Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen Review

remember these? i may have promised a review of them a while ago, but you know... life and stuff.  always getting in the way.  9_9 

first, a gigantonormous macro image of the sally hansen nail art pens:

cremes: black, light pink, hot pink, blue / metallics: red, silver, gold
the pens are about 5" / 12.5 cm long, so they are quite fat, like a highlighter.
(there are 8 colors available and asami has reviewed the white pen)

next, epic swatches:

two shots of the swatches in same order as above, in different daylight angles
(one swiped line + dotted line + tapped for dot + swirled for spots)

as you can see, the light pink, hot pink, and blue didn't cling to the red polish and clustered up.  bottom red base stripe is so poppy with a matte topcoat (essie), which solved the problem.  for all colors, dots and spots turned out pretty well.  

these three colors also had uneven pigmentation, this is after shaking the pen for 5-10 seconds.  disappointing?  i shook it for about a minute more and came up with these:

re-shaken swatch of light pink, hot pink, blue.  betterish?

polishes swatched over 357 whitest white, 27 so poppy, 24 black out

pictured with notw for size reference 
(notw is 27 so poppy with 21 snow globe and three-quarters matte about you)

oh but pfefi, what's inside?

the tip is a hard plastic with tiny ink-releasing slits

i got them as a birthday gift but they are about $8 everywhere else, yuck! at least sally hansen is on sale this week!  (:


@ulta (mmm half off seche vite, too...)

they are teasing me with the photos of sally hansen complete salon... i've been all over town but hidden treasure is all sold out.  ):  

(why do the two ads have different bottle label designs?)


Asami said...

Thank you so much for the mention! I really appreciate that. :)

Looks like the black one isn't half bad, but I won't be buying any of the other colors. Maybe you can use them for polka dots? Hope so. :)

Catherine said...

Hm, very interesting. I guess I won't be getting these then. I'd be so frustrated with the unevenness.

Natalie Nguyen said...

Haha nice swatches! Saw your pics from your trip~ it looks like so much fun to travel (oh how I wish so badddd XP)
You're right! The chloe scent is very feminine and light, different from other scents I've smelled ^^

Shop N' Chomp said...

I love Sally Hansen and these nail pens look really fun but I'm such a klutzo that I stick with one color...lol.

Thank you for showing some blog love, girlie! <3 Ooh, you did get lucky. :D I'm off to read that article!

Natalie Nguyen said...

That is a great idea~! You must have a lot of brushes (envying here haha ;P) I was also wondering what to do with the plastic roll too, good to reduce reuse and recycle ^^

Dana Yoshimizu said...

I keep seeing those nail art pens, but have never bought any for myself. I just can't imagine them being worth the money

izumi said...

nice in-depth review ^__^

13 days!! wow congrats :D

LOLanne said...

oooh great review... i saw these pens a few weeks ago at my local drug store buut decided on buying against it cuz of Asami's review.

looove love love the layout of your blog btw, soo nice and clean ;) ANDDD <3 your name tooo! is that your real name? "pfefi"? hehe soo unique!


♥Mishi à la mode♥ said...

are these nailpens easy to do nail art with? I think the colors look really cute!



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