There’s a new addition to the nail polish racks at your local drugstore! Sally Hansen has taken their popular “Salon” formula and made it even better. The new polish line is called “Complete SALON Manicure”. The bottles are a bit larger and they come with a flat “artist” brush. The line’s catchy marketing states that you won’t need a base or top coat with these polishes; hence the “complete manicure” naming.
Of course being the nail polish nut that I am, I had to grab a few bottles especially when I saw they had a gorgeous gray! I adore gray nail polish… and I really don’t care if it goes out of trend.
Here are my thoughts and swatches of the two Sally Hansen Complete SALON Manicure polishes I nabbed at Walgreens…
Sally Hansen Complete SALON Manicure nail polish in Gray by Gray
Gray by Gray is dark gray cream with blue tones. It’s pretty much United States Air Force gray. I love the color with either gloss or matte top coats. This is my new favorite nail color, by far.
Sally Hansen Complete SALON Manicure nail polish in Commander in Chic
You’re gonna love this color if you are a fan of the khaki, taupe, mushroomy color family. A few years back it all started with OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques… which I own, but have to admit that I don’t want to know Jacques. That color is raved about by many, but it doesn’t work with my skin tone. At All. Commander in Chic however does work for me! CiC is another fabulous candidate for both matte and gloss top coats.
What I loved:
- Full coverage in just one coat! This is the closest nail polish formula I’ve found to the cult-favorite Rescue Beauty Lounge (which runs $18 a bottle). RBL is very pigmented and applies like a dream; and these Complete Salon polishes are just as nice! I couldn’t believe I only needed one coat. I kept holding my nails under bright lights to look for streaks… nope, not a one!
- Affordable pricing! Compared to RBL’s $18 a bottle, Complete Salon is very budget-friendly at only $6.99!
- The wear was incredible! Again, I can only compare these to RBL as nothing else comes close. RBL spoiled me by getting 3 full days without chipping, peeling or flaking; thankfully now I can save my hard-earned cash and get the same long wear for much cheaper.
- Quick drying – Not only are they quick to dry but due to the gloss finish, you can paint your nails in a jiffy and be out the door without worrying about layers upon layers of polish getting dinged or smudged.
- In my opinion, you should still use a base and top coat with these polishes. Without a proper base coat you risk difficulty in removing the polish and stained nails (some colors, such as blues, are notorious for staining).
- It’s a new line, so there isn’t a full range of colors yet. Plus they seem to be selling out as quick as my local stores get them in stock.
- The brush may take some getting used to since it’s so flat. But once you adjust, it gives great coverage with no clumping or drag.
- The Jelly Bean factor. You can’t have just one. Due to the nice price, long wear and ease of application, it will be hard for me to resist picking up a new bottle with each drugstore run!
Bonus swatch! Completely due to my penchant for gray, I also picked up Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear nail polish in Wet Cement.
Wet Cement is a neutral light gray cream with absolutely zero shimmer. This polish is pretty affordable (around $4.99 when not on sale) and very accessible in most drugstores. The Xtreme Wear polishes don’t last very long for me, but with a good base and top coat I usually get two days. With Wet Cement I needed two coats to achieve bottle color, and it looks great with a matte top coat! As with most of my Xtreme Wear colors, the application was a bit heavy/bunchy on the edges, but I can’t complain too much since I love the color.
Have any Bionic Beauties out there tried the new Complete Salon Manicure polishes? Have you spotted them at your local drugstores yet?