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.
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 Coat in Smoulder
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 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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