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Mystic Lilac is so beautiful. It’s a light lilac colored polish with a gorgeous, subtle green shimmer–almost an aqua color–that really sparkles in sunlight. It’s a pretty sheer polish, but builds up well. These are 3 coats.


Close up of the yummy aqua shimmer!

The aqua was hard to capture with the camera. It’s more evident in real life.

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I’ve had these pictures sitting in my RAW folder for a while–I’d almost forgotten! But here we have one of the new SHXW colors, Purple Gala. It’s an awesome deep purple and gold foil polish with lots of dimension, which you’ll see in the several pictures below.

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One of the polishes I picked up at Rite Aid during the BOGOF Sally Hansen sale is this Insta-Dri in Pronto Purple. Pronto Purple is a violet-based frost with fuchsia and tiny hints of blue shimmer.

Color

I love this color, but it’s purple so that’s not too surprising. Despite its being a frost, it didn’t apply streaky at all for me (partly because of the wide brush, I’m sure). I love the subtle blue shimmer that you can see when you look closely. Alone, the base color may lean towards vampy, but the shimmer lightens it up and makes it a stunning polish, in the sunlight and indoors.

Formula

Personally, I like the Insta-Dri formula, but you may find it to be goopy or thick. I found it easy to use, though, super smooth opaque in one coat if you’re careful. One problem: despite a coat of Gelous, this polish bubbled like CRAZY on me. Funny thing was, as soon as I applied my topcoat, it completely smoothed out the appearance. It was like an illusion, I really couldn’t believe it. But, lesson learned: definitely use a top coat with this polish.

Final Recommendations

I’d definitely recommend the color to add to your collection. I think it’s a great transition from summer to fall if you like to keep up with nail trends, but I’d wear this yearround. Luckily, it’s a permanent color in the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line, so you don’t have to worry about shuffling out to grab it immediately.

Base: Gelous
Layer 1: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pronto Purple
Top: Sally Hansen Mega-Shine Topcoat

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If you’re in the United States, RITE AID is having a special Buy 1 Get 1 Free on ALL Sally Hansen and Borghese nail polishes with your Wellness card. I highly recommend signing up for one and taking advantage (you can sign up at check-out!), as the BOGOF includes all the permanent SH polishes as well as the new collection of Xtremewears and the new additions to Insta-Dri. Here’s what I got.. expect swatches soon!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pronto Purple
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Wined-Up
Sally Hansen Xtremewear Purple Gala
Sally Hansen Xtremewear Mystic Lilac
Sinful Colors Stormy

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    basecoat-topcoat:

    MATTE PAISLEY - P.O.T.W. - O.P.I. - i just can’t cope-acabana

    • O.P.I. - i just can’t cope-acabana + goldeneye
    • Sally Hansen - black out + white on + mellow yellow
    • Color Club - meyer lemon + pearl district
    • Sinful Colors - you just wait
    • Born Pretty Super Matte Surface oil
    • 3k gold foil

    This is the last look using O.P.I. - I just can’t cope-acabana. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.


    11/15/14

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