Catwalk colour! Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Designer Collection Spring 2014

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Limited edition colour + fashion designers + Sally Hansen?  Yes, please!

I’ll be the first to say that I have lots of nail polish (some may say it’s a problem…) in a wide range of colours from many different brands.  I’ve said it before, but I used to be a nail snob; I only wore shades from salon brands like OPI or Essie.  Well, Sally Hansen has quickly become my go-to brand for polishes because the colours are stellar and the formulation is fab. The Complete Salon Manicure line in particular is my favourite from the brand, as well as one of my favourite formulations in general. The colour goes on so nice and I absolutely love the brush, it paints the colour on perfectly.

Because Sally Hansen makes great polishes, Tracy Reese, Prabal Gurung, and Rodarte teamed up with the brand for their spring/summer 2014 shows during NYFW last year.  I actually found out about the collections in September 2013, but lucky for us non-models (aka regular folk), Sally Hansen will be releasing the Complete Salon Manicure (CSM) Designer Collection Spring 2014 in June 2014, available for one month only, so we can all have runway-worthy nails!

The collection is composed of eight colours, three for Prabal Gurung, two for Rodarte, and three for Tracy Reese.

Inspired by Afro-Cuban culture, the Tracy Reese Spring 2014 collection incorporates fabrics full of detail, textiles with geometric laces, and tribal embroideries, with prints ranging from gingham and window pane to tropical floral.

The nail collection consists of Batbano Blue, a pearl barracuda blue; Carnivale, a vibrant orange; and Mojito, a mint green.  For the NYFW show itself, the three bright colours were painted to reflect a window pane pattern.

Tracy Reese
Batbano Blue TR Carnivale TR Mojito TR

For the second season in a row, Sally Hansen teamed up with Rodarte to create two limited edition colours that reflect the texture and colour combination of a tortoise shell, creating a multi-dimentional effect.

Both of these colours, I feel, are more appropriate for fall and winter as they are both muted, dark neutrals.  There’s Clay, a terracotta brown shade; and Cinnamon, a deep brown.


Cinnamon R Clay

Finally, the three shades from Prabal Gurung are chic pastels that are infused with modern elegance. The nail look from the runway highlights a contrast of matte and glossy textures, as seen in the fabrics Gurung used in his designs.

The three colours in this collection are very on-trend for spring and summer.  There’s A Wink of Pink, a nude-pink pearl; Lady Lavender, a pearl lavender; and Mint Condition, a pearl mint green.
Prabal Gurung A wink of Pink PG
Lady Lavender PG Mint Condition PG

All the colours go on quite opaque. For the most part, I did two coats for each colour, aside from Clay and Carnivale, which used three coats.  I do have faves from each line.  If you had to pick one colour from each, hands down it would be A Wink of Pink (this one is a must, I’m actually obsessed), Cinnamon, and Mojito.   I feel like each of the colours can be easily duped but CSM is such an amazing formulation that if you can pick up some of these colours, I highly recommend them.

I used a couple different topcoats and base coats with each of the swatches, including Sephora FORMULA X and Poshe, and for the most part the colour stayed put a couple days before it started to chip.

In case you guys don’t know Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish is 5-free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). The formula is designed to serve as base coat, colour and top coat. It also has ingredients to help promote growth, strength, extended wear and high shine.

Are you going to pick up any colours from the CSM Designer Collection Spring 2014?

Please note, I was sent this product from PR.  All opinions are my own.

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