Review+ Swatches: Sally Hansen’s Salon Manicure Base Coat, Top Coat, Dry & Go, Mudslide, And Pink Pong Polishes

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Sally Hansen's Salon Manicure Base Coat, Top Coat, Dry & Go, Mudslide, And Pink Pong Polishes.jpeg
Sally Hansen’s Salon Manicure Base Coat, Top Coat, Dry & Go, Mudslide, And Pink Pong Polishes

All through college, I painted my nails
regularly.  I never bothered with using a base coat because the surface of
my nails was smooth enough to accept the lacquer for a nice finish.  I
thought why should I bother?  However, that was then.  Now I have
ridges and weaker nails, which changes everything.  If I intend to sport
pretty nails, then I had to branch out with new manicure products.  Today I
want to tell you about my experience with Sally Hansen’s Salon
system of products that I was sent to test.

I started with the Sally Hansen Salon
Manicure Smooth & Strong Base Coat.
  On my index finger, I brushed
on as I would normally do the polish.  In doing so, I didn’t fill in all
the ridges as you will notice from the photo.  Therefore, I gave my other
fingers a heavier coat. This was what my nails really needed for how the product
smoothed and built that weak nail up.

modeling Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure 240 Ping Pong with base coat.jpeg
Here I’m modeling Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure 240 Ping Pong with base coat.

Just to show you the difference, I painted my
thumb with
Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure 250 Mudslide
without that base coat.  This is more a nude shade of
peach-brown.  You will notice my ridges show through the nail enamel. 
Also, the color isn’t as glossy as the ones that I primed first with the base
before painting. 

modeling Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure 250 Mudslide.jpeg
Notice the difference of my thumb without the Base Coat and just Mudslide.  The other nails have both.  Incredible smoothness, don’t you agree?    

I also received 240 Pink Pong, which I
would describe as a nude pink-brown.  Both colors are wonderful basic
neutrals.  I loved how easy this polish was with that brush for painting.  

When I primed first with that base coat, I got a
deeper shade with one coat of the 250 Mudslide and extreme shine. 
Seriously, I never realized what a beautiful difference this base coat could
make for overall appearance and strengthening.  Usually, I am constantly
filing my nails because of how quickly they snag or break.  This didn’t
happen to me once now with this biotin and spirulina reinforced formula.

Next, I followed the base coat and polish with
the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Ultra-Wear Top Coat in Clear
This was extra protection to that gorgeous color like a clear coat of nail

With my allergies, the fumes of polish can
irritate me more than others.  But, I must admit these products weren’t
that bad to inhale as many others that I have tried.  To best safeguard
myself, I thought the Complete Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops was
something I had to try to speed up the drying process.  All you need to
wait is 60 seconds after putting on that top coat, then add a drop or two per
nail.  I just needed a drop per each.

I wanted to see how Sally Hansen’s Strengthening
Nail Polish Remover
might be kinder on my weak, thin nails.  This
formula is fortified with vitamins and wheat protein to strengthen as it removes
the lacquer.  I only used it on my thumb that had just the nail polish
because I needed to match it up with my other primed nails.  This rubbed
that polish with just one loaded cotton ball.

I think Sally Hansen’s Salon Manicure
system of products works exceptionally well.  Anyone with weak nails or a
problem with ridges definitely should look into buying the Base Coat, Top
, as well as the Salon Manicure polishes for strengthening them
and being able to wear beautiful color again without chipping or snagging your
nails for quite a while.  Even those that have perfect nails should
consider buying the complete system because using these products together, your
nails will look even more professionally done.  The Dry & Go is
fantastic as well. 

*Disclaimer:  Free products were provided to
facilitate this review–not my opinion.*



  1. Nerline Germain
    February 25, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    nice post. I really love this brand.

  2. Mary B. (Nuts4Stuff)
    February 25, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    Thanks. I can't believe how much that base added to it. I love this line too!

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