hand. I skipped my pinky and thumb because I’d just touched up/redone them and wanted them to dry a bit.
A few minutes after I applied the top coat, I noticed that the fingers on my right hand looked like the polish under the top coat was pulled. I was so crushed. This mani was already high maintenance, and now I had to take more off and redo it?!
As my nails fully dried, the issue of the bunching under the top coat naturally worked itself out. I was relieved! And I was left with as good of a foil mani as I was going to get. And it didn’t look horrible, especially if you didn’t look close-up.
Be warned: This polish will show EVERY SINGLE FLAW in your nail. The thumb where my nail had a thick peel last week? SO obvious. Tiny peels, dents, and parts where the polish was balding on the first coat and the second coat didn’t even it out or fill in the bald spots? Subtlety visible.
Here’s how my swatch hand looked. In the direct sun:
The big question for me right now is: Do I want to go back for the gold, blue, purple and gold polish I wanted when I was initially in front of the display? I honestly can’t decide. I probably won’t.
Maybe I should try them without a base coat, and see if there’s less pullage during that first coat. But my nails really benefit from the treatment.
Now that I know how I can best apply them with my Nail Envy, I could probably manage better. And maybe if I use a ridge-filling base coat over my treatment, my peels won’t look so horrid. But then, if you shouldn’t use base coat with them, you can’t fill in your ridges, either. Ugh.
Edit: I’ve also seen others post about not using top coat with this, either.
These were, I believe, $7.99 a piece (.34 fl oz. of product). I saw them at Target over the weekend, too.
So what do you think of these new Color Foils? Did you have a similar experience to me? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this line, too!!