For all the ladies (and gents) out there who love having their nails painted but hate smudges, chipping, that dreaded cleanup and the time it normally takes for the polish and top coat to dry, I’m sure you get how frustrating it can be if your beautifully painted nails only last a day or two. This always seems to be the case with me, so I endeavour to find methods that won’t kill my nails and will also ensure that the polish stays put for a decent amount of time.
Now, I’ve tried nearly every type of salon nails; polish, acrylic, gel & SNS, and I absolutely love SNS the most by far. I’ll do a review on why I prefer this salon method the most, but the general gist is that it lasts forever!!!
So Kaitlyn, why aren’t you just sticking to SNS?
Well, if you read my last post, you’ll know I just bought my first home! Yay! Woot Woot!
The biggest let down to this huge life milestone is having to cut a lot of luxury services and products off my budget, so getting my nails done once a fortnight (or even every three weeks) just won’t work right now. Maybe later down the track when my life and finances are all sorted and organized, I can get back into the habit. (jk, that’ll never happen, right?)
So I’m back to painting and maintaining my own nails. Sigh.
I’ve tried the Sally Hansen miracle gel polishes before and remember liking it and since I had a gift card that was set to expire for Priceline, I decided that today was better a day than any to feel like a put together millennial woman and have painted nails. I love soft pink polishes, they tend to be my go-to colour, alongside violets and other light purples so naturally, this shade jumped off the shelf and into my basket.
I’m going to detail my first impression as well as a review after a few days of wear so that you have a decent understanding of how lasting this polish is.
To be honest, I haven’t painted my own nails in what seems like forever, what with buying a house, Christmas, changing jobs and also travelling overseas, who has time to paint their nails?!? In the time between the last time I painted my nails and today (Sunday 26th Feb) my only bottle of base coat had gone bad 🙁 So luckily the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel claims to work without one. Yay! For the top coat, I used Seche Vite and although this stuff smells like you’re dying your hair in the 00’s while freshly painting an unventilated room, it does the jobs and dries super quickly.
I’m a big fan of Sally Hansen’s wide brush, it normally means I can paint a coat of nail polish with one movement, even on my thumbnail.
The colour looked good even with just one coat but needed two to deepen and intensify the shade. Now there is a Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat that compliments the range and gives that gel gloss, but because I’m impatient, I used the Seche Vite which does give a shine but I doubt is as glossy as the Sally Hansen one, which I haven’t tried.
For both hands including drying time, the application took me approximately 30 mins. I could have been a little quicker but I was watching This is Us while doing them and started tearing up, which may have resulted in the process taking a little longer.
Now a couple hours later, I have no smudges or chips, but I’ll follow this up in a couple of days and see how it wears.
…A couple days later (Thursday 2nd March)
Woah, time flies. Well, I have to say I’m impressed but not swept off my feet. The polish has lasted really well considering my usual track record and I didn’t see the first chip until Tuesday, which is a record for myself.
As you can see in the pics, the chips are only on my right hand (the dominant one) and my left hand (the lazy one) is still in pretty good nick.
With such good colour payoff and an impressive lasting power, I can definitely say I will purchase more colours in the line and will endeavour to keep my nails painted for the foreseeable future, but we’ll see how long that will last.
Would love to hear some feedback! Comment below with your nail hacks for making them last longer, or let me know if you’ve tried these polishes before and can recommend a new shade.
Until next time,