Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

One of the best ways to transform a polish is by using a specialty top coat or by layering it with an interesting sheer polish. OPI Man Of La Mancha anyone? Recently, I got some information regarding the Sally Hansen Color Filters top coats, and I decided to try two of them out. As with all top coats, the base color that you use will determine the end look; darker colors definitely pop. The top coats come in three different formulas: Diffuse, Smoulder and Strobe. I have the first two to share with you today so let me show you some swatches.

 

 

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Va-Va Violet (press sample) as the base color and applied one coat of Smoulder.

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coat in Smoulder

 

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Midnight Drive (press sample) as the base color and then applied 1 coat of Diffuse.

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coat in Diffuse

 

These top coats looked promising, but I don’t find them that interesting. I had high hopes for Smoulder, but the effect isn’t as striking as I had hoped. Don’t get me wrong, at an angle, the top coat does have some oomph, but it looks best under low light/indirect light. Diffuse has a chunky pearl-like finish and it does serve to change a dark polish to something soft and silvery.  There is a third top coat called Strobe which is supposed to serve to “add a luminous, pearlized highlight, but I don’t have that one to share. So what do you think about these top coats? I would skip them if you are expecting a very unique finish. I don’t really see myself using them much as a nail polish connoisseuse. The Sally Hansen Color Filters top coats are available at Target now for $5.99 each. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.

 

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6 thoughts on “Sally Hansen Color Filters Top Coats

  1. Hi Cynthia, I bought Diffuse a couple days ago so that I can have a topcoat on hand to liven up some of my creme finish polishes. I just looooove cremes, but too much of the same thing can get boring. This will hopefully become a handy little change of pace topcoat when needed. 🙂

    1. I do think it’s useful to have some transforming top coats to change up your polishes. I wish these had more oomph, but they are ok. I hope you get good use out of yours.

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