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I love nail polish, in fact, I love good quality nail polish. Even more than that I love a bargain. So when I saw Sally Hansen nail polish (normally RRP at about £8) in poundland, I felt it would be rude not to buy it. The Diamond Strength range comes in a number of colours - pinks, reds and, the colour I chose, a nude blush pink called Royal Icing (number 04). It promises no chip nail colour and that it will strengthen your nails. For me this is a huge bonus as, due to the fact I always have colour on my nails, they have lost a lot of their strength. The fact that I can strengthen my nails while having them painted is a double win.
The polish itself comes in a glass bottle that is taller than most nail polishes but looks elegant. I have had my bottle of this for at least 3 years and, although it says it will last 30 months on the back, mine has not gone gloopy and still has some remaining.
The colour itself is a very subtle colour that looks just like your normal nails but with more of a sparkle and healthy colour to them. The only issue is, is that the colour isn't as 'no chip' as it claims. After a few days I began to notice chips but, as the colour I chose is similar to normal nail colour, these chips weren't that noticeable.
Overall I really like this product, but only at the cheap price I paid for it, not the usual £8. I didn't see a huge difference in my nail strength but they did seem healthier, especially when I had my nails painted with it. I often use it as a top coat on other colours which gives any colour a lighter tone and a subtle sparkle making it a very versatile, and worthwhile, purchase.
Sally Hansen diamond strength
I usually have gel polish on my nails but when I go away in the summer I tend to polish them myself, always preferring a clear colour.
The RRP for this product is about £8 which is quite steep, but I bout mine in my local discount store for £1 and I have also subsequently seen it for sale in Poundland.
It is available in several colours including the usual range of pinks and red, blue, purple and some clear "colours". I bought the nail polish which is called Diamond and is actually clear with what through the bottle looked to be a very small amount of sparkle.
The nail polish comes in a glass bottle, which is slightly taller than a lot of nail polishes. There are no instructions for use but I suppose most people would know how to use a nail polish. When I unscrew the lid and take out the brush, I find that in keeping with the slightly taller bottle, the brush itself is longer than I am used to and it is also quite thin. I imagined that this would be a problem when using the nail polish since I thought it may not load enough of the product onto the brush.
However, when I use the brush it does load a good amount of the nail polish onto the brush, making it important to wipe some of the excess off onto the side of the bottle. When applying, I find that I am still able to cover my finger nails entirely using three brush strokes. I do like to be able to do it like this since I think it gives a more even look to the polish.
Since the colour I have is in essence clear, I can't comment on how it would look when applying the coloured polishes but this one leaves my whole nail looking shiny with a faint sparkle. I like the fact that the final colour has just a little bit of sparkle because it means that it is not too garish for day time wear but at night I still feel as though I have done my nails and made some kind of effort! It is also good for applying onto the top of a nail colour for some extra twinkle, but ensure that the base colour is completely dry before application or the colour will transfer into the nail polish bottle.
I don't know believe that this did make my nails diamond hard but it certainly added a bit of extra hardness and protection to my nails. I liked the clear colour with sparkle but would have been disappointed had I paid the full price; the price I paid meant that it was almost certainly not going to be a big let down.
This one is quite tricky to remove completely because of the sparkle but I find that with glitter on nail polishes this is always the case; it wasn't too much of an issue because the main colour is clear and so any bits missed out don't become too obvious.
Easy to apply, decent enough but recommended only at a bargain price.
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I have a terrible weakness for nail polish. My collection does seem to be growing at a suspicious rate for some one who has vowed to buy only a new bottle only when I have finished another completely. I do like a bargain though so I decided to try Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength Polish when it was in a sale in my local Boots. I paid £3.49 against the usual price of £7.40. As often happens when I think I have found a good deal, my sister then told me they were available in Poundworld, for £1 obviously. I went there and found another colour that I wanted to try. I now wish I had used the the first bottle before I bought another! Anyway, the colours I ended up with are "Save the date" a metallic plum colour, and "Rosy Future" which is cerise.
WHAT HAVE DIAMONDS GOT TO DO WITH MY NAILS?
The polish is supposed to dry to an extra strong and chip free finish, whilst also strengthening your nails and guarding against splitting and flaking. My nails are not too weak, with the exception of just one that does split easily and I am not sure why. I liked the idea of a polish that could help that nail, but the main attraction of the polish to me was the idea of a longer lasting chip free finish.
In tribute to it's name, the bottle has a little crystal stuck to the front. I actually think this makes it look a bit tacky, as the diamond is obviously plastic and on many of the bottles I browsed it wasn't even stuck on straight. Apart from that the bottle is standard looking, and measures 13.3 ml so you do get a reasonabe quantity for your money.
The brush is very long, which is a relief after using several polishes in a row that have short stubby brushes. It is so much easier to use a long brush when you are nearing the end of a bottle as you don't need to tip it up so much. The brush head is a similar lengthy style which suits my nails as they are elongated almond in shape, but it could be awkwardly long if you have shorter, broader nails. It doesn't fan out much so more than a couple of brush strokes are needed to cover the nail. It does distribute the polish evenly though and the finished nail has no obvious brush marks. The first coat gave me a reasonable level of colour but the finish isn't opaque and a second is definitely needed. This is true of most polishes for me so I wasn't disappointed. It dried really quickly which makes up for any extra time spent on application. I felt that my nails were touch dry in just a couple of minutes, but I left it a bit longer before putting on tights or shoes, just in case. I ruin too many nails that way!
The polish comes in a variety of finishes, but the two I have both have a metallic look. If you look at "Rosy Future" closely, it has a sparkly element, but it isn't as obvious as a glitter polish would be. I tend to chose colours like that more for evening wear, but that's just me. I love both the colours that I have tried, because the finish is bold and glossy. My nails look great when they have just been painted, but what I really wanted to see was how long the finish would last. Sally Hansen doesn't make any specific claims as to what to expect, eg "10 days wear", just that the polish is "no chip" and "shatter proof". I am not sure that I have ever had a polish actually shatter on my nails, but I would have settled for no chip. Sadly, far from lasting longer than standard polishes, I thought it lasted less. I got my first chip in 24 hours , and more soon followed. They were not small chips at the nail edge either, but ones that required the re-doing of the entire nail. Normally an average polish would last 3-5 days without chipping for me, when used without a top coat and a couple of days longer with one. Top coat didn't make much difference here - Diamond strength still chipped fast. As for whether my nail was any stronger, I have not seen any sign of it. I think that a product that helped with that would probably need to be used every day for some time. As I like to chop and change my polishes, I am not going to wear a Sally Hansen Diamond Strength one for weeks at a time. Perhaps if I did I would have noticed a greater effect. [ I have used them off and on for 3 months.]
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE POLISH?
I think that at full price, this is a little expensive. If it offered either nail strengthening properties or a longer lasting finish, I would be willing to pay more. I like the colours but as I can get ones I like just as much for less, I woudn't buy a Sally Hansen Diamond Strength again. Well, unless they end up in Poundworld! I have noticed that in some shops the polishes are stocked alongside the other Sally Hansen products which are mainly in the nail treatments line, rather than with the other nail polishes and cosmetics. Boots seems to offer the best selection, but they are also available elsewhere and online should you wish to try one for yourself.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]
** I own the shade FAIRY TALE IVORY: a sheer champagne, with a frost finish, so that is what this review is based on)**
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While it doesn't give a solid colour to my nails, the sheer champagne tint enhances the nail's natural colour: making the nail gleam and look 'clean'. It's a go-with-anything polish that can be worn all year round and for every occasion. I think this colour is perfect for short nails. I have very pale skin, but I didn't feel that the colour washed me out. Plus, it is perfect for layering to jazz up your favourite shades.
I don't usually like shimmery nail polishes, but the glitter particles here are so fine; they reflect the light to give more of a shiny, high polished look, rather then screaming glitter ball. And when the polish does start to chip it isn't noticeable; when I go on trips & holidays this is the only polish I take with me.
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Despite the shimmers of the frost finish, the polish is smooth to apply, leaving no bubbles or streaks. I was impressed with the drying time; 5 minutes after application it was touch dry and 10 minutes after application I was rummaging through drawers, there were no chips or smudges. I hadn't applied a top coat at that point. The formula includes nail hardening ingredients; colour and care in one!!
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The brush & bottle
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The brush head is smaller then other brands; not a deal-breaker for me, but other people might not like it.
I must also comment on the design of the bottle and lid. The shape is very easy to grip, meaning there's less smudging & spills.
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With topcoat this colour lasted me for 4 days before chipping. Since I use a self-powered wheelchair, I found this very impressive. This polish is one of my must-haves - I hope I'll be able to get back ups in the foreseeable future.
Time for yet another nail review.. sorry guys. The 99p shop in my town centre has recently been selling a limited edition set of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color Collection. Four bottles of nail varnish (3.8ml each)? Who am I to turn that sort of offer down!
Diamond strength, shine and wear.
- Diamond Strength: Instantly bonds with nails to provide a shatterproof, diamond hard protective coating that virtually ends splitting, cracking and peeling.
- Diamond Shine: Light-refractive diamond particles go beyond ordinary lacquer to produce a multi-dimensional faceted shine.
- Diamond Wear: Long-lasting color is chip-resistant, fade-resistant and waterproof.
So it's basicaly a durable nail colour which helps to strengthen your nails.
The four mini bottles are mounted on a card and are all sparkly colours, in silver, pink, gold and red. A polish for every occasion!
You can get full size bottles of this in 36 shiny shades and the full sized bottles also feature a cute diamante sparkler on the front of the bottle.
It went on well and lasted three days before I got my first chip. I wore the red with the silver on as a top coat.
It was quite a thin varnish and needed lots and lots of layers to get a decent depth of colour and coverage. Because it's a glitter polish you do get a bit of a bumpy finish which was smoothed out by the clear topcoat.
**Three days later**
When I removed the polish my nails were in fairly decent condition underneath. A little peeling on a couple of the nails but they were in that condition before so whilst it's not cured them it certainly didn't make them any worse!
Well, for the price, I thought this nail varnish was excellent, and all the colours are nice on their own or as a top coat (except the red!). I used mine with a base and top coat as I always do to try and get the maximum out of my manicure.
I thought they were so good I bought another set next time I was in the shop! I have bought a few sets to put in as extra presents for my friends' birthdays too.
Whilst I won't be wearing them all the time as I don't always need a glittery manicure, they will be used a lot for socialising!
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