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.
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.
After a week's wear, this Sally Hansen miracle gel polish has to come off – it started chipping around day. I'm going to try it again and be super careful with application to see if I get better results. @sallyhansennz #sallyhansen #panz #nails #nailpolish #manicure #bbloggers #beautyblogger #instabeauty
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.
Products were provided for review, but no compensation, and my opinion is my own.