The Haute Ticket

Musings of the fashion and beauty kind, with a little travel thrown in.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish Review

Gel nails have been both a blessing and a curse in my life. Sure, the long lasting colour and chip resistant polish is a bonus, as are the blissful few minutes spent getting pampered by the lovely ladies at Flamingo (my go-to beauty salon du choix) but it is an expensive habit. Particularly if like me, you want to change your nail colour often.  I may not stray too far from shades of berry red and blush pinks but I do like to change it up from time to time meaning that those trips to the Flamingo are becoming ever more frequent.

So, imagine my delight when I spotted Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish. In two easy steps I would have up to 14 days of colour and shine, easy removal and no fancy light needed. Natural light does all the work.  And imagine my disappointment when it just didn’t live up to its promise.

I kicked back with a DIY manicure chez moi and used all the essential tools. I followed the directions carefully and yet somehow, it just didn’t work out. Maybe it’s just me, but the shade wasn’t quite right (110 Birthday Suit FYI) and the top coat left it a little streaky. I would say it lasted about three good days before the chipping started. Still, a good run when in comparison to other colours. So I’ve decided to continue using the top coat for all my polishes from Barry M to Essie. Carefully mind you, its strong stuff this top coat and can leave colour looking streaky so take care. It is very quick drying and for that the Miracle Gel gets an extra point. Is it as hard wearing and as polished looking as the real thing? Non.

I think I’ll stick with Essie polish in my shade of choice.

On a more positive note however, the M&S Shiny Nail Kit and 4 Way Nail Buffer worked a charm and as per, I recommend Sephora All Hands In Deluxe Mani Kit and finish with Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream for perfectly groomed digits.

Over and out.

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