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I just want to preface this post by saying Walmart is a truly magical place! Where else can you drop your car off to have an oil change, grab lunch, do some shopping and get your nails done in less an hour and a half! Maybe Costco? Idk.
You guys know that I always like to bring my own nail polishes to the salon specifically so I can do an accurate Manicure Monday, but I neglected to bring my own this time. Fortunately, I was at The Walmart and, you know, they tend to have nail polish sometimes.
I've been intrigued by the Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Color formula for a while and today was the day I bit the bullet. And then I wished I hadn't.
First, let's talk about this 'Velvet' texture. If you're familiar with those mascaras that come with the thickening and lash extending fibers, the velvet texture is as if you took those fibers and mixed them in with any kind of cream polish.
The color I picked up was 'Velour' which is a mid-tone purple shade. This month it's been all about the purples and lavenders. Don't ask why, it just has. Turns out the purple combined with the "velvet" texture looks like Barney took a fuzzy purple deuce on my hands. Yumm... (that was a sarcastic 'yumm...' if you didn't pick up on it).
In addition to the odd texture and the less that ideal color, the formula isn't that great either. It definitely requires more than one coat to achieve full coverage, but two coates looks and feels too thick and does NOT even out on the nail. Even the nail technician was struggling so you know it wasn't meant to be.
This specific color requires a base coat to prevent your nails from staining. I learned that the hard way. This is why I have to be more persistent about asking for a base coat. Personal struggles. The texture also looks better with a matte top coat, which is what I have on in the photos.
For me, it was the texture and color combination that just pushed me over the edge, but in a bad way. I was considering returning it (I know, kind of ghetto of me but I didn't like it!) Then I realized I threw away the receipt!
If I had a redo I would probably have gone for the black if I had to choose from the same line. Or I would have gotten Tarte Deco by Essie and called it a day!
Don't get me wrong, I like Sally Hansen as a brand and I respect they're creative efforts. I just didn't like this particular formula. If you like it, good for you because someone has to.