Apologies for my absence girls but I’m back in action finally! And I felt a little products rant was well over-due. I am happy to report that I’ve spent the past 4 weeks wearing nothing but Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I am in love with the polishes I have from the Voyager Collection. I have had quite a few people ask where I had my gel manicure done so I’m hoping this means that it looks well. Everyone seems surprised that it was shop bought.
I won’t beat around the bush. This stuff is great. Far better than the basic Sally Hansen polishes. They last so much longer.
Of the three I have tried they were a dream to apply. You need two coats, which dry evenly in good time, followed by two coats of the volume gel, which need a bit of time to set. The first time I applied I didn’t wait long enough for the volume coat to cure and dinted one! Raging. Since that day I only apply when I have time to kill, generally when I’m catching up on Netflix.
The magic is in the gel top coat. I’ve tried a few gel coats from different brands, this is my favourite so far. It’s the thickest and most salon-gel-polish-like. It’s also quite tricky to catch the high gloss on camera.
Carry on Blue
Ok so 14 days might be a stretch, especially if you have have your hands in water and oils a lot like I do. The ordinary Sally H polishes don’t stand a chance against oil by the way. This stuff withstands a lot! I can apply it and know it will stay put for a decent amount of time. And in fairness my nails are prone to peeling so when I lost polish at the tips it tended to be down to that. I really didn’t find much chipping.
Because this is hardy stuff it does take a bit more time to remove with my usual remover pads, the ones sold in a tub. I found normal polish remover from a bottle far better. I soaked a pad and held it on the nail for a couple of seconds before wiping it away.
In My Suitcase
- Headed Nude – Neutral, exactly what it says on the tin
- Flushed Wanderer – Muted blush tone
- Tawny Travels – Burnished brick red. Muted. Different. Gorgeous!
- In My Suitcase – Greyed-off beige. Contemporary. Grey to me, not beige. Great on Irish skin.
- Carry on Blue – Aqua. Not turquoise. More blue aqua. Surprisingly I love it.
In case I haven’t made it clear enough – I love these! I like the look of gel polish but I don’t like the salon removal, or the cost, so this suits me much better. Another advantage is that you’re nails aren’t being damaged. I really like the three shades I have tried and I’m keen to add more to my collection. They come in at €14.99 for each duo box. It’s well worth it in my opinion. I have often spent a tenner on a polish that lasted no more than a day.
I did wonder about the duo packs, like how many gel coats does one girl need. A lot as it turns out, when you’re me :D I use copious amounts of it on top of every polish.
When products arrive I usually try them and share with my friends and family, these fellas are staying in my own collection. Besides my Essie Mademoiselle no other polishes have been getting a look in!