Oh hey! It’s me and Sally H together again! Actually, it’s me, and the 11-shade Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly Insta-Dri nail polish collection that just landed in stores all over the place. It’s a remarkably sweet collection and we should totally look at it now, right?
sally hansen x jelly belly collection swatches
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Coconut 621 (above). It’s such a lovely, just-off-white dreamy shade, isn’t it? Except that it was 3 coats for me. 3 coats only because I had some levelling issues (see middle finger) on account of me not trimming the brush before I started. Oops.
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn 623 over Coconut 621 (above). Hahaaa! It’s pretty close to the jelly bean, right? I love the collaborations that Sally Hansen chooses. They’re just plain fun. Does it matter to me that what you’re looking at is 3 coats of Coconut + 2 coats of Popcorn + 1 coat of top? Kinda. But you do need at least 2 coats of the confetti polishes to get the right amount of colour from their base. I also think they require thin coats + white underpants otherwise you’re going to end up with either mega visible nail lines or lumptastic confettis.
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Peach 624 over Essence Wild White Ways (above). Sorry, Sally, your Coconut is no match for my OCW (one coat wonder) Essence white so I’m gonna roll with that, k? And over it, I’ll put 2 coats of Jelly Belly Peach and then slap on some top to get a super-slick kind of shine. I know my grey skies aren’t showing this in the best light, but that’s all the light I have so let’s just pretend this didn’t happen and just move along…
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Strawberry Cheesecake 626 over White Undies (above). Again, that’s 2 coats of the sweet, sheer jelly bean confetti over one coat of white + top. I kind of think they’ve captured the essence of the Jelly Belly and while I almost expected these to be scented, I’m awfully glad they aren’t. What they do smell like is the Color Therapy polishes. That shouldn’t surprise me because, after all, they’re both Sally H lines.
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Tutti-Fruitti 628 over White Undies (above). Okay, in the bottle, this one really didn’t do it for me – I think it has something to do with how murky it looks in there. But, once you slap it over a white base, you just get a delicate little pinky tint that actually looks okay with all those multi-coloured confetti bits. It’s very not-age-appropriate for me but I’m going to rock it because.. Jelleh Belleh!!!!
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Island Punch 629 (above). Um, it’s love in 2 crazy fast coats. That’s all I got.
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Bubble Gum 627 (above). Because my cuticle lines are round, I have to trim almost all of these Insta-Dri brushes. That’s nothing new for me, so after I snipped a couple of strays (and the square corners) off the bristles in this one, it went on beautifully in 2 quick coats. The colour? Perfectly sugary!
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Berry Blue 631 (above). My notes are crazy short for this one – they say “snip, snip, 2 coats.”
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Blueberry 630 (above). Dis blue! I love it! It’s one of my favourite of all the Jelly Belly Beans, too! Oh. And that’s 2 coats with no top. Mm hmm.
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Green Apple 632 (above). I don’t know if this is a perfect match for the jelly bean, but I’ll tell you what – in 2 coats, it’s a smashing green for March 17! If you’re on the hunt for a base for your St. Paddy’s Day mani, this is the one!
Sally Hansen Jelly Belly Very Cherry 625 (above). Now that’s a juicy red! Flawless in 2 coats.
And that’s the end! We can talk about it all soon but first I need you to know that I’m 100% craving jelly beans now. I also need you to know that Nick is very glad I’m finished working on this collection because the whole time I was using them, I was hollerin’ “Jelleh Belleh Jelleh Belleh!” I did not stop.
I also think that while you can absolutely slap the Jelly Belly crelly (cream-jelly) confetti polishes on alone, they’re far, far better over white and will require top coat to pop shine and level the texture out.
So now let’s chat! Let’s have your thoughts on this delightful collaboration that I think is kinda great for Spring and kinda great for polish wearers of all ages – you know, same like jelly beans!
manicures & photos karen (Sorry, JJ. I can’t call any of them #ArchiveAtrocities because viewed as a handful of jelly beans, it all makes so much sense. I’m sure that in a couple of years, I’ll have a totally different take on it).