By Skye McKiernan
What is it:
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color is a polish that promises up to seven continuous days of wear with no chipping or fading.
Where is it intended to be used:
Xtreme Wear polish works well on the fingernails or toe nails.
How does it work:
Sally Hansen uses proprietary technology in their nail color blend that creates opaque color (in two coats) with little to no wear or chipping for a full week.
Who is the product good for:
If you love the look of manicured nails, but do not have time to repair chips or cracks every couple of days, then this product is a great one to try. Tossing this one in your basket at the local superstore will not hurt your wallet too much either, as it retails for less than $4 a bottle.
How do you use it:
Brush the color on over a typical base coat, or on the naked nail surface underneath. While the company says you may get better wear with a base and topcoat, they are not required. The formula is thick and relatively opaque so you get full color coverage in two coats.
Anytime a product claim seems too good to be true I want to test it out. The Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color signs promise up to seven days of wear with no chipping or cracking. At a sale price of under $3 (without sale pricing these can retail a bit higher, but still under $4) I had to give it a shot. The biggest trend this season is the orange look, whether it is lips, nails, cheeks or eyes, so I snagged the “Sun Kissed” orange shade. If any shade will be obvious when it chips or cracks it will be orange , I thought. After five days of wear with nary a chip or dull tip I got bored of the bright orange and covered it with OPI’s Rainbow Connection glitter polish, so that is what you see in the photo above. The Sally Hansen product is still going strong after seven days and it has become clear that it may not even chip until I choose to remove it.
The one drawback to this product is the texture when applying. It seemed unlike most polishes I use and did not seem to go on evenly at all. After two full coats it was fine and relatively even, though it was not as smooth or clean an application as I am used to with other name brands. Some bubbles came through the nail polish as it dried and they left small holes in the surface of a couple nails. This was another reason why I wanted to add the glitter polish to hide the uneven texture. This issue could have possibly been addressed with use of a top or base coat, however.