11 December 2014

Sally Hansen Special Effects: Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture Nail Polish

Sally Hansen Special Effects Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture Nail Polish
Normally, a new Sally Hansen nail launch is music to my ears. The brand makes some of my all-time favourite nail products; their Complete Salon Manicure line is brilliant and the new(ish) Miracle Gel range equally so. So I had high hopes for their new textured effect polishes, Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture, which have just launched at €8.95 a pop.

Sally Hansen Special Effects Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture Nail Polish

Let’s start with the good stuff: the colours are lovely, I was sent three of each and they’re all very striking to look at.  In these pics I’m wearing Slick, a rich, deep navy gloss, and the pretty purple Lavish from the Velvet Texture line. I also like the bottle shape – it’s markedly different from the soft round curves of the other ranges I’ve referenced above.

But I think I’ve been spoiled by just how exceptionally good Sally’s other offerings have been. These newbies don’t have the gorgeous wide brush that does half the work for you, and they don’t have the lasting power of CSM or Miracle Gel – both chipped after two days wear.

Sally Hansen Special Effects Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture Nail Polish
And you know what? I’m officially over textured nails. Even YSL’s leather effect offering this autumn failed to move me. I thought the effect was kinda messy, and I feel the same way about the Velvet Texture line. It’s just not for me.

The super shiny effect from the patent polish is pretty – but you can get the same effect with a high shine topcoat, or look to Max Factor for a similar finish in just one coat. And if you want high gloss that lasts? The brand’s own Miracle Gel polish is where I’d point you.

I'd pass on the special effects, and put my money towards one of these tried and true classics instead:


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