Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sally Hansen Choco-Latte

You don't get up to the number of nail polishes I have without picking up a few duds along the way. I'm used to the ones that are too sheer or gloppy, or apply patchy/streaky but somehow I've wound up with a shade that's just sorta ugly. It's not that Sally Hansen's Choco-Latte is universally ugly, it just looks so damn unflattering on me that I'm surprised/confused at myself for picking it in the first place.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Choco-Latte / Orly Luxe
I thought the putty-like colour in the bottle would translate to a nude on me, but it has a pinky-orange-peach thing going on that I just didn't like. You can see in the photo here that the nail colour is not quite the same as the bottle colour. Something about my skin tone just brings out a mustard-iness in this polish that I don't like. I think this shade (apparently a past Allure Best of Beauty winner) would be much more flattering on someone with cooler-toned skin or a deeper skin tone; I'm probably going to try to find a friend that falls into one of these categories to give this away.

Although the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line is advertised as being "5 steps in 1", I always use base coat and top coat to keep my nail colour chip-free as long as possible. I do like the wide, thick brush (similar to Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro or Sally Hansen Insta-Dri) that applies lacquer evenly.

Have you ever bought a nail polish that you thought looked unflattering on you?

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