I’ve been wanting to try Sally Hansen Miracle Gel for some time. While I typically repaint my nails twice a week (yes, obsessed) this time of year often proves to be hectic so the option of being able to essentially shellac my own nails – and thus not having to paint them for a week or more – enticed me to pick up this product.
I paid $9.99 CAD per bottle from Shoppers Drug Mart – on sale from $11.99. Not a bad price, right?
I was really impressed by the selection of colours! I spent a good 20 minutes choosing out a colour. As standard to most Sally Hansen lines, the brush is wide and nearly flat making application seamless. An FYI I used a base coat before applying the colour.
Step 1 | Colour
This colour is called Spice Age and it’s super pretty! I so love the rich chocolate brown with the subtle shimmer effect. It’s an ideal fall/winter colour though the shimmer gives it some holiday-esque flair. I found the formula to dry slightly thicker than regular polish so just make sure to leave an extra minute or two of drying time in between coats.
Step 2 | Top Coat
And it’s that quick – the top coat dried miraculously fast (no pun intended) considering the nature of the polish. I was perhaps expecting it to turn out a little shinier at first, but looking back at these photos I realize now that it was pretty freakin’ shiny!
Of course, the real test lays in what it looked like a week later…
This photo was taken 7 days later. Again, I was slightly disappointed with the results at the time – note my index finger. Well, I was peeling stickers only a day or two before with this nail so I can see how it would have chipped. However, this was the initial chip and it never chipped more than what you see here. But look at the other hand – all nails intact! I found some slight wearing along the edges but nothing that couldn’t be gently filed away (for me, I file my nails often as I like to keep them relatively short).
I’ve had a shellac manicure or two and I can say that on the whole Miracle Gel performs pretty well in comparison. One thing that Miracle Gel does in fact have over regular gel polish is that it is removable with regular nail polish remover! No acetone bath required. In fact, I was even able to remove it with non-acetone remover – that’s right! NON-ACETONE REMOVER! Oh, and no tin-foil method necessary – simply use a cotton pad just as you would remove your regular polish.
I’ve since painted my nails for a second time with Miracle Gel and I’ve found that thicker coats equal better, longer lasting results.
I definitely intend on picking up a couple more shades from Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel line – also, it makes a great gift (give one, buy yourself two – that’s sound logic, no?)