Hallo fellow nail polish nerds! I know I’ve been dreadfully absent lately and that’s because they’re changing out all the windows in my condo. Yes, I know that doesn’t sound like such a big deal, but half my life lives at those windows so moving life into the other half of my condo means everything is literally upside down. I have things in places they have no business being, and my office is 100% inaccessible. Booo.
But there’s good news! I started this before the ordeal so I’d have something to show you while I was on forced leave from Manigeekin’! I know, I’m clever like that!
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Sally Hansen very quietly (at least in Canada) revamped the entire Insta-Dri line. It rolled out with very little fanfare, but if you’re a geek who trolls the nail polish aisle in your local, you noticed. Me? I’m totally a geek! I totally noticed! I totally got the whole whack of new stuffs to show you!
Sally Hansen White On Time 113 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). That’s 2 coats and if you go too thick, you’ll bubble. Now that you’ve been warned about that, I gotta tell you that I don’t know if I’ve ever used a better 2-coat white. Oh yes, I said that. Aside from the warning about slappin’ it on too thick, you’ll want to be sure you shake the jeebz out of it to mix it properly before you apply it.
Sally Hansen Grape Shifter over White on Time (above). My notes are so cute! They say “1 coat over = smiley face emoji."
Sally Hansen Champagne Supernova 123 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). You’re looking at 3 coats there. I did 2 then waited a good couple of minutes and went at it with a 3rd. It’s a very pretty, barely peachy ivory.
Sally Hansen In A Flash 133 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). 2 coats with a nice flash of pink plus little pink and green fleckies. And is it me or does this stuff have a scent that’s reminiscent of Color Therapy? I think it does but I’ve huffed so much polish I’m just not sure anymore.
Sally Hansen In Nude-Tral 143 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). 2 coats. Hello, mannequin hands!
Sally Hansen Go For Gold 153 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). It’s a OCW!! Who doesn’t love a fab gold foil in one coat, right?
Sally Hansen Taupe To Go 163 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). Another OCW!! In one coat, it dries down much closer to the cap shade than the bottle shade. I’m going to guess it’s because I didn’t shake it enough. If I get all close up to the bottle, I can see streaks of black pigment all up in there. Oops. But it’s not my fault these bottles don’t fit in my Pro Shaker, is it?
Sally Hansen Sand Storm 173 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). 2 coats. Some of these brushes aren’t as good as others. This one didn’t allow for thin coats but given the heft of the ones I did do, the level in here is pretty fanfreakin’tastic! Also, lobster hands.
Sally Hansen Making Mauves 183 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). I’m kind of crushing on this shade and that’s probably on account of the stealth shimmer that’s hiding in there. When you look at the bottle-actual, it looks like it’s going to be waaaay more shimmery than it is on the nail. I don’t care – it’s pretty as all get out even though this doesn't say mauve to me.
Sally Hansen Slick Slate 193 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 2018 (above). Wow, my notes on this are boring. They simply say “2 coats”. If I sit here and look at the image though, I like this shade. It’s kind of mocha and kind of mauve and kind of dusty. It looks like Autumn to me. I like Autumn!
So there you are! It’s my first chunk of swatches of the revamped Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line and I’m a fan. Me ‘n Sally go way back – when I got my first job and started making my own money, it’s one of the first brands I ever bought. And I still love it; it’s easy to find, is still relatively inexpensive, and the shade range covers all the basics. What’s not to love, right?
The Sally Hansen Canada website says there are 32 new shades and I haven’t counted how many are here on my desk but I think it’s more than 32. Know what that means? It means I have more to show you! You’re gonna stay tuned, right? Because... Sally! Wheee!!!!