Today I bring you a smokey grayish purple – Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Mystic Lilac!
You don’t often see this color from a drugstore brand, which is precisely why I had to get my paws on it. Plus the super-low sale price made it one of those last-minute-throw-in-with-the-rest-of-my-purchase buys.
I like it, but the formula needs some work and so does something else. Want to know what it is? You’re in luck – the answer’s not far off.
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Mystic Lilac Pictures
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Mystic Lilac Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat
- 3 coats of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Mystic Lilac
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- √ Easy grip & easy glide brush
√ Formula provides strength & shine
- Name: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Mystic Lilac
- Amount: 11.8 mL (0.40 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $1.99 CAD on sale
- Where to Buy: Various drugstores, Loblaws, The Superstore & Rexall
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Mystic Lilac Review
Sally Hansen Mystic Lilac is a cool-toned grayish purple that has awesome green and gold shimmer flakes throughout.
The shimmer doesn’t make it blingy. Overall, the effect is subtle, but when you see your nails up close, you can really notice all the wonderful shimmer! Without this shimmer, Mystic Lilac wouldn’t be nearly as special.
It doesn’t dry super shiny, but it’s not dull, either. Usually this doesn’t matter to me, though, because I like to use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat so I get my shine on.
Application & Formula
It applied thick yet runny at the same time, and I found that it required 3 coats to achieve full opacity.
I’m used to polishes that only require 1-2 coats, so 3 is an extra layer, but I don’t mind it. If it needed 4 or more coats, then that’s when I’d consider the formula to be a nuisance.
It also took longer to dry than I’m used to, but I think this was simply because I had 3 coats on and because the formula itself was thick.
Handle, Brush & Wand Length
I like how the handle is contoured – fits comfortably in my hands and allows for greater control.
The brush is very skinny, which works fine at applying the polish. But what I didn’t like was the length of the wand – it’s long! No matter how great a brush is, a longer-than-average wand makes it harder to apply your polish.
OPI, Nubar, China Glaze, and Nicole by OPI are just some brands that have a good wand length. Joe Fresh is an example of a wand that is too stubby, which also isn’t ideal for painting your nails with. (See image below.)
Although in the picture, the OPI and Sally Hansen length appear to be the same, you also need to take into account the length of the cap. With OPI, you can hold the cap closer to the bottom, so the length of the wand is shorter. With Sally Hansen, you’re always stuck with a long wand. Length matters! Haha!
You’ll be pleased to know that Mystic Lilac by Sally Hansen is Big-3-Free, which means that it doesn’t contain any Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP. However, please note that it isn’t Big-4-Free since it still contains Formaldehyde resin.
Price & Availability
You really can’t complain when you spend just a puny $1.99 CAD for a decent formula and a gorgeous, chic nail polish color. This is a great option for those who are cost-conscious yet who still want to venture out into colors beyond traditional reds and pinks.
And the beautiful thing is that Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes tend to go on sale very often and can easily be found in lots of drugstores and even grocery stores.
(Ever since this color came out, I wanted it so badly. Funny thing is that Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear polishes are so darn cheap, yet I had an internal debate for about a week as to whether or not I should buy it. However, when it comes to OPI polishes that I really want, I’ll sometimes pay the retail price without batting an eye. Sally Hansen’s $1.99 CAD when I got it on sale. OPI’s retail price is $9.95 CAD. Oh logic!)
Final Verdict: 7/10
I like Sally Hansen Mystic Lilac. The color is tres chic! The price is right, Bob Barker! And even though I’m not a fan of the wand length, I still think this is a great deal overall.
What are your favorite Sally Hansen nail polishes? Do you care if a color you love takes 3 or more coats to achieve full opacity? Do you prefer drugstore polishes over salon lacquers?