Today, I have another one of the Sally Hansen designer collaborations. Taking inspiration from the Mulleavy sisters’ punk-mermaid runway designs, the Sally Hansen Spring 2015 Rodarte nail polish collection mixes edgy and neutral, beach-y hues.
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.
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 flat, curved brush is attached to a long paddle that needs to be wiped to avoid drips. Note: I believe the bristles have changed because they are softer and easier to press and fan out without worry of dragging the polish. I noticed this with the other spring CSM releases as well.
All three shades are very well pigmented, requiring only two coats. They also have a silky smooth application, though Pink Shell can fall victim to brush strokes because of its pearl finish. My suggestion, apply two strokes to the sides and finish with one smooth stroke down the middle.
Sally Hansen X Rodarte Spring 2015 Swatches
Sally Hansen Dark Denim is an inky midnight hue with an understated blue shimmer. The shimmer is barely visible in bright light. You have to go hunting for it. And the color falls into almost-black territory so in indirect light it is very dark. The base color reminds me a lot of Essie After School Boy Blazer, maybe a hair lighter.
Sally Hansen Pale Sand is a sandy beige creme. It has a bit of pink to it, which keeps me from looking jaundiced, as some yellow-based nudes can. If Essie Picked Perfect is too dark for your taste, this is a lighter version.
Sally Hansen Pink Shell is a pale rosy pink frost. Due to the silver pearl, it almost has a neutral feel to it. Essie Buy Me a Cameo is more bronze while Sally Hansen Gold Roses is a darker pink.
Bottom Line: I find Pale Sand really flattering, and I don’t have that many neutrals I can say that about, so it’s a keeper. Pink Shell is a well made polish in that it isn’t streaky or lumpy, but it’s not for my skin tone. And Dark Denim is too dark. I have so many almost-black shades that I never wear, because I’m the only one who knows they’re not black.
The Sally Hansen Spring 2015 Rodarte colors are available now at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. As I mentioned the other day, I haven’t spotted them on shelves but Curly Comedy found a display that includes the other designer shades, and some I’ve not heard of.
Are any of the Rodarte colors calling your name? Do you plan to pick up any of them? Which Sally Hansen designer collab do you most look forward to?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Sally Hansen. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.