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Sally Hansen enters the “gel-hybrid polish” fray with their Miracle Gel line. The polish doesn’t require a UV lamp to cure, it says that it doesn’t require a base coat, and the UV-activated top coat will bond to the polish, and cure, with about 30 minutes of sun/UV exposure. It comes off with regular polish remover (I use Zoya’s Remove+, which I have LOTS of; and it comes off just fine.) The initial line has 46 shades plus the UV-activated top coat. I currently only have three polishes, and will be waiting a bit before buying more.
Initial reviews on blogs showed a larger-than-average percentage of people who did not get any extended wear from this polish, likely due to their body chemistry. Almost every blog has mentioned that the polish is a bit thicker, that the top coat tends to "pull" up polish, and that for those that this polish does work for, it does indeed last quite a long time. One blog (which I've now lost the link to - bad me!) had two testers who work in the food hospitality industry, and so their hands get a hefty amount of daily abuse from repeated hand-washing. This polish lasted four days for them, which...is far longer than other polishes tend to last on them. (Apparently, when a polish lasts through one day with only minor tip wear, it's cause for celebration.) On this same blog, though, it was mentioned that two of their other product testers tried this polish, and got chips and dings on the first day. So it's definitely not going to be a polish for everyone.
I got a few of the "sets" which included one bottle of the top coat, and one colored nail polish. The polish generally retails for USD$7 to USD$10 per bottle, varying depending on the pricing of the store/chain/area. I've done three manicures with this line, and thus far my observations are:
Additionally, a few other bloggers have mentioned that the polish dries out in the bottle and becomes unusable fairly quickly, which is VASTLY different behavior from most other nail polishes that I've used. They have also mentioned that the top coat thickens faster than they're used to, making it more difficult to work with. Since I've read these reviews, I've held off buying up all the colors from this collection that look interesting to me. Either Sally Hansen will revamp the formula in a year, like they did with the Custom Salon Manicure line; or I'll have to use up the colors that I have before buying other shades, so that I'm not throwing away money. The top coat can apparently be used with any nail polish...but given its behavior during application, and its cost relative to other top coats, I'm not totally convinced that I want to use it with any other polishes. I'd also like to figure out if I can use this polish with nail stamping, either before or after applying the UV-activated top coat. I'm guessing that much of the fine detail would be messed up by the top-coat application; but the polish itself is nice and thick, good for nail stamping.
Because of the cost of this polish, PLUS the wider-seeming-than-average reports of difficulties with body chemistry, PLUS the reports that this polish and its required top coat thicken faster than other polishes, I would strongly recommend getting this polish on sale, or get one of the "duos" that are essentially a $1 discount on the per-bottle price, and include the all-important top coat. That way you can try it a few times and see if this polish works for you, or not. THEN you can go back and get additional bottles. (Reminder that, in the US, Walgreen's has an excellent return policy that won't leave you out $16+ if you're one of the folks for whom this product won't work well.)
This collection contained:
Other questions that I have are:
I asked these questions to Sally Hansen via Twitter on September 9, a few minutes after they'd responded to another blogger's remarks about this collection; but received no response.
I currently have Birthday Suit, Grey Matters, and Pink Tank. There are several other colors in the line that look interesting to me, including Blacky O, Wine Stock, Spice Age, Purplexed, Style Maker, Street Flair, and Game of Chromes. But I want to wait and see if Sally Hansen reformulates the line to avoid the thickening problems that many others have mentioned. I'd hate to pay this much for these polishes, and only get two or three manicures per color out of them.
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