Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sally Hansen Pink Pong

I was browsing through Ulta the other day, coupon in hand, and I saw a display of new Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure colors. Remember when Walgreens had the line marked down to $1.89 in order to clear it out for the reformulation? I was curious about the new formula, so I picked this pretty pink to try it out.
Sally Hansen CSM Pink Pong
The color is really, really lovely and once I got home I knew why it caught my eye. It's pretty much a dupe for my favorite pink ever, Zoya Mia! So how do they match up? Let's see...
Sally Hansen Pink Pong and Zoya Mia
In the photo they look pretty much spot on, but in person Pink Pong is slightly warmer. Formula-wise it was no contest, with Mia being the perfect consistency and the brush easy to control. In the photo you can see how Mia laid down smooth and even, while Pink Pong thickens along the tip (and the tip wear after a single day was disappointing.) Pink Pong was thicker, so it tended to glob on and the wide brush — which I've had issues with before — had coarse bristles and was so ragged that I had to clean it off to trim it down with scissors before I could use it, and even then application was difficult and needed a lot of clean up. I always check the brushes in the store before buying, so this was the best of the two available! If this is the "new" formula and brush for the line, I'm not impressed, Sally!

This got me to thinking about Sally Hansen and the Complete Salon Manicure line. I've always thought of Sally Hansen as a discount polish, mostly because I tend to buy it only when there's a Target exclusive color or it's marked down at Walgreens or Rite Aid, and I think most of the ones I have I actually got for $2 or less at Job Lot. Target generally sells it for around $6-$6.50, so I was surprised to see that it sells for $7.99 at Ulta — only a penny less than the Zoya, which I've always considered to be a superior brand. Then I was shocked to see that the CSM line sells for more than that at CVS! To tell you the truth, it would have to be a unique and exclusive shade to get me to pay $8.50 for a bottle of Sally Hansen when I can get a Zoya or OPI for the same price or less. I've always been pleased with the polish when I was able to pick up a bottle for $5 or under, but I expect a lot more from it if I'm paying $8 and up. I especially don't want to have to reshape the brush!

What are your thoughts on it? What do you expect from a polish at different price points? $2 polishes like SinfulColors have great colors, formulas, and brushes so what sets the CSM line apart from them if you're buying them both at Walgreens, Rite Aid, or CVS? What are you willing to put up with at $2–$5 that you won't at $8+?

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