Monday, January 19, 2009

Purchase - Sally Hansen Color Quick Craptacular Nail Color Pen

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Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color pen is a piece of crap. I’m not pulling any punches here. This nail polish pen is worthless.

I thought it would be cool to have an easy way to do touch ups at the office since I end up chipping my nail polish a lot at work. I figured I could do a quick touch up without much smell and with quick drying time. I picked up a Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color pen in 06 Red Crème. A nice wine red that is safe for the office. It comes in a few other shades. I resisted buying the black shade because I have like 3 zillion black nail polishes….ANYWAY…

According to the Sally Hansen Website, the pen “seems” like a good idea. It boasts:
* New fast dry nail color formula packaged in an easy-to-use, take anywhere spill-proof pen!
* Just click to dispense color, brush on and go!
* Handy application makes it easy to use anytime, anywhere.
* Great for pedicures, too!
* Available in 8 beautiful shades.
* No DBP, Toluene or Free Formaldehyde.

What a great idea!

It was easy enough to get the color to run into the brush. The mechanics of the items are fairly good. But there are two main problems with this abomination…err. I mean Nail Color pen; the formula of the nail polish and the brush.

Let’s examine the brush shall we?

Look at it!

Do you think you can get even application with a brush the looks more damaged than the hair of a 1980’s head banger? No. I think not.

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And the proof is in the application.

Here is just one coat

Look at the streaks, look at the uneven edge along the cuticle. Look at just how awful it looks.

OK. Maybe with a second coat it will be better.

Nope. Look. The edge looks even worse and the streaks are STILL there. Yuk.

OK. Maybe three coats will do the trick. It’s fast drying so 3 coats won’t take too long right?


No only is it still streaky it has the WORSE edges I have ever seen. It looks like I was blindfolded when I applied this nail polish. Come to think of it. I think I could have done a better job if I were blind folded with a proper brush. Regardless, I felt totally ripped off by Sally Hansen. DO NOT BUY THIS. It’s crap.


  1. You'd be better off drawing on some polish with a red Sharpie. No joke.

  2. Holy shit, that's awful! Thanks for the review.

  3. Pixie already said my words :( I am continuously disappointed with Sally Hansen since the "Miracle Cure" scam :( Thanks for your true words :)

  4. Ya know, I thought it was a little ridiculous to expect someone to actually polish their nails with that thing. What the heck is up with that? It's like those boxes they sold around Christmas time that advertised bright fun colors and you got two nude pinks and a couple clears. LAME.

  5. Nic's Sticks by OPI has a similar brush - a tiny bit better in shape imo, but not by much!

    Who are they kidding with that thing?! NO ONE could do their nails well with that, no matter how skilled they are or how huge their nails are.

    (Plus, when you click the OPI one, it sprays colour everywhere. Splatter all over my countertop? Check.)

  6. eeek! you saved me a few bucks here. i saw it at the store and thought it might've been worth trying looking at this, not really.

    and lol at 80s hair

  7. Every 5 years or so, someone markets this type of nail polish pen. None of them ever work well.

  8. I was thinking of trying one of these. Thanks for saving me the effort.

  9. Do you know how hard I LAUGHED when I saw that brush, then follwed by the HAIRY pic???!!! You made your point!!!

    such a stupid product. Someone wasn't using his/her head when creating this!!!

  10. Should have read your post BEFORE i bought mine... what a pathetic piece of rubbish

  11. I like it. If you have enough polish on the brush, it works fine. I have nice even edges.

  12. I bought the sally hansen 5 minute french manicure pen kit, and what a load off bull shit! after trying 3 times to apply it, I gave up. I will never buy this product again!

  13. I'm shocked by these reviews! Ever since I bought this I've been telling everyone how great they are! I don't know what happened to the brush in that picture but I bought a few of them and none of the brushes look like that...and my nails don't look like that either. I've never had better looking nails than I do since I bought these! I'm usually terrible and doing my nails but with these my nails look like they've been done by a pro...I love them!

    1. Totally agree with you!!

  14. This product sucks but since I have it, I will finish it up. Never again though. I would love to meet the people who say it works well, something tells me they work for Sally Hansen...just sayin'.


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