Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure review

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  • Manufacturer: Sally Hansen
  • Availability: originally released as part of the Tracy Reese Spring 2010 collection
  • Description: clear base with red/gold/orange/green iridescent flakies
  • Cost/Amount: USD$7 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes
  • Similar shades: GOSH Rainbow, CND's Sugar Baby, Nubar's 2010 (near-exact); China Glaze's Fortune Teller (same flakies, but in a black base)

NOTE: If you are buying Hidden Treasure after 2012, you're getting a different polish that's from the same vendor, and using the exact same name.

Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure

This color had a huge following even before it hit the stores, thanks to blogger promos and lingering enthusiasm for China Glaze's Fortune Teller, which had been released in Halloween 2008. I had only really just gotten into nail polish, so wasn't aware of companies like Nfu Oh (which makes several of these “flake” polishes) and wasn't really aware of GOSH's rainbow, since that brand isn't available stateside. There was a frenzy of bloggers looking for this color, and finally - after stalking my local Rite-Aid and Walgreen's obsessively for nearly two months, I got myself two bottles. (The person in Walgreen's said that once their display was sold out of a particular color, they weren't getting any refills…so two bottles of Hidden Treasure, Ring My Shell, and all the other polishes in this collection were all that the various Walgreen's stores received.)

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. Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of Zoya's Colbie & SH's Hidden Treasure Nail Files: Zoya's Colbie & SH's Hidden Treasure Nail Files: Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure The left hand holding a bottle of nail polish and displaying all manicured fingernails, with 2 coats of Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure

The first picture is Hidden Treasure over China Glaze's Goin' My Way. The second two pictures are Hidden Treasure over Zoya's Colbie.

Hidden Treasure does make a nice, subtler manicure on its own. I've found through trial and error that two coats may be a bit too much, if you want to really see the underlying color. I'm very glad I got my bottle-and-a-backup, and I do hope that Sally Hansen releases some additional flake polishes…does anyone know if it's possible to make flakes that prism through the cooler end of the spectrum? I'd love to see green/blue/purple/silver flakies in a clear base, as a counterpart to Hidden Treasure.

NOTE: In 2011, Sally Hansen released another Salon Formula nail polish named Hidden Treasure. It is not this color. That color is more similar to Ring My Shell, another polish from the same Tracy Reese collection that contained the original Hidden Treasure.

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