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Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009

Are you kids ready to dive into Spring? I know I am. I’ve been sitting on the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring collection for way too long and I’ve been dying to gush. With a heavy floral inspiration these shades came straight from the runway to the bottle. I couldn’t be more excited about these polishes if I tried. Every one is a winner. Even the yellow!

You know, I’m not sure why but every time I use a creme from the SH Salon line, I am so impressed with the formula and how it applies. As if I didn’t already know how fantastic it is. It’s so weird. I’m sitting there, painting my nails thinking, “My word, this is outstanding! Why am I not wearing these more often?” Riddle me that and you win a prize (not really but you know what I mean).

Seriously, these polishes are all hyper pigmented, smooth and glossy. The hues are vibrant. The tones are true to bottle color. Shall I go on? I could just keep yammering away but seeing will make you a believer.


Tassel was the shade selected for the Tracy Reese runway show. This rich, warm gold was the perfect neutral complement to Tracy’s designs. You have no idea how happy I am to find a metallic that applies smoothly. No brushstroke city. No streaking or unevenness. I did need three coats to get it opaque and perfect but it was worth it.

I showed you Night Hydrangea in a NOTD post a few weeks back. For me, this is pretty much the perfect purple shimmer. It’s that elusive “purple in every light” we’re all looking for and it does so without hitting neon territory. I KNOW tons of you will be hunting this one down.

Nasturtium brings out my love of coral that has been hiding the past few years. You don’t even know I was such a coral fiend. One of my first bottles was Essie Carousel Coral and it set me off on a streak for pretty much an entire summer. Nasturtium is just so effortlessly spring and casual that I can’t help but love it.

Honeydew – THANK YOU Tracy Reese for throwing in something for us green lovers. It has this light, watery feel that isn’t full on green yet not blue either. Does that make it teal? Aqua? Blue-green? Green-blue? Does it matter? It’s stunning! Naturally, Honeydew is the shade I popped open first and all I could say was, “come to momma you gorgeous thing!” This is the only one whose shimmer does more than add depth. It’s clearly visible.

When I saw Forsythia, all I could think was, “Oh no! Pantone’s color of the year, Mimosa, has leaked into the polish world!” My polish fears had come true. But you know what? Forsythia is a lot less golden than Mimosa and much more flattering than I expected. Its muted tone differs from the day-glo yellows we’ve seen in years past. Is it the easiest shade to pull off? No but I’m oddly drawn to it.

Beet Stain is a kissing cousin to Fall’s Night Lily, only a tinge more red so, if you missed out on it last season, now is your chance. It seems the berry trend that was so prominent in makeup last season is carrying over to spring for nails. Zoya put one in their spring collection as did OPI.

Azalea is a bold red-pink creme. It’s a bit softer than what you’d think of as a “hot pink.” A perfect pedicure shade for when we finally get to break out our sandals.
The Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring color collection is set to hit shelves in March but you know the drill. These babies aren’t easy to find and when they finally go on sale, they’re gone in a flash. So keep your peepers on your local drugstore displays and let us know when you find them. We all want to know!

images: Vogue UK, Janice from Specktra.net and All Lacquered Up

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  1. itzzzkimmm says:

    I’ve been looking everywhere for these Trace Reese for Sally Hansen polishes. I haven’t seen them in any stores. Any ideas on where they are sold?

  2. CincyFan says:

    Itzzzkimmm – They only come out twice a year, Fall & Spring. They usually come out in March and September and availability depends on whether the store manger decides to order them.

  3. Team Morris says:

    i’m in love with Forsythia!!! :) happy, happy, happy! i keep hearing yellow’s the color this year… you know, last year i thought yellow was going to rule spring/ summer (and i think opi did too with their “it color”)…but we must just have been a tad off and can pull off this yellow that seems to have a (strange) green??? undertone?

    Thanks so much for the swatches! You rule!

  4. Vampy Varnish says:

    I am ALL OVER HoneyDew ad Night Hydrangea. The issue is I can rarely find these damn polishes and had to resort to eBay at one point, argh!

  5. Zoe W. Scott says:

    Oh my god this collection is HEAVENLY!

  6. BrooklynShoeBabe says:

    Wow. These colors are so awesome. I would dutifully have to polish my nails every five days in order to get the best use out of all these wonderful colors.

  7. Scrangie says:

    Holy crap! Way to go, Sally Hansen! Night Hydrangea, Honeydew and Forsythia shall be mine!!

  8. Vesper says:

    Your swatches are incredible; I want them all! I was able to get most of the ones I wanted from the fall collection (except Night Lily and Alchemy)…looks like I will have to stalk my local drugstores again!

  9. Mazoo says:

    Uh oh…I forsee much spendages.

  10. sdpfeiffy says:

    If only I could *find* these. I have to travel at least an hour to the Walgreens that may or may not have them. :(

  11. Winn says:

    Well there goes my no-buy, I want every single one!

  12. rmcandlelight says:

    I am new at collecting nail polishes. I want all of these. All of them are so beautiful. I guess I’ll start checking every drug store:)

  13. Erin says:

    I found the fall collection at Harmon and only at Harmon, so if you have one near you check it out!
    So this isn’t out yet? Any release date?

  14. Anonymous says:

    For us overseas folks, do you know which e-retailer carries it? Night hydrangea & Forsythia are TO DIE FOR!

    - Penny

  15. Emeliean says:

    Ooh, really digging Night Hydrangea and Honeydew right now! Can’t wait to get my hands on these (: Can I say GORGEOUS?

  16. Diana says:

    I’m really hoping these are easier to find that the Salons from the fall! I’ve had the hardest time finding Salon LE shades in drugstores here. I stalk and stalk and stalk and they never show! If only these were available through online retailers.

  17. Team Morris says:

    I’m going to stalk CVS, Long’s Drugs and RiteAid here in California on my lunch break today. I’ll let you all know what I find.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I live in Northern California, ive been to rite aide, longs and walgreens, nothing yet. The lady at walgreens in the cosmetic department said they are putting up all new spring stuff starting Feb.5th.

  19. Gradstudent eternii says:

    Oh these are gorgeous.

    Could you compare Azalea to Sumptous Petal for us? It looks like it may be the same color without the jelly?

  20. Team Morris says:

    Ran to two different RiteAids and a CVS but no luck. They’re currently clearing out older shades and making room to put up Spring 09 things in Feb…that’s what the salesperson told me. Sames as Anon in Northern Cali.

    At one of the RiteAids I happened to find some sweet “Jesse’s Girl” polish colors I had to have. Grabbed a neon purple and a fun royal purple shimmer. Haven’t heard good things about the polish formula…but couldn’t pass up those purples! I keep thinking to myself…just how many purples can there be??? And then another one (or ten) pop up!

  21. Down Comforter says:

    I love the Azalea – really pretty shade. The Nasturtium is also a nice departure from the deep dark purple I’ve been seeing everywhere.

  22. Anonymous says:

    They’re beautiful, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I never did find the fall Sally H’s, so who knows if these will show up in my area.

  23. watcher says:

    Thanks for the beautiful photos. How does OPI’s Lunch at the Delhi, a red-pink “coral”, compare to Azalea. Nasturtium looks more orangy that Lunch.

  24. Anonymous says:

    where can i buy these!?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know where online I can buy this new line of nail polishes?! I am currently stationed in Europe and can’t get to the USA to buy them! Help please!!!

  26. Mimi says:

    i finally got them! hah! at walgreens :)

  27. Team Morris says:

    It's August and my local San Diego CVS just put these up this weekend (the one on Mira Mesa Blvd). I snagged them F-A-S-T!!! It's about time! I'm wearing Nastrutium on my tips and Forsythia on my toes as I type now. I hated wating like that, but am sooooo glad I have them now!!! :)

  28. MoLo says:

    I just found a new display of these at a CVS in NYC. Keep your eyes open!

  29. Veronica says:

    Desperately looking for Nasturtium from the 2009 collection. Anyone know where I can still get that polish?
    Thanks!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Wow, I wish I could help. Outside of searching ebay, I’m not sure. Once those colors sell out, they’re gone for good. The only option would be to search MakeupAlley.com swap boards to see if someone is trading it.

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