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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