Monday, September 30, 2013

Updated Sally Hansen XTreme Wear Nail Polish: Review & Swatches

Since Monday in the beauty world seems to generally be a "Mani Monday" I figured I'd to a bunch of nail polish reviews today. First up is the new collection of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes, which is there collaboration with Rent the Runway. Although there are several collections within the Sally Hansen line, this one probably gets the least love. It's a pity since they have some great colors, and it's the cheapest of the line if I'm not mistaken. So, I have a bunch of glittery polishes from the Xtreme Wear newest collection.

To continue reading the review and see swatches, click the link below.

As mentioned above, the new collection is all about glitter. The display I originally bought the polishes from look slightly different then what's shown above, but you get the idea. As a whole, these lasted an average 3-4 days on my nails. That doesn't seem like a lot of days, but I'm rough on my nails/hands. Also as with all glitter polishes, these are a pain to take off.

Glitter Gun is a top coat with multiple types of glitter in a clear (maybe a slight hint of yellow?) base. The glitters as far as I can ascertain is a white bar glitter, large hexagon white and gold glitter, smaller white and gold hexagon glitter, and white and gold micro glitter. It's a glitter bomb, but a lovely one. It looks great on the nails, the formula is great and non-thick/gloopey. All the glitter lies down flat, and no placement of glitter necessary to get a good combo of the glitter when applying on the nail.

Confetti Cake is another top coat, and glitter bomb with a light sheer purple base. The glitter composition is large hexagon silver and black glitter, medium hexagon pink and blue glitter, and purple micro-glitter. This is another great top coat that gives you fabulous glitteriness without the clumps. It applies easily and flat on the nail. You get a good combo of glitter types in one coat as well.

Confetti Punch is the only one of the three that I don't quite categorize as a top coat. Maybe it is. No clue what the marketing materials say. It's a polish that can be made "opaque" enough to wear on it's own. With two coats it gives enough color on the nail not to look odd. I'm sure with 3 coats it will be nearly opaque (for a glitter polish). It's a sheer pink based polish with large blue hexagon glitter, green and cream/beige hexagon glitter, and pink micro-glitter. Again this polish applies nicely without any clumpiness. I didn't find this polish to be thick, which is a nice change of pace.


Bunch of swatch pics ahead. All swatches is one coat of the Sally Hansen polish over two coats of the base color (unless otherwise noted). First up is one coat of Glitter Gun over OPI Blue My Mind. I thought this made my nails look like a galaxy. I even got a compliment on this combo at 2AM during a night shift at work, score!

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Next is one coat of Confetti Punch over China Glaze Light My Tiki. I know the colors are off, but this still reminds me of a watermelon. Ya, I know it looks nothing like it, but that's the association I have. I enjoyed this combo a lot too.

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Last, but not least is Confetti Punch over OPI And This Little Pig. Also two coats of Confetti Punch alone on the fourth/ring finger. As you can see it's not really "opaque" per se, but it stands alone on the nail without looking too sheer. It takes on a jelly polish appearance.

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Bottom Line: Literally love every single one. Usually I have love/hate issue with glitters not performing, but these didn't have any issues. Best part is that there are more color options for you to choose from, and also happen to be one of the cheapest drug store nail polishes.


  1. I bought a few of these exact same glitter polishes yesterday from Walmart, and none of them had any of their names on them! I was so confused as to why none had the usual label with the number and name of the polish on the top of the bottle.. I also agree with you completely that these glitter polishes work great and are very inexpensive! Great post/blog! Thanks :)

    1. Glad you liked the post! I also had a hard time finding the names to these polishes. If you look closely at the label on the bottle towards the bottom (under the "Xtreme Wear") in very tiny letters you'll find the number and name of the polishes. It's something you almost need a magnifying glass for ;)