SWATCH SUNDAY — Sally Hansen Salon Chrome in Holographic

Good Morning! I hope Daylight Savings time didn’t throw off you too much. Our little guy was up at 5 am, so today is going to be an extra espresso shot kind of day. Before that though I have a fun Swatch Sunday post to share with you! Today I’m sharing this Salon Chrome kit from Sally Hansen.

You might remember these kits popping up on Instagram when they were released back in early Fall 2017! This was right around the time powders were hitting peak popularity, so naturally Sally Hansen came up with their version featuring their Miracle Gel polishes. I was super curious about them when they first came out, but sadly the price ($38 at my local Pharmacy) was just a little too much to splurge on. Luckily, I was shopping for groceries at Superstore back in late February & found a few of the kits in the clearance section, so obviously I had to pick it up to try!

To create beautiful holographic nails, the kit comes with a black polish (Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Blacky-O), Holographic Powder, applicator, special Salon Chrome top coat, & Miracle Gel top coat. You’re instructed to paint your nails with the black, wait a few minutes for it to dry to a tacky finish, rub on your powder, then seal in with the special top coat before finishing it off with your Miracle Gel top coat & BAM! 💥 Easy Peasy holo nails. Except it’s not quite as easy as they make it seem on the box….

I tried twice to follow the directions on the box, but kept smudging the black polish underneath. I waited the 3-5 minutes as directed, & up to 10 minutes, but couldn’t get it to work. So I decided to use a trick I’ve tried with other powders before & grabbed my Finger Paints Peel Off Base Coat & applied a layer over my base Blacky-O. After waiting 5 minutes, I dipped my applicator into the holo powder & rubbed it over my black polish &… it worked perfectly!

After cheating a little, I got these holo nails to turn out perfectly! You can really see that linear holo rainbow which almost looks identical to the picture on the box. I’m not sure if there is a particular trick to applying it directly to the black polish, so if there is I’d love to know what other people have done. I love having the option of creating holo powder nails without having to use UV gel polish.

I’m not sure if you can still find these kits in store, but check out the clearance sections of your favourite polish stores to see if you can find them. Even though I found application a bit tricky, the end result is GORGEOUS! Maybe not $38 gorgeous, but I will definitely be heading back to check out if they have any of the other colours in the clearance section at Superstore or to grab a couple more. $7 for the holo powder is definitely worth it to stock up on & I’m very curious to see how it will look over other base colours.

Have you tried any of the Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Kits? What did you think of them–did you have any of the same application issues I had? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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