Review | Sally Hansen Miracle Gel System

I'm a big fan of gel nails, especially for holidays or special occasions when a chipped manicure is the last thing you want to think about. So when Sally Hansen released their Miracle Gel™ line, I was curious to test out an affordable, DIY option that doesn't require a UV light.

Sally Hansen has both a video and FAQ to make the process even easier, but I'll summarize. Clean your nails with nail polish remover, and skip a base coat. Apply 2 thin coats of the Miracle Gel™ Color, and allow to dry completely, and then activate curing with 1 coat of Miracle Gel™ Top Coat. You can remove the polish normally with remover (including acetone-free). 

The fumes smelled pretty typical, and weren't as strong or irritating as Seche Vite polishes. I also found that the polish dried in the usual amount of time, but I was careful to use thin coats. I disliked the polish Birthday Suit 110 (shown below), because it wasn't opaque after 2 coats and generally isn't  all that flattering against my skin.

All in all, I like the system - Birthday Suit lasted an impressive 4 days without chips. Still, it's not a replacement for a real gel manicure. Once I own some colours that I love, I'm sure that I'll be wearing them alot more!

Have you tried the Sally Hansen gel nail polish? What did you think?