~ Roberto Cavalli, Italian fashion designer
Commander In Chic is part of Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line. I can’t say I have spent much time and energy exploring this line and honestly, a lot of times I have issues with Sally Hansen polishes chipping like crazy on me. However, about a year ago I participated in a mass swap box (1 for 1 second hand polish) and this called out to me. While I adore bright and fun colors for polish, I tend to gravitate towards neutrals in terms of clothing and accessories. Sometimes this bleeds into my polish life, and I suddenly find myself surrounded by taupes and grays.
Commander In Chic is a lovey mushroom taupe. The shade reminds me, in a sense, of Sephora by OPI ‘Metro Chic’ because it is a slight twist on a neutral flat shade. I think this color is wonderful for its versatility. It looks great on short nails (and is one of my go to shades when I had to cut mine), and elegant on long nails. Work appropriate, but also chic enough to make the transition into night.
In terms of the formula and brush, there are some positives and some negatives. On the positive side, I really like this brush. It took some getting used to, but it really is efficient – it’s wider than most brushes and little bit flat, to allow for more coverage. On the not-so-positive side, the formula itself was a little frustrating. Since I got mine second hand I can’t verify that this was not influenced by exposure to oxygen, temperature changes, etc but a few other reviews I have seen for this have said similar sentiments. As a darker shade, I had expected this to be fairly opaque – but i was far more sheer than I would have liked. Actually, it wasn’t so much sheerness as it was streakiness – after two coats certain areas were opaque, others sheer. So it took three coats for full coverage. Not terrible, but certainly not great.
Shown here with three coats and Seche Vite