REVIEW: SALLY HANSEN Miracle Gel Colour and Top Coat 2 pack

Sally Hansen is a brand I have always liked. Their Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat and Diamond Strength Nail Hardener, are my Holy Grail top and base coat, and I can not recommend them enough. I have already repurchased both multiple times. I received the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Colour and Top Coat 2 pack in the mail recently, in the shade: 260 Up the Ante. Spoiler alert, I’m not a huge fan of this new product. Read on to find out why.

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Let’s start with what the product claims to do, as it’s a good benchmark.

Product Claims:

  • 14 days of color and shine
  • first-ever part-lacquer, part-gel manicure system
  • high shine, glossy look of a salon-quality gel manicure with no UV/LED lamp or base coat needed
  • cure in natural light
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel removes easily and quickly with either acetone-based or acetone-free nail polish remover- no soaking, wrapping, scraping or filing necessary

Notes:

  • Can’t use top coat with other polishes, or on its own. The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color and Top Coat formulas were developed to be used together as a system
  • doesn’t recommend using Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color & Top Coat
  • recommends allowing the formula to dry completely between each coat

The How:

Apparently the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Colour and Top work work together this they both contain an oligomer (a polymer). The Top Coat has a photo initiator that apparently activates a bond between the two formulas, thus curing the polish in natural light with no need to go to an expensive, scary salon or to purchase LED/UV lamp. 

Ingredients: BUTYL ACETATE, ETHYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, TOSYLAMIDE/EPOXY RESIN, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE, GLYCIDYL NEODECANOATE/PHTHALIC ANHYDRIDE/TMP CROSSPOLYMER, AQUA/ WATER/EAU, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ISOSORBIDE DICAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, SILICA, DIACETONE ALCOHOL, ETOCRYLENE, KAOLIN, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/IPDI/PPG-15 GLYCERYL ETHER COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER, CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, POLYVINYL BUTYRAL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, MACROCYSTIS PYRIFERA (KELP) EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED CONCHIOLIN PROTEIN, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, TIN OXIDE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), D&C RED NO. 6 BARIUM LAKE (CI 15850), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), D&C RED NO. 34 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15880), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), D&C YELLOW NO. 11 (CI 47000), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), D&C VIOLET NO. 2 (CI 60725)].

 

Application:

Found it a little difficult to get a smooth finish, particularly on my right hand (since I was using my left hand to paint them). There are a few small bubbles. I found that the top coat got considerably thicker, even only having the bottle open for a few minutes, compared to when I started. The top coat also had a ‘sticky’ and stringy type consistency, kind of like hot melt cheese strings out when stretched apart. My left hand looks amazing though (normal for me since I’m right handed). I did use base coat initially, because I didn’t want it to stain my nails purple.

Lasting Power:

  • Day 1: I applied this polish at night, around 8pm. I went to bed around 10-11pm. I thankfully did not end up with a bed-icure, and the polish was still smooth in the morning. I did not need sunlight to set the polish. My left hand was particularly glossy and shiny!

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  • Day 2: Polish looks great, no chipping.

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  • Day 3: There is a couple little cracks on the end of my nail on the middle finger and ring finger on my right hand. It is barely noticeable. Otherwise, looks great.

sally hansen miracle gel

  • Day 4: One chip on left hand middle finger fingernail. Little cracks now on nail of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers of right hand, and tiny, barely noticeable, little cracks on nail of thumb and pinky of right hand.
  • Day 5: There are currently two chips on my nails on my left hand and three small ones on my right, and still have those little cracks going on on my right hand.
  • Day 6:

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  • Day 8: Large ugly chips on second and third finger nails on both hands. Little lines/cracks on all nails now. Much worse on obvious on finger nails on right hand. I’ve had enough, I need to remove this polish.

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  • Day 9: Hideous. I have started picking at my nails. They are noticeably harder to scratch/peel off than normal nail polish, but they still come off.

Lasting Power Take 2:

  • Day 1: Actually painted them during the daylight hours to ‘cure’ them in the sunlight. ⅗ of the nails look terrible and completely covered in bubbles. I didn’t use a base coat this time, as per instruction. 
  • Day 4: Cracks have started appearing. No chipping, which is impressive, but the nails all look so terrible I was kinda hoping they’d chip anyways.
  • Day 5: No chips. More cracks but not really noticeable.
  • Day 6: Little chips, but still pretty impressive. But, like I said, LOOKS TERRIBLE, so I just really want to take it off.

 

Does it live up to it’s claims?

LOL NO. Does it last for 14 days? NOPE! But it does last longer than most nail polishes. Is it glossy? Yes and no, formula was hard to work with and moody. Easy to remove? Yes… thankfully.

 

Brights: Will last alot longer than normal nail polish before chipping.

Negs: Can be hard to work with and get the hang of to achieve the desirable smooth finish.

 

You can get the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line from Priceline here for $19.95.

 

*I received this product for free, but this post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. I am always honest when reviewing a product. This post contains no affiliate links.

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Let me know what you thought of this product in the comments!

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16 Comments

  1. 01/12/2015 / 1:37 pm

    I’m sad that these don’t live up to their claims because I really like some of the new shades that they have on offer. I’m obsessed with Sugar Fix but I agree I can’t seem to get more than 4-5 days from mine and the top coat is so thick! Damn.

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    • MEL
      01/12/2015 / 8:33 pm

      The top coat is so thick and sticky right! Such a shame.

    • MEL
      03/12/2015 / 8:39 pm

      I’m keen to try more nail wraps! I’ve only tried the Sally Hansen ones so far.

    • MEL
      03/12/2015 / 8:39 pm

      So sad because at first it looked so good!

  2. 04/12/2015 / 11:14 pm

    I admit I don’t wear polish on my finger nails, but I find this formula brilliant for my tootsies – it lasts for up to 4 weeks, or until I get too embarrassed with the regrowth, whichever comes first. Currently wearing Dig Fig – a gorgeous deep red. What a pity it doesn’t last anywhere near as long on fingers xxx
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    • MEL
      08/12/2015 / 2:11 pm

      I’ll have to try it for my toe nails. Thanks for the tip!

  3. 06/12/2015 / 9:20 am

    I haven’t tried this range from Sally Hansen. The colour is so pretty! I hate it when the little crack start to develop as you know the chips will begin soon after. I just bought the new duo pack from Rimmel which I’m going to try today. Hope it’s good!
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    • MEL
      08/12/2015 / 2:11 pm

      Looking forward to hearing how the Rimmel one is!

  4. 10/12/2015 / 8:40 am

    I have used this kind of Sally Hansen nail polish before as well. Like you, I was less than impressed. I love the color, though. 🙂

    • MEL
      11/12/2015 / 2:27 pm

      Such a shame!

  5. Teesha
    06/03/2016 / 6:09 pm

    I have found great issue with this set. Although, I have used the top coat on other nail polish too, and it works fine. Also, as a test works well as a peel off case coat underneath your nails (e.g. Apply the top coat. Apply nail polish. Apply top coat.) Within a few days, it starts chipping and lifting at the edges, and I can easily slide my nail underneath it and pop it off with no visible damage to my nail. Also tried this method with the nail polish that comes in the set, and upon looking at the back, there are clear visible bubbles, and I could see a nail polish colour that I put on top on the underside.

    • MEL
      16/03/2016 / 2:09 pm

      Great idea!

  6. Shauna O
    07/06/2016 / 12:29 pm

    I have been using this for sometimes. I do you like it it last longer than regular nail polish but did not list anywhere near the 14 days they claim . but what I started doing was I got the Sally’s sensationail. So what I do now is paint my nails with the clear gel polish use the light to cure and then I use the Sally Hansen color and top coat and it does seem to last longer closer to the 14 days not exactly 14 but close to it

    • MEL
      08/06/2016 / 9:55 am

      Ooo, I’ll have to try that, because that sounds great!

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