The Polish Influenza

The only cure is a manicure


3 Comments

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Review and Swatches!

Hi everyone!

Press Sample

bottles

 

If 2012 was defined by magnetic polish and flakies, then 2013 is the year of the texture and matte bar glitter. Luckily, you can get your mani-fix with Sally Hansen. This summer, Sally Hansen released two new nail effect lines in order to spice up your manicure: Sugar Coat, a texture polish collection, and Fuzzy Coat, a line of matte bar glitters in a clear base, meant to imitate the effect of fabric. The bar glitter especially has been polarizing in the nail world, showing up in collections by Essie (Peak so Chic from Encrusted Treasures), Zoya (Mosheen from Zenith) and of course, China Glaze (the On the Horizon collection). While I myself am getting tired of the trend, I can’t blame Sally Hansen- they came to this party first! And today, I have some of the Fuzzy Coat polishes to share with you.

Wool Knot is a baby blue and white mix of tiny matte bar glitter in a clear base. I love this color combo- it’s really fresh and pairs great with almost every color (though I especially like it over pink). It was the sparsest of the glitters I got, and had the most problems with bald spots. Pics below are one coat of Wool Knot over Essie’s The Lace is On!

Artificial, indoor light

Artificial, indoor light

Fuzz-Sea is a mix of baby blue and yellow matte bar glitters. Though it looks like there are also green glitters in the mix, it’s actually just an optical illusion from the blue and yellow- only two colors here! This applied better than its cousin Wool Knot, but still was a little sparse in my opinion, especially considering how dense it looks in the bottle! Pics below are 1 coat of Fuzz-Sea over Rue Beauté 040.

Artificial, indoor light

Artificial, indoor light

Tweedy is a matte black and white bar glitter. This is my favorite of the three hands down- it’s jam packed with glitter, and is slightly thicker in consistency than the other two, making it easier to apply. It’s almost opaque enough to wear on its own! This would look pretty good over almost any base color, but for pics, I used 1 coat of Tweedy over Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New Wave Blue.

Artificial, indoor light

Artificial, indoor light

On the Fuzzy Coat display, Sally Hansen shows pictures of the glitters being worn by themselves and looking completely opaque. Wanting to give the polishes a try, I ended up with mixed results:

Artificial, indoor light

Artificial, indoor light

Wool Knot had a lot of bald-spot issues. It’s a really really thin polish with minimal glitter pay off, so it gets to be a gloopy mess after 2 coats (I used three here). Fuzz-Sea was slightly better in 3 coats, but suffered from the same goop problem as Wool Knot. Tweedy, on the other hand, looked pretty opaque after 3 coats, and dried quickly between layers, so Tweedy is the only one who lives up to the standard. The other two are best used as layering/glitter toppers due to how thin and runny the base is.

In general, I’m happy with the collection. In my opinion, Sally Hansen has done this glitter trend the best- they provided a large range of colors to satisfy every craving. I personally though the China Glaze On the Horizon collection was way too one-note and orange based, it just didn’t have the variety that Sally Hansen provides. What do you think of this collection? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat polishes retail for between $5-$6 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on Sally Hansen’s website, here.

OH YEAH. By the way, I wrote a guest post for the lovely Jenn over at the Polished PR. It features an exclusive, never before seen autumn-inspired nail art design done by moi, so go check it out on her website, HERE! And while you’re at it, make sure to check out her blog- it’s got some fantastic nail art you’re sure to love!

~Beth~

POLISH INFLUENZA IS MOVING TO A NEW DOMAIN- CLICK HERE.

Disclosure: some of the products featured in this post were sent to me by a brand representative. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.


4 Comments

NYC In a New York Color Minute Topcoats Review and Swatches

Press Sample

Hi everyone!

Recently, with my busy schedule, I have not had the time to do my usual nail art on my nails. There just isn’t time between schoolwork, extracurriculars, and work to take time out of my day for an artistic manicure. It’s disappointing, because there’s nothing I like more than having an intriguing design on my nails. I’m not the kind of person who likes to wear a “plain” manicure (though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!) Fortunately, the new NYC In a New York City Special Effects Topcoats provide a quick and easy element of pizzazz to any  manicure, in a flash!

bottles

 

Today, I have two “effects” to show you: the Sparkle Topcoat, and the matte topcoat called Matte Me Crazy. Both come in 0.33 fl. oz. bottles, which should last for PLENTY of manicures. Each has a thin application brush for precision, which especially helps in the glitter placement of the Sparkle topcoat. I was so excited when these came in the mail, so let’s get to the review!

The Sparkle topcoat is a small blue and pink hex glitter mixed with a very fine silver glitter, all in a sheer pink base. It looks very similar to Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear’s Supernova in the bottle, but Supernova isn’t nearly as glitter-dense as this NYC beauty, and Supernova doesn’t have a pink base, either- it’s base is clear. Since the base of the polish is pink, I thought it would look best over other pink polishes (though I also wanted to see it over a blue since there is blue glitter in the polish itself). The colors I chose to test the Sparkle topcoat with are below:

From thumb to pinky: Ulta "Fuchsiamania", Love and Beauty "Pink", Claire's "Hot Stuff", NYC "Empire State Blue", Revlon Scented Parfum "Cotton Candy"

From thumb to pinky: Ulta “Fuchsiamania”, Love and Beauty “Pink”, Claire’s “Hot Stuff”, NYC “Empire State Blue”, Revlon Scented Parfum “Cotton Candy”

Then, I applied one coat of Sparkle topcoat over all of them…

Shade

Shade

Holy glitter Batman! I love this over all of these combos except over Hot Stuff. I think the base is just too coral-y for the cooler pink and blue to really stand out. Now, over Revlon Cotton Candy, this glitter is divine! I also love how the pink is played up over a blue polish base. I can’t wait to experiment with more color combos! Overall, the glitter requires minimal placement, if any at all, and looks great in one coat, though, the more coats you add, the more of a “punch” you’ll give your nails! Formula was nice, not too thick or thin. Love this!

Matte Me Crazy I will admit I was dubious about. I have an Ulta matte topcoat that I got for about $10 in a set of 4, and I really hate it. It turns my nails satin, not matte at all- the shine still peaks through. So when I found out this polish was under $2 at drugstores, I really had my doubts. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a whirl. To fully test it, I picked some really shiny base colors to layer it with:

From thumb to pinky: Fresh Paints "Dragon Lady", Revlon "Scandalous", OPI "A Woman's Prague-ative", Love and Beauty "Peacock", Essie "For the Twill of it"

From thumb to pinky: Fresh Paints “Dragon Lady”, Revlon “Scandalous”, OPI “A Woman’s Prague-ative”, Love and Beauty “Peacock”, Essie “For the Twill of it”

All are super pretty on their own, but let’s see what mattifying them with Matte Me Crazy does…

Shade

Shade

Um, wow. Just wow. I have no words. THIS IS FANTASTIC. Look how matte they all got! I love it over Love and Beauty Peacock because it really brings out the subtle purple duochrome of the polish (which my camera refused to pick up on, but I promise it’s there in real life). And please, do NOT get me started on how much I love Matte Me Crazy over Revlon Scandalous. It really emphasizes the pink hex glitters against the black jelly background. I really love every single one of these pairings! Formula-wise, Matte Me Crazy is pretty identical to Sparkle Topcoat, easy to apply, not too thick or thin, and super fast drying because of its matte nature. A real winner, easily beats Ulta as my favorite topcoat of all time.

I’m in awe at both of these polishes. They seriously blew me away, and far exceeded my expectations of a drugstore brand. They’re worth every penny (and they don’t cost that many pennies, either!) Applause to NYC, you very well might have made me a matte lover. And that is not an easy task to do.

So what do you think of these two special effect polishes? Will they be making their way into your stash in the near future? And are you a fan of nail art? Let me know in the comments!

NYC polishes retail for $0.99-$1.99 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, Target, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

Product featured in this post was sent to me for review by a brand representative. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.