Here’s my dilemma; first, I can’t always let Maddie out visibly although she is always there in spirit and second, I’m addicted to nails. I really wanted to find a sheer polish that was less visible to a casual view but still made my nails look awesome. And I think I found it! What has surprised me is how well it wears (more on that in a second) and how bright and glossy my nails look.
I went shopping, bravely all by myself, in Farmers cosmetics department. I thought that after 10 minutes of looking at colours and trying to read the bottles (tip: don’t forget your reading glasses …) that someone may have assisted me. I was left alone, which probably was better than having to explain what I was looking for. Eventually I found a polish that looked like it might work; Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Sheer in Tulle Much (537). It is a beautiful natural pink and I hoped the colour might be just what I needed. And after using it, yes, it is! Others here mention the wide, flat brush. I agree, it makes a big difference to accurate application. Keeping things low key, one coat is subtle and perfect. A second makes the nail obviously pink.
Here’s where it gets interesting though. I had been using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails as a clear polish. I tried a mix of using SH products and other brands as both a base coat and top coat with the Colour Therapy. Nothing was outstanding, it was just ok and some combinations left a soft finish (I know, don’t mix different systems …) Then I happened on using Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear as a base coat and then the Colour Therapy over that. It was like magic; smooth filled nails, glossy, healthy-looking and just the right amount of pink for me.
It's the wear that surprises me though. They feel hard and smooth without a top coat. Today I had an outside job on the tools. I broke a part of a nail just loading the truck. Then I had to work on an installation, even having to drag my nails through containers of stainless steel screws. Incredibly my nails are unmarked and just as smooth as when I started.
I’m sold! The polish works, wears well and looks good. What more can you ask.