Friday, May 4, 2012

Sally Hansen Black Tie

Sally Hansen Black Tie is one of the most beautiful polishes I've tried in a long time. It's a black duochrome with the most fabulously gorgeous purple and green color shift to it. This is not one of those almost-black duochromes that just has a hint of color to it. Even from far away, it has a pearly, gunmetal look to it. The color shift here is very complex as well and you can often see multiple colors at once. Pictures don't do this polish any justice because it's tough to capture the duochrome on camera. But it's so ridiculously pretty!









I took pictures in a variety of lighting situations and I'm still not happy with how this polish shows up on camera. I think this is just one of those shades you need to see in person to fully appreciate.


Admittedly the formula here is not the best. It covers in two coats so opacity is not an issue, but this polish feels thick and goopy and drags considerably when applying. I think a lot of the formula problems stemmed from the fact that the brush kept picking up way too much polish and unless I scraped it off each time, I wound up with a big dollop of polish.

But honestly? Look at her, you guys! It makes me forget all about the not-so-hot formula. Black Tie is what I wanted Chanel Black Pearl to be. I feel like a supervillainess with this polish on; for some reason it stikes me as very Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Black Tie is utterly badass.

I'd say Black Tie is a total must-have for all my fellow duochrome lovers out there. I can already tell I'm going to be staring at my nails all day today while I have this on!





14 comments:

  1. I'm glad the duochrome doesn't disappoint on the nail, even if the formula isn't the best. I just might have to get this one sometime.

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    1. I'm blinded by the pretty and it makes me (almost) overlook the crummy formula. I think it's worth the hassle! :)

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  2. i like this one!! it looks exactly like borghese stellare notte, too:]

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    1. I didn't know that! Very cool! I actually don't own any Borghese but I need to try it out someday.

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  3. because you said it reminds you of Maleficent makes me want to have it.

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    1. Haha I dunno why that's what it reminds me of but it totally does! I think it's the black/purple/green combo.

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    2. Hah, I thought the exact same thing, ChiChi!

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  4. I didn't realize this was a duochrome! I never even gave this collection a second look and now you're making me regret it :/

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    1. I would have overlooked this one too if I hadn't seen swatches beforehand! I agree, the rest of the collection wasn't super eye-catching so this easily could get lost in the shuffle. My friend just got this polish a few days ago as a bday gift from her sister so the collection may still be out there at Walgreen's and the like.

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  5. Very gorgeous! Sometimes there are some hidden jewels out there :)

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