For the sixth consecutive season, Sally Hansen has partnered with Prabal Gurung as part of its limited edition fashion designer series. Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Fall 2013 represents the military-inspired “urban warrior” look, seen on the Prabal Gurung Fall 2013 runway last February.
The military trend that was so huge a few years ago, when collections like Chanel Les Khakis came out, is hotter than ever. And wait til you see my attempt at Manicurist Jin Soon Choi‘s signature “V-Shape Manicure” that she created for the runway show.
Formula & Application: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). The formula is designed to serve as base coat, color and top coat. Plus it packs in ingredients to help promote growth, strength, extended wear and high shine. The claim is a 10 day wear and as I’ve shown in the past (click here), it lives up to that claim.
The hefty glass bottles are topped with a smooth chrome cap that has a rubberized grip around the base. The grip makes opening the bottle easier and keeps the brush from slipping while polishing. The brush is the same flat, paddle style as the Insta-Dri line, cut with a curve at the tip. The bristles are firm so use a light touch to avoid streaking or dragging the polish.
All three colors in this lineup are thin with a great flow. They spread under the brush well, easily covering the nail while creating a smooth curve at the cuticle. In terms of pigmentation, they pack plenty of punch delivering full coverage in two coats.
Sally Hansen Coat of Arms is a pale pewter metallic with a foil-esque appearance. It does suffer from a bit of brush mark madness but with controlled strokes, you can get a smooth finish.
Application Tip: Apply metallic/chrome polishes to the side of the nail first, finishing with one smooth stroke down the middle. (Obviously, I should take my own advice)
Sally Hansen Loden Green is an olive green creme. Those of you who missed out on Chanel Khaki Vert or MAC Fatigues, this is definitely warmer yet a totally acceptable substitute. FYI, it’s nowhere near as yellow as Illamasqua Hectic or RBL No More War.
Sally Hansen Night Watch is an inky, navy creme. It teeters on “almost-black” territory but never quite crosses the line. For instance, it’s not quite as dark as Essie After School Boy Blazer.
Jin Soon Choi is one of the driving forces behind the Chevron Nail Art Trend of 2013. Her take on the look, a skinny chevron dubbed the “V-Shape Manicure” started making waves during NYFW last February and continues to dominate nail trends. I decided to try my hand at it, replicating the design she created for the Prabal Gurung show, using Coat of Arms and Loden Green.
Get The Look: You can free-hand this, like Jin, if your skills are up to par. Mine are not.
1) Apply 1-2 coats of Coat of Arms to achieve opacity and wait til it’s completely dry. 2) Cut squares of blue painters tape and layer them on top of each other. 3) Cut the skinny chevron shape and peel the layers of tape apart. 4) Lay the tape on the nail with the skinny point just below the tip. 5) Polish over the tape with Loden Green and immediately remove the tape.
Bottom Line: I feel like with this collection, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” On their own, each color is pretty and well made but not necessarily wow-worthy. Together, they make sense and create a color story I can get into. The one shade that stands out to me is Loden Green. Olive green is a tough color to get right, they usually make me look sallow, and this one is pretty perfect.
The Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Fall 2013 nail polish collection is available now, in limited edition, at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Sally Hansen CSM nail polish retails for $7.99/ea for a .5oz bottle.
Are you into these new Prabal Gurung shades? What do you think of the V-Shape Manicure? Is this a look you woul try? Which shades do you plan to hunt down?