Product Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen is a well known name in the drugstore nail industry. Last summer they came out with their own take on gel polishes: Miracle Gel.

The packaging claims that the color and shine will last up to 14 days, that the top coat has 2x volume as the standard top coat, there is no light needed. When looking at the back, the box says that the natural light cures the polish after 2 coats of color and 1 coat of the top coat.

I bought the two step box set to see if this polish could hold up to their claims. I knew that if it did, then I would have a new favorite line that I was sure that I would go for anytime I needed more polish.

Eager to have an enduring nail color, I made sure to read the instructions before even taking the polish out of the box. I applied 2 coats of the coral coloured polish that I had picked out (250 Block Party). After about a 10 minute dry, I applied the Step 2 Top Coat.

I was pleasantly surprised that there was not an abnormal scent to the polish. I was anticipating a much stronger, pungent scent, maybe similar to Seche Vite (a particular quick drying top coat). It smelt and acted just like a standard nail polish. As it dried, I worried that this was an indication of this polish not standing up to it’s claims.

As it dried, I wished that the formula was more opaque. I can still see where my nail transitions to white through the colour. I like a solid colour on my nails that doesn’t let any light through. This just didn’t cut the mustard.

Sad to say that my normal nail polish lasts longer than this did. Within a few hours, large area started to come up from the bottom of my nail near the cuticle. A few chips at the top of the nail were visible too.

It would have been great if it held up as it claimed. I really do like the coral colour. I will probably continue to use it solely because I like the colour, however I do not forsee myself buying any of the other colors to this two step process.

I suggest saving your money and getting a cheaper polish that has more opacity to it.

Happy Shopping!

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