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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White ON

As an extremely desperate attempt to leave the store with a white nail polish, I bought the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On. I've tried many drugstore whites but they have been streaky and/or not exactly the bright opaque white I was looking for. Too lazy to drive to ULTA to purchase a respectable white like OPI Alpine Snow, I took a chance on this one, a formula I had never tried by Sally Hansen. In a nutshell, I freaking hated it. I don't know if I just got a bad or expired bottled but the texture and application of this polish was unacceptable. Because of the bright white appearance of this shade, it was literally like trying to spread melted marshmellow all over my nails. It was so thick and sticky that when I was trying to wipe off the excess polish to lift the brush out of the bottle, it left behind a string of polish hanging off of the brush that was still stuck onto the side of the bottle. Kind of like when you try to peel gum off the bottom of your shoe and it is a stretchy gooey nasty mess. The only thing semi-respectable about this polish is the shade "White On" which goes extremely opaque after two very thick and unbearable coats. But its no wonder its opaque after two coats, seeing as though the amount of polish you're putting on in those two coats is actually the equivilant of 10 coats of a normal polish. I will say that after I put on the first coat, I was like "ugh what was I thinking?!" and then after the second coat I was still like "ugh.. what was I thinking?!" but this time white at least enjoying the color.

Naturally, because of the consistency issues, it took forever for the polish to dry. Seriously, I painted them yesterday and 25 hours later they are still damp. Lesson learned. When you are too lazy or do not have the time to go the further distance to buy a quality product and you settle for crap in hopes that the crap will surprise you and be better than the other one, most often you will end up going back for the other item therefor wasting the money you spent when "settling". 

The photo below is from Maricza.com because I have already peeled that marshmellow mess off my nails before I was able to take photos. Again, the color is nice as you can see below.
Photo credit Maricza.com Sally Hansen White On


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9 comments:

  1. My Target actually has alpine snow, but I opted to go for CG White on White. I did try this Sally Hansen and yes, it was absolutely horrendous!

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    1. So then I guess my bottle wasn't just old! ha ha! You should snatch up the OPI next time though.. a lot of people like that one best for white as well as one that Zoya makes!

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  2. I don't know why, but the two polishes from Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Hard as Nails line that are completely miserable are Black Out and White On. They're gooey and marshmallow-y like you mentioned, they take forever to dry - they're absolutely a miserable formulation. And yet, every other color from that line is incredibly pigmented, dries reasonably fast, and has a great formula... don't know what Sally Hansen was on when she made these two... :(

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    1. I was totally wondering whether it was just mine that sucked or if all colors did. So odd that its the black and the white! I will stick to the SH Complete Salon Manicure formula, that one is great!

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  4. Cool shade. -Nick

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  5. Hmm I loved this polish! Maybe you got an off bottle cause mine in P.E.R.F.E.C.T! I just did a review if you would like to check it out?

    http://luckybeauty07.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/mini-haul-hard-as-nails-xtreme-wear.html

    Sophie xx

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