Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Product Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

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When it comes to nail polish, we all know how much I love it. I always have my nails painted and in the few times I don’t, someone always comments about it. It’s just a little fun I like to treat myself to, a late night mani after Ellie’s in bed. I try to paint my nails once a week and the last time I had them done at a salon was the day before my scheduled c-section with Ellie (wow, that was almost 2 years ago!). The girls at work told me that a customer came in with a gel mani that was from Sally Hansen and talked about how great it looked. We were all on the hunt to get our hands on it, but the top layer was always sold out! In the meantime, I kept seeing it in magazines with top reviews so I was super happy to find a polish and top coat together in a pack.

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The starter pack I bought came with the Gel Top Coat and Shock Wave, a fun bright Barbie pink. I couldn’t wait to try it out and see if it lasted the full 14 days like promised. Sally Hansen is one of my favorites polish brands, they’re polishes are part of the 3 free formulas (meaning they do not contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate) and their polish lasts just as long or longer than higher end brands like OPI or Essie. Plus, I find a lot of dupes at a better price with Sally Hansen.

Here are some of my first impressions:

-The brush is the same as their other Salon Manicure polish, which I like. It’s a fat bristle that makes it easy to cover the nail quickly.
-The polish is a little thin, but is not streaky and looks great with two coats.
-The Gel Top Coat has a very strong scent, like open all the windows and maybe-you-shouldn’t-paint-around-young-children-or-expectant-mothers strong of a scent.
-The top coat dries quickly, but it’s also thin and not very shiny. I was expecting a better top coat from it, similar to professional gel treatments or at least the equivalent to my Holy Grail Seche Vite top coat.

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3 Days Later

So how long did my perfectly pink manicure last? A whopping 3 days. I was pretty disappointed that they chipped so quickly. Typically when I use their polish and Seche Vite top coat together, I can go 5 days before a chip. By day 7 my nails looked thrashed, ragged, and half gone on a nail or two. Initially, I wanted to buy a bunch of different colors and I’m glad I waited. I don’t plan on buying this polish again and I hope they update their formula because I really think it’s below their brand. I do want to try the polish and top coat again, but top it off with Seche Vite to see if it will last.

Have you tried a gel manicure at home? What brand and how did it go?
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