I know it’s not Mani Monday (I seem to have missed that by a couple of days) but I did want to share with y’all my feelings on the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (CSM) nail polish that Influenster sent me to try as part of the Sally Hansen voxbox.* Of course, since this is a review post/Mani Wednesday post, I don’t feel right without having a song of the week attached to it. The theme of the voxbox is “Complete Salon Manicure Total Knockout” aka #CSMTKO so I’ve gone with a boxing theme video… also a classic from my school dance days: 98º – The Hardest Thing.
The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure voxbox came with three polishes and I was very excited to test them out! The CSM polish comes in over 50 shades and has 7 benefits built into one single bottle:
- Base Coat
- Growth Treatment
- Top Coat
- Chip Resistant
- Gel Shine Finish
The product card also said that this polish had salon quality results that lasts for up to 10 days, which is pretty much unheard of for me so I definitely wanted to see if the CSM would live up to the claims.
The first colour that I tried was Pat on the Black as this was the only colour that I would probably buy for myself out of the three in the voxbox. Pat on the Black is a lovely dark purple colour that is actually quite similar to my favorite Marc Jacobs polish (Secret Love), so this was a huge win in the colour category for me. Since the CSM is supposed to have both a base coat and a top coat, I decided to omit these steps from my polish routine and just used the CSM by itself.
Right off the bat, my initial reaction to the brush was I hate it! My first attempts were a complete disaster as the CSM brush is a little too wide for my fingers, so I got polish everywhere and it took forever to clean up the edges (case in point – see the messy edge on my middle finger in the photo above). Eventually I did find the right angle to using the brush and it was not nearly as awful as I thought. So while this is not a brush I prefer, after a little trial and error, it is one I am ok with using.
The Pat on the Black formula is great, it took me two coats to get an even opaque colour. The polish leveled out really nicely with no streaks and had a lovely gel like shine. The drying time on the polish is very quick and despite my concerns, when I removed it, it did not stain my nails at all!
Red My Lips is not a colour I would choose for myself and even after testing it for a day, it is still not the colour for me. I have an aversion to red nail polish and I don’t see that changing any time in the near future. I think that if you do like red polishes, this is a pretty decent bright cherry red colour.
Like Pat on the Black, Red My Lips was a two coat manicure with no streaks and a nice even shine. The downside to Red My Lips though is it does stain a bit so I would say another base coat is probably a good idea.
Jaded is another “not for me” colour as pastel-ish colours don’t work for my skin tone and personality so I only quickly swatched this (it was removed within 30 minutes). With a name like Jaded, I expected this to be more on the green/minty side but it does have a strong blue-ness to it that reminds me a little of the Tiffany blue (but not quite there).
Unfortunately, Jaded had the worst formula out of all the three polishes. The polish is quite thin and took 4 coats for me to get a mostly even and opaque manicure (as seen above, it is still slightly streaky). I am definitely not patient enough for a 4 coat polish, so this is a black mark against Jaded.
Now what about the 10 day wear time that I mentioned earlier? Well, I didn’t make it to 10 days as I really scuffed up my polish the week I was testing it by pushing a lot of paper and filing. It is really strange to use the words “scuffed up” but that is what happened as I took the shine off the top half of my nails so they were dull and scratched up. But it was definitely chip resistant because if I had a different polish on, I am pretty sure that I would have chunks missing and not just minor tip wear after six (!) days. This wear time alone has moved Pat on the Black to the top of my nail polish list, so I guess you could say that this is a Total Knockout for the CSM polish.
So What Would Argenplath Pay?
I did a quick check at the drugstore to see how much these polishes retail for and at $8.99 + tax, I would be willing to try another CSM polish in a colour that is more suited to my own tastes. Out of the three polishes Influenster sent me I would say Red My Lips is ok but I do not love Jaded, so unless you can’t live without the colour of Jaded, I would take a pass on it. However, I would 100% recommend Pat on the Black as that was my favorite.
*Disclosure: I received this complimentary voxbox from the Influenster program for testing purposes, but have not been compensated monetarily for this review. All opinions remain my own.