It’s pretty obvious from my blog that I am not a nail art expert–or maybe it’s not, because, I just don’t share nail art, although I always have intentions to try to do more. But in the meantime, I’ll take the lazy route thanks to the new fun options from the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Collection*.
There are two different styles of nail decals in the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Collection–one made of real nail polish, and another made of unusual textiles instead. Both have some really fun designs on them. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Real Nail Polish Strips includes the designs:
- 480 Pitter Pattern: The edge just got a little edgier with this dazzling black & white patterned look.
- 520 Giving Lip (which I featured in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide): A flirty look was never this much fun with a just-kissed, rock-n-roll feel.
- 530 Stripe Out: Bold and simple, a colour-blocked look that enhances any and every outfit.
- 540 Crowd Surfer: Mellow out, man, with this smoky ombré that will surely be a conversation starter.
The designs not pictured are Cat Call, Amazing Lace, Geome-trick, and Get The Point.
Out of the new options in the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Real Nail Polish Strips I was instantly drawn to the glittery blue ombre 540 Crowd Surfer, so I decided to test those out. The box includes the nail strips (in airtight packaging, as they do start to dry out when exposed), a nail file/buffer, an orange stick, and instructions. As you can tell, I had a little difficulty getting a clean edge, although I expect the glittery design is a little thicker than the traditional ones. It is still completely smooth–how often can you say that about a glitter manicure?
I was able to wear Sally Hansen Salon Effects 540 Crowd Surfer design for about four days before I had to remove it. I followed the instructions included, so I didn’t add any top coat, but as all of my wear started at the tips, I would definitely “wrap” them by applying top coat to the edge of my nails to stop the decal from peeling backwards in the future. However, these are definitely longer lasting and more comfortable to wear than the regular sticker variety, and the glitter removal process is a whole lot easier than it would be with regular polish.
Plus, I got the “where did you have your nails done?” compliment on day 3 of wearing the Sally Hansen Salon Effects 540 Crowd Surfer design, which is always a great sign.
In addition the real polish options, there are several designs from the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Collection that are really just stickers. However, like the Halloween ones I tried, they have a unique twist to them. Pictured above is:
- 140 Fab-ric: Go geometric glam in a bold, multi-coloured velvet pattern that does the talking for you.
- 150 Faux Real: Did someone say animal print? A tiger never acted this wild.
- 160 Black to Basics: Go back to black with this chic, woolen pattern.
The first two are made of real velvet fabric, while the third option is made of real wool. There are three other designs available, Goldwork (wool), Thread Lightly (lace) and Lacey Does It (lace). For my thoughts on the lace appliques, check out the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Halloween Collection in Little Black Lace.
I also tested out 140 Fab-ric from the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Collection, but I did not last long. These designs were easy to apply, and I did add top coat to the edges as suggested. They definitely have a unique texture to them, but that was the issue. I found that things got caught on the very edges of my nails, as well as to the velvet itself, which started to look a little dingy after a bath.
I think that the unique fabric options in the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Collection, like 140 Fab-ric, are really intended for a fun night out, rather than regular day wear like the real nail polish ones. I could probably get a couple days wear out of them, but the velvet itself got a little too annoying for me. They do look gorgeous though!
No matter what kind of fun design you are seeking, there are some really cool options among the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 launches. After testing out both the real fabric and the real polish varieties, I definitely see myself reaching for the real polish ones more frequently, but for a special occasion, the fabric ones are pretty fun. My personal pick is definitely Crowd Surfer, it’s just so pretty! I hope Sally Hansen releases the same style in more colour options (purple please!)
What do you think of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Spring 2015 Collection? Do you ever wear nail decals?