Christmas Nails with Sally Hansen

Sunday, December 16th 2012 0

Glazed cherries in a bottle

Trying out her picks for this season's festive shades...

This weekend I’ve been experimenting with Sally Hansen’s favourite festive shades. A classic red is unbeatable at Christmas, but what was so special about Sally’s?

First on my list was her Complete Salon Manicure shade ‘All Fired Up’. A bright, glossy red, this was a dream to apply. One thing I would note is that this range is designed to act as base coat, colour and top coat. Personally, I ignore this and still apply both – the colour is rich and glossy enough to go without but you may risk staining.

The brush is flat, short and thick. This meant that each coat took no more than two sweeps and thus that the layers of varnish were thin. After two coats, my nails had a full coverage but the consistency of the polish was smooth and crisp. What really helped was the shape of the brush; it is slightly rounded at the bottom, making it easy to create a rounded shape without letting my varnish touch the edges. I always apply my varnish in this way because (as well as looking neater) it makes the removal process much easier – no dreaded red stains in the cuticles.

Next was a glitter varnish product, Gem Crush, in ‘Cha-Ching’. Glitter varnishes are always of interest to me because the bottle can be so deceiving. Sometimes a sparkly bottle can hold a nail varnish that takes layer after layer to build, but luckily Gem Crush was full of glitter! Fine red particles are mixed in with thicker silver particles to create the nail art version of a glazed cherry. One coat and my nails were fairly sparkly, but by the second coat the glitter was of the exact same consistency as the bottle. As with all glitter varnishes, this takes longer than normal to remove so do make sure you saturate that cotton pad in remover.

Jessica Hoffman, nail expert, recommends layering a coat of Gem Crush over ‘All Fired Up’ for a glossier look. I wanted to try both on their own to check their stand alone impact and they looked lovely either way.

The finishing touch to both of these festive shades was the Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat. A thick, glossy formula, this added high-shine to the finished manicure and helped to smooth over the glittery consistency. Note: this must be used on dry nails.

So what was so special about Sally’s reds? They’re the shiniest and sparkliest of mine to date!

Want something for the party season without going down the classic red route? Try this gorgeous champagne coloured Gem Crush in ‘Big Money’.

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