I’m not gonna lie, when the first set of Sally Hansen Sugar Coat textured nail polishes released, I wasn’t that jazzed. The color palette was very basic; white, black, red, yellow, pink, etc. With the exception of a green (Sour Apple) and blue (Razzle-berry), they didn’t speak to me.
However, Sally Hansen has released a second set of Sugar Coat shades that include some more “me” colors, including some glitter textures.
If you know me at all, you know that blue, purple and teal are so in my wheelhouse and that the sparkly texture polishes are my jam, so I had a lot of fun playing with these new colors. In fact, I came up with a layering combination so gorgeous that I dare even the texture haters to dismiss it.
Formula & Application: Sally Hansen Sugar Coat nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). It comes in the same rectangular bottle as Crackle Overcoat. It reminds me of glass block. The white, plastic cap is curved for a comfortable fit while polishing and the flat brush is dense with flexible bristles.
I have to say that I’m impressed with the control I have with these polishes. The formula is smooth, in spite of the texture, and the brush allows for easy placement and polish flow. The pigmentation varies based on the finish. The creme based colors all give full coverage in two coats while the sparkly shades require three coats (more for Royal Icing).
Application tip: Texture nail polish is intended to be worn without a base coat or top coat but I would wear a base coat with the darker shades to prevent staining.
Removal tip: With glitter/texture, I normally recommend holding a remover-soaked pad against the nail for a few minutes to loosen the particles. In this case, it made the staining with the darker colors worse. Note: The stains came right off with Orly Cutique, my go-to stain remover.
Sally Hansen Gummy Grape is a straight-up grape creme texture. It’s a little cooler than Milani Texture Purple Streak and more pigmented.
Sally Hansen Laughie Taffy is a midnight blue creme texture. It looks more royal in the bottle but on the nail it dries pretty dark.
Sally Hansen Royal Icing is an extremely sheer, pale sky blue with pale pink shimmer. It looks like a light turquoise in the bottle but on the nail it has a gossamer effect. Because it is so sheer, I couldn’t get it opaque even with four thin coats. And honestly, after three coats, it becomes one giant lumpy mess.
It’s really best for layering which is when the true magical nature of this shade comes out. I applied two coats over a light pink opaque creme, Sally Hansen CSM Pink a Card, and the resulting sparkly violet hue is simply stunning.
Sally Hansen Pink Sprinkle is a hot raspberry pink sparkle texture. This one contains bright pink glitter and larger golden red flecks.
Sally Hansen Spare-A-Mint? is a bright teal creme texture. Of all the shades, this one caused the most staining. While it looks similar, in the bottle, to Milani Aqua Splash Texture, Spare-A-Mint? is actually much darker and more pigmented.
Sally Hansen Treat-Heart is a glittering, fairy princess pink metallic texture. It’s a bit rosy but not so much as Zoya Miranda and it’s darker than OPI Liquid Sand Pussy Galore.
Bottom Line: This new set of Sugar Coat shades have something for both the creme and sparkly texture lovers. I’m partial to the glittery shades and I can’t get over how cool Royal Icing looks layered. Of the three creme colors, Gummy Grape is my favorite, partly because it caused the least staining.
The new Sally Hansen Sugar Coat colors are available now, in limited release, at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. There are two additional shades I didn’t receive, Candy Corn (an orange creme) and Red Velvet (a magenta glitter). They retail for $5.99/ea for a .4oz bottle.
So what do you think of these new Sugar Coat colors? Are you still into texture? What do you think of my Royal Icing layering? Does it change your mind on texture?