Sally Hansen LE Xtreme Wear Review, Swatches and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Monday, August 16, 2010

Look what I found today at Duane Reade.  A complete, untouched set of the new Sally Hansen Limited Edition Xtreme Wear polishes.  I know that some of you are on the lookout for these.  So if you live in a city with Duane Reade drugstore, definitely check there!  I also spotted these by my yoga studio at a Duane Reade in Queens but some were purchased already from the set (more like both Mystic Lilacs! - the color I was originally interested in).  Even though I saw most of the collection already I didn't make a purchase until today. Almost all of these seem to have glitter particles or a pearly sheen to them except for Concrete, an light opaque dirty grey/purple.  Don't forget to scroll down to the end for the giveaway!

I picked up Concrete, Purple Gala and Mystic Lilac, because these are the most interesting colors to me from the collection and they are so perfect for fall!  At $2.99 each, you really can't go wrong with these so if you see them and like them, just get it because they are indeed limited edition.

Concrete is creamy and very pigmented.  You can probably do a quick manicure with one coat and run out the door.  In fact, in the swatch photo here, my nails were still wet because I just wanted to snap the picture right away.  I love this color!  I was expecting to feel neutral about it, but I really like it. This one definitely surprised me.  I think I know my "greige" colors but I actually don't!  I recommend this one - it's clean, it's pretty and I'm happy to like the only opaque of the bunch.

Purple Gala is really cool if you're into the foiled, metallic look.  It's chock full of of gold and dark purple microglitter in this.  I am enjoying the muted purple shade, it's a bit on the mature side!  This color might look different depending on your lighting because of the gold glitter. I think I used two coats for the swatch, but I might do three just to cover everything completely.  It does have good pigmentation for a foil polish.  I hear that there is a dupe for a Hard Candy shade out there at Walmart.  I don't live near a Walmart, so that's about all I can tell you.

Mystic Lilac is a dulled purple with a green shimmer.  The shimmer is not too noticeable but it's definitely there.  It's really pretty in the bottle.  Out of the three here, Mystic Lilac was the most sheer.  You will need maybe 4 coats for this.  But I think in the end it's worth it for the pretty color.  And with the cheap price point in mind, I think it's unique enough to grab and add to your purple/greige collection!

A comparison shot.
l-r: Concrete, Mystic Lilac, Sephora OPI Metro Chic

Open to US residents only (sorry!)

I am giving away two of the new Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes!  These are getting hard to find because even though they are brand new, they are popping up randomly in stores and then people like me are snatching them up for blog giveaways!  Doesn't hurt to enter :) 
Make sure to read all of the contest rules below before entering.

The winner will receive:
  • 1 new bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mystic Lilac
  • 1 new bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Purple Gala
Contest Rules

  • You must be a subscriber of my blog to enter.  You can do so by clicking the "Follow mandabear" button on the left side of my site.

  • First Entry: Comment below to *this* post with your name and email address (for anti-spam purposes, I recommend you write it like this: "hello [at] example [dot] com").  I need to have a way of contacting you right off the bat.
  • (Optional Second Entry) Follow me on Twitter and copy/paste the following retweet:

    RT @MANDABEARcom Enter to win 2 Limited Edition Sally Hansen polishes in Mystic Lilac and Purple Gala here!
Don't forget to mention your twitter username in the comments!

 Fine Print:  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Open to US subscribers only. Winner will be chosen using and then contacted via e-mail before being announced on my site.  If you do not respond within 48 hours of email notification, another winner will be chosen - Sorry!  Package will be shipped via USPS. After it leaves my hands, I am not responsible for stolen/lost packages. 

 GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for entering!
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