My very first (newly-reformulated) Complete Salon Manicure polish! All of the local CVS stores in my area now have the new Nail HQs, but no sign of Mermaid's Tail yet (that one seems to be surfacing only at select Walgreens locations at the moment). So instead, I picked up Black and Blue, which is a teal-based duochrome. Let's take a peek:
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Color in Black and Blue
(retail: around $7.99, 0.5 oz)
Keep reading for swatches...
I didn't notice the little chip on the lid until I saw it in this photograph...
In case you were wondering if Sally Hansen changed the brushes when they reformulated this line, the answer would be NO. They're identical to the old brushes.
Now for some swatches. I took these photos in a variety of different lighting situations in order to show you the duochrome effect. (All swatches photographed after three coats of polish and one coat of clear top coat.)
This polish goes from deep teal to blue-green to blue and to purple, depending on the lighting and the angle.
(I didn't notice that I dinged the tip of my index finger until it was too late--sorry about that!)
Overall, I like this polish, but I don't love it. It's sheer and watery on the first coat, but the second coat greatly improves the opacity (although a third coat is really required, in my opinion, to give it the best opacity). This polish dries to a shiny finish (not ridiculously shiny, but about the same as other CSM polishes I own).
I don't know if I'm just "over" duochromes at this point, but I find that, for a brand new duochrome, I was hoping for something a bit more dramatic or different. There are lots of duochromes out there that go from teal to blue to purple, and this is a nice one if you don't have any similar shades already in your stash, but it's not an "Ooooh, I'm SO glad I bought this" type of color for me.
I think that, if I were to have found this at the drugstore about three years ago, I'd be freaking out and proclaiming it a must-have. But now that the marketplace is saturated with duochromes, this one doesn't quite feel "special" to me.
Dry time was good--it actually seemed to dry a little bit quicker than some of the original CSM polishes I own (but that could just be due to the fact that this shade in particular is sheer and thin). Other than that, I don't detect any real difference between this one and any of the other CSM polishes I own (pre-reformulation).
FINAL VERDICT: If you don't already have a teal/blue/purple duochrome in your stash, I think this is a nice option and I love that it will be so easy to find at the drugstore. But for those of us who already have lots of duochromes in our collections, this one might not be different or unique enough to warrant a purchase. Again, it's sheer and watery on the first coat but it does become dramatically more opaque on the second (I do think it requires three coats for perfection though).
Do you own any of the newly-reformulated Complete Salon Manicure polishes? Thoughts?