After I got over the novelty, I wasn’t ever really a fan of home-gel nails. It really is such a faff and for someone like me who changes nail colour often, a real pain to remove. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nails have come up with a half-way house that so far is proving to be very effective.
Bearing in mind that I’m typing all day long, I am very hard on nail polish. While Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nails claim up to 14 days of wear, even if I wasn’t hard on polish, this would be a stretch. However, it has remained chip free for four whole days (that’s a miracle enough for me!), the colour is still strong and true, and the shine is outstanding. It’s the simplest process ever – literally just like painting and top-coating with nothing else to it at all. I’ve had a tiny bit of wear on the nail edge, as I’d expect, bashing letters all day on a keyboard, but it’s absolutely minimal and there is no sign that I’ll have to start over any time soon.
You’re supposed to only need two coats of colour, followed by the top coat, and while I used two in the swatch, I think it might have been better with three for a real density of colour. With the paler shades in the line-up, I’m not sure you’re going to get a satisfactory colour saturation. I also don’t like wearing polish without using a base-coat, but not wanting to disrupt the chemistry, I went ahead without. Bearing in mind that the topcoat is light sensitive, you should probably paint your nails in the day time – mine dried very quickly.
So, are Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nails like real gel nails? Well, not quite. The result doesn’t have that dense and hyper glossed look – it’s like a good polish with an exceptionally good top coat. I can’t knock it for wear though – very impressive, and it comes off with regular nail polish remover. Definitely one to try.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nails are £9.99 each (the Top Coat is also £9.99 and you do need it) HERE.
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Little disappointed that I can still see nail line after two coats of colour here – it’s not like red is a difficult colour to get opaque! Is it just me that can’t be bothered with several coats?
I agree.. next time I would go to three.
I struggle to get my head around the formula of this and how it actually works – ie what makes it different from gel ‘effect’ polishes – as it sounds like more than gel effect? Since it’s not being cured, what is in the top coat to give such lasting power – and is removal the same as a standard nail polish?
Sorry so many Qs, not expecting you to answer them all, just curious.
As I understand it’s the top coat mainly that responds to UV light – so it’s almost like a partial ‘curing’. Removal is the same as a standard polish – I think I said in the beginning of the post that it’s pretty much like a regular paint and top coat but I’ve found that the last is really good.
I purchased a bottle of one of the colours (from I have to say a pretty well hidden and anonymous looking stand in Boots) a week or so ago, BUT I didn’t realise I had to spend another £10 to get the “gel top coat”… I honestly don’t think the stand/ packaging make it clear you require both to get the “gel effect” or was it just me?? Please tell me I’m not the only person whose done this!!?:)
Oh! I am such a fan of SH!!!
Been using these for a while and bowled over by the staying power. I have been doing three coats however – used the black one under the red wine colour to make a more rouge noir shade.
Also I did mine at night and unexpectedly it had the same staying power.