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Review of Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen

Doing Drugstore: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen

I'm a doodler by nature, and a dabbler in whatever unique beauty product I can get my hands on. It seems like nail pens are all the rage in the nail polish industry as of late, so when I heard about Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, I had to give it a try.

There are eight shades in total, and because I wanted to give myself some glitzy black nails à la Paris Hilton's black French manicure, I purchased the white shade. The fine-tip pen is easy to use, and the polish dried pretty quickly. You don't have to have an advanced degree in art to create great shapes, but it was harder for me to finagle with my opposite, less-dextrous hand. The pros? Because it's water-based, it's more environmentally friendly, and mistakes are easily fixed with a cotton swab and water.

The cons? The polish has a tendency to drag unless your nails are completely dry, and since it's water-based, it rubs off rather easily. I'd highly recommend applying a top coat if you're looking for a stay-put finish. While I don't see myself drawing shapes on my nails all that often and the results weren't totally perfect, all-in-all, these nail art pens are meant to be fun, and fun is what they are.

The Supplies

Plain Black Nails

Time for Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen

The Finished Results

Not Perfect, but Fun!
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BallonDoggy BallonDoggy 8 years
It says right on the package you need a top coat in order to seal it or it rubs off the first time you wash your hands. And you dont need to let it dry for 2 hours, I put on a top coat only about one minute later and it doesnt streak. It does look a little cracky but only if you put your fingers right up to your eyes, so the average view people will get it will look okay. I dont think they are worth $8 though, maybe if they were priced at $5.99 or something so then the sale prices would be 3 something.
wednesday816 wednesday816 8 years
I just bought the silver one. Rachelsmith when i used them i didn't smell anything. They're easy to use and its easy to fix mistakes.
rachelsmith rachelsmith 8 years
Do they smell bad, like normal nail polish? I'd guess no, but... I think these'd be fun for use on the bus or whatever, and then I could slap on a topcoat when I got to an appropriately isolated place.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I like the idea - especially if it makes a french manicure easier!
emalove emalove 8 years
Yeah, Pillowtalkk, I agree that the polish isn't the best quality, but this looks pretty neat. I'm going to try it.
pillowtalkk pillowtalkk 8 years
blah anything from sally hansen sucks!
nhop1976 nhop1976 8 years
The pens are a great idea, but after letting the dry for 2 hours and applying a top coat the nail art color will crack. Which is very annoying. Just wanted to be honest.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 8 years
nice... i've been waiting for something like this for a long time.... i'm good painting my nails but the french manicure is always a disaster, Thanks Bella!!!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Thanks Allytta! Feel free to send me a private message with anything else you'd like to see :-)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
it's about time you did a post with photos :) i missed them, as i miss bloopers and other sections that you don't do anymore :(
ReiLita ReiLita 8 years
Does that mean if you do the dishes you'll get the marble effect? (I'm only partially joking)
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