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Monday, April 30, 2012

Swatchfest: Limited Edition Salon Pefect Spring Polish Collection

If you missed my original post, Salon Perfect (makers of the popular artificial lashes sold exclusively at Walmart) is releasing a line of Limited Edition Spring Polishes that will hit approximately 1,700 Walmart locations during the month of May (retail: $2.98 each). I was sent all 14 shades for review, so I'd love to show you some swatches and my thoughts on these new polishes.

Salon Perfect Limited Edition Spring Nail Polishes
(retail: $2.98 each, 0.3 oz)

These polishes are Big Three Free and made in the USA.

All of the following swatches were photographed after two coats, with no top coat:

Bubblegum and Berry Pink are bluer in person than in my swatches. Plum Sorbet and Purple Sorbet pretty accurate. As you can see, three of the four shades contain some shimmer (it's all pretty subtle though--nothing is frosty). Plum Sorbet has a subtle flash of violet blue in certain lights.

All three of these shades are cremes with no shimmer. Berry Blue leans a bit more purple in real life, although it's definitely still a periwinkle. My swatches of Lavender Icing and Blue Raspberry are very accurate representations of their real life shades.

Again, these next three shades are all cremes (no shimmers). Sour Apples looks like a teal in my pics but it's actually more of a kelly green in person. Blue Mint is very For Audrey-esque (more on that in a bit) and Kiwi Lime is a bright, fun chartreuse. 

Two more cremes: Lemon Zing is actually brighter and more primary-color-yellow than what you see in my pics (it looks softer and more buttery here).  I was very happy to see that this yellow only required two coats for streak-free coverage (a challenge with yellows). Perfectly Peach is a pretty peach creme that looks about the same in real life as my swatches.

And last but not least, we have the two jelly-cremes of the collection: Tangy Tangerine and Spicy Tomato. Obviously these two shades are extremely on-trend right now, and I was happy with the performance of each. They're both fairly opaque after two coats but, since they're jelly-cremes, there is a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) apparent with both. If that bothers you, you'll probably require three coats.

Both shades were difficult to capture in photos (oranges tend to freak out my camera) but I think these swatches give you a pretty good idea of what to expect with both.

Since Tangy Tangerine is my favorite of all of the shades in this collection, I wanted to show it to you on my nails (two coats, no top coat):

It's a bit brighter with more of a  "pop" in real life.

I don't think there are any ground-breaking shades in this collection in terms of originality, but I'm pretty sure that there are at least a few dupes of more expensive polishes here. The first and most obvious one that comes to mind is Blue Mint, which is pretty close to China Glaze For Audrey:

As you can see, Blue Mint has a bit more gray to it than For Audrey, giving it more of a "dusty" feel. It's not as vibrant as For Audrey, but I'd say it's pretty close, right?

Some final thoughts: The brushes that come with these polishes are very traditional (narrow and round in shape, vs. the newer, wide and flat-style brushes). Of all 14 polishes I received, not one of them had a "wonky" brush (splayed/uneven/fluffy/jagged). Overall, I find the formula of these polishes to be easy to work with. They flow nicely and most of them require two coats for decent opacity (although some shades could benefit from a third coat). The dry-time is good and the shades that I've worn for 2+ days in a row didn't chip until the end of my second day of wear. Of course it's impossible for me to tell how long they'll last on you, because there are so many variables (body chemistry, what base/top coats you use, how rough/gentle you are with your nails, etc.). So these are just my opinions, but I've been very happy with this collection so far. For the price, I would suggest Tangy Tangerine if you like jelly-cremes and you're looking for an affordable version of this super-trendy shade.

Once again, the Salon Perfect Limited Edition Spring Polishes will hit approximately 1,700 Walmart locations during the month of May and they retail: $2.98 each. Hopefully you'll be able to find them in your area if you're looking for them.


  1. I was just at Walmart today, and I didn't see these yet. Hmmm... I will keep my eyes peeled.

    Very informative post, and your application skills are perfect, BTW.

  2. Thanks for the review! I plan to visit Walmart this week, so I will keep an eye out for these polishes. Have you tried or reviewed the gel nail kit at Walmart? :)

  3. When the initial pic scrolled into frame, my first thought was NARS Thakoon polishes. I realize they may not be full on dupes - there are more colors for starters. But there is definitely a NARS Thakoon vibe happening there, IMO.

  4. There are a couple of these that I wouldn't mind adding to my collection! Tangy Tangerine looks just like Citrine from Sinful Colors which I just bought after reading that it seems to be a dupe for Sephora Tangerine Tango!!!!

    1. Robin, what an EYE you have! I'm working on a post right now about Citrine, and after digging through my stash for hours last night, Tangy Tangerine was the only shade I own that resembles Citrine. You are GOOD!

  5. Do you know if these will be available on I'm very interested in these and don't live close to a Walmart.


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