Sally Hansen’s Precious Pearl

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  • Manufacturer: Sally Hansen
  • Availability: originally released in winter 2011 as part of the Nailgrowth Miracle polish collection
  • Color Range: sheer pink-white pearl
  • Cost/Amount: USD$5.99 for 13.3 ml / .45 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: haven't decided yet
  • Similar shades: Zoya's Amminah
Sally Hansen’s Precious Pearl

I've cut all my nails to uniform…ittybitty stubs. The nails were a bit stained still, from my series of green manicures about two months ago, and while most of that had grown out the top 1/5 is still a bit discolored (even after The Trimming.) I was going to use my Nail Envy for a week or so and see if I could keep my nails from splitting. I wasn't looking forward to a week with no nail color. Lucky me, a trip to the drugstore coincided with a sale on Sally Hansen's Nailgrowth Miracle polishes, so I picked up a pair.

This is a newer line. The bottles are a different shape, flatter bottles with a slightly tapered lid (it's like Sally's experimenting with which bottle shape appeals to consumers most or something. Very irritating), but they've got the same “pro” brush that the Salon Manicure polishes have. I like this brush because it's wider, flatter, and the flattened tip is rounded so it's easier to get the color right up to your cuticles without actually painting your cuticles. I can usually cover my entire nail with two strokes.

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 Precious Pearl Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of Sally Hansen's Precious Pearl

Precious Pearl is a semisheer pink pearl - straightforward enough. It was still not totally opaque even after three coats, so this shade at least is either a French-manicure shade or will be good for layering. It dries quickly, applies smoothly, and doesn't show brushstrokes.

For the next week or two, my nails are going to be awfully short - but I'm going to keep applying this polish and Profound Pink, a coral-pink frost. Hopefully I'll have some color on the nails, and they'll actually grow out a bit stronger. Which would be -=really=- nice, because this weekend my China Glaze Anchors Away colors arrived, and so did my Ebay finds. I now own eight of the twelve polishes from the Kaleidescope collection, including Visit Me In Prism!! (Maybe the shorter nails are the Universe's compensation for being in the midst of winter. Our one really sunny day was about a week ago; and these gorgeous polishes don't show their full effects in Seattle's standard winter-overcast.)

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