In the race to compete with the gloss and wear of gel polish, it seems that every brand and their mother is coming out with a product or line that includes the word “gel” or “shine.”
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab, SinfulColors SinfulShine, etc. Even CND is trying to glom onto Shellac’s success with VINYLUX. At the end of the day, no traditional polish or top coat will deliver exactly what gel can. Stop trying to make fetch happen, people!
So who can blame me for being skeptical when Sally Hansen introduced Triple Shine nail polish? Granted, they aren’t making hefty claims of gel polish-like results but, I mean, just how shiny are we talking here? Let’s find out.
Formula & Application
Sally Hansen Triple Shine is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DPB, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). It comes in a tapered, tall rectangular bottle with a matching black shiny cap. The outer cap is removable, revealing a smooth, round inner cap that is tall and slightly tapered.
The brush looks and feels identical to the Complete Salon Manicure brush. It’s flat and wide with a curved edge. The bristles are firm so they don’t really fan out on the nail. I find that it’s best to gently glide the brush along the surface with no real pressure. That delivers the most streak-free results.
The 29 color line is broken down into three finish categories: Iridescense, Pop and Fanta-Sea.
- Iridescence: A range of nine ethereal, pearlescent pastels and shimmering metallics
- Pop: A rainbow of ten vibrant, saturated polishes in bold brights
- Fanta-Sea: A glittering selection of ten aquatic tones that evoke the sun-dappled sea
I tried colors from both the Pop and Iridescence lines and both applied super smooth with excellent pigmentation. I only needed two coats with each shade.
There is also a Triple Shine Top Coat to accompany the line, something SinfulShine is lacking, and I suggest using it. To me, what’s the point of making a “high shine” lacquer if you don’t have a top coat to go with it? Then you’re just relying on some other top coat, no?
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Vanity Flare is a Barney-esque, red grape creme. As I mentioned above, it’s super pigmented. You barely need two coats for full coverage.
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Wavy Blue is an electric blue foil metallic with shade shifting pigments that look indigo from the right angle. The pale blue glass flecks dance on the surface, playing with the light. I tried to capture its purple qualities below but it’s truly best appreciated in person.
Triple Shine Technology
Before we get to the wear test, let’s talk about the technology of this polish. This is what Sally Hansen has to say:
Triple Shine Nail Color is formulated with an Ultimate Shield Complex, exclusive to Sally Hansen. It is a carefully balanced blend of solvents and color solids that work synergistically for high impact color and maximum shine. It delivers Triple Shine benefits via:
- The Gloss-Tech Brush designed specifically to apply the Triple Shine formula. It lays down polish smoothly and evenly to form a glass-like, flawless finish that maximizes lasting shine – and looks “just applied” for days.
- An exclusive complex of Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E for daily defense from water, detergent and every day wear plus Sea Kelp and Panthenol for maximum hydration.
- Guanine, a natural crushed pearl found in aquatic life delivers a natural iridescence and high-impact, lasting shine.
I wore Wavy Blue for eight days with the Triple Shine Top Coat and this is my experience.
Dry time: I have mixed feelings on the dry time. When I applied Wavy Blue the first time, it took longer to dry than usual. Even an hour later I ended up denting my nail but, oddly enough, I was able to smooth it out with my finger like it was never there.
Then, I used Vanity Flare and it dried perfectly in about 10 minutes. Perplexed, I tried Wavy Blue again, using extremely thin coats and it dried normally. So I would say, the thickness of your layers affects the dry time significantly.
Wear: As you can see, on Day 5 you could see minor tip wear (and this was shot at an angle). By Day 8 the tip wear had increased some but not to the point of embarrassment. I also had one tiny chip on my index finger. If all I have is some minor tip wear and one chip after 8 days, I call that a success.
Shine: The pic on Day 5 was taken outside in direct sunlight, with my phone, so it looks a bit dull. In actuality, it was still just as shiny as when I applied it. The Day 8 picture , also with my phone, can attest to that. It was certainly shinier than VINYLUX, which dulled over a week’s time.
But, is it a miraculous, game-changing shine? Not necessarily but considering my constant hand washing and how hard I am on my hands, I say it delivers on its promises.
Bottom Line: Considering the price point and the varied shade/finish range, the Triple Shine line is a great value that delivers on its claims. I do suggest picking up the top coat as I prefer to wear a matching top coat, if available. If you’re hard on your hands and find that nail polish dulls easily, I’d give this a try.
Have you tried the Triple Shine polishes yet? Which colors are your favorites? Have you found an actual polish or top coat that really delivers the gel polish look and wear?
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