Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue review

Posted on Wednesday, at bought • 1292 views

  • Manufacturer: Sally Hansen
  • Availability: part of the Xtreme Wear collection
  • Description: UCLA-blue creme
  • Cost/Amount: USD$4.99 for 11.8 ml / .4 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes

NOTE: If you are buying Pacific Blue after spring 2014, you're getting a different polish color than is pictured here. The manufacturer reformulated the color (deeper, less neon blue) but kept the name.

Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue

I saw this color, but passed on it the first several times I bought any Xtreme Wear polishes because the bottles had been there for a while, and the color was beginning to separate a little bit. If you do see this color, get yourself a bottle - and just shake it up, the color remixes with no problems. It's a blue that I haven't seen before in nail polish, which probably means that something similar has been released at some point, but it wasn't purchased enough for this particular color to be brought back often.

The color is also a sort of greyed, kind-of periwinkle blue-ish that's actually fairly bright…without being neon. It's not an easy color to classify. I really like it, though, and may go looking for another bottle. It's unique enough that if I don't stock up, I won't see it again until I'm collecting Medicare (assuming that Medicare is still around when I'm of the age to actually collect it.) I have browsed and bought Xtreme Wear polishes at four different places, and have only seen this color at one of them. Sally Hansen's website doesn't list the color as a discontinued shade, though.

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 Pacific Blue Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue Nail Files: Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue, under sheer/layering polishes

As much as I like this color by itself, I wondered how it would look under some of the sheer and semisheer colors I had. The fourth photo above shows Pacific Blue under VIP Pink (index/left), Lime Lights (middle/2nd), Blizzard Blue (ring/3rd), and Sinful Colors' spring 2011 flakie polish Green Ocean (pinkie/right)...with the thumbnail left with just two coats of Pacific Blue, for comparison.

I actually like how this looks under either Pink Boa or Blizzard Blue. Lime Lights deposits a bit too much green to let the blue show through at all, and Green Ocean looks pretty, but still has the problem of some too-large pieces of glitter that stick up from the nail.

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