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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Summer 2010 Swatches & Review


As you probably already know, Sally Hansen has a new-ish line out of polishes called Complete Salon Manicure. Well there are some new colors for summer 2010 and I’ve got a few to show you.

Sadly, most of these are pretty sheer. The dreaded sheer. I don’t think I know a single person who actually likes sheer colors, so I can’t figure out who they are marketing these to unless they just want you to buy it because it looks good in the bottle, or they expect you will layer it. Either way I was a little disappointed with the lack of opacity, but I still liked all the colors.

The formula was pretty good on these (despite the 3 coats minimum), but I’m not fond of the wide, tapered brush much.

I want to apologize in advance of these pics, they are not my best. I was rushing, it was late afternoon, and they are washed out. All the pics sucked, but I figured I could still show the best ones I took.

Check them out below.

Ring My Shell

Ring My Shell is a very pale pink/lavender with silver shimmer and a flash of yellow/gold. I like that this isn’t a plain ‘ole pale pink shimmer, it is unique. This was three coats.

Ring My Shell (zoom)

Sea And Be Seen

Sea And Be Seen is a cornflower blue shimmer with various colored particles that make it flash purple and green and pink. It’s very pretty, but I was hoping for more opacity. This was three coats.

Sea And Be Seen (zoom)

Dive Deeper

Dive Deeper is a very pale silvery blue with green/blue/pink shimmer. Again I really like this color, but it was sheer still after three coats.

Dive Deeper (zoom)


Lagoon is a very pretty blue/green metallic shimmer that flashes yellow. This looks like a duochrome in the bottle, but on the nail you don’t really see it much. This was my favorite one of these because it was nice and opaque. This was two coats.

Lagoon (zoom)

Overall I do like the colors but not the sheerness of these. I can definitely see layering the first three over darker color or blues/purples/pinks/greys and they would look amazing.

I found these at my local Walgreen’s, and they were around $6.00 each, I believe.

How do you guys feel about these?



  • May 26, 2010

    I have a couple of the colors on this line, and that brush definitely takes some getting used to! Lagoon looks pretty, but I dunno about the others…
    I want, quite desperately, to find a lovely pale pink/nude color that ISN’T sheer! I’m so sick of these beautiful colors looking perfect in the bottle, and then being basically transparent when I try them on my nails.

    If anyone has any tips on my search, I’d appreciate it. So far everything I’ve found is too bright or too sheer…

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Megan,

      Yeah the brush is funky for sure. I feel your pain about the sheer colors!

  • May 26, 2010

    I really love cornflower blue, so I think Sea & Be Seen is pretty but I’d be so disappointed with it’s lack of opacity. I’m with you, I’m not sure why companies keep making polishes that are too sheer. It’d be nice if they’d listen and take note that people don’t want a polish that you have to use 6 coats.
    .-= Phyrra´s last blog ..Wearing the Lilac with Apocalypse Pansy =-.

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Phyrra,

      Right! Who has time or patience to paint on 10 million coats and then have it never dry all the way. I don’t get it.

  • May 26, 2010

    I do like Lagoon, but I probably won’t buy any of them. I really don’t like sheer polish. I hate wasting the time putting on a zillion coats, and then not having them dry! Thanks for saving me some $ :-)

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Playing with Polish,

      You are not alone! :)

  • May 26, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    sea and be seen is the one !!!-that and hidden treasure

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi aaminahs mom,

      Glad you saw some you liked!

  • May 26, 2010

    Hmm… I’m seeing some possible dupes here with the Sephora by OPI Mermaid in the Shade collection.

    Sea And Be Seen = Underwater Fantasy
    Dive Deeper = Lagoon-a Beach
    Lagoon = Mermaid To Order


    Wouldn’t you agree?

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Kelsey,

      You are correct, these are all very similar!

  • May 26, 2010

    Sea and Be Seen is my fave, after that Ring My Shell, and of course Hidden Treasure! There’s also one I like that’s called Sunflowers. I saw it at my grocery store. It’s a real pretty sheer yellow.
    .-= starlight´s last blog ..Non-nail related but makeup related ! =-.

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi starlight,

      I didn’t see that one, most of them were gone from the display. I prob would have bought it because I like trying out yellows.

  • May 26, 2010

    I think this is my problem with these. I just dont like sheer nail polishes!
    .-= Isabelle´s last blog ..The French Got it White! =-.

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Isabelle,

      Yep, most people I think agree with you on that!

  • May 26, 2010

    Lagoon is really pretty. I’m such a sucker to blues, greens, and turquoises.
    .-= Tenns´s last blog ..Swatches > OPI | Russian Navy Suede =-.

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Tenns,

      Lagoon is really pretty and not sheer (yay!)

  • May 26, 2010

    It looks and sounds like a ‘summer by the water’ theme so maybe that’s why they’re sheer. Sally Hansen could do everyone a favor and label their Salon Manicure line shades with descriptions, i.e., sheer, frost, cream, etc. I don’t think it would take much effort to label them, and this part of their nail polish line could really benefit since it seems to be the one with the most variety. If they’re competing with salon brands they need to show it to their customers. BTW, I like the Lagoon shade.

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi GwenSA,

      Well there were at least 4-6 more that I didn’t get so I’m not sure they were all water themed names. But I agree with you, I think all manufacturers should put what type of finish it is on the bottle so consumers are more aware of what they are buying. Agreed!

  • May 26, 2010

    Sea and Be Seen is so pretty but too sheer. I almost bought it along with Hidden Treasure a week ago but I had a feeling it would be really sheer.

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Serena,

      Yeah it would look good layered over something I think, but otherwise I agree.

  • May 26, 2010

    I agree this series has a few ultra sheer polishes that are a rather unhappy surprise, but I wouldn’t include Lagoon or Sea and be Seen on that list. I love them both and find they do just fine in two coats, but I do three.
    .-= Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard´s last blog ..Burgundy Comparison =-.

  • May 26, 2010

    Megan, check out “Cheeky Monkey” Trailer Trash or Sweet Ass, and also Zoya Barbie?
    .-= Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard´s last blog ..Burgundy Comparison =-.

  • May 26, 2010

    I saw these at my local Rite Aid and I like Ring My Shell, Sea and Be Seen and Lagoon, but not enough to pay $7.49 a bottle. I’ll have to keep my eye out for a coupon or sale before I get any.

  • May 26, 2010

    I really like the sheers on you!! I think Dive Deeper is actually quite pretty. I wonder what it would be like with 1 coat for a french mani? Hmmm. I might invest in some sheers and experiment! x
    .-= Tilly´s last blog ..Nails Inc. Villiers Street =-.

  • May 26, 2010

    Hi Kelly,
    I checked the box to be notified of followup comments via e-mail. Now I’m getting every comment made on this post in my email! How do I undo this?

    • May 26, 2010

      Hi Kelsey,

      Weird, sorry that’s happening! I haven’t changed anything in WordPress, but let me try to figure out why that’s happening.

  • May 26, 2010

    Dive Deeper would be beautiful if it wasn’t so sheer… :(
    .-= Ashley A.´s last blog ..Summer School & Other Things… =-.

  • May 26, 2010

    Lagoon has been sold out forever in my area…LOVE IT!

  • May 26, 2010

    I saw these in the store and passed them up after I saw other posts (all saying they were sheer). Not only are they sheer but the are lack luster in color outside the bottle, too bad!
    .-= Jackie S.´s last blog ..Taupe anyone? =-.

  • May 26, 2010

    Sometimes the sheer thing can work out if my nails are very short (basically no nail line/white growth). I usually save sheerer (is that a word?) polishes for those times. These all look pretty on you! Are they gritty at all? I can’t tell from the photos. Also, this is totally off topic, but I have a suggestion about the “comments” section for your blog. I’ve seen on how any reader can reply to another poster’s comments directly. I think that is a cool feature..might be nice for your blog. Thanks for the swatches!

    • May 27, 2010

      Hi SB Sweetie,

      I agree with you and think more sheer colors look better on super short nails so there isn’t a VNL. They weren’t very gritty at all.

      That will be a new feature on my blog when it re-launches! I have been dying for that feature to be added for a long time :)

  • May 27, 2010

    The last color is decent but not a fan of sheer… been burned too many times. Oh look I polished my nails and you can’t tell. That’s the look I’m going for… NOT!

  • May 27, 2010

    I’m not a sheer lover, so I’ll be passing on these. Thanks for swatching!!

  • May 28, 2010

    These are pretty, but sheers take too much time and patience for me! :) By the way Kelly, have you seen the new Sally Hansen Hi-Def polishes?! They are awesome, they are all bright lovely duochromes. I saw them at my local Walgreens, I’m not sure if they’re out everywhere or not.

  • June 3, 2010

    The last color is decent but not a fan of sheer… been burned too many times. Oh look I polished my nails and you can’t tell. That’s the look I’m going for… NOT!