Greetings to you, my fellow nail nerdies! Guess what! Yes! I've got your swatches and review of the new, limited edition Sally Hansen Crayola nail polishes! Wheeee!!!
This 12-shade collection has been out in the US for a handful of weeks and it’s just rolling out Canada. I’ve already seen it at my local Shoppers and even though I have it here on my desk, for some weird reason, it still gives me #GrabbyHands when I see it in store. I know, I have problems.
But we should look, right? And I should tell you my thoughts – you know, just in case you’re curious to know how I experienced ‘em.
sally hansen crayola insta-dri swatches & review
Sally Hansen Crayola White 509 (above). It’s a pretty good white! That’s 2 coats and if you have nails the size of (or bigger than) mine, and don’t paint with the 3-stroke method, I feel for you. You need to be fairly quick and use as few strokes as possible. When Sally says it’s “Insta-Dri,” she means it.
Sally Hansen Crayola Dandelion 505 (above). That’s 2 coats and I probably should have thinned it a little, but I didn’t. Because the consistency is chalky, it feels thick and clunky to work with. The level isn’t as great as I’d like, but if you’re a stamper, I’ll betcha this stamps like a dream! Oh yeah, and I had to trim my brush bristles – we’ll get to that in a bit…
Sally Hansen Crayola Sunset Orange 502 (above). I know, right? What a great orange! She’s hugely shiny and saturated in 2 coats and the formula wasn’t quite as thick or unwieldy as the previous 2 shades. This is, however, my 2nd attempt with it. Why? Here! Lemme show you why!
Sally Hansen Crayola Insta-Dri Brush (above). My first go with several of these shades came out as disastrous streaky messes that needed coat after coat after coat and just would not level. After multiple attempts with seemingly good formulas, if I can’t get them on lookin’ good, I start to question my skills. When I start to question my skills, I examine the brush. And you know what? It’s not me, it’s the brush – it’s junk. I can’t get clean lines and even coverage with a piece of raggedy-ass junk like this.
Sally Hansen Crayola Insta-Dri Brush trimmed (above). Luckily, I have steady hands and a very, very sharp pair of curved scissors. Some of the brushes just needed little trims but this one needed a good chunk cut off to de-ragged-ify it.
Seriously, if you find you have trouble with these shades, it’s not you, it’s the brush. If you have steady hands, trim it. If you don’t have steady hands, swap it out. And sometimes one side of the brush is worse than the other so maybe give it a flip to see if it helps.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brush just one more time (above). Harrumph! Shame on you Sally Hansen! Are your customers not worth a little quality control? I mean I love you, but come on!
Sally Hansen Crayola Carnation Pink 504 (above). Movin’ on.… That’s 2 coats and you’ll want to get as even and smooth as you can on the first coat. Then put the brush back in the bottle, close it up, and give it a good shake. Then use a thicker 2nd coat and hope for level. Oh! The pigments here seem to have a real affinity for sidewall and cuticle staining so be careful on removal, k?
Sally Hansen Crayola Razzmatazz 512 (above). Speaking of staining, this right here was the most evil cuticle and sidewall stainer I’ve used in a long, long time. It stopped my day of swatching when I had just 3 more polishes to go. It’s pretty, though! And it’s 2 coats.
Sally Hansen Crayola Scarlet 510 (above). She’s a good poppy red in 2 coats and just to be on the safe side, I gave my cuticles and sidewalls a little extra space. It’s a good idea – these reds'll getcha.
Sally Hansen Crayola Wild Strawberry 501 (above). Similar to Scarlet, but not the same – this red is darker. That’s 2 coats and once again I left a larger-than-normal cuticle gap. After Razzmatazz, I’m somewhat terrified of these reds. And lookit! No sticker! Ha! There is one on the back (and another on the cap) though so I feel pretty sure about the shade name.
Sally Hansen Crayola Granny Smith Apple 506 (above). Yay! An evenly cut brush! Yay! That’s 2 easy coats to this really smashing green. And no top coat – I didn’t top coat anything!
Sally Hansen Crayola Cerulean 507 (above). This shade! It went on like magic! That’s 2 fast, even coats and this blue makes me smile really, really big. You’re going to see swatches of it online and think it’s a whole other colour but in natural daylight, it’s this. I love it. I’m keeping it forever.
Sally Hansen Crayola Denim 512 (above). Again, just 2 coats will get you to this shiny royal blue. I like these Insta-Dri formulas – if you get a decent brush, they go on swell and actually do dry pretty fast!
Girly Bits Refresh!Refresh!Refresh! over Sally Hansen Crayola Denim (above). One coat of this over 2 coats of that = sparkly ocean. Refresh was on my desk, man. It pretty much said "use me!" I didn't even have a choice.
Sally Hansen Crayola Purple Heart 513 (above). Another 2 coats and this one had a better brush and a better-for-me kind of formula. It went on pretty much by itself! In lower light, it’s a darker kind of grape-y but here, in daylight, it shot like this: sorta dusty and sorta awesome.
Sally Hansen Crayola Vivid Violet 508 (above). My notes? “2. Great formula.” Ha! Me so wordy! I love this shade a lot a lot a lot.
And that’s it, Crayola kids! On the whole I really dig this collection of solid, bright shades. It’s happy, smiley, and fun. Because they're so saturated and dry so fast, they're probably excellent for stamping, too. Not that I stamp. That's like arting. I can't art. We all know this.
I did have some slight issues with formula (and not-so-slight issues with brushes), but as you can see, I persevered and got it all on there lookin’ like money.
But note: the Insta-Dri-ness means that if you don’t work quickly the polish can start drying on the brush – that can create drag lines. If that happens, stick the brush back in, give it a quick shake, and get back to polishing.
Availability & Linky Things: In Canada, you can find these limited edition shades wherever Sally Hansen products are sold. I’ve spotted ‘em at my local Shoppers Drug Mart! In the US, I say check amazon.com.