Anyway, given that these polishes are basically (not) dupes, and that the more I try to wear the Sally Hansen one, the more annoyed it makes me, I decided to do a comparative swatch and review and be done with it.
FYI - I recently found an amazing technique for the easy removal of glitter polish, because lets face it who doesn't dread removing it (if you don't, what's wrong with you?!). What's more, it's rather cheap and will last you a while - Non-Toxic PVA Glue! I won't go into all the details because Alanna over at Pretty Purple Polish has done a great PVA base coat FAQ here and a fabulous PVA base coat tutorial here.
Base Colour : China Glaze Liquid Leather 544
Glitter Polish : Sally Hansen Gem Crush Cha-Ching! 02, Gallery Colours Red Sparkle 421
Top Coat : Sally Hansen Complete Care
After I had prepped my nails with a base coat of PVA, I painted one coat of the China Glaze black on my middle and pinky fingers.
I then painted three coats of the Gallery Colours glitter on my ring finger, it didn't need three by any means but I wanted to make it a fair comparison.
Once the black-based nails had dried, I painted one coat of the Sally Hansen glitter on the middle finger and one coat of the Gallery Colours glitter on the pinky finger.
On my thumb, I did one coat of each glitter side by side for colour comparison.
|Finger nails (not thumb) with no top coat to show finish of polishes.|
UPDATE : If you did try the PVA top coat, I think it would be wise to still seal it once dry with your regular top coat. If I remember correctly, when we used it at school, it was pretty easy to wash off with water and soap - if you hadn't already peeled it off.
The Sally Hansen comes in at second place for me because I don't like the small silver and micro red glitter combination. The RRP is £6.99 for 9.17ml, which I think is a bit of a rip off, but I have managed to find it at one of my favourite online beauty stores Fragrance Direct for £1.99, as well as the other shades in the collection which are much nicer (you can buy them here if you like). The finish is gritty and apparently some people got a wide and flat brush, mine however is slender and round making application a bit more troublesome.
Which of the two do you prefer?