Sally Hansen Color Quick Pens, in six of the Chrome shades!
I took about a million pictures of these and of the manicure I did with them, so see all that and the review after the jump!
The reason I bought these was because I had seen a few other bloggers use them for stamping.
And I love me some good stamping polish.
These pens retail in Walmart in Canada for $7.43 each. But I got all six on ebay for just under $15!
I'd never tried any of these Color Quick pens until now. I was pretty skeptical about them but they really are great!
The tube on the inside is almost completely full, so you get a lot of product, which I wasn't expecting.
They are really sturdy, and they don't feel cheap.
There are 2 I didn't get - Silver and Gold - because I have China Glaze Millennium and 2030 which are great for stamping.
I love the colors. What you see in the tubes is fairly close to how they look on the nail.
Here is a size comparison.
Don't you love my beautiful photography? Hah! I have a really good camera, I might as well give it something to photograph other than my nails.
This is what the brush looks like before you begin using it. Seems a bit crappy but it really isn't once the polish starts flowing!
I decided that for my review/manicure I would use every color on different nails with the same pattern, and so I chose one of my favorite stamps - the zebra image from Bundle Monster BM16.
Okay, so first of all, you shouldn't follow the instructions on the package.
As you can see here, it says to click the top of the pen 5 to 7 times to start the flow of color. No.
I didn't read this before I started which is good because I probably would have just started clicking away, assuming it would take a while.
Some of the pens only took one click to dispense enough color to cover the image on the plate.
If you were painting your nails with it I can imagine it would take maybe three clicks to get the color far enough down the brush for an even application, but when you're just slapping it onto a plate you don't need to be neat. 1-3 clicks was enough for all pens to start adequate color flow.
This is what the brush looks like once you've started using it:
The bristles don't fan out so much.
At first it seems when you click the top that there isn't much product on the brush, but it hides in there. I advise you to try using it after one click, and if you can't get enough, click again. Don't just keep clicking until you see a bunch come out.
I was worried that the brushes would dry out where they are just inside a screw-on cap, but I checked the brushes the morning after using and they were still wet! This pleased me very much. I'm happy they will last!
Now, on to the colors and manicure!
(I warn you, my fingers look really fat in the single swatches because of the way I was holding on to the pens! Haha)
The first one I used was Red Chrome.
As you can see, it isn't really a true red. It leans a bit more pink and a little bit orangey at times.
Coverage was really good, easy stamping. Instant delight!
Fuchsia Chrome. Gorgeous deep pink. Probably the most opaque color, I experienced no bald spots in the stamp.
The color flowed from this one really quickly and I ended up doing three nails with it because I didn't want to waste the polish!
Green Chrome. A really nice light green shade. Nothing else to say about this one!
Purple Chrome. Now you know me and purple, but this isn't the best purple. It is a really silvery purple, and I would have preferred a true purple. But I still like it!
When I used this one, I only had one nail left to do so I didn't want to dispense very much product, but I ended up not quite getting enough onto the image and I was left with some bald spots. I'm sure this wouldn't be a problem if I had enough on the brush.
Pink Chrome. As you can see, this one is really silvery too. Had there not been a Fuchsia one, this probably would have been a huge disappointment. But Fuchsia filled the true pink need, so this one is just a bonus pink!
Turquoise Chrome. I saved the best for last! You know me and turquoise. It is a bit more blue than turquoise, but I loooove it. This is my favorite. (Fuchsia is a close second.) Excuse the messy stamping on this one, I missed the tip of the nail and had to try and fill it in with little bits left on the stamper.
Now here they are all together!
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So happy with all of these!
|Turquoise, Fuchsia, Green, Pink, Red|
|Smudged Fuchsia :( , Purple, Turquoise, Red, Fuchsia|
I'm so in love with these.
If you like stamping, you NEED these. I mean it.
I have like a billion ideas swirling around in my head for what to do with them next.
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Which one is your favorite?
I hope you enjoyed this review!