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Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Fall 2013 Nail Polish Swatches and Review

By on September 12, 2013
in Blue, Fall 2013, Gold, Nail Art, Purple, Red, Sally Hansen

The longest running collaboration in nail polish world is the fifteen season partnership between Sally Hansen and fashion designer Tracy Reese. The combination of Tracy Reese’s amazing eye for color and Sally Hansen’s top notch formula has produced some of my most beloved shades from the past 6+ years of writing this blog.

Sally Hansen Tracy Reese Fall 2013

Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Fall 2013

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Remember Stormy Blue? How about Arabian Night? And don’t even get me started on the entire Spring 2009 line. Well the team is at it again, pulling inspiration from the rough textures and romantic patterns of the Tracy Reese Fall 2013 collection. The three shades created to represent the collection are an unexpected mix of dark, bright and classic.

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 polishes in this collection are cremes with a squishy texture and excellent pigmentation. In all cases, I achieved full coverage with two coats. Note: Even though you can wear these without a base coat, I suggest wearing one with darker colors and blues to avoid staining.

Sally Hansen Malbec is rich, aubergine creme. It has a lot of wine in its base, as the name suggests, yet there’s enough purple to to keep it from crossing into the red category. While this is definitely a dark, vampy shade, it’s light enough to be able to distinguish it from black.

Sally Hansen Malbec nail polish swatch

Sally Hansen Malbec

Sally Hansen New Wave Blue is a bold cyan creme. It’s actually much darker and more vivid in person but that doesn’t translate on screen. The shot below is much better representation. NWB borders on teal yet not as much as Orly Teal Unreal. To me, it’s a deeper version of OPI Fly.

Sally Hansen New Wave Blue nail polish

Sally Hansen New Wave Blue

Sally Hansen Perfectly Poppy is a scarlet red creme. It leans a bit warm when compared to a color like Zoya Sookie. Almost tomato-like. It photographs a bit sheer but to the naked eye it’s completely opaque.

Sally Hansen Perfectly Poppy nail polish swatch

Sally Hansen Perfectly Poppy

For the Tracy Reese runway show, Sally Hansen Nail Ambassador Tracylee Percival created an Outline Manicure incorporating a core Sally Hansen shade, Wedding Glitters. We’ve seen something similar from another Sally Hansen designer collaboration, Jin Soon Choi’s Slim Silhouette for Prabal Gurung.

Tracylee’s take for Tracy Reese focused on the bright pops of teal in her collection, paired with metallic accents. To recreate, apply two coats of Sally Hansen Wedding Glitters and then two coats of Sally Hansen New Wave Blue just inside.

Outline Manicure Nail Art from Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen

Outline Manicure

Bottom Line: I know I JUST said that a teal didn’t wow me because I have so many but there’s something about New Wave Blue. I think it’s because it’s a bit more muted and fall-feeling than Unreal Teal. Plus I can’t get over how much I LOVE it with Wedding Glitters. Even just pairing them in a party nail situation would be fantastic.

Malbec is a winner for me because it has that vampy, sexy vibe while maintaining the integrity of the bottle color. This is no “almost-black” downer. You guys know that red isn’t really my game and while Perfectly Poppy is lovely, it’s a bit too warm and summery for my liking.

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 liking the new Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen shades? Which ones do you plan to get? Are you a fan of Outline Manicures?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Sally Hansen. Affiliate links appear via skimlinks. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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  1. Lorraine says:

    I have been so into all the Sally Hansen COmplete designer colors. Love! I think I need Perfectly Poppy. Got New Wave Blue. On the fence about Malbec. GOrgeous! But is it too close to Plum Luck? I have that and Pat on the Black and it seems really similar to Plum Luck. Thoughts?

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      It’s darker than Plum Luck and not as red. You can really see the difference in the first coat as there is a definite pinkish-red tinge to Plum Luck while Malbec has a lot of purple in the base. Even when they’re dried, you can definitely tell them apart.

  2. El says:

    I want everything!!

  3. Debra Q says:

    I was just reading my marie claire Oct issue and I saw that Michelle Mismas of All Lacquered up beat 248 other nominees to be the #1 Favorite nail blogger! You go, girl. Congrats!!!

  4. Julie says:

    Congratulation,Michelle!! I just read the October issue of Marie Claire and saw that you were awarded best nail blog! Sorry, I know this doesn’t have anything to do with this post, but I didn’t see anywhere for general comments and just had to say congrats! You were my 1st nail blog and I will continue to follow!

  5. Katy M says:

    I’m loving that outline mani! It looks really fresh to me!

    Oh, and thanks for the trip down memory lane! The Tracy Reese + Sally Hansen Spring 2009 collex started my foray into the nail polish world! Ah, the good ol’ days… Night Hydrangea, Nasturtium, Honeydew (my first real green polish!!!). And who can forget Forsythia, my first ugly-pretty color!

    I don’t think Honeydew came off my toes for months! I’m headed to my Helmer right now to find them!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      They were so so good. In fact someone recently contacted me, looking for one of those shades. I wish they were still available somewhere.

      • Veronica says:

        Do you know where I can still purchase the Nasturtium color? Had I know it was a Trace Reese 2009 Seasonal color, I would have gotten every single one available. As it is now, I don’t know of anyone who still has Nasturtium. It’s my favorite color and I only wear it on special occasions. I’ve had it since 2009 – crazy, huh? thanks for your blog!!!

        • Michelle Mismas says:

          Hi Veronica! Unfortunately, I don’t. It’s hard to get colors that old when they are limited edition. The only place I can think to look is ebay. Maybe set up a search so you’ll get an alert if someone lists it for sale.

  6. I’m liking and wanting them badly. How can you not?! Stunning!

  7. Kelly says:

    LOVE Malbec! And Perfectly Poppy.