Nailpolish Review: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum’s the Word

Colour: Muted purple with grey undertones. Muted grey polishes have been made popular recently by Chanel’s Particuliere – but I find true grey too dull for my skin tones, so this was a good compromise. (If you’re interested, the shade “Commander in Chic” from the same Complete Salon Manicure line is said to be a good dupe for Particuliere).Finish: This polish is formulated with a base coat and top coat (along with nail strengthener and growth treatment) – so applying it is a very simple process. The colour applies thickly – but there were translucent areas, so I had to apply 3 layers to get a uniform look. It dries evenly – with NO smudging.Durability: This has the best durability of all my polishes to date – 5 days and counting without ANY chipping or cracking – and this is without needing to apply a separate base or top coat! Usually at least an index finger or ring finger nail would get chipped with daily activity – but not with this polish.Packaging: I think the packaging of this nail polish feels quite elegant and luxurious. The bottle has some weight to it – and has extras I really appreciate – like a rubber grip around the handle for controlled application, and a specially shaped brush head that spreads to apply polish over the whole nail bed.Price: I got mine on sale for $4.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. I think they usually retail between CAD $6-9.Grade: 9.5/10. I like my finished nail to have a very glossy look – so I think next time, I’ll use a thin layer of top coat over it. But this is only my personal preference.Would I buy it again: Yes – I love the durability and coverage of this polish and want to try more of the colours in this range.Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself and was not paid to review it.


  1. Ilinda
    May 4, 2010 / 7:23 pm

    Ooh, I love this color! I've been looking for something taupe-y but I think I like this better. Will have to see if I can find it. Lindy May 😉

  2. Ella Pretty
    May 5, 2010 / 1:23 am

    You'll love this shade! I really like taupe too – but it doesn't look good against my skin tone 🙁

  3. Ilinda
    May 17, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    I found it and I love it!! Hubby hates it but I don't care, lol. He's a stick in the mud.

  4. Ella Pretty
    May 17, 2010 / 5:33 pm

    Yay – glad you found it..I want to get more of these complete manicure polishes – the finish is gorgeous.

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