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How Do Nail Effects By Sally Hansen Work?

February 5th, 2012

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The Beauty Brains are linking and hopefully you’re loving it! All our questions this month come from other beauty bloggers, like Jenn of Literature Couture. Check out her creative character makeup tutorials!

Jenn asks…I’m loving the new Sally Hansen Nail Effects, but I’m have two questions about them. One, how exactly does the company manage to use real nail polish that isn’t dried and crumbly by the time I open the package? Two, is there a way for me to make my own strips to avoid the hassle of manicuring my non-dominant hand?

The Right Brain responds:

Regular nail polishes are a mix of film forming agents, adhesive polymers, and colorants all dissolved in a solvent cocktail (usually ethyl and butyl acetate with a dash of isopropyl alcohol.) To “stripify” the polish, Sally Hansen’s Nail Effects use a formula that’s a little more plastic-y than a regular nail polish. It looks like they’ve applied the polish to flexible substrate (polyethylene terephthalate) and dried off all the solvent. The result is a strip of nail polish that remains flexible but still sticky enough to adhere to your nail.

Can you DIY nail effects?

Sure, it’s actually quite simple. First, get an advanced degree in organic chemistry. Then, gain access to a mixture of over 2 dozen flammable chemicals and the associated equipment you’ll need to mix them properly, then…ok, I guess it isn’t quite so easy. This chemistry is quite complex and even the most accomplished DIY formulator would have problems doing this at home. Looks like you’re stuck with Sally’s strips for now.

Sally Hansen Nail Effects Ingredients

NITROCELLULOSE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, BIS(GLYCIDOXYPHENYL)PROPANE/BISAMINOMETHYLNORBORNANE COPOLYMER, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, BUTYL ACETATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYVINYL BUTYRAL, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, SHELLAC CERA/SHELLAC WAX/CIRA DE LAQUE, DIHYDROXYETHYL COCAMINE OXIDE, BENZOPHENONE-3, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 6 BARIUM LAKE (CI 15850), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), D&C YELLOW NO. 10 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 47005), D&C ORANGE NO. 5 (CI 45370), D&C YELLOW NO. 11 (CI 47000), D&C RED NO. 22 (CI 45380), D&C RED NO. 28 (CI 45410), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000)].

Image credit: Sally Hansen

If you’d like to try being a “stripper” you can buy Nail Effects with the Amazon link below. Your purchase will help support the Beauty Brains and for that we thank you kindly.

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nails inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish Review, Photos and Swatches

August 15th, 2011

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Ever since I came cross Britain’s hippest nail brand nails inc. at Cosmoprof a few years ago, I have been lusting over their polishes and dying to get my hands on more. Now that the brand has officially launched at Sephora this month, the first to catch my eye was the Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish.

nails inc Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish
nails inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish
Packed with two different particle sizes, the Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish creates a textured 3D effect and full coverage on nails that is bound to make a statement. The polish is also formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.

There are four glitter-tastic shades available, each named after famous iconic places in the UK (how I miss London!)

Bloomsbury Square, a clear base with bold purple glitter and chunky magenta glitter.
Connaught Square, a clear base with royal blue glitter and chunky purple glitter.
Fitzroy Square, a clear base with green glitter and chunky teal glitter.
Sloane Square, a clear base with charcoal gray/silver glitter and chunky iridescent glitter.


Bloomsbury Square, Connaught Square, Fitzroy Square and Sloane Square


Bloomsbury Square


Connaught Square


Fitzroy Square


Sloane Square

Like nails inc.’s regular Polishes, these apply smoothly and evenly but with a strong chemical scene that I was not too fond of. With just one coat, it shows up almost clear with a tinge of color and lots of glitter. Add a second coat and voila! Full-on color and glitter that spells glamor.

The polishes dry relatively fast to a matte, gritty finish thanks to the glitter but once you add a top coat like my favorite nails nails inc. Kensington Caviar Top Coat, you will get a glossy finish that is simply stunning.

nails inc Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish swatches
Two coats of Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish swatches with no top coat

Another thing you gotta love about these polishes is the price. While they go for £11 (~US$18) a pop in the UK, Sephora only sells them for $9.50. Can we just say bargain?!

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nails inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish is available at select Sephora locations and Sephora.com for $9.50.

Disclosure: The products in this entry were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. Please see my Disclaimer for more information on my posting policy.

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