I was in the CVS the other day and I happened to see the new Sally Hansen pens in chrome. Normally, I don’t pay too much attention to nail pens but the chrome caught my attention. I picked one up, curious as to how well it would work.
I pulled this out to do a test swatch and all of a sudden with the first stroke to the nail, the thick brush made me realize I had been here before – different day, different color, same epiphany. What can I say, I’m getting older and I have to do things twice to remember them.
While the actual result isn’t that bad, this nifty concept has several flaws for a hard core polish lover. I would imagine the great compact nature of this polish would be for instances such as “oh, I’m going to happy hour after work and I need to put on some polish!” or “oh my, my nails look rough, let me touch up my polish!” and lo & behold, a polish pen in the purse would work miracles. In the spirit of this concept, the swatch displayed is a one coater with no top coat, no basecoat, no touch up. To it’s credit, one coat was all it needed. Good coverage, albiet with a stiff and unweildy brush.
For all its compactness, I would never do a mani without a basecoat (hello – staining?). It’s rare I’d do one without a top coat. And it’s only every 10th blue moon when I don’t already have a color on.
This means that I’d have to carry around a topcoat, basecoat, remover and if I just wanted it for touch ups, I’d also have to own a pen in every color that I already own (impossible!). This makes it much less compact than the original concept and it also makes it cost prohibitive. These pens run around $8 for .135oz of polish. That’s steep. Per ounce, that’s over 7x the amount I pay for OPI. Over 14x the amount I pay for China Glaze.
For the record, I actually have polish remover pads, a topcoat, a basecoat and 3 different colors at work. If ever I have a happy hour come up unexpectedly during a blue moon, I’ll be going with a real mani.