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Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Review and Swatches!

Hi everyone!

Press Sample

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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.

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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:

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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~

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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.

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Review- Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Polishes

Hi guys and gals!

While out shopping at Target today (I really shouldn’t go there, I have 0 willpower to not buy cosmetic items) I ended up picking up a ton of new nail polish. One of my most intriguing purchases were two polishes from Sally Hansen’s Sugar Coat line- their version of OPI Liquid Sand, if you will. Texture is huge right now, what with Liquid Sand, Pixie Dust by Zoya, Texture by China Glaze, and so many more brands jumping on the bandwagon. Sally Hansen has actually had these polishes out for awhile now, but I’ve just gotten around to reviewing them.

These polishes genuinely feel like you have grains of sugar on your fingers. While Pixie Dust and Liquid Sand polishes tend to have a smoother finish, the Sugar Coat polishes are definitely of a rougher texture. You can even see the granules on the brush before you apply the polish. It’s either going to be your cup of tea or it isn’t. These polishes also don’t have any glitter or shimmer to them, so they dry very mattified. Again, not everyone’s cup of tea. They’re pretty liquid, so they’re easy to apply in my opinion. Swatches and individual reviews are below!

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Candy Corn is a bright coral. It’s very reminiscent of Essie Tart Deco only with texture. It was very easy to apply and was perfect opaque in 2 coats.

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Indoor, natural light

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Shade

Spare-A-Mint? is a deep, turquoise-y blue color. It’s a little darker than robin’s egg blue, but definitely in that color family. I had a bit of an issue with the texture flaking off, literally like blue sugar falling off my nails. It isn’t too bad, but definitely something to consider. It was almost opaque in 1 coat, but I used 2 for pictures below.

Indoor, natural light

Indoor, natural light

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Shade

Overall, I really like these polishes. I’ve heard them be described before as looking like a popcorn ceiling, but I think that’s just up to personal interpretation. I myself like them a lot, and definitely would like to get more in the near future! I would like to see some shimmer to these polishes, too. Not all of them, but add some variety to the finishes. Oh well, I know Zoya and OPI will always satisfy my glitter texture cravings!

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes retail for $5-$7 (though I got mine on clearance for $1.64 at Target!!) and can be found at drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~