Middle Aged Beauty Queen

#2 My Top Ten Nail Polish by Brand

Posted on: October 13, 2012

I often get asked what is the best brand of nail polish. Because of that, I have been working all summer on comparing different brands of nail polish. I compared over 28 brands of nail polish, all available in the US. Meaning this comparison of brands does not include any Barry M or other brands only available in the UK. I scored the different brands using these 5 items of criteria: brush/bottle, formula, price, dry time, and wear. These are the items that are important to me in a nail polish. When I was finished there were 3 brands that had all 5/5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (CSM) is #2 on my list of TopTen nail polish by brand. In this picture is Greige Gardens (GG) and Commander in Chic (CiC) in one of half & half manicures I like to do. This is my favorite combination of polishes/colors to use for that. Any body who knows me for 5 minutes knows that CiC is my all time favorite polish ever. If I had to have only one polish for the rest of my life, I would be perfectly happy with CiC.

By beloved CiC. Such a great color, and there so many dupes for this color it is ridiculous. A few that I know of are: Essie Merino Cool, Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, L’Oreal Greyt Expectations, Wet n Wild Mega Last Wet Cement are all pretty much dead on dupes. Then there are a whole other bunch that are similar but I won’t go I to those.

This is Greige Gardens It’s a great polish that looks gray but when you apply it, in certain lights it looks blue.

This is Pedal to the Medal. I adore this color and I’m not big on metallics but this one is special. It has a lilac cast to it that makes it so pretty in all lights but especially when the sun hits it OMG, I had to stop my car just to take a picture. If I ever win the lottery, or I should say, when I win the lottery I am going to have my car painted with this nail polish. How pretty would that be?

I only had 4 CSM in my collection. In my area they cost $7.49 which is a lot of money for me. I would buy them when they were on a BOGO sale. Then I found a set of 5 for $5.99 at Ross one day. I got Lavender Cloud, Summer Plum, Anenome of Mine, Sequin Scandal and a backup for my beloved CiC! πŸ’— Then just last week Walgreens were clearing out the CSM and they were all $1.78! πŸ’° So, you all know what I did! Yep! These are what I got

Thinking of Blue. My new favorite blue. LOVE this one. πŸ’—

All Fired Up, a gorgeous bright coral. πŸ’—

Mudslide, a neutral with some interst. I’d been wanting Mudslide for quite some time. πŸ’—

Plum Luck. Perfect for this fall, kind of a mix between plum, maroon and brown. Interesting. πŸ’—

These are my new ones, that we’re Only $1.78 each!!! πŸ’—πŸ’°
But, let’s get back to my review of CSM and why it made #2 on the list. The formula is consistent with this brand, it is a perfect formula, no glooping , no runny- ness, no pooling on the sides of your nail. This polish dries pretty fast. I like the bottle and I love the wide flat brush. πŸ‘ I am a fan of the wide flat brush. I’ve recently learned that for those of you that do not like this brush, if you would wipe off the brush both flat wise but then again on each side prior to painting, you will like the brush better. So, those of you that don’t like it, please try that method **cough** Diana, and maybe you will like it better.

That’s what the brush looks like after wiping both flat sides first then the other sides. I hope it works better for those that don’t care for it. πŸ’…

Lavender Cloud, who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Not me. I love this white polish with just a hint of lavender. CSM is formulated so that you don’t need a base coat or a top coat, hence the name Complete Salon Manicure, I must say the last few days I have been going without a top coat and I have had no problems with shine, tip wear or chipping. Even though I always use my Nail Envy from OPI as a base coat and will continue to do so. I would especially wear a base coat along with my Nail Envy when wearing the dark blue and the black polishes, not just from this line, but any polish brand.
One of the things I’m looking forward to with CSM is a collaboration with Alexander Wang that will be coming out , soon I think. I am anxious to see what colors he comes up with for this line. He is such a great, cutting edge designer, I feel he lends real credibility to this drug store brand called Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.. If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I suggest you do, and I think if you tried my beloved Commander in Chic πŸ’— , I bet you would also have to say it is one of your favorites. 😘
Those all the reasons this brand received 5/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 from me in my scoring of the different brands. It’s a great brand! πŸ’—

As always, thanks for stopping by. #1 is next! Are you excited? Any guesses? Let me know in the comment section. I love hearing from you guys. 😘. Mwaaah!

6 Responses to "#2 My Top Ten Nail Polish by Brand"

I love all the sally hansen complete salon manicures that I own, such a great polish. I have to get more! LOL ~Diane


I look forward to seeing you someday driving around in your Pedal To The Medal coloured car!You sure found a good deal on those polishes,lucky you,I’m a big bargain shopper myself.Is “Glooping” a real word???xo Linda πŸ™‚


Wow! What a great post!
I will definitely stock up on these on my next trip to the USA. No base or top coat required? Sounds like a dream come true!
(Today I’m wearing Revlon Colorstay in Wild Strawberry for the first time and really like it.)


I know! They are a great brand!

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Ha! Glooping and gloopy are indeed words, in my vocabulary anyway! Thanks Linda, you always put a smile on my face! πŸ™‚

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Yes, it is a great brand! I love Wild Strawberry, so bright and pretty! Thanks Kati!

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