Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pink Wednesday + Wear Test: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Twisted Pink

Before I get into the meat of this post, I need to show you what came in the mail for me today yesterday from my friend Madeline.


Dawwwwww. She said she tried to draw Captain America holding a corgi, but lacks the artistic abilities to do so. Funny girl! (That would have KILLED ME DED. Also, I don't know about corgis ... you know I love those derpy potatoes of dogs, but they're not nearly American enough, right?)

Also, I was bad bad bad and bought "Game of Thrones" DVDs. Did I get House Stark or House Targaryen? You'll find out after I get to the polish!

Finally, a post where I get to join in on Pink Wednesday!

The recent success of my inadvertent Wet n Wild Wild Shine several-day wear test prompted me to attempt conquering another brand. This time, it's the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line, and I asked in the end of that post for a polish from that line to try for this wear test.

The first person to reply with a suggestion was Miss G over at Lacquer and Lattes, who picked this particular Xtreme Wear polish because she also had it as an untried. She e-mailed me with a further suggestion that we both wear test Twisted Pink, using the SV top coat for a control.

I wore this polish from Friday night to Tuesday night, getting four full days of wear.

This is all three coats of polish with one coat SV. I used one coat of Instant Artificials under one coat of Gelous for the base coat combo.

Here's Twisted Pink during the first day of wear. Tip wear was mild; I did my best to not use my hands as tools, but they were submerged in dishwater at several points. (I know, I know. I'll wear gloves ... eventually.)

All of these pictures are color-accurate -- the polish may appear warmer or cooler depending on the lighting. (It's generally cooler.) Enjoy them ... I took A LOT.

Day Two: not much different, just outdoors.

Day Three, when I got my only chip after trying to slit open a plastic DVD cover with my nail. (The DVD in question was my $3 copy of "The History Boys" via Big Lots. I blame Dakin. It is Always. About. Dakin.)

Day Four. Lovely as it is, I was tiring of this color!

... I need a cigarette.

As far as this particular polish is concerned, it's a good deal for $2 and change! I'm not a pink person, but for that price point, I couldn't turn it down. I like my pinks bright and bold -- no pinky nudes, bubblegums, or mauves, please! -- which Twisted Pink is. I'm not sure if I want to keep it, though. I want to see how Nubar Honeysuckle and OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips look on me first -- the cooler, the better. Warmer pinks tend to blend with all the redness I have going on in my hands.

This polish also has a fine golden shimmer, which may have been a factor in the greatness of the formula. (Seriously, what is it with shimmers being slightly more workable than my beloved cremes?) Regrettably I have to say that I didn't think the shimmer was very apparent in most light settings. The application, however, was great, and two thick-medium coats will do for opacity, but you know me.

All in all, I think this wear test yielded positive results. My trusty base coat combo seems to have been the catalyst; the last two times I wore an Xtreme Wear for at least two days, I used different base coats and top coats (CND Stickey and CND Air Dry. Air Dry was SO SLOW. Six hours later, Lacey Lilac still was dentable!) Also, I remember wearing Xtreme Wears often at a former job where I had to dig at equipment every day to replace batteries during the beginning and end of my shift, which of course contributed to the chipping. I guess the best way to determine if the culprit was CND Stickey is with further testing on Sephora by OPIs, another much-worn polish line for me at the time. Tip wear for this wasn't too bad. I've gotten worse with one day of MAC polish and Poshe top coat!

I just want to thank G for doing this with me -- I'll be sure to add her link to her wear test results when she posts it! please go have a look at the results of her wear test here!

Any thoughts on this polish? Wear tests, alone or with others? Pink polish? Most importantly, DID YOU BUY "GAME OF THRONES" YESTERDAY?!?! (Currently it's available on Amazon for the price of $34.99 for the Blu-ray, and $29.99 for the DVDs ... in conclusion, VERY AFFORDABLE. It's almost like buying a Chanel, plus shipping!)

It took me longer to decide between House Targaryen and House Stark than it did for me to get to Best Buy and go home with my selection:

(but not to Virginia)

I never finished watching the series when it aired on HBO, so ... yeah. That'll be my weekend. --At least, the non-"John Carter" part of it. What? Tim Riggins! Shirtless! OMG DISNEY JUST TAKE MY MONEY.

Speaking of Disney, it's come to my attention that prolific children's songwriter Robert Sherman has died. He and his brother Richard wrote the iconic Disney songs we know from "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book," "The Sword in the Stone," "The Aristocats" and one of my favorites, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." (The Sherman Brothers also composed music for some of the Winnie the Pooh movies, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Charlotte's Web" and "Snoopy, Come Home." On top of all this, they had a crazy sibling feud in their later years. I don't know why, but I love stories about sibling feuds ... Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion Lannister Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine, Margaret Drabble and A.S. Byatt, and these guys.)

Here's one of the most poignant songs from "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." I adore all the songs from this movie, but this song in particular has always stayed with me. At risk of sounding melodramatic, it's my entire adult life. It's a sweet and beautifully crafted expression of every young person's crisis of self and self-confidence -- that's the genius of the Shermans. RIP, sir!


  1. Oh, pinks with gold shimmer. Why cain't ah quit yewwwwwww?

    I have season 1 of Game of Thrones on hold at the library but I'm 39th on the waiting list. That's not TOO bad, though, because it seems like the line, so to speak, is moving pretty fast.

    1. HI ARE YOU ME

      The season is only ten episodes long ... you definitely can get it done within four nights or less (depending on your timetable of course). I really hope you like it! "Friday Night Lights" is the most recent show to leave a hole in my heart (STILL), which I'm hoping "Game of Thrones" will fill.

  2. I like this shade - might have to look for it. I also seem to get 3-4 days out of this SH line if I do as you did, beef up the base coats and use SV for my topper - but I did try using my cheap UV home lamp with the SV UV topper and I can get a full 9 -11 days out of many of my regular polishes doing that. Curious what Gelous you used - I really don't understand their line from reading the labels. I have the blue capped one and the red capped one. I get the feeling that most bloggers when referring to having used Gelous are using the blue cap one???? Hope you enjoy your set of DVD's. I watched it, saved it to my DVR, then deleted it before pulling it off (which is a pain in the rear to do) and saving to my computer. Thanks also for observing Pink Wed. I am a 2x breast cancer survivor - 4 years clear right now but still trying to get 'fixed' right from my really botched reconstruction that started out now as implants because they were outlawing silicone at the first & no one liked the saline filled. I had what sounded like everyone's dream surgery - take fat from where I did not need it and put it in place of the mastectomies. 5 surgeries later and 1 more (at least to go then maintenance surgery all my life after that)'s not been a good move at all. Pink Wen mean a lot to me when I see bloggers observing it.

    1. It's really easy to find! It's core in the SH XW display, so you'll definitely find it at drugstores/Target, maybe Wal-Mart and possibly at your grocery chain.

      The Gelous I use is the green bottle. I started using it at the end of 2010 as a second base coat and haven't looked back!!! Many other bloggers/NBers also use Gelous over top coat-hungry glitters before adding top coat, just to smooth the glitter out. I've never tried that, but I bet it works. Gelous is great in general for smoothing out your base coat; I'm planning to include this info in a holy grail-type post, which I'll probably put together next month.

      I didn't know you were a bc survivor! I can't imagine what you went through but I'm glad you're still here :) (botched reconstructions aside, sadface) I think Pink Wednesday was derived from a "Mean Girls" line and not so much about bc awareness, but if it has a special meaning for you, that's all that matters :)

  3. Exactly NOT to virginia-although it did snow at my house 3 inches on Monday and gone by the time I got home from work! I do a layer of top coat daily to help keep my manis lasting and shiny-maybe this would help the wear factor??

    1. We did get some snow one Sunday a couple weeks ago, but most of it had melted by the morning. Hmm, I've never tried the daily top coat thing ... I'm not that dedicated! ;)

  4. Pretty pink!! What a cute card from Madeline!

    1. Thanks! It's a really great drugstore find. :) And I love cards, so this was really great to come home to!


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