Sally Hansen’s Celeb City review

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  • Manufacturer: Sally Hansen
  • Availability: part of the Xtreme Wear collection
  • Description: metallic silver shimmer
  • Cost/Amount: USD$4.99 for 11.8 ml / .4 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes
  • Similar shades: Zoya's Trixie, China Glaze's Jitterbug, OPI's Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous
Sally Hansen’s Celeb City

There's something utterly, gleefully childish in me that just had to post my review of Zoya's Rihana on the same day as my review of Sally Hansen's Celeb City.

Celeb City reminds you - quite pointedly - that Sally Hansen nail polishes are not Big-3 free. You open this bottle and the smell of formaldehyde and whatever-else reaches out, grabs your nose, and tweaks viciously. I think part of this may be due to the fact that this shade is also a definite metallic, because Virtual Violet and Pink Boa and the other Xtreme Wear shades I've used have a stronger smell, but they aren't THIS strong!! This is almost as much of a sinus-scouring experience as using China Glaze's Fast Forward top coat (which, to me, has a much stronger smell than Seche Vite.) Don't use this in a well ventilated room, because no amount of artificial ventilation will be sufficient. Use this -=outside=-. This smell needs to come with its own warning, cheerfully inscribed on the side of the bottle in scrollwork: “This shit will kill you.”

Aside from the bitchslappingly harsh chemical odor, the color is excellent. It's a sparklier metallic than Sally Hansen shades like Pedal to the Metal or Gilty Pleasure, a rougher-textured metallic than most of the China Glaze Khromes. It's almost a visual match, texturally, to Jitterbug. One coat was almost enough for full even coverage..but not quite. Two coats gave me a solid manicure with plenty of bling. This color is more prone to wear and tear, though, so unlike Virtual Violet (which I was able to wear for three days with no topcoat) you really need some sort of topcoat for this one.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

Close-up photo of the middle three fingernails of the left hand, showing the nail color applied. The left hand holding a bottle of nail polish and displaying all manicured fingernails, with 2 coats of Sally Hansen's Celeb City Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of Sally Hansen's Celeb City

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