Sally Hansen Miracle Gels have been around since last September but I am only getting around to trying them out now. They launched after I went on holiday so I got a Shellac manicure before I went. When I arrived home there was nine Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquers waiting for me and I have been playing around with them since. Over the Christmas a few of my friends were raving about the Sally Hansen Miracle Gels so I figured it was about time I gave them a go.
The concept of the Miracle Gel polishes is that you apply two coats of the colour polish and one of the top coat, which then reacts with natural sunlight to harden without the use of a UV light. The result is a long lasting, high shine, gel like manicure at home. It’s easily removed with regular nail polish remover so you can remove it at home whenever you feel like it.
I am really impressed with this polish. The formula of Pink Tank is one of those perfect Goldie Locks formulas in that it’s not too thick nor is it too runny either; it’s just perfect. The brush is also perfect; not too soft but not too firm. Its fans out nicely so I can nearly paint all of my nails with just one brush stoke down the middle. The brush and formula really do make it very easy for me to paint my nails and without much mess and painting outside the lines. Normally I would have to do a fair bit of tidying up my cuticles after painting my nails but with the Miracle Gel there is hardly any cleanup required. The finish is really smooth and even. Two coats are all that was needed to be fully opaque and it dries in a few minutes. I would assume that the other shades are much the same formula wise and I can’t wait to try out a few more. The colour of Pink Tank is a gorgeous bright pink that brightens up these dark and dreary days.
They are supposed to last two weeks, but let’s be realistic; there is no way a home gel effect nail polish is going to last two weeks without the use of a UV lamp to harden it, especially at under €10 each. I painted my nails on Thursday evening, so no natural light, and I didn’t see any chips until Sunday night, but they were only tiny chips at the tips of my nails at that stage. I got to Tuesday before it was bad enough to need to be removed. This is really good for me because nail polish would usually be chipped within hours on me and I would have to remove it the next day or so. I am interested in seeing if it lasts any better if I paint my nails early on a bright day. Hopefully I’ll get that chance soon. Even if it doesn’t last any longer I am still happy with how perfect my nails look for the three-ish days.