For the past few years, Sally Hansen has made fabulous custom colors for shows at New York fashion week, then — six months later, when the appropriate season rolls around — sold those collections to the public. (I haven’t swatched all of them, but as an example, here’s Tracy Reese F/W 2010.) The funny thing is, there’s no indication on the bottle or on the display that you’re buying a “special” polish, so unless you’re in the know, the fact that it’s a collaboration might escape you.
I picked up Barely Blue Bell a few weeks ago because it was pretty… then subsequently learned it was part of a trio for Prabal Gurung. If those are rainbow flakies, I’ll be going back for Loves-Me-Not.
Barely Blue Bell is a little more saturated, a little less faded/antiqued — and a little more blue than NCLA Santa Monica Shore Thing (the color that touched off my obsession with celadon). It’s a swimming-pool color.
This photo is overexposed, but I think Barely Blue Bell goes with my On the Beach pedicure very nicely.