Goooooood Morning Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty fantastic. First off, I pretty much KILLED my nail tech exam on general anatomy/physiology and sanitation that I had to take on Saturday. I got a 94% and only missed 9 out of 141 questions! That definitely put me in an awesome mood for the rest of the day. 😀 I also got to sit it on a spa party at the salon to observe several mani/pedis, and then I got to do the nails of one of the stylists for a military ball she was attending that night! I gave her a Ruffian style manicure with OPI Happy Anniversary as the base color and a really pretty garnet toned red OPI polish layered on top (I can’t think of the name for that one). She really liked it! :-)

I’m pulling this from my reserves today since I haven’t had time to swatch since last week. Today I have Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money to share with you all. I initially wasn’t too interested in any of the Gem Crush polishes but this one just called out to me more and more as I started seeing swatches pop up online. I’m glad I changed my mind because this polish is just so pretty! ^_^


Sally Hansen Gem Crush – Big Money

Sally Hansen Gem Crush - Big Money (indirect sunlight)
Big Money is a bit of a chameleon, depending on the lighting the color of the gold varies from a pale white gold to a rich yellow gold. I love it! And the lavender hued glitter mixed throughout is such a lovely complementary color! I thought I’d seen every shade of glitter this past holiday season but I have nothing like this in my collection (holy exclamation points)! Shown above is Big Money in somewhat indirect sunlight.
Sally Hansen Gem Crush - Big Money (shade)
And here it is again in shaded light. The formula was really nice on this one, I didn’t have to do any post cleanup around my cuticles. I was worried that I would need to layer this over a base color, but after 3 thin coats of Big Money I reached opacity. :-)
Sally Hansen Gem Crush - Big Money (direct sunlight)
Once again from another vantage point, direct sunlight this time. In this lighting the gold really comes out to play here, it almost looks like a totally different polish but the lavender glitter gives it away. 😛
Sally Hansen Gem Crush - Big Money (direct sunlight)
You get 2 macro shots today! This one is another shot in direct light. And the one below is a shot taken in shaded lighting. Click both of these bad boys to see the photos at their original size. 😀
Sally Hansen Gem Crush - Big Money (shade)
Big Money is a little top coat hungry, I ended up using 2 thicker coats of Seche Vite and it still had a teeny bit of grit to the touch. To the naked eye it appeared just as smooth as ever. ^_^

Final Thoughts:

I really have no complaints with this one. The formula for Big Money was nice, it was thin but built up very nicely. The brush was great and the color is gorgeous! My only (very tiny) complaint is the price, $6.99 seems a bit much for a .31 fl oz bottle of drugstore polish. Other than that I’d definitely recommend adding this one to your collection. 😀

Purchase Info:

Sally Hansen Gem Crush polishes can be purchased from drugstores and larger chain retailers nationwide (Walgreens, Walmart, Target, etc). They retail at $6.99 for a .31 fl oz bottle of polish.