The first time I wore nail polish, it was Sally Hansen. I don't remember the exact color, but I do remember I was probably 5 when my mom painted my nails, so it must have been a pink shade (my favorite color at the time). I can totally recall looking at my tiny little nails nonstop and thinking they were so shiny and pretty.
In middle school and high school, you would most likely see me sporting one of the brand's most iconic (and one of its first) products, Hard as Nails. Since I went to Catholic school, I wasn't allowed to wear colored nail polish, so I opted for clear to get that shiny, glossy look. I cannot look at a bottle without feeling nostalgic for those very awkward, but memorable, tween and teen years.
Since Sally Hansen founded the brand in 1946, it has been one of the OG beauty brands out there, I would take a guess that many of you have some kind of memory of its nail polishes. The brand has been serving up affordable beauty for generations.
And because it has been around for a while and has launched probably hundreds of different polish colors, I wanted to see what its best sellers were. The brand sent me the list, and let me tell you, some shades I expected (neutrals), but for others, I was totally surprised (glitter!). And as someone who finds consumer insights totally fascinating, it was pretty cool to see what everyone across the U.S. was wearing. (Okay, nerd-out moment over.) Now, take a look at the best sellers below.
I wouldn't expect a glitter polish to top a list of best sellers, and this reveal has made me extremely happy because now I know there are glitter-crazed people out in this world. The gold polish has a rich color, and the formula is long-lasting and protective.
When I saw this sparkly pink polish on the list, I was pleasantly surprised. Like the gold one above, it's further affirmation that we're not afraid of glitter! There are so many things to love about this glittery polish. Mainly, its name is pretty amazing. And, of course, the shiny pink hue is a nice change-up from the usual gold and silver glitter polishes.
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Another neutral, this polish is a rich, opaque white. Normally when you want that look, it takes a lot of coats to get there, which is annoying and also leaves more room for mistakes. Reviewers on Amazon say that's not the case with this polish since it's not sheer at all and goes on without streaks.
Black to Black
Well, it seems that everyone isn't afraid to wear black nail polish since this is the third on the best-selling list. It's from the Insta-Dri collection, which means just exactly that: It will dry in a flash. It also has a three-in-one formula, meaning it has a built-in base and topcoat.
White on Time