Just reminding you that I am not a nail polish blogger. I sometimes post pictures of my nails on Instagram and I have a rather large and ever-growing Nail Polish & Designs board on Pinterest. But I am a gal who likes painting her nails and I’d like to think I have a good idea about what makes a good polish.
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about My New Favorite Polish. I tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in the color “Pinky Rings” for the first time and fell in love. I’ve worn it several times since. Yes… several times.
Miracle Gel boasts “Up to 14 days of color and shine” but I never made it that far. Of course, this may be because I didn’t have Step 2 – the Top Coat required to make this a gel polish. Instead, I went with the regular routine and utilized the Seche Clear Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat. It lasted about as long as could be expected – the same 3-5 days maximum that I can get away with since my job is so super hard on my nails.
I had a very hard time finding a bottle of Step 2 for the Miracle Gel polish locally. I nearly considered ordering some online after trying Target, Walmart, Target a second time and finally finding some at K-Mart (much to my surprise). I liked “Pinky Rings” so much that I decided to buy the 2-part pack “Special Offer” which included the color “Street Flair” in addition to the Step 2 Top Coat. After tax, it was about $16.00 for the pack.
Like I’ve mentioned before, application is super important to me. I don’t know if it was a fluke, or if the colors somehow slightly differ in formula consistency, but Street Flair didn’t glide on quite as easily – although it still applied well enough that I’m not unhappy with the purchase. I’d be willing to consider it a good go-to polish when I’m in a hurry… so long as I’m not using the Step 2 Gel Top Coat.
I am very unhappy with the Top Coat. I don’t know yet how well it will work or if it will last the boasted 2 weeks, but I highly doubt it. Fortunately, longevity of wear isn’t high on my list of priorities. That said, I don’t even know if I used the stuff right. For starters, there is no real instructions as to how to use this stuff. They try to make it sound simple… I guess because it’s supposed to be?
These are the instructions on the back of the packaging, word for word.
Directions: Apply 2 coats of Miracle Gel Color. Activate curing with Miracle Gel Top Coat. Let natural light do the rest.
Okay. That sounds really easy but… How long do I wait before I use the Top Coat? I waited 5 minutes between coats of the color followed by waiting another 5 minutes before using the Top Coat. This resulted in the color pulling off from the nail and staining the Top Coat brush slightly. Thus, unhappy results. It didn’t ruin the color as far as I can tell, but when I look very closely at my nails, they look sort of streaky. It’s not the nice, solid, hard top coat I’m used to having.
Worst of all, I’m still worried about ruining my nails and I polished them over an hour ago. That makes me not too happy.
I still like the polish itself. I like the color and the coverage was pretty good after just 1 coat. I’m not entirely certain I needed the 2 coats, but hey… I was trying to follow the directions! I’ll still use the polish but I will probably just stick with my normal routine and products with it.
For full disclosure purposes: This review is in no way sponsored by any of the companies listed in this post. I have not been contracted to write about this polish or any of the products I use regularly. The links are Amazon affiliate links and I will earn a small % should you use them to make a purchase.
Have you tried this polish yet? How long did you wait between applying the color and top coat?