23 posts tagged "Sally Hansen"
I get impatient at the nail salon and almost always leave too quickly, which inevitably results in at least one smudged nail. So, when Sally Hansen launched its revolutionary no-mess Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips back in January, I was clearly intrigued. Minutes after opening the box, I had a full set of (smudge-free!) leopard-print tips—and they stayed perfectly intact for over a week. I’ve been hooked on at-home overlays ever since, which is why I was excited to learn that Brit beauty vet Zoe Pocock’s new Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps just landed stateside at Nordstrom this week. Faced with a very rainy Wednesday night, I decided to spend my time indoors productively, conducting a side-by-side comparison between both brands. Let the beauty throwdown begin.
The Original: Sally Hansen
While Sally Hansen’s life-changing strips come in solid colors like the electric pink It Girl and the bright blue Teal With It, the sparkly patterns and animal prints are the way to go here. And the process couldn’t be easier: You literally just stick them on, fold them over your natural length, and then use the handy wooden tool included with purchase to push off the excess and smooth out the nail bed. The results are so professional in appearance, I’ve actually had several women stop me on the street to ask me where I got them done!
The Newcomer: Nail Rock
The name “designer” nail wrap is 100 percent warranted here. Pocock counts Adele, Fergie, and Keri Hilson as clients and has collaborated with the likes of Meadham Kirchhoff and Mulberry on limited-edition nail patterns. Available in everything from python to dalmation print, there are some seriously covetable colors to choose from here that, as far as we’re concerned, were previously unavailable on the market. But there’s a drawback: The Nail Rock strips are a bit of a hassle to put on. After pressing them onto my nail, I struggled with the excess—which I ultimately had to trim with a nail clipper. Then, once the wrap was affixed to my nail, it took a lot of effort to smooth out the rough edges.
The Bottom Line: Sally Hansen gets a few extra points for doing the ground breaking—and for creating a product that’s so easy to put on you don’t really even need to read the instructions. Nail Rock’s prints are superior, albeit slightly more difficult to secure. If you have the patience and want truly unique designs, go with the latter. But if speed and ease are your objectives, Sally Hansen still can’t be beat.
“You already know the parameters,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau said backstage at Alexander Wang, referring to the quintessential Alexander Wang girl. “She’s ‘downtown’ or she’s done her hair herself,” he elaborated, highlighting the beauty elements that remain a constant in the Wang archetype. For Spring, Palau added a new “devil-may-care attitude” to the equation in the form of a wet look—make that soaking wet. Saturated strands are becoming an early beauty trend here in New York, turning up at BCBG, Prabal Gurung, Helmut Lang, and just this morning at Victoria Beckham (more on that in a bit). And so it went at Wang, where the sporty inspirations of choice were car racing and motocross. Prepping hair with Redken’s Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse, Palau coated locks from roots to ends before creating a messy center part and rough-drying. Redken’s new All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil imparted a high-shine aftereffect.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal also took a page out of the Wang beauty book, in which clean skin, greasy eyes, and strong brows are always part of the plotline. “Urban nineties” is how Kendal described the well-moisturized skin she accessorized with MAC’s Eye Kohl in Smolder. As a final touch, Kendal applied MAC Gloss Texture to the center of lids to bring a sense of the dewy and damp to models’ complexions.
There was one totally new beauty element on display yesterday, though, in the form of Alexander Wang’s three-piece nail selection for Sally Hansen. Available in April, the varnishes include Oxblood, a dark bordeaux; Petrol, a steely blue; and Parchment, a sheer cream that was lacquered onto tips for a polished but barely-there finish.
We’re still on a two-and-a-half-week countdown until the Spring shows get under way here in New York, but the invites have already started flooding in, bringing word of exciting things to come. Our first surprise came last week when we learned that NARS, not MAC, will be sponsoring the makeup look at Rodarte, breaking a five-plus-season streak for the beauty brand. The Mulleavys’ trusted face painter, James Kaliardos, will still be at the helm, only now he’ll be using François Nars’ well-curated, finely tuned color palette.
In other makeup news, Rachel Zoe has partnered with Maybelline for her second, more full-scale runway endeavor, which means that Exude, the lip color brand that Zoe fronts as brand ambassador, will presumably not be making a cameo along with her Spring collection.
But the biggest piece of news we’ve managed to track down so far came today: Alexander Wang will join Prabal Gurung and Tracy Reese as the beneficiary of his very own nail color collection from Sally Hansen. The lacquers, Wang’s first official beauty effort, will debut at his Spring show and should prove as covetable an accessory as his studded It bags. Fingers crossed a few bottles are tossed into the gift bags.
Last year was the season of the nail, as far as we’re concerned, and with three days of shows under our belts so far this week, it’s safe to say that pro tips will continue their dominance for Fall. Prabal Gurung can consider himself among the vanguard when it comes to fashion’s collective lacquer love as the designer partnered with Sally Hansen on a high-profile polish collaboration back in September. To show his continued dedication to the cause, Gurung has decided to go for round two with the mass market nail giant, debuting his second varnish collection at his show this afternoon. Among the five-piece range are Dorian Grey (a muted slate); a palette of pinks, reds, and oranges in Madame X, Ballet Rouges, and Courtesan; and Crinoline, a creamy pale pink that manicurist Jin Soon Choi used as a base at the show. But it’s what she put on top of it that really impressed us. “It’s inspired by Asian painting styles and calligraphy,” she said of the speckled black ink spills she hand scrawled onto individual nails with Sally Hansen’s Midnight in New York. “We thought about doing moon manicures but many people have done that already,” she explained of the printed polish’s inception, adding that she “wanted the nails to be as creative as [Prabal's] clothes.” To which we say, mission accomplished.
Sally Hansen secured its position as a fashion-forward nail brand when it partnered with Prabal Gurung on a six-piece color collection for spring. Its latest launch further proves that the popular mass-market company is well aware of what’s up. Behold Sally Hansen’s new range of Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips—a DBP-, toluene-, and formaldehyde-free lacquer alternative that you simply peel, apply, bend, and file for a super-charged, super-easy manicure. Available in 16 different shades, the fun adhesive films just started rolling out to drugstores nationwide and will be widely distributed come March. Our advice is to skip the shiny neons like the yellow Electric Shock and the blue Teal With It (get it?) in favor of high-powered prints like Girl Flower and our personal favorite, Collide-O-Scope. The latter is a thick rainbow glitter concoction that resembles a more concentrated, less labor-intensive version of Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday polish and can in fact be applied at work, at home, or in transit. We affixed one of these sticky patterns on the subway recently, and are happy to report that it is still on after a week of wear. (Hopefully, we’ll get around to adorning our other nine fingers on the commute home tonight.)