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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Black to Basics Collection + The Easiest Nail Art (Ever)

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It is almost criminal how long it's been since I properly did my nails. As someone who quite often paints them up to twice a week, my almost month long absence was extra abnormal. I just wasn't feeling into anything. Luckily I snapped out of it when a few of the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Black to Basics Collection arrived. Oddly enough, it was the mono-chromatics that got me feeling polish again, and even got me into a bit of nail art.


"Sally Hansen celebrates classic, chic sophistication with a new Canadian-exclusive monochromatic collection.

The NEW Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ Black To Basics collection was designed in Canada and inspired by Canadians’ penchant for minimalism and our desire to subtly stand out, with a refined approach to style.

The collection features 8 refined shades from white to grey to black with the beloved Complete Salon Manicure™ formula infused with Keratin Complex for stronger nails."


 It's not very often that a big brand releases a Canadian exclusive collection, but the Black to Basics Collection is all ours, apparently. Now, I do love the idea of the shades featured (whites, greys, and blacks) but I didn't know Canadians were so in love with minimalism? The more you know, I supposed. The collection features eight shades ranging from pure white, to the deepest black and a bit of everything else between.


sally hansen black to basics collection all grey all night

sally hansen black to basics collection hooked on onyx

Of the eight shades, I received three:
  • Pearly Whites: soft white with a semi-matte, pearl finish. I'm not usually a fan of the streakiness that often accompanies pearl shades, but this wasn't too bad in that department and applied very evenly. Two coats.
  • All Grey All Night: pale, cool grey cream. A perfect shade for all the grey fans (go grey!) with an easy formula. Two coats.
  • Hooked on Onyx: jet black creme. A must have in all polish collections. This is an even better option, as it's almost perfect on the first coat. Two is best though.

sally hansen black to basics collection nail art

I haven't dabbled in nail for.... a looong time, but these shades were just asking for a little something. I contemplated creating a marble effect, but in the end went with something even easier. I used Pearly Whites as a base on all nails, then laid out a few dabs of each colour and picked them up with a stamper. I then dabbed it on each nail to create a smokey, stone-like creation. I opted to mattify the look with Essie Matte About You, bu a glossy topper would work just as well. I do recommend using a liquid latex / protectant around your nails though, as cleaning up the black polish was more time consuming that I would have liked.

Ovverall, a great collection for minimalists or those looking to add more basics to their stash. I love that the shades also work so well for nail art. The Black to Basics Collection can be found in stores and / or online from Rexall, Walmart, London Drugs, and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada. What do you think? Are you a fan of minimalist nail shades?