Sally Hansen have developed a remarkable nail polish formula which has the staying power of a gel manicure without the need to cure it in a UV/LED lamp and is easily removable by regular nail polish remover.
I had convinced myself that I was going to master the in-salon gel nail experience at home – I bought the lamp, gel based polishes, the acetone. I was willing to go to any length to achieve the glossy, long wearing finish of a gel manicure…
Since I’ve discovered the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish – let’s just say the lamp, gel cure only polishes and acetone have been decommissioned in Salon De Fancye. Isn’t hindsight an expensive bitch?
Let my gel nail fail save you some serious coin, a learning curve and time.
So what are the benefits and drawbacks of cured gel nails?
- Long wearing – anywhere from 7 -21 days
- High gloss
- Chip resistant
- Great for busy Mum’s, those who work with their hands or aren’t particularly mindful of chipping their nails
- Costs anywhere from $20 – $60
- Removal process by soaking is lengthy and can damage nail bed if removed incorrectly
- Removal process costs additional money (in salon)
- Risk of skin cancer from UV exposure
So what if I told you that you can get all of those pros without ANY of the cons in one relatively inexpensive product? Let me introduce you to Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish.
The claims are as follows:
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a nail manicure set that features the Miracle Gel, a part lacquer, part gel manicure system that provides long-lasting shine and colour. The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented tube technology, which allows a higher level of actives to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the film. The advanced colour coat and top coat formulas contain an oligomer which helps to cure the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. The Miracle Gel can be removed easily with both an acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover, without the need for soaking, wrapping or scraping.
The selling point for this product is to produce a similar effect to gel cured nails without the added fuss and expense.
Why I Broke Up With Cured Gel Nails
It was the removal process of gel cured nails that was the deal breaker. The soaking was really time consuming and I was left with scrape marks on my nail beds from trying to forcefully remove the remaining gel. I felt the condition of my nails also suffered my natural nails are normally very strong.
How To Apply Miracle Gel
1. Apply a nourishing cuticle cream to cuticles such as Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.
2. Push back cuticles with an orangewood stick.
3. Cut and shape nails with a nail file.
4. Use a remover to remove remaining dust and cuticle cream residue.
5. Apply one thin colour coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel to nails and wait till it dries. Be sure to cap the tips of your nails on all coats to prevent chipping.
6. Apply a second thin colour coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel to nails (apply a third if the colour is too sheer) and wait till it dries.
7. Apply the clear Miracle Gel Top Coat to your nails and let it dry.
I change my nail polish every weekend – it’s a ritual of mine.
I have worn the Miracle Gel for a maximum of 11 days of continuous wear with very minimal signs of chipping and wear. I have noticed that the wear points are on the very tip of the nail and you can only see it if you look very closely. I would normally carry a bottle of nail polish with me in my handbag for touch ups through the week as chips form – I no longer need to do that with the Miracle Gel. I’m not going to say that it’s completely chip free because even cured gel polishes can’t honestly claim that – but the formula is definitely superior in wear time to regular nail polish when the two step system is followed.
The high shine top coat finish lasts on me for an average of 7 days where my normal Sally Hansen Top Coat would last me around 5 days. To bring back the shine a quick coat of Top Coat will remedy that.
Similar to cured gel polish formulas the Miracle Gel dries very quickly after application – approximately 1 minute or so. The speedy drying time allows for a quick manicure – I can start and finish a manicure with this nail polish in 10 minutes.
Removing The Miracle Gel
Taking off the Miracle Gel is so incredibly easy and takes all of 2 minutes to do. You don’t need acetone concentrated remover to take the lacquer off as opposed to the removal process of cured gel polish. No more foil wraps, scraping tools just plain nail polish remover and a cotton pad is all you need.
In Australia there are currently 20 shades to choose from the colour range changing seasonally. You can check out the full colour range on offer at the Sally Hansen website.
In the United States there are approximately 47 shades to choose from if you want to see the full range of on-nail swatches check out I’mABeautyGeek.
If you want to buy Miracle Gel in Australia you can buy it from Chemist Warehouse, Target, Priceline, Coles, Kmart, Woolworths and selected pharmacies.
In the United States you can buy it from Drugstore.com, Walmart, Target, Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, Kmart, Meijer, Rite Aid, Kroger, Dollar General, Family Dollar.
The price varies depending on retailer – you can pick up a single bottle of Miracle Gel in Australia from $14 -$20 AUD with the duo pack (colour polish and top coat) retailing at around $20 AUD.
In the US you can buy a bottle of Miracle Gel from $7 t0 $10 USD.
I highly recommend Sally Hansen Miracle Gel as an easy, affordable at-home alternative to an in-salon gel nail manicure. People who generally don’t wear nail polish on their fingernails because of the poor wear and high chip factor – should really try this product to see if it works for them.
I purchased the Miracle Gel duo set which included ‘Birthday Suit’ (a nude tone) and the Gel Top Coat for $16.65 from my local Chemist Warehouse. When I initially saw the colour I thought I wouldn’t like it – but once applied I found it to be a perfectly neutral tone which I actually didn’t have in my collection. I have many pink, peach and tan based nudes but none quite like this.
I also bought ‘Blacky O’ a pure black colour to test visibility of wear.
Check out the photos below:
Check out the Sally Hansen website for more on the Miracle Gel and to enter the Miracle Mani competition to win the whole set of gel polishes.