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This is a review of Sally Hansen Natural Shine Instant Nail Finish. I have had both the gold and silver versions of this product literally for a few years now and rediscovered a bottle lurking in the bottom of my old handbag which I started reusing again.
The bottles are square and long and so is the top. All plastic rather than glass so they are light and transport well. As I remember they come carded when you first buy them. The silver one is clear and the gold bottle has a hint of pink in it.
What are they?
They are a product to make natural nails more shiny. Although people online are saying that they use them on false nails too to get a bit more shine on them. I have always just used on clean and bare nails.
Easy brush-on formula delivers a healthy, radiant finish that enhances the beauty of natural nails. Dries instantly to a soft shine - no buffing required. Portable purse size is perfect for mini-manicures on the go! With Vitamins and Minerals to strengthen and deeply moisturize for more resilient nails. Wears away slowly - remove with nail polish remover. Salon Tested - Dermatologist Tested.
This is a bit of a magic product in that seconds after you brush it on to the nail, it sort of vanishes (evaporates?) and doesn't stay on the nail like a clear nail varnish does. I think it coats the nail with a very fine layer but it is not like a normal nail polish. You can tell the difference subtly between the clear (silver bottle) and the hint of pink (gold bottle).
Price and availability
Whilst it is still listed on the Sally Hansen website, it is hard to get hold of so may have been discontinued. I purchased my bottles at the body care shop called Savers. You can also buy either colour from ebay for £3.00 with free postage and there are plenty on there for sale. My bottle is years old and has not dried up at all so it does have a long shelf life.
This Sally Hansen Nail shine is a great 'on the go' product as it leaves no mess and you can't go wrong because it's clear. For some reason, the advert sticks in my mind that used to be on TV with a woman sat at an outdoor café applying the product to her nails. It has virtually no drying time and does leave the nails quite shiny. I think it is kinder to the nails than buffing. The product has a light nail varnish type smell to it when you are applying the product but it soon disappears. I like the thought of helping my nails to have more 'resilience' and am surprised that I forgot about this product in the bottom of my handbag.
I would recommend this product as a light intervention you can use to protect your nails. Mine are awful when they have no polish on them as they are always splitting but I don't like putting products on them that dry them out. If you are after glossy nails with a wet look then this product may be a little bit too subtle for you in its final appearance.