Back in April, I swatched Sally Hansen Olive Branch and said Olive Branch would be the only one I would buy from the fashion-inspired Complete Salon Manicure spring display. Obviously, I spoke too soon, because I bought Cerise in June while I was at WalMart looking for those little bags of wine coolers and daiquiris that you have to freeze at home for a few hours (I hate Tara so much right now for introducing me to these).
The truth was, I really really wanted NARS Anardana after seeing it on Jellynat (that blog seems to have been removed. Sad panda! I loved it. Also, I wanted the entire Thakoon for NARS collection ... and I still do). The thing was, I wasn't willing to pay NARS prices for it -- let me tell you now, this is so not a dupe. It's really nice for what it is, but I repeat, IT IS NOT A DUPE. (Damn it.)
I have to warn you now that this color freaked out my camera SO MUCH. It's really saturated and has more pink tones than I was able to show you. On my monitor, Cerise looks EXACTLY like this (the first one). I had no idea cerise meant "cherry" in French, or that it resembled the bluer tones of an uncooked cherry. Thank you, Wikipedia.
Two coats with SV.
See what I mean about it being saturated? Cerise is closer to Essie Watermelon, but a little warmer than Watermelon and therefore not a dupe for Anardana, which leans much cooler in comparison and makes Cerise look almost like a deeper pink-red coral.
The formula on this polish is quite nice, very jelly-creme in finish. It would have been easier to apply if the brushes for the SH Complete Salon line weren't so broomy and uneven. My brush was in need of minor surgery, which I did not perform; I just flipped the brush over and polished with the lined-up end, if that makes sense. It dried quickly with SV to a very glossy shine.
The spring Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure shades for Tracy Reese are pretty well documented, as are the Prabal Gurung colors, so I'm willing to bet Cerise belongs to the shades for Alexander Wang. Edit: The Alexander Wang shades were Parchment, Petrol and Oxblood. WHERE THE HECK DID CERISE COME FROM?!?! You might be able to find this on clearance at Target or for a couple more bucks on eBay. Who knows, you might get lucky and find this tucked away at a drugstore or even on a blog sale. *cough*
Like I said earlier, Cerise is a let-down if you're looking for a NARS Anardana dupe. On the other hand, it excels at simply being what it is. I know it's for a good reason, but right now I hate this low-buy and I hate that I want Anardana so much. Darn you, NARS and Thakoon! And darn Tara for addicting me to those frozen drinks! Each drink is double the size of a Capri Sun but with alcohol and without a straw, and only around $1 and change. They're good to have on hand if you don't want to mix a lot of ingredients and are willing to wait a few hours for them to freeze (it takes five hours, I think, so you'd be set for the night if you froze one early in the afternoon). I love frozen drinks, alcoholic or non. I don't have a problem. Noooooope.