Sally Hansen Color Therapy Collection - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 1 April 2017

My delivery guy likes to come first thing in the morning which I really like.  It means that I don't have to spend my day waiting for a delivery if I know that it is "on board for delivery today".  Anyway, I knew that I was expecting a delivery with some polishes that I ordered, however when I got home from taking my daughter to school there was two packages waiting for me on my doorstep.  I couldn't work out for the life of my what I had ordered that would require such a large box.  Well the answer was nothing because the large box was some surprise nail mail with the new Sally Hansen Color Therapy Collection.

Sally Hansen's Color Therapy Collection consists of fourteen shades with a blend of complex natural argan, acai and evening primrose oil to condition weak and dry nails.  Now I haven't worn any of these shades for an extended period of time (and I also used a regular base coat with these which I am assuming you are not meant to do) so I can't really comment on the benefits that these polishes may or may not have.  I will be focusing on the colours and their formulas.

Aura'nt You Relaxed? is described as a vibrant coral creme.  This one was easy to use.  I did two coats, however I do question whether or not I should have done a third.

Blushed Petal is a blush toned nude.  The formula is easy to use but it is definitely on the sheer side.  I am not sure if I am a fan of this tone on me.  I used three coats for my swatch.

Chai On Life is described as a taupe.  Now this one I like.  The formula is good and the colour is nice.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Mud Mask is described as an earthy mocha brown.  This one took me by surprise.  I really wasn't expecting to like it on me but I do.  The formula is great and applies evenly.  My swatch shows two coats.

Ohm My Magenta is described as a reddish-purple.  I really like this one.  The colour is great and so is the formula.  I can see me wearing this in the cooler weather (that is most definitely coming for Melbourne).  My swatch shows two coats.

Pampered In Pink is described as a punchy pink.  This one is easy to use and is a nice colour.  My swatch shows two coats but I am questioning if I should do a third coat or not.

Powder Room is described as a pearlescent blushed nude.  I'm not a fan of this one.  It is easy to use but there are very visible brush strokes (they are more noticeable in person than they look in my picture.  My swatch shows three coats.

Primrose And Proper is described as a delicate medium pink hue.  This one does apply uneven on the first coat and needed three coats for even coverage.  I think I like the colour of this one.  I'm a little on the fence though.

Red-y To Glow is described as a medium cerise tint.  I'm glad that they call this a tint because it is definitely not a creme.  It applies evenly but still has a slight visible nail line after three coats.

Rosy Quartz is described as a classic pale pink.  This polish is super sheer.  I'm not even sure if you could build it up to be opaque.  Personally I am not sure why anyone would want or need a polish like this.  You wouldn't be able to see any colour on your nails.  Anyway, this one does apply unevenly but the formula is easy to work with.  My swatch shows two coats over a white base.

Slicks And Stones is described as a crystallized purple.  Now this one looks quite pretty in the bottle and in certainly lights but for the most part it just looks like a really dark (nearly black) creme.  The formula is great and is close to a one coater.  I did use two coats for my swatch.  You may experience some staining with this polish.  I used a base coat with mine and didn't experience any staining, however Margaret (@loveslacquer over on Instagram) found that this polish stained her polish mat.  Acetone will not remove it so definitely wear a base coat with this polish.

Image from Margaret @loveslacquer

Soothing Sapphire is described as a saturated blue jewel tone.  This polish is super glossy before top coat and easy to use.  I do like the colour of this one, particularly for the cooler months.  For this swatch I used two coats.

Teal Good is described as a cerulean creme.  I wore this polish as a full mani as I really like the colour.  Unfortunately, this one did cause some minor staining where there was no base coat (closer around my cuticle line.  I definitely recommend using a base coat with this one or you will end up with stained nails.  The formula is great and the polish is opaque in two coats.

Therapewter is described as a deep charcoal metallic.  I think this is a pretty interesting polish.  It is a little sheer and I found that it dried quite slowly.  I used three coats for my swatch.

As I mentioned earlier I can't comment on the benefits of these polishes to the health of your nails, however there are definitely at least two polishes in this collection that I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND using a base coat (which honestly defeats the purpose of this collection).  I can't say that the colours in this collection excite me that much.  My picks would be Ohm My Magenta, Chai On Life, Soothing Sapphire and Teal Good.

The Color Therapy Collection is available now from Priceline, Priceline Pharmacies, Terry White Chemists, Chemist Warehouse and independent pharmacies nationally.


  1. I have 2 polishes from this collection and have worn them without base coats. They feel fantastic on my nails. I don't have any dark colored ones. What they should really make for this line or use with other polishes, is a ridge filling base coat to nourish your nails under other polishes.

    1. That is such a great idea. How do you find the polish apply without a base coat? I haven't tried these without but I know other polishes apply nicer with a base coat.

    2. I think I applied two coats of Chai on Life and it was fine. I have a problem with lifting nails off their beds slightly...even 2 years after the Mentality polish issues which started the random nail lifting. All of this to say that those polishes feel soothing to my nails, BUT as I am older, I have Ruffles (a wavy potato chip here) for nails and really need a ridge filling base coat.

    3. Glad to hear you didn't have any issues with application. I like Chai On Life.

      Oh no! You were effected by the Mentaality thing? :( I am so sorry that happened to you and everyone else. Such a horrible thing.

      I know what Ruffles are. We use to have them here once upon a time. Not sure what ever happened to them.

      I hope you have found a good ridge filling base coat and most importantly I hope that which ever one you love doesn't get discontinued.