After reading the Beauty Review article about these polishes, I knew that a trial team was coming up, but I had no way of knowing if I’d be selected for the trail team, so I thought I’d take my chances and get my toes ready anyway.
Beauty Review kindly sent me two Sally Hansen Color Therapy polishes, the Top Coat and matching Cuticle Oil to try out, and as I only wear gel polish on my fingernails, I tested these traditional polishes out on my toes. Selecting only two colours from the 14 gorgeous shades in the Sally Hansen range was really difficult and I ended up going for “Primrose & Proper” and “Teal Good”, two colours that I don’t have in my existing collection; a lovely pink and a gorgeous teal that looks a bit more blue than true teal.
I wanted to really put these polishes (and the cuticle oil) to the test, to see if the oils in the polish really did make a difference by nourishing and moisturising dry nails, as it claims to. So, to get my toes ready for the trial, I was a very naughty nail tech and I left the professional brand of traditional polish on my toes for way longer than I should have, and I stopped using cuticle oil, just so that I could show the effects of leaving nail polish on for too long. Nail polish should ideally be changed at least every 10 – 14 days, to prevent the polish from becoming brittle and dehydrating your natural nails.
I left the old polish on my toes for a total of five weeks before removing it, and yes, the traditional polish did become brittle without the daily use of cuticle oil, and it did dehydrate and damage my toe nails, causing white dehydration marks to appear. I know from past experience that these dehydration marks do go away if cuticle oil is applied to the nails on a daily basis, for at least a week. Here is the before photo of my poor, dry toenails before I applied the Sally Hansen Color Therapy nail polish.
There is no base coat with this nail polish range I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Color Therapy in “Primrose & Proper”, with a nail art design stamped onto the big toe in Sally Hansen Color Therapy in “Teal Good” (these polishes are pigmented and thick enough to stamp well). I noticed that the consistency of the polishes varies quite widely. “Primrose & Proper” is quite liquid and thin, whereas “Teal Good” was much thicker and more gloopy. They were both very easy to apply, they dried quickly between coats, and the flat, wide brush with it’s rounded tip makes painting nails a breeze (especially toes. My little toes were done with just one swipe of the brush!).
One thing I don’t like about the packaging is that the bottles have very square edges at the base. This makes it really uncomfortable to roll the bottles in the palms of my hands prior to use. I don’t like to shake my nail polish and prefer to gently roll the bottles in the palms of my hands, to prevent air bubbles being trapped in the liquid. Obviously, this is something that the Sally Hansen packaging designers didn’t really think about.
I wanted a good comparison between using the polish with cuticle oil and without cuticle oil, as I’m always telling clients the benefits of using cuticle oil on a daily basis. Not only because it nourishes the nails and keeps them healthy, but because it helps to keep your polish supple too, which prevents brittleness and chipping. To do this, I only used Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy Cuticle Oil on the toes on my left foot, as that was the one with the worst dehydration damage. I wanted to see what the oils in the polish would do on their own (on my right foot), without the added help of daily cuticle oil.
Well, four days after I’d first applied the polish, I noticed a chip in the middle of the big toe of my right foot (no cuticle oil applied to this foot). The polish on my left foot, where I’d been applying cuticle oil daily, still looked as good as it did on day one!
The cuticle oil is a “dry” oil, meaning that it is absorbed fairly quickly when a little is applied with the brush, and once it is massaged into the skin around the nail and over the polish, there is no greasy or oily residue. It also has a sweet, almost caramelised sugar smell from the Argan Oil.
After a week, I removed the nail polish and this is what my toes looked like.
Does it really work and live up to the promises? The oils added to Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polishes definitely do make them kinder to nails and they do seem to nourish and hydrate the nails to a certain extent, but this doesn’t mean that cuticle oil doesn’t need to be used. I think the results speak for themselves. Cuticle Oil still needs to be applied on a daily basis, not only nourish the nails but to keep the polish flexible and prevent it from chipping. I still wouldn’t recommend leaving this nail polish on for more than two weeks, even with daily use of cuticle oil, as the oils in the polish will eventually stop nourishing your nails and the polish will gradually start drying out, removing moisture from your nails instead of nourishing them.
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