Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Blues: Sally Hansen Gray by Gray and Color Club Sexy Siren

Hello lovelies! I'm not even gonna mention that "M" word again. I have no idea where this weekend went. It was like 5 minutes for me. But anyway, today I have not one but two polishes to show you. Let's get started with the first one. 

Sally Hansen Gray by Gray indoors, artificial direct light
My story with this polish is long and I won't bore you with all the details. It was a lemming of mine because it is remotely similar to MAC Blue India, a polish that I missed and always wanted to have. Of course this one is less blue and more grey. I payed a lot for this in London and then came home with it and swatched it several times before I finally decided to make a post about it. This is, I think, the 3rd time I photograph it. It's impossible to photograph accurately and I never liked how it looks in the light box. It looks more blue in my photos than it actually is. It's a slate grey creme with a touch of blue in it, but definitely more on the grey side. 

Sally Hansen Gray by Gray indoors, artificial direct light
Since this is one of the Complete Salon shades, it's supposed to have a 5in1 formula: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color and top coat. Now, I tried to apply this without top coat and it didn't look good at all. It has a great creamy formula and goes on smoothly, but it does show some streaks. It could partially be because of the brush, which is wide and on my bottle was uneven and had a hair sticking out of it. I had to cut that hair with scissors to fix the brush a bit and it still was bad. Pigmentation is good, but 2 coats are still needed. It does dry shiny and fast, so you theoretically don't need any top coat, but there are visible streaks that don't even out. The pictures above are without any top coat and you can see some streaks if you look closely. I won't even comment on the strengthener and growth formula parts, because I have no idea if it does that. All in all, I'm not very impressed with this polish. I did some glitter tips with a Color Club polish to make it more interesting. 

Sally Hansen Gray by Gray with Color Club Sexy Siren indoors, artificial light
Sexy Siren is one of the older Color Club glitters. It comes from the 2008 fall collection named Glitter Vixen.  What we have here is a clear base with tiny round turquoise glitter. The color is a tad more green than my pictures show, but not by much. The glitter is not very dense in this one and the application is not very easy. I'm not sure how many coats it would take to make it opaque. I did sort of a glitter gradient here and the very tips of my nails have about 3 coats. You can see that it's not that opaque in that area either. 

Sally Hansen Gray by Gray with Color Club Sexy Siren indoors, artificial direct light
All I can tell you is that this definitely looked better in real life than in my pictures. The glitter in Sexy Siren has a bit of a holo flash in direct light, but it was impossible to capture on camera. If you've enjoyed today's blues (or if you didn't), stop by these ladies to see more: 

Marisa from Polish Obsession
Joanna from The Treasure Chest
Mandy from Chameleon Stampede

Have a great week!


  1. I quite like this colour, it looks pretty interesting :)

  2. What a lovely polish!!! I love grays like this. I hate when it's hard to capture the true look of a polish. Love the addition of the glitter.

  3. The base colour is absolutely stunning, and it looks lovely with glitter tips too xx

    Angelica [One Little Vice]

  4. Goodness, you have lovely photos and mani posts. This is a knockout combination!


  5. I'm sure you would love it and it would look great on your nails!

  6. Thank you Marisa! Yeah, some colors are a pain to photograph. I'm sure you would like this a lot in real life too!

  7. Thank you so much and thank you for following! It really means a lot to me that you like my photos!

  8. beautiful mani! loving that sally hansen shade!


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