If you follow me on instagram, you would have noticed that I'm ever so slightly obsessed with the new craze - Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish!
First I bought this duo pack with Step 1 (the colour) and step 2 (top coat) and to be honest I wasn't sure what I expected. I'm not usually a gel polish kind of girl - it kind of wrecks my nails and I just don't think it's worth the hassle of healing your nails later on, so I just stick to regular polish and change colours every so often. After all, I have to justify buying more polishes by changing them all the time, right?!
So back to the topic of not liking the gel polishes - well, I take it back! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel changed my mind!
Step 1 - the polish applies nicely - it's smooth and applies nicely - with darker colours, I found that two coats are enough and with the lighter, pastel colours (see how I didn't stay at only one nail polish from this range!), you will need three coats. The first two coats with the lighter colours will look a bit messy and gluggy, but the third coat will smooth it out and the top coat will help make it smooth and shiny, too!
The brush is nice and wide and it covers almost the entire nail in one swipe, which I love - it's a lot faster!
Once I apply two or three coats of this Miracle Gel, I'd leave them to dry for about 10 or so minutes before applying the top coat. I did this in both daylight and at night time with the lights on and it worked just as well, so don't fret if you don't have enough daylight during the week!
The Top Coat seals the colour in and smooths all the little imperfections and then once it tried, my nails are soooo shiny - it looks like a professional gel mani - absolutely stunning! I couldn't get over how shiny my nails were! I've never had a professional mani done (I simply couldn't stand someone doing my nails - unless it's the hubby, of course - and, yes, he does my nails every so often, teehee!), but I would imagine they would look pretty and shiny like they do with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!
The only thing that I didn't absolutely love about this Top Coat is the brush - I find it slightly harsh on the nails and sometimes it smudges the polish slightly.
This Miracle Gel is truly miraculous - you don't use the lamp for it, as the normal light does the trick, which means you won't need a UV lamp that could potentially dry your nails and cuticles - yay! And to take it off, you just need to use a normal nail polish removed - no soaking, no al-foil, just use it as you would with a normal nail polish! Ah-mazing!
I didn't keep this polish on for 14 days (it's meant to last for this long!), but for 7 or 8 days I did keep it on, there was no chipping! I loved it - I did everything as usual - dishes, bathroom cleaning and hair washing and the Miracle Gel passed the test with flying colours!
So overall, I absolutely love the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and I highly recommend you give it a go if you haven't already! The duo pack with the polish and the top coat retails for $20 or so and the colour on its own is $16.95.
The red polish in the photos above is called Red Eye and below are a few snaps from other colours I posted on my instagram - as I said, I really love this Sally Hansen range!
So tell me, lovelies, have you tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel? What did you think? I simply cannot rave enough about it!
Ms Jelena xx