Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Fall 2011

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Today I have a limited edition Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection to show you.  You might have read about it last Spring when promo images first came out, it's the collection created for Prabal Gurung's Victorian-inspired Fall collection.  Here's the backstory from Sally Hansen's PR:

    Red carpet favorite Prabal Gurung teamed up with Sally Hansen and to create a new collection of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polishes to complement the designer’s Victorian-inspired fall collection. Celebrity manicurist, Jin Soon designed and hand painted each set of nails with new fall hue, Crinoline, a warm white base and added flecks of black polish for an Asian inspired design. Prabal Gurung and Sally Hansen will release their full five-color Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection in the fall. The patented polishes feature the most advanced lacquer formula, concentrated high-intensity color and encapsulated treatment spheres of Vita-Care technology.

    Here's a promo images of the color all lined up.  It's a tiny one, but I have giant swatches so you'll see detail of each.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure with Prabal Gurung
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure with Prabal Gurung for Fall 2011

    Furthest to the left is Dorien Grey, a nice medium light grey that's between a jelly and a creme.  At two coats it looked like a well-pigmented jelly, at three it's a super shiny creme.  This is three coats without top coat.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dorien Grey
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dorien Grey Nail Polish, Three Coats

    The next one over is Crinoline, which is a barely beige-pink creme.  I needed three coats because I made the coats thin, and the third was required to even it out.  I think two moderate coats would do the same thing, but three is pretty standard for something this pale.  This is without top coat.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Crinoline
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Crinoline Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Ballet Rouges is in the middle, and it strikes me as a modern version of Crayola Carnation Pink in a creme nail polish.  It has a little of that faded-out quality that's common in very recent years, but it still looks Carnation Pink for the most part.  It's a great balance of pigment and shine, and two coats was perfect.  Here's Ballet Rouges without top coat.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Ballet Rouges
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Ballet Rouges Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The second from the right is Courtesan, a bright fuchsia creme that's also very pigmented and very shiny.  Two coats was plenty here, and the picture of Courtesan is without top coat.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Courtesan
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Courtesan Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The last one is Madame X, a slightly pinkish red creme.  One coat gave even, opaque coverage and I added a second for shine.  This is what I'm now wearing as a manicure, so Madame X does have top coat.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Madame X
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Madame X Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The quality of each of these is quite nice and I have no complaints about them, so I think it come down to color preference.  I always like well-done or updated simple shades, and these qualify.  Madame X is nice enough that I'd choose this formula over just about any other for the shade.

    The press release tells me they'll be out this Fall, and that's as specific as it gets.  If I get additional info, I'll tack it on here, but I really have no reason to believe the release of these will be different than other, so different retail locations will likely get them at different times over the next couple of months.

    That's what I know about the Prabal Gurung Sally Hansen limited edition colors, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



    *The products featured were sent for independent review by a PR firm.

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