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!
Recently I was showing off my new gel manicure to someone, and they asked me ‘what is gel polish?’. I explained it to her, but I thought it’d be a good post to explain what it is to my readers, because it is a bit of a confusing topic. If you don’t know what I’m referring to when I say gel polish, you may be familiar with the term shellac. Shellac is actually the name of a range of gel polish by CND. Other brands include Gelish, Artistic Color Gloss and OPI Gel Colour. It seems to me that Shellac has got to the point where people use the name of the brand to describe all products of the same type – like gladwrap for plastic wrap, or vivid for all kinds of permanent marker. I’m not sure on the statistics of it, but from what I’ve seen, Shellac is the most common gel polish that’s offered in salons around Auckland. I tried to research about what makes gel polish different to normal polish at a chemical level, and found it to be quite confusing reading. If you’re interested in the chemistry of it, you can read more about it here. […]