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Sally Hansen Spring 2015 Rodarte Swatches & Review

By on April 22, 2015
in Blue, Nude, Pink, Sally Hansen, Spring 2015, Tan
Sally Hansen Rodarte Spring 2015 review via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen X Rodarte Spring 2015

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 Dark Denim swatch - Spring 2015 Rodarte via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Dark Denim

Sally Hansen Dark Denim swatch comparison - Spring 2015 Rodarte via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Dark Denim comparison

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 Pale Sand swatch - Spring 2015 Roadarte via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Pale Sand

Sally Hansen Pale Sand swatch comparison - Spring 2015 Roadarte via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Pale Sand comparison

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.

Sally Hansen Pink Shell swatch - Spring 2015 Rodarte via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Pink Shell

Sally Hansen Pink Shell swatch comparison - Spring 2015 Rodarte via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Pink Shell comparison

Sally Hansen Spring 2015 Rodarte swatches via @alllacqueredup

Sally Hansen Spring 2015 Rodarte swatches

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?

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Nice swatches!

  2. LaraLeaf says:

    I probably won’t be getting any of these. I don’t care for those dark polishes that read as black – why bother! And I’m not a fan of that pearl finish, even though your swatches make them tempting! As for the nude, I am starting to dip my toes in the water with nudes lately. I do have several now that I do like, but this shade doesn’t do much for me. I do appreciate your review of these polishes – thank you for sharing!

    • I hear you Lara. Might as well just wear black. Hey, if I can help you make a decision not to buy a dupe or something that doesn’t suit you, that’s just as beneficial as enabling you.

  3. Helena says:

    I don’t have either polish and am too lazy to find pictures to compare :p but Dark Denim reminds me of Deborah Lippmann’s Rolling in the Deep.

  4. Lisa Marino says:

    Has the formula of these polishes changed at all in the last few years? I had a horrible experience with a shade I bought, it was destroyed in less than a few hours, and I’ve never purchased another.

    • The formula did go through a change, they improved it over the original formulation a year or so ago. I have never had problems with it but I didn’t notice better application with the spring collections. Maybe your base & top coat didn’t like the polish. I’ve actually had great results wearing it on its own.

  5. Leah says:

    They are all very beautiful. They look very nice agains ur skin. As always thank you for the review. I look forward to the next!

  6. kel says:

    eh, unremarkable for me

  7. Jackie S. says:

    “Pale Sand” looks great on your hands :)

  8. When I saw Dark Denim in the first picture I immediately thought of Essie Spun in Luxe from the Cashmere Matte collection. But that color is straight up black with lighter blue shimmer. Guess Denim can just be a first dark blue for those who don’t have any. I’m a big fan of Milani Ink Spot because you can still tell it’s blue.

  9. These are amazing. I hope they come to Australia soon. They are going straight onto my wish list.

  10. Mia Dixon says:

    Really enjoyed this! Super Michelle!