Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review: Sally Hansen Deep Blue Sea and In the Spotlight

Today I'd like to share with you my review of two Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes, *Deep Blue Sea and *In the Spotlight. Once again, I'm going to subject you to my "lovely" feet, forgive me, but these toes were crying out for a pedi. Here are your pics:
The bottles (as these were review samples, sent to me by the company, Deep Blue Sea does not have the typical Sally Hansen label).
My toes, shot outside my apartment.

First off, let me apologize for not having pics of Deep Blue Sea before I topcoated it with In the Spotlight. This was an example of Kari being a dunderhead. I polished my toes with two coats of Deep Blue Sea, a stunning metallic blue blended with silver, a few days ago and thought, for sure, that I had snapped a few pics. I added a third coat of Deep Blue Sea last night, not because it was necessary, at all, as this is fabulously opaque in two coats, just to "brighten" up my pedi. Again, I thought I had already snapped pics so I neglected to, once more. Then, moments ago, I decided to topcoat with In the Spotlight, a holo bar glitter. At least this time, I remembered the pictures. (Seriously, I'm in the midst of a "d'oh" moment.) As I said, Deep Blue Sea is fabulous in two coats. It applied with ease, nice and smooth, and I absolutely LOVE this color. In the Spotlight, I have to say, I was less impressed with than I expected. Now, I am a girl who LOVES glitter and LOVES holo. That having been said, I found the bar glitter a bit difficult to apply. In all fairness, my toes were probably not the best place to try bar glitter for the first time as application is a bit more difficult on toenails, in general, at least for me. I was quite pleased with the look on my big toe, less so on my other toes, but I do believe that is strictly a result of the big toe being a "larger canvas." I suspect that I'll like this polish a lot more on my fingernails. The holo effect is lovely. I will definitely try it on my fingernails next time and get back to you on my results.

If you have tried either of these polishes, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you haven't, I highly recommend Deep Blue Sea. The jury's out on In the Spotlight but, again, that is a story to be continued on another day.

As always, thanks for looking!

*Disclosure: Where indicated by an asterisk, the product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for review. Please click my disclosure tab for further information.


Jossie said...

Very nice!!!

Kari said...

Thanks, sweetheart! :)

nailcareASKlisa said...

I tried "In the Spotlight" last weekend and posted my pics. Although I am not so experienced with the glittery topcoats, I do like the effect but I can't really put my finger on what I don't like about it.

Kari said...

I think I'm finding that glitter topcoats with "shapes" - bar glitters, hexagon glitters and the like - are definitely more challenging to work with. Many times, they don't lay flat and though I can sometimes remedy that with a good "filler" topcoat like Gelous, I tend to prefer traditional glitters, as a general rule. They do tend to have a rough texture on the nail, maybe that is part of it for you? I know that can bother me sometimes.