I’m a bona fide nail polish addict. At last count I have almost 100 polishes in my collection, which means I have a better selection than most salons. And I actually prefer doing my own nails instead of getting a professional manicure.
But in the past few months something weird has happened; I’ve stopped wanting to buy any more polishes and keep going back to a single brand in my collection: Sally Hansen. How is it possible that a drugstore line is making me ignore my previously highly coveted Dior, Chanel and Deborah Lippmann’s. And it all comes down to newish, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line.
I’m a big fan of gel manicures and always get an Everlasting Bio-sculpture gel manicure from The Nail Spa when I’m travelling. At one point I was getting them done back-to-back but the UV lamps and abrasive acetone remover were destroying my nail beds.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel gives you the best of both worlds: the longevity of a gel manicure with the ease of removal of a regular polish. I tend to paint my nails on Friday and a week later, my nails are pretty much perfect with minor tip wear and slightly reduced shine. In comparison, a normal salon manicure would never last more than three days on me.
I call this range “newish” because they’ve recently enhanced their color range so you have some trendier options with my favorite being the chocolate brown “Chocoholic” and of course the classic red “Red Eye”. But here’s the best news, if you do have a favorite polish in another brand, just use the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat. It works better with other Miracle Gel polishes but gives you the same week-long invincible nails with other brands. Plus the formula is slightly thick and self-levelling which means that any imperfections with your DIY polish job will be covered up. I also find my nails to be stronger, which means they grow and remain long.
My only complaint with the formula is it’s not a rapid-drying one like Seche Vite. So give yourself plenty of time to dry and avoid adding any pressure for the next few hours, i.e. don’t try to change into those tight leggings too soon. The formula actually works with natural light “curing” it meaning that it gets stronger over time. And at a price point of AED 45 for the top coat (AED 43 for the colored polishes), there are no reasons to complain.
What: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Why: Salon gel manicure at home
Where: Wojooh, Lifestyle, Spinneys and Carrefour (UAE) / Online (USA)
How much: AED 45 – Top Coat, AED 43 – Colors
Pros: 7-day chip-free manicure
Cons: Be patient while drying
Rating: 5 stars
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