I 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!