When I hear about regular nail polish that lasts like gel, but you can do it at home without any type of lamp – I was instantly sold.
I’ve always been a nail polish addict. Heck, I currently have one of those 90 bottle units hanging on a wall in my bedroom (yep, pretty much live in a nail salon…) so when Shellac first came out, I was addicted. But removal was a pain. And then in-home gel nails were a thing, but I wasn’t sure what to think about putting my fingers in a UV lamp. So then, came along products such as CND’s Vinylux and now Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel polish. It’s like the perfect product – it claims to last 14 days on the nails, you don’t need a lamp (or a base coat for that matter), it dries quickly, and removal is as easy as regular nail polish. Obvi I had to put this to the test.
I picked up a starter kit from my local Fred Meyer for $14, around $7 a bottle. A bit pricey, but hey, I was willing to try out the trend for less than a manicure price. I chose the color 270 Street Flair, which reminded me a bit of Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic. It’s a beautiful neutral purple color that looks great with everything. All I did was make sure my nails were clean by swiping some nail polish remover over them, applied 2 coats of the color, 1 coat of the base coat, and I was done.
Now, here is where it gets a bit tricky. I wore my polish for 5 days, and my nails were definitely chipping. I know this hand pose looks awkward but it’s the best way I found to show all of my nails :)
Do my nails look terrible? Absolutely not. But are they perfect? Not even close. The photo doesn’t do it justice. We’re talking 1/3 of the time they claim the polish will last, and already my left pointed finger had chipped, as well as every nail on my right hand minus my ring finger. To be fair, after 5 days of wearing a “regular” nail polish, my nails would be chipped like crazy and look 10x worse than this. But I am a bit disappointed that I still had so much wear and tear after 5 days. What do I do all day? Typical things – office work, typing, running errands, and showering. Nothing too labor-intensive where I have to use my hands excessively. Heck, I haven’t even worked out this week so I cannot use pull ups or weights as the cause for this.
Overall, I would give this product a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Pros: great color selection, easy to use, dries quickly, lasts a decent amount of time.
Cons: a bit pricey for drugstore nail polish (if purchased separately, the bottles are $10 each), doesn’t last near the two-week claim time.
Have you tried this system before? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!