Hi guys! I am super excited to share Sally Hansen’s new launch, Color Therapy, with all of you! Color Therapy is the first Sally Hansen nail polish that blends ultra-saturated color and nourishing Argan Oil in 33 stunning new shades that were created in partnership with their Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole.
“Sally Hansen continues to lead in innovation by introducing its new Color Therapy products: a nail polish, top coat, and nail & cuticle oil, inspired by women’s desire to wear beautiful color while simultaneously caring for their nails. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish and top coat contain a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail. 9 out of 10 women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails after wearing the Color Therapy nail polish. Vibrant tones, available in three magnificent palettes, glide on for a radiant, shiny finish with up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to restore nails without sacrificing luminous color.
Complete your manicure with the Color Therapy top coat and nail & cuticle oil, both formulated with the same argan oil contained in the nail polish. The top coat provides an ultra-glossy finish for extended wear, and the nail & cuticle oil, the ultimate in nail therapy, instantly makes nails and cuticles look healthier, restored, and rejuvenated.
Color Therapy blends a complex of natural argan, acai, and evening primrose oil to condition weak, dry nails. Argan oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, an antioxidant vital for healthy skin and nails. Acai berry oil is rich in omega-3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids that are valued for nutrition and conditioning in skin and hair care. Evening primrose oil features essential fatty acids that are known to help reinforce hair strength.” – Sally Hansen Color Therapy Press Release
MADELINE POOLE, SALLY HANSEN GLOBAL COLOR AMBASSADOR
I actually had the opportunity to sit down with Madeline Poole to have my nails done and discuss the new formula and shades that she helped create. (Note: I filmed the whole process with Madeline but unfortunately my macbook crashed this past weekend and I’m in the process of trying to re-edit everything so please bare with me – UPDATE I was unable to recover the video files) you can read some highlights from my experience with Madeline below.
Madeline Poole is an editorial manicurist, designer and nail art genius! Besides being named Sally Hansen’s Global Color Ambassador in 2014 her looks and expertise have been featured in countless magazines and on the runways. Needless to say it was an extremely cool experience to be able to sit down with her, chat about Color Therapy and have my nails done! If you’re not already following Madeline you can find her at @mpnails / mpnails.com. Spoiler alert: you’ll find major nail inspo!
Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen’s Global Color Ambassador and I at the Color Therapy launch.
What is Color Therapy?
MP: Color Therapy is color that cares while you wear. It has 3 nourishing oils; acai, argan and evening primrose that soak into the nail plate while you wear. The polish is applied directly onto the nail (no base). It is a guilt-free polish. No drying, breaking, flaking or “breathe-time” necessary.
Who is Color Therapy best for?
MP: Everyone! It’s especially great for those who get acrylic/gel a lot as it will really help heal and nourish dry and damaged nails, bringing them back to a healthy state. It’s also amazing for pedicures.
Tell me a little bit more about the formula, how does Color Therapy apply as oppose to non-oil infused polishes?
MP: Color Therapy polishes are very high opacity. They are still thin and easy to apply but they have great coverage, which makes them great for regular wear and/or nail art. The wear time should last up to 10 days.
You actually helped design this entire collection; what is your favorite thing about Color Therapy?
MP: Definitely the colors- they are rich, expensive and luxurious! There is something for everyone.
I noticed that there are a great variety of shades (sheer, creamy, metallic). Metallics are sometimes hard to apply, as they tend to highlight nail imperfections. Do these run more opaque than your regular formula metallics?
MP: The soft pinks and peaches that are meant to be delicate are obviously going to apply more on the sheer side, as this was the intention. However the rich tones, take Soothing Sapphire for example, will apply exactly how it looks in the bottle. All of the rich tones are really strong, prominent shades. This was something that was extremely important to me, it’s always annoying when you pick up a shade and it ends up looking nothing like how it shows in the bottle. With Color Therapy you will get great coverage with 2 coats. I really tried to fill in the blanks color-wise; colors that I thought were missing from other Sally Hansen franchises. Sure, there a lot of pinks but there wasn’t any specific opaque “hot pink” that wasn’t metallic so therefore Berry Smooth was created. I also tried to include different tones (warm & cool) so that everyone really had something to choose from.
Speaking of these gorgeous shades, do you have any current favorites?
MP: It changes almost everyday! But, right now I love Soothing Sapphire, it’s amazing. it looks so luxurious and elegant with a metallic sheen. Unwine’d is also a gorgeous deep red- it’s just so fabulous… I just feel like such a lady in it, and then I was just wearing Robes and Rosé… I guess I’m really into metallic shades lately!
Do you have any tips and tricks for nail art beginners?
MP: A clean up brush, for really sharp edges. Negative space is great cause there is no base coat required you just clean up the nail plate and you’re good to go. It’s important to grasp your own style and go from there. The nail art inspirations are endless.
Finally, is there a certain look that you’re obsessed with at the moment?
MP: I just love long nails lately. Long nail with the underside painted – it’ definitely more picture worthy more than lifestyle… it’s hard to do and you need super long nails but it just photographs so beautifully!
Madeline created one of her classic looks on my nails using the new Color Therapy shades Cool Cucumber and Berry Smooth. I was blown away from the get-go at how creamy and opaque the first coat of polish applied- check out the final result:
I probably didn’t change my polish for about 5 days after this (which is super rare for me) because I was just so obsessed with these watermelon nails! Once I removed it (Color Therapy removes with regular polish remover) I noticed almost no staining which is amazing since we used no base with a hot pink polish, and my nails felt nourished instead of the usual stripped-dry feeling… Also tell me that these new rose gold lids aren’t the chicest lids you’ve ever seen!?
COLOR THERAPY: THE SWATCHES
Sally Hansen Color Therapy comes in an array of 33 different shades ranging from sheer neutrals, soft pinks to richer hues that will be sure to please anyone and everyone. There’s a great mix of bold, bright shades and neutrals along with some great metallic-jewel tones. All of my swatches were taken in regular daylight and only two coats of each shade were used without a top or base coat. I also didn’t use any clean-up brush so that you can really see how great the brush/formula combination is.
Ohm My Magenta – say “namaste” to this magnificent reddish-purple
Unwine’d – escape with a beautiful robust bordeaux
Slicks And Stones – a lustrous crystalized purple
Red-iance – energize with this cherry red
Haute Springs – clear your head with a restorative red
Red-y To Glow – harness a zen attitude with a medium cerise tint
Exotic Acai – cleanse your color palette with this plum tone
Indiglow – shimmer with an electric metallic violet
Good As Blue – refresh with this daring navy
Soothing Sapphire – reflect and restore in a saturated blue jewel tone
Ja-Cozy – melt away in the aquatic tones of cobalt blue
Reflection Pool – go with the flow in a metallic aquamarine
Cool Cucumber – a deep refreshing garden green
PINKS & CORALS
Aura’nt You Relaxed? – invigorate your senses with vibrant coral
Pampered in Pink – revitalize with this punchy pink
Soak At Sunset – a rose gold tinged with tangerine
Rosy Quartz – a crystallized classic pale pink
Sheer Nirvana – a marvelous marshmallow with hint of muted lilac
Primrose And Proper – a delicate medium pink hue
Rosy Glow – this beautiful begonia pink replenishes and restores
Berry Smooth – a bright electric pink berry
Mauve Mantra – conjure calm with this carnation tint
Robes and Rosé – a metallic and bubbly fuchsia
Couple’s Massage – unwind with this shimmery pastel peach
Steely Serene – get centered in a gorgeous greige
Powder Room – a ladylike pearlescent blushed nude
Chai On Life – a warm calming taupe
Well, Well, Well – keep it clean in this milky hue
Make My Clay – submit to serenity in this earthy putty shade
Therapewter – meditate in a deep charcoal metallic
Glow With The Flow – a luminous and naturally radiant pale bronze shimmer
Blushed Petal – breathe it out in a botanical blush tone
Re-Nude – take some me time with this peach-tinged taupe
I am so obsessed with the idea behind these new Sally Hansen Color Therapy polishes. Color that cares while you wear is something that can benefit anyone! Although wearing them for an extended period of time is probably best in order to see real benefits from the oils, it’s a relief to know that even after a few days your nails won’t feel dry or damaged (especially with bolder hues). The formula is so smooth and creamy and the color payoff is super pigmented and rich- shades are exactly as seen in the bottle. Most of these shades applied opaque with one coat, which is something so crucial to me. Plus, you don’t have to fuss with a base coat to achieve flawless application. Healthy nails start with the foundation (skin and cutlcles) so it’s a relief to know that you don’t have to forgo color while giving them some much needed “therapy”. Sally Hansen Color Therapy hits shelves in July 2016.
My favorite shades?
I am currently loving Slicks and Stones, Chai on Life and Berry Smooth.
Make sure your nail plate is clean of any oils before you start, it will really help the oils soak in and let the polish adhere.
Now that you’ve seen all of the swatches and heard my thoughts, I’m curious to know which shades are YOUR favorites and what you guys are looking forward to the most about this new range?
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>