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ALU at NYFW – Backstage at Tracy Reese with Sally Hansen

Tracy Reese was one of the shows I was most excited to go backstage for at New York Fashion Week. After many successful, sold out collaborations between Tracy and Sally Hansen, I couldn’t wait to see what they have in store for next Fall. Of course, I was anything but disappointed.

For Fall 2009, Sally Hansen is going HD. Hi-Def technology is not just for TVs and makeup, it’s trickling over into nails. But what exactly does that mean? Hi-Definition nail polish. I had the chance to interview Bill Boraczek Sr. VP of Marketing for Coty (SH’s parent company) to talk about this new technology and the LE Tracy Reese shade.

The new Sally Hansen Hi-Definition Nail Color is made with liquid crystals to provide color vibrancy and dimension much like the effect of HD television. To better explain…

High Definition is the new standard in visual advances. It offers unprecedented clarity and brilliance in color imagery. HD nail color reflected this technology in a patented, breakthrough formula with real liquid crystals. It’s unrivaled, spectacular color pure, vivid pigments that provide multi-dimensional color and extraordinary brilliance. Nothing compares to this color formulation for long-lasting, vibrant high definition color and deep, intense shine. And, like all Sally Hansen nail color, HD protects nails and helps prevent them from chipping, breaking and cracking.

The first shade to debut with this new formula is the Tracy Reese designed, limited edition, Opulent Cloud. Inspired by post-impressionist artists like Van Gogh, Vuillard and Modigliani, Tracy conceived this gold tinged gray to transform and compliment the cornucopia of shades in her collection.

What makes it so unique is that the gold flash causes the polish to have a chameleon effect. It can look lilac or lavender on fair skin, more golden metallic on olive skin. According to Bill, “[Opulent Cloud] looks great on a range of skin tones” and “[Tracy] does the best job of diversity with the models,” so it looks different on everyone.

Bill considers Opulent Cloud a very user friendly gray. “It’s great for those people who aren’t going to go gunmetal gray or black. It’s something in between.”
sally hansen, tracy reese, nyfw, fall 2009, opulent cloud
I’m fortunate to be able to bring you a sneak peek of Opulent Cloud, months before it hits shelves. As you can see, even the lighting affects the way this polish looks. In natural light, it’s much more gray while the gold plays a bigger part in artificial light.
sally hansen, tracy reese, nyfw, fall 2009, opulent cloud “I love colors that change and you can’t find one word to describe it. To me, that’s the best color. If I can’t name it easily, then there’s something interesting to it.” – Bill Boraczek

As much as it irritates me when I can’t easily describe a shade for you all, Bill is so right. It really is the defining quality of a unique hue.
sally hansen, tracy reese, nyfw, fall 2009, opulent cloud
To complete the overall look, Tracy enlisted the help of Charlotte Willer for Maybelline and Erin Anderson for TRESemme. The makeup was left soft and natural with a strong brow being the prominent feature. The hair was curled and romantic, pulled back and held to the nape of the neck with a simple barrette.

Opulent Cloud from the Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color collection will be limited edition and release in August 2009 with 8 permanent shades debuting shorty after. #NYFW

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  1. Vampy Varnish says:

    Ohhh these look fabulous, I can’t wait to see them all!

  2. HeidiG says:

    Love love love! It almost reminds me of taking Chanel’s Kaleidoscope and OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques and mixing them up. Can’t wait until August!!

  3. Scrangie says:

    AHH that is super cool!!!

  4. kirsten says:

    could you do a swatch of this next to chanel kaleidoscope? also, i’d love to know if the color holds up well, as promised. thanks!

  5. Beauty Alchemist says:

    I love this new shade.

    I just got some of the Spring 09 shades from the Tracy Reese coll/ Looking forward to swatching/wearing them.

  6. clockwork says:

    Dag! Can’t wait til that is available.

  7. Banana says:

    To me it kind of looks like Amethyst Cream from the Canadian Passport to Milan Collection, which is my favourite SH colour ever!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just called Sally Hansen trying to find Opulent Cloud and the rest of the Fall HD collection, and the person I spoke with had never heard of it! She faked an answer saying the HD collection was already out, and when I asked her to list shades, she listed the Spring/Summer HD collection. Has anyone found the collecton in stores yet?

  9. Rebecca says:

    I have been looking for months for this shade, particularly in Canada. I just at Shoppers Drug Mart and they told me that the HD collection was just a temporary one and they have all gone back. Has anyone found it in Canada? Or somewhere that I can order it online?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I found it at a Rite Aid here in So Cal. They only had 2 of each shade in the display. I bought one of them. I too had been looking for months.

  11. T-Rex says:

    I just bought one in a Rite Aid in Athens, GA.

  12. moeysullivan says:

    What do you know, Opulent Cloud finally appeared in Louisville…at my local Kroger! Can’t wait to do the mani tomorrow. Intrigued by how different it is (at least in the bottle) from Out-Grey-Geous.