2 Different Mellow Yellows by Sally Hansen

I think I may have had this conversation with other bloggers before-  why did Sally Hansen release two totally different yellow shades but gave them the same name?  Your guess is as good as mine!  Wanna see a side-by-side comparison of the two?  They’re part of the the Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear collection…..

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You can see that they’re totally different!  39 is a very sheer yellow/green iridescent color and 27 is your standard bright yellow cream.  It’s funny that they named them both mellow yellow yet somehow neither of them look like they should be called that at all.  I think Sally should’ve went with ‘Invisible Lizard’ for the greenish one, and maybe ‘Bumbling Bee’ for the cream.  Ooh I just realized how much I LOVE naming nail polishes!

Why do you think they released two different colors but gave them the same name?  Have you seen other brands do this?  And did you notice that my leaves are turning color in the background? 🙂

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16 thoughts on “2 Different Mellow Yellows by Sally Hansen

  1. Somebody at Sally Hansen dropped the ball on that one 😀 I have the #27 Mellow Yellow and I agree the name doesn’t really fit. I probably would have named that one “Lemon Drop”. Oh and Yes, I do notice your leaves. It’s crazy how fast October is creeping up on us.

  2. Wow that’s quite a difference! I’ve never noticed anything quite so drastic before. OPI Bubblebath comes in at least two varieties (one being quite a bit more pink than the other) but I think that’s more of a batch thing.

  3. I think 39 must have been from an older collection – white lid, different font stye. My guess is that they redid the entire collection, added new shades (like 27), dropped others (like 39), but they probably stuck with the names they liked. But I’d prefer Bumbling Bee too! 🙂

  4. I agree with Ginger; SH had probably discontinued #39 by the time they named the other one. I’m guessing there is one person who maintains a database/spreadsheet of all their shade names, and they weren’t aware the first one was still in circulation. It sometimes astounds me how long cosmetics can stay on store shelves! And the you add in the secondary market, like Dollar Stores, and TJ Maxx, etc…it’s a long lifespan.

    PS – Cosmetic shade namer is my dream job too! That, and product photographer/stylist for those extreme close-up swatches in Allure 🙂

  5. Oh I hate when polish companies do this! I mean do you really not check your catalogue of existing lacquers before picking names for new ones?! Get your crap together. Geez! I think they need to just offer the job to you! Bumbling Bee is one I’d buy just for the ridiculously adorable name! ^.^

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