The other day as I was walking around the drugstore on my never ending search for new products, I spotted the new Sally Hansen limited edition fall collection. There were two lines, the Complete Salon Manicure and Xtreme Wear. I am aware that they’ve also released a Miracle Gel line as well but I haven’t spoted it in person yet. All the colors in the Complete Salon Manicure line drew me in instantly. They looked like perfect fall options but I held myself back, reluctantly. I knew I had polishes too similar in my stash, so I moved on and looked at the Xtreme Wear polishes. I didn’t care for any of them except for one. There was this one shade I thought looked familiar and I hoped it would be a comparable dupe for the long gone but never forgotten Pacific Blue. Keep reading to see how this new polish compares.
From the bottle, I thought Boho Blue was the right shade of blue but I was weary whether the formula would match that of the late Pacific Blue. The original version was and still is praised for its flawless formula. It was just the right consistency and its vibrancy was unmatched, it also somehow didn’t stain the nails like rich colors tend to do. Boho Blue had some rather large shoes to fill.
Right off the bath when I undid the cap and pulled out the brush I knew the verdict.
Boho Blue has a jelly formula. Pacific Blue is a rich creme. This bright medium blue is so similar in shade to Pacific Blue! It’s a shame they didn’t have the same formula. This polish was streaky and patchy on the first coat. That really had me discouraged. Then on the second, it seemed to smooth everything out and looked like a squishy blue jelly polish, which is exactly what it is.
I do like the way it looks but is it unique enough for me to justify buying/keeping it? No, not really. I have many blue jellies and I don’t really reach for them very often. I don’t think this is a must have because it’s not very unique. I’d skip on this and go for something else.
Boho Blue- 2 coats, no top coat
Other than the obvious difference in formula, Boho Blue is a little darker than Pacific Blue.
(L-R) Boho Blue, Pacific Blue
I&R: Boho Blue, M&P: Pacific Blue
There are plenty of Pacific Blue dupes out there so go that route instead. Try Sinful Colors Endless Blue or Blue Paint from Milani. Milani is not priced at $0.97 now at Walmart! I have a post on Instagram of my little mini haul of Milani polishes, Blue Paint is featured in the picture too. At the time of this post, Sinful Colors is on sale at Walgreens for $0.99 so that’s a great option also!
I gotta warn you, although there are numerous Pacific Blue “dupes” out there, there isn’t one that’s exactly like the original. Something about it is just… perfection and it hasn’t been replicated. I would Sally Hansen would just bring it back and get rid of the terrible new formula! I know I’m not alone, there’s someone else thinking the same thing right this second.
In the end, Boho Blue is a decent polish but it’s no Pacific Blue.
Check out the other new fall polishes from Sally Hansen, perhaps pick one from the Complete Salon Manicure line. They looked beautiful! Let me know how it goes!