10 September 2012

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money

It's so sparkly! Here's a polish I wore a little while back, Big Money from the Sally Hansen Gem Crush line, a full-coating glitter in soft, shimmery gold with brilliant lavender highlights.

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money swatch

Actually, when I first bought it, I thought the highlight glitter was a rosy pink. It wasn't until I had it on and under direct lighting that I discovered it was actually purple, which, also good! I personally prefer pink to purple, but the lavender and the gold here compliment each other so beautifully that I'm really pleased to have been mistaken. Good call, Sally H!

The formula seemed a little thick at first, but that might not be entirely fair to say since the last full-glitter I'd worn was China Glaze I'm Not Lion, which went on just ridiculously smoothly. Big Money applies, honestly, exactly like you'd expect such a densely packed glitter to apply. It's not unduly chunky or gloopy, and any little thickness in application pays off in the great glitter coverage you get. In fact, here it is after one coat:

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money
One coat of Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money
As well as it covers and as brilliantly, densely packed as it is, I wouldn't quite call Big Money a one-coater, though, because I still can see little areas of my nail peeking through the polish. It's not as noticeable, given my crazy-pale skin tone, but you can see the marked difference after a second coat.

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money
Two coats of Big Money
Two coats gave me complete coverage, and the sparkle from all this glitter was fabulous! It definitely calls for a generous top coat, though, to even out the rough finish of so much glitter (I did two coats of Seche Vite).

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money

I will absolutely wear this polish again! I love this shade of gold, yellower than champagne but not brassy in the least, and the lavender highlights are just beautiful.

Maybe I'm dating myself a little by saying this, but every time I mention the name, I can't help thinking, "Big money, big money, no Whammy, no Whammy, STOP!" Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers that... ^_-

22 comments:

  1. I only own 2 Gem Crush polishes (one was given to me...the red/silvery one?) and the other one is this! I love it so much and I agree, the gold and lavender just "work" so well together.

    PS I used to love "Press Your Luck"!! hahahahah

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    1. Thanks, Maribeth! And yay, you remember it too!! ^_^

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  2. This is the only Gem Crush I own and I love it SO much! It looks great on you sweetie!!!

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    1. If I picked one of this collection for you this would definitely be it--thanks so much, Tara!!

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  3. Beautiful! I love those lavender highlights! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm really happy to have been wrong about this one. ;)

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  4. I like that this is almost a nude-ish color on you, it makes this so ladylike!

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    1. I thought that was kind of neat too--it's gorgeously sparkly, but it's not all kinds of in your face. Cheers, Amanda! :D

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  5. I love the Gem Crush polishes! Looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Cordia! I have a couple more of these, and I'm really looking forward to trying them now. :D

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  6. This is my favorite from this collection! Looks beautiful on you!

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    1. Thank you so much! I picked this one up as an afterthought to the others I liked, but it may turn out to be my favourite of the bunch! :)

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  7. I have this but haven't used it.

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    1. I liked it in the bottle, but I liked it even more when I actually tried it on. ;)

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  8. I love the purple and gold combo of this one, it is gorgeous!

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    1. I really like the way they look together too--thanks very much!

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  9. Such a unique color combination, I like it. I NEED all of the Gem Crush polishes!

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    1. Thanks, Helen! I picked up a couple more while I was in the States, but now that I've seen this one on, I'm wishing I'd pick them all up too. :D

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