Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Swatches and Review



Well, well.  Another company producing at home gel nail polish claiming to last 14 days?  

Yes, Sally Hansen in their new Miracle Gel line.  Here's the deal: you apply the polish the same way you would any normal polish, although you do so without a base coat.  Instead of a top coat, you use the Miracle Gel top coat, and without any curing necessary, allow the polish to dry as usual.  Easy peasy.

Now to the claim.  Does it last 14 days?  Well, to be honest, no.  I wore Tidal Wave to a camping work event and the manicure began chipping at day three, although I was super rough with my hands and living in the woods.  By the time I came home on day four, the mani was ready to be taken off completely.  And removal was a cinch -- I just used the normal nail polish remover and cotton ball method (no soaking) and it was off within seconds.

Was I happy with the result?  Actually, yes.  I never expect a 2 week polish claim to be legitimate and wanted something that would be easy to apply and remove and would last me through my camping situation.  Given how rough I was during those days, I'm thrilled with how well the Miracle Gel polish held up.  I'm sure for those that are simply going about normal life would have an even longer and better response to these polishes.  So while mine only lasted four days, I still highly recommend these for an extended wear polish without having to go to the nail salon, having a layer of your nail buffed off, curing, or going through the soaking process.

Here are swatches of seven of the nearly fifty polishes in this collection.
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All Chalked Up
You saw this briefly under Shimmer Polish Jovie.  A cool grey-toned lilac, All Chalked Up is the new way I wear neutrals.  Definitely in the purple family, the mutedness makes this super wearable and is a great way to transition into the cooler season.  This was 3 coats.
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Spice Age
Probably my favorite of the bunch, Spice Age is a cherry chocolate brown polish with a slight bronze duochrome and heavy golden shimmer.  The shimmer is stronger in the bottle than on the nail, but it isn't at all invisible as you can see.  Two coats here.
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Tidal Wave
Ugh, Tidal Wave.  I only "ugh" because this color refused to cooperate with my camera, and I've tried photographing this multiple times on multiple days.  Tidal Wave is no way as bright as it looks in this photo.  While certainly a brighter shade of cobalt, it's much more toned down in real life.  I apologize for it spazzing out my camera, but this is the best I could get!  Three coats worked best for this creme.
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Wine Stock
A delicious oxblood jelly, Wine Stock is a glossy burgundy.  A little on the watery side, I'd recommend three thinner coats to get full coverage without cuticle staining.
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Red Eye
Of all the seven, Red Eye was the worst to apply.  I'm not sure if the brush was wonky or the formula just runs, but this wouldn't create a smooth line on my cuticles and pooled everywhere.  I've tried swatching this twice and on both occasions experienced the same thing.  However, this is a gorgeous, classic, maraschino cherry crelly so I'm torn on my feelings about her.  This was three coats.
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Too Haute
I have to say, as pretty as Too Haute looks in photos, I think she's even prettier in real life.  A semi-metallic fuchsia, Too Haute glows with purple and mink microshimmer which you can sort of make out from this photo.  It's a bit thin, so I recommend three coats.  This color was in many fall collections from 2013 (Zoya, LCN, and Jessica to name a few), so it's nice to see it come back in some way this fall.
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Street Flair
A pale taupe, Street Flair is an essential in every woman's autumn nail arsenal.  A warmer neutral than All Chalked Up, Street Flair is equally as chic and easy to wear on all skin tones.  Application was a breeze but I'd recommend three coats to keep it from looking too thin.
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Sally Hansen Miracle Gels are available now wherever Sally Hansen products are sold.




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12 comments :

  1. Thanks for the review! It's nice to know that maybe they would hold up if I only I wasn't a housewife with 4 kids 😝

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  2. These are nice. I've never tried gel polishes but these look really good.

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  3. I think they would still work for you, just maybe not the two weeks they claim.

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  4. I had the same results as you as far as wear goes. The colors are gorgeous, but they def. don't last much longer than a normal polish!

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  5. Just wish they were slightly cheaper. I think that would help those that don't necessarily need a gel mani but want the color.

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  6. Was there any staining since you don't use basecoat? My boyfriend picked me up the green one (I can't recall the name), but I really feel like I need to use basecoat!

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  7. I had better results - 6 days using Wet my Whistle, and 7 days using All chalked up!! Plus I also tried a regular nail polish using the Miracle Gel base coat over it, and got 7 days with that as well... I'm sold! :)

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  9. Good to know that it works on normal polish as well!

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