Sally Hansen have just introduced a new line of nail colours along with a top coat; Diamond Strength No-chip nail colour. Each colour (including the top coat) is infused with real micro-diamonds, platinum and aluminium to deliver a super shiny mani that promises to remain rock hard for a full ten days.
While I’m big on red, I wasn’t feeling this shade’s pearlescence so I decided to test it on my toes which are less in your face. I used two coats on my left foot and did the same for my right but added the top coat. Ten days later, both pedis, top coat or not, were still shiny-looking and chip free. (I’ve decided against slapping up ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots of my feet as I don’t want internet pervs getting off on my tooties, so you’re just going to have to trust me on this one.)
I then handed a few Diamond Strength colours over to my friend Alize who is OBSESSED with nail polish. Like crazy ‘lock her up for her own good’ obsessed. Aside from trawling message rooms dedicated to polish and pouring over a zillion different swatches online, she can merely glance at your fingers and tell you what shade you’re wearing or at least give you it’s perfect ‘dupe’*.
Having played with them for a bit, Alize said she liked that the formula was easy to work with – not too thick, not too thin – and that the brushes were good quality. Better yet, it also lasted ten days on her fingernails!
Colour-wise, she thought Honeymoon Red was too frosty which made it looks a bit ‘granny-ish’ but she appreciated that it was nicely pigmented. On the downside, however, it stained her nails ‘like a MOFO’ even with a base coat.
Want to try Sally Hansen Diamond Strength nail colours for yourself? They’re in selected Foschini stores. They’re going for R69,95 a pop.
*A dupe, for those who don’t know, is another shade that looks almost exactly like another. For example, MAC’s Springsheen blush is a good enough dupe for NARS’s infamous Orgasm blush.