Let me be one to say that I love Sally Hansen nail polish. It's one of the only polish brands I buy because they are relatively cheap and I haven't been disappointed (sort of, I'll explain in a second). I've bought many of the different lines (even the stick-on strips). I think I've seen every color of the rainbow at my local Target. I don't like to buy expensive nail polish. Why? Because they all do the same thing. They get crusty and thick and dry up and get gross. I don't want to throw away several extra dollars, too. I mean, I could buy a polish thinner, but I don't have one and probably won't bother with it.
I was shopping (a few months ago) for a sheer pink that would make my fingernails look clean and pretty without being a dramatic color. I saw this in Target and I instantly gravitated towards it because it was less than $5.00 and part of the same line Diamonds and Rubies was in. I am absolutely in love with the way that Diamonds and Rubies applies and looks against my MAC NC45 skin. Champagne Toast looks like a light, soft pink, kind of like a ballerina's tutu or slippers. Except, this has shimmer, and I mean lots more than it looked like in the bottle. The shimmer looks like tiny glitter particles. I snatched it up and took it home with high hopes of having those glossy, sexy, pretty, delicate nails you see the chefs on Food Network have. Sorry, I couldn't get a decent shot of the polish in the bottle. Blame my crappy bedroom lighting and my equally crappy camera skills!
Let me be honest, the first time I tried this color, I absolutely f-ing hated it. I thought it looked very dull on my nails and it bugged me to no end that you could still somewhat see my nail through it. I thought my skin tone just didn't go with it and that it would b better off on lighter skin. I chucked it back into my drawer and forgot about it after unsuccessfully attempting to pass it over to DB's mom.
Cue four months later (a.k.a. NOW), I am cleaning my room and stumble upon this color. School starts up again soon (a.k.a. tomorrow morning) and I wanted to do my nails for the "occasion". Don't laugh at me because I have nowhere cooler to paint my nails and go to! I first applied one coat of Essie First Base Base Coat, let it dry, then laid on 2 coats of Champagne Toast. I didn't use a top coat this time.
(BTW, this is my skin tone for reference: MAC in NC45, Revlon Colorstay in Toast, Sephora Matifying Compact in D50, Clinique Perfectly Real in 37. I'm of Indian (yes, like the country) descent and I'm a darker, golden tan with warm yellow and orange undertones.)
|Champagne Toast: 2 coats, no flash|
|Champagne Toast: 2 coats, WITH flash|
|Here is a shot of the flash not hitting the color directly.|
I thought nothing special of this color. Don't get me wrong, this shade is somewhat sheer and applies well. The formula is amazing, and not too thin or not too thick. It's just the slightest bit streaky, but I think that's just something you have to deal with when it comes to light, shiny colors. I just don't like the color on myself. I look at it and just go, "meh". I think I'm just not a fan of sheer, shimmery nail polish.
As you can tell, I like to look at my nails and go WOW. I have been attempting to find some more understated, nude-y colors just because they're more mature-looking, match all of my outfits nicely, and make my naturally light-yellow nails look brighter.
- If you are someone that likes sheer, shiny colors and don't mind see-through nail polish, this might be good for you.
- If you are like me and tend to prefer more opacity and creamy finishes rather than sparkly, you might want to skip this one.
- You totally don't need to buy this specific color. If you see something just like it and want to try it, go ahead. But I can't make any guarantees
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