I have some good news and bad news when it comes to satin finish polish. The good news is that my samples of Zoya’s new Naturel Satins Collection are on their way to me. The bad news is that they’re traveling via FedEx SmartPost, or, as I prefer to call it, DumbPost. It takes forever. For. Ev. Er. The set is not scheduled to reach me for over a week. Zoya could have thrown the box from Ohio to Montana and it would reach me more quickly.
However, I don’t wish to look a gift horse in the mouth and am very grateful to Zoya, as always, for sending me media samples gratis. Perhaps SmartPost saves them money, and that doesn’t hurt anyone.
While we wait, I want to tell you about another satin polish that I scored in a very good deal. Our local KMart had a ton of clearance cosmetics and nail polishes, and among the detritus was some Sally Hansen Satin Glam polish.
Satin Glam came out a year or so ago, and I was tempted to pick some up, but not very tempted. The original SRP was $5.49 and the bottle contains a mere 0.33 oz/10 ml. But at this clearance sale they were only $1.37. Can do!
I picked up Taffeta, the purple of the group.
I don’t care for this style of bottle from Sally Hansen — the base narrows at the very bottom which makes it more prone to wobbling and possible tipping. I have to hold the bottle with one hand when I wipe the brush on the neck of the bottle with the other. A minor point but worth mentioning.
Taffeta is a medium grape purple, almost orchid in some lights. The satin or semi-matte finish is very pretty. I used three thin coats, making sure to let each dry well, and it dried very smoothly. Does feel satin-y!
Under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash:
Lovely. It’s not a glossy finish nor a dead-flat matte. You can, of course, put a clear shiny top coat on it…
… but I prefer it semi-matte.
At this price I may try to pick up a few more colors.