Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tale


6 reviews

0% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$$


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

In a word, nope.

While it looks pretty in the bottle, applying this was like trying to spread bubble gum throughout my nails. The glitter pieces stuck together, and the polish itself just looked plain messy when applied. And the more coats I added, the worse my nails looked. Two attempts and ten completely acetone-ravaged nails later, I gave up and applied nice and creamy shade 540, Jaded.

on 9/30/2013 7:58:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

I tried Deborah Lippmann's "Across The Universe" at Sephora and fell in love with it, but just couldn't justify spending $19 on a bottle of nail polish. I Googled dupes for it and found out about this Sally Hansen polish, which is only about half the price. So I went to CVS and snagged a bottle. While the color is identical, the application is drastically different. "Across The Universe" applied like a dream and dried pretty quickly. "Mermaid's Tale," however, was super frustrating to apply. The formula is gloopy and the hex glitters tend to lump together. It needs about 4 coats to be completely opaque, and dries slowly. 4 coats of polish ends up being pretty thick... and thick polish + slow dry time = smudging.
As much as I love this color, I don't think I'll be using it that much because of how annoying the application process is.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Red, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

The color and the shimmer look beautiful in the bottle, but not so when applied. You will need at least two coats for the color to be solid, but the giant glitters cake up a lot. It takes a whole lot of time to dry, and when it does it looks uneven and patched up.
Beautiful color, terrible formula. Sally Hansen tends to have great products and awful ones at the same time.

on 7/7/2013 6:41:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

such a pretty colour in such a terrible formula. Aargh!!! doesn't apply evenly, the big glitter particles don't even lie flat on your nails when applied + the finish is really dull. wouldn't recommend

on 5/25/2013 7:22:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

This stuff looks awesome in the magazine ads but is just a $9 bottle of clear polish with blue glitter chunks in it. I haven't been this disappointed in a long time. It only gets one lippie because I have an 8 year old niece I can give it to.

on 12/31/2012 6:49:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is supposedly a dupe for Deborah Lippmann's "Across the Universe," so I picked it up today to try it out. Let it be known that I don't own AtU, so I can't compare the two.

Mermaid's Tale brush is wide, flat, and short. It's kinda hard to tell how much polish is on the brush. It's kind gloopy/thick also. The best way to apply this polish is in very thin coats, letting each coat dry in between, But the chunky glitter is hard to maneuver. It leaves jagged edges on the ends of your nails, and it hard to get a clean look around the cuticle, and there are often bald spots, and then spots with piles of glitter, no matter how hard you try to brush it evenly. It leaves kind of a dull finish, so a shiny top coat is a must.

I probably wont reach for this polish often. It was too much of a pain to apply

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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