Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Gray by Gray

Sally Hansen Gray by GrayI went against my better judgment and picked up another bottle of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. To say the least my experience with Fairy Teal was a DISASTER! I swore off the entire line after having smurf nails for weeks.

But then MAC Blue India came along. I am not a fan of MAC cosmetics, nor am I a fan of $12 nail polish. Especially when it’s hard to find. But the color was just so pretty! Thankfully I ran across a wonderful comparison swatch over at Laquer Laine. Gray by Gray is NOT a dupe of Blue India. But it is the same idea, and close enough for me to be satisfied. Not to mention, Sally Hansen is half the price and I didn’t have any trouble finding it.

Gray by Gray is a dusty grayed out slate blue creme. Application was a breeze. Not at all streaky, and opaque in two coats. I didn’t even have any problems with the wide flat brush (for a picture of the Complete Salon Manicure brushes click here). I did learn some lessons from my experience with Fairy Teal. I used a basecoat to avoid staining. I also used Essie Good to Go! topcoat to extend wear and make the polish a bit shinier.

Now for the negatives of this polish. This cost me $6.50 at Wal-Mart. Yes, it’s better than the $12 I would have spent on Blue India, but that’s still almost $7 for a drugstore nail polish. And don’t let Sally Hansen fool you, this is not a 5 in 1 nail polish (if it were I would complain less about the price). A basecoat is 100% necessary. These polishes stain. Badly. As far as I’m concerned, all polishes from this line have to be treated just as color, and nothing else.

I said in my Fairy Teal post that I would not be purchasing any more polishes from this line. And the truth is, if Gray by Gray wasn’t a close dupe to a more expensive polish that I wanted, I would not have picked it up.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Alli

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