Monday, March 30, 2009

Product review Sally Hansen Color Quick Nail color pen



Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen. I had been wanting to try this since it first came out. My aunt used to have things like this when I was a kid and she would keep it in her purse and when we would go out I would paint my baby cousin Tyler's nails to keep him quiet. (he is 5 years younger). So I had high hopes for this. I had not bought it because it retails for $8-9 dollars. The same price as an OPI polish. Today CVS was having a buy one get one free for all Sally Hansen products. Perfect! I got it in purple. So what you do is click the pen til polish appears on the brush. The brush in my opinion is a bit too big. It would be better a little smaller. The first coat went on thin but that is to be expected. It claims to dry fast, so I assumed I could start the second coat as soon as I finished the second hand like I can with OPI (which is not fast dry by the way). The second coat went on gloppy and uneven. It also kind of smeared it around and made thin spots. I learned this was remedied by clicking the pen a few more times so the brush was kind of to the point where it was going to drip.

It took 3 coats to get it nice and even. But it was so thick at this point that I had/have to wait for it to dry a lot longer than the "quick dry" claim. OPI would be dry by now. So my thoughts are save your $8 and buy OPI or Essie. What this would work good for is travel. I hate day 3 on a trip and my polish chips. So this would be a nice solution for touch up.

So pardon my hands in this picture. While I have 20 plus years polish experience I am still no master. I get the big mistakes with a q-tip dipped in polish remover. But what my big secret is that I paint my nails in the evening about 2 hours before I shower. When you have been in the shower for a few minutes and your skin is soft, delicately scrape the mistake off with your thumbnail. My mom taught me that trick many moons ago.

9 comments:

david said...

Thanks for the great review. Sorry to hear it wasn't as neato as it sounds, but the color is grand!

Nicole said...

I have three of these sorts of pens, but they're made by OPI. I agree that they're great for a quick touch up or when you don't have the time to wait between coats for them to adequately dry. Overall, though, even OPI, the Cadillac of nail polishes, doesn't work so well in these pens. When I click the bottom, the polish can run out quickly after the initial use. The bristles still kind of dry out a bit even though they're in the cap, so it makes all of the following coats a little streaky and the brush is harder to manage. Still, I've got a beautiful brick red, a dark midnight blue and a clear top coat always at my disposal in my make up bag. The pens are cool, but there's just no substitution for the real thing.

Nicole said...

I somehow skipped a thought... When I click the bottom, the polish tends to splatter, leaving little drops of polish on me, the table, the sink. Also, the bristles don't work well to control where the polish goes. Rather than placing the polish on my nails, it's more like directing the polish much like herding cows.

hillary said...

oh good to know! I had wondered about those. I had kind of said recently I was only gonna buy opi or essie because I know they are the best but I had to try this.

treesaw said...

I've been looking at these at the drugstore and wondering if they were any good. Thanks for saving me the $$! You rock!

anna said...

i love that you're doing these reviews. I considered these, and am glad that I still have justification for my mani/pedi.

the color you chose, however, is excellent!

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Ah yes, I do the shower scrape off too!

Milly said...

i didnt know about the shower scrape...Thanks....great review..i've seen these pens and been dying to try them...its a great color though...i love OPI and Essie...i've recently bought a few from Revlon...scented colors

hillary said...

milly WHAT? WANT!!! In highschool I had one scented like ck1 as it had just came out. OMG where did you get them?