Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lightening In A Bottle

Neutral Nancys and Shrinking Violets need not apply for what I've got in store for you today.  It's a bold pop of color for the nails that proved to be quite a handful to say the least.  Yes, this one took some work... and patience, but I made it through the storm and came out on the other side with a review to share.  And if you have a few moments, I'd like to tell you about the lacquer I tried from Sally Hansen called Lightening.

Lightening is a bright canary yellow that hails from Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri line of nail polishes - a line that boasts quick drying times as well as wide applicator brushes called (ironically) The Perfectionist Brush.  I say ironically because I had the hardest time controlling the distribution and flow of the color due to the broader brush, which left me with a far from perfect result.  The polish overall is a bit streaky, but then came the persistent pooling around my cuticles during the second and third coats that left my nails looking a gloppy mess!  Cleaning it up left huge smears on my cuticles and fingers.  It looked so bad, y'all - like a three-year-old painted my nails "bad".   So I took it all off and start again.  Again, a hot mess!  I almost gave up.  I mean, I'm used to being able to slap some color on my nails with very little need for clean up and that be that, but this polish was extorting a slower, more deliberate application from me.  Sadly, it took me three attempts to realize this (yes, THREE!) and the third time proved to be the charm (or at least the best I could do before calling it quits for good). 

Now, being true to their word, Insta-Dri polishes do dry quickly and I enjoyed the sweeping benefits of having the broader applicator in their Insta-Dri Clearly Quick top coat.  However, in Lightening, it proved to be a force to be reckoned with as far as application goes.  And while my final result was OK in that the more precise layering left cleaner detailing, I think I'd rather use it in a nail art design instead of an all-over color since I still had visible streakage amidst the fairly opaque four layers of polish on my tips. 

So, while Lightening really was as difficult as catching "lightning in a bottle" for me, it is a charge of yellow that I can work with.  It has a nice gloss to its finish, lasts a good amount of time on the nails (on me, a full week) and is DBP-, toluene- and formaldehyde-free.  And if my initial misfortunes didn't scare you away, you may want to check out a color or two from the line and see for yourself.

Sally Hansen Lightening is available at Target, WalMart and various drugstores, and retails for around $5.  


  1. very pretty color, i have a yellow from the same brand, mellow yellow, i believe it's called and it isn't as vibrant, i'll have to look for this one the next time i'm at target.

    1. Glad you like the color, too. If you end up purchasing it, let me know how it works for you!