Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish

I’m a big fan of gel manicures because they usually last 2 to 3 weeks on me, and they always look perfect. However, there are some downsides – you usually have to go to a salon to get them done which is an inconvenience and not cheap, usually around $60; or buy special lamps for home use; and it’s a hassle to remove, requiring the use of acetone, tinfoil, cotton buds and a lot of time. Now there is a new generation of gel-polish hybrids out – I had heard about them, but never tried one. So, when Sally Hansen NZ asked for people to trial their new Miracle Gel Polish I contacted them immediately and was really excited to be chosen. I’ve been trialling it over the last few weeks and I’m sharing the results now!

First, a bit about the product. Sally Have released Miracle Gel – the revolutionary new gel manicure system without the light which they claim will deliver up to 14 days of lasting colour and shine in just two easy steps. All you need is to apply two coats of Miracle Gel Colour Coat and the Miracle Gel Top Coat, and you’re done – there’s no UV or LED light required. You can remove it as you would any other nail polish, which is great as the removal for normal gel manicures is one of the biggest downsides.

The shade I received was 220 – Pink Tank, which is a dark pink that leans red in some lighting. I applied two coats, over bare nails, and then applied the miracle top coat. It dried fairly quickly, about as fast as a normal polish would with the Sally Hansen insta-dri top coat that I would usually use. Here’s how it looked when freshly applied.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 220 Pink Tank swatch

The results were not good – I had tip wear in two days, and by five days, I had chips and by the end of day six I had to take it off because it looked so terrible! Usually my at-home manicures last me about a week, with some tip wear and mild chipping around day five or six.The polish removed easily with my usual acetone-based nail polish remover.

I was very disappointed with the wear time, but knowing how many positive reviews of it I had read, I decided to try again and pay very close attention to my application. I made sure my nails had no oils on them, and wrapped my tips carefully. Again, tip wear was withing a couple of days, and it was chipped and needed to be removed withing a week.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish lasted the same amount of time as I would get from a normal polish and top coat combination. They aren’t terribly expensive but I don’t see the point in them, when I can get other polishes with more variety in colour and texture, that can be used interchangably with other base and topcoats. I usually use a Sally Hansen topcoat (Insta-dri, the one in the red bottle)and I have used many of their other polishes and been very happy with them, but this has fallen flat. Also, the brush from the top coat fell out!!! I very gently wiped it with a tissue because it had picked up some of the pink colour, and out it came, with no hope of me putting it back in.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel range is available at Farmers, and will be in pharmacies from November. There are 12 shades of individual gels for $16.99, and the duo packs come in 9 shades and are $19.99. I won’t be purchasing these, but I know other people have had real success with them. Perhaps it’s different nail chemistry, or how hard you are with your nails or something? For $20 it’s not an enormous investment so if you are really curious you might as well give it a try.

Lena x

Products were provided for review, but no compensation, and my opinion is my own.



  • Wow and I wanted to give these a try

    • Other people have reported much better results, so it could be worth trying it?

  • sophie

    It’s a shame that the nail polish didn’t last long before chipping, the shade is lovely.


    • Yeah, it’s a great pink!

  • So sorry to hear it didn’t last that long 🙁 I was tempted to pick it up as well, but now I’m happy that I didn’t! Thanks for sharing! xo’s

    Pink Frenzy

    • I think I’ll stick to normal polish, or splurging for the odd gel manicure at a salon. Thanks for reading!

  • Kel

    Ah it’s a shame it didn’t work out as I usually find the Sally Hansen products pretty good!

    • Me too! I have about 6 or 7 of their polishes.

  • Sinead

    I was following your progress on insta and I’m so sad it didn’t perform 🙁 I’m not one to get my nails done at a salon and the majority of my polishes are actually Jordan, as well, Uni student can’t quite afford expensive polishes so I thought this would be a nice compromise! Thanks for the review tho as I Don’t think I will bother now! I might look into other Sally Hansen polishes tho as they sound quite good!

    • Jordana polishes are actually pretty good! Sally Hansen’s normal polishes last about the same length of time as this, so I’m not sure what makes this so special. They often have good specials on SH at Farmers so maybe wait for a sale and get some?

  • How disappointing, I would expect them to last much longer x

  • I love the color but that’s sad that it doesn’t last long!

  • Thank you for your honest review. Such a shame this chipped so quickly x

  • This looks interesting. I’ve actually never tried gel polish before (like ever)…really keen to get a home kit with a lamp etc… but not sure if it’s worth it. Reading your review of this one has me in two minds though…want to try it and not 100% sure it’s worth it. Thanks for sharing! Those colours look really pretty on you! XO
    Kershia (

    • Actual gel manicures are awesome – they last like three weeks, but this is just nothing in comparison. Thanks for reading!

  • This is such a pretty shade! What a shame it didn’t live up to expectations 🙁

    Jess xo