I don’t know whether you were already aware, but for some years now, beauty brand Sally Hansen has had a relationship with designer label Tracy Reese. To wit: when Tracy Reese has a runway show, Sally Hansen designs custom nail polish for that show (always in her Salon formula). Well it’s now fall/winter 2010, which means you’re seeing the polishes that walked the runway last February.
The nails echoed the dresses: muted neutrals, overlaid with black lace (click on the model for a close-up of her nails). There were five different shades, ready to provide “mannequin hands” to models of all skintones: Evening Fog, Wet Clay, Fedora, Touch of Mink, and Bittersweet.
When you find the display in-store, it doesn’t mention anything special about these five shades. They’re just five new, limited edition colors in a display of maybe 14 new, limited edition colors. I had to drive around to nine different drugstores to find the unit, so when I finally tracked them down, I went a little crazy… and bought seven polishes (these five, plus another two from the fall collection). The situation may be different in your area, but I only found these at Walgreens (not CVS or Ulta).
I decided to forego the decorative lace, and swatched these in order from lightest to darkest, starting with Evening Fog. Evening Fog is perfectly named: a trenchcoat yellow-beige. I got a shocking number of compliments on this polish, which just goes to show: you don’t have to choose the shade that best matches your skintone.
Wet Clay was my “mannequin hands” shade: a putty color, pinker than Evening Fog.
Fedora is the only shade that’s not a creme: it has tiny little golden sparkles in it (click the image for a closer view).
Touch of Mink is a chocolate brown, which feels TOTALLY on trend with all the neutrals I’ve been loving lately.
My favorite was actually the deepest: dark, cool brown Bittersweet. It’s just the color of dark chocolate.
Thoughts? Favorites? Will you be driving around to drugstores like a crazy person over these?