Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish swatches



Hi there everyone!!!! Today I have the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish. 
There has been a lot of talk about non LED curable gel polish of late, Revlon have released some, tho I am yet to give them a go. Sally Hansen have also released them and I have 5 colours to share with you today. But first what is the difference between a regular gel polish and these new gels. Well first up was the shellac or gel polish. Both are pretty much the same thing. Shellac is a brand name and not a different product really to say Gelicious. Anyways all of these Gel polishes or "hybrid"gel polishes involve you curing your polish after every coat with a UV or LED lamp. this hardens the polish and then to remove it you need to break the seal of the gel with a file and then soak off the gel with acetone for around 10 mins. This can be awesome if you want your polish to be hard and dry straight away but on the down side you have to soak the gel off and over time it can damage your nails. I know I have weakened my nails a few times with this. The new type of gel seems to be all about the top coat. From what I have read the top coat helps activate the curing of the polish by using the natural UV rays in the sun rather than the lamp. It is an interesting concept as you can still take your polish off with normal polish remover and no soaking was required.

But you should be aware,one of the things I noticed was you have to ensure your colour polish is touch dry before popping on the top coat. If you do not do this your polish will smudge. Also I found that any nail stamping or nail art you do has to be totally dry when applying the gel top coat as I found that if it was not the nail art would smudge.

Ok so wear time?? Sally Hansen says up to 14 days, and if you have acrylics or gel fakies I think you would get 14 days no dramas, but for me who has short bendy nails, 2 special needs kiddies and a household to run my mani lasted for 3 days without a chip. This may not sound long but for someone like me that is pretty good!!!! Most polish I will pop on in the night and be chipped by morning tea the next day so for 3 days wear I think that is worth it! for reference, Regular gel manis with no bonder and basic colour and top coat will only last a max of 4-5 days on my nails and 9-12 days with a bonder. I will also note I tried it on my daughters nails and it lasted for a good 7 days without chipping.

So lets look at the colours!!!

Red Eye- Is a one coater red polish. This red is really nice, and the formula was amazing. With all the miracle gels they have a super wide brush which took only 2-3 strokes to cover my nails. only one stroke for my pinkie!!!!!


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Shockwave-  Is a barbie pink creme. I had to use 3 coats for full opacity with this shade, and I ensured that each layer was touch dry before applying the next coat. This is a classic colour and on top of being pretty I used it for nail stamping as well which turned out great. Ill add a pic for you to see.


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All chalked up- Is what I would call a mushroom colour with a pink hue to it. Ill be honest this was not my cup of tea, I am not really into theses shades but the application was fine with 3 coats. and the colour was even. for a work friendly neutral colour this would be a great option.

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B Girl- This is a pretty pastel mint green, very similar to Sally Hansens gel polishes jaded. THe polish took 3 coats for opacity. I really loved this colour. it was so fresh and I even think you would get away with it for a work friendly colour too. This colour also stamped ok over white polish.


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Greyfitti- Is a pale grey creme. I used 3 coats for opacity. This colour again was very pretty, tho I did find the formula a little runny for my liking and therefore I found it was no good for stamping. Saying that the polish did only need 3 coats for full coverage, which I think is fine for a polish. I also did some polka dot nail art with shock wave over Greyfitti as pink and grey work so well together.


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All of these colours are now available along with the top coat at Priceline and many different department stores like Target and Big W. They retail for $16.95 each and the top coat is $16.95. You can also pick up a starter pack at the moment for $19.95 in Priceline.

If you do not want the hassle of a gel lamp and a easy strong mani, I would give this a go. The colours are pretty and it took no time at all to apply.

Until next time........

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