If you're a regular reader, you know that I have a hard time with nail polish chipping within a day or two of application. I've been looking for a miracle topcoat for a long long time, and feel like I've tried just about everything. In order to prolong the wear of my polish for even an extra day or two, I have to buff my nails with a file to roughen them up before I polish them, and make sure my nail beds have been cleaned with either nail polish remover or Formula X by Sephora nail cleaner. Even the Formula X system stays looking good for just a couple of days.
So when I saw a new product by Sally Hansen at my local Walgreens, I thought I'd give it a try since I had nothing to lose. It's called the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, and claims to be “a breakthrough in gel polish.” “The only true 2-step gel manicure with no light needed.” It sounded too good to be true! So I picked a color, got the package that came with the gel topcoat, and brought it home to give it a try.
The name of the color I got was Birthday Suit. I actually didn't have anything like this in my collection!
It says to use two coats of the polish followed by one coat of the topcoat. This color was so light, though, that to get the opacity I wanted, I had to use three coats. It applied very nicely and smoothly despite the three coats I had to use. I was impressed! I would say after the topcoat was applied that the drying time was pretty average. I took pictures of both hands after my nails were dry, and will show you guys what they look like after one week.
I painted my nails on Tuesday July 8th, and here is what they looked like on Tuesday July 15th:
That's my right hand. I accidentally melted the polish on the tips of my middle and ring finger with my styling wand, so keep that in mind! Haha!
The tips of my left hand didn't start peeling until about day 5 or 6. I wish I'd taken a picture before that happened to show you guys how good they looked.
For me, this formula lasted a LOT longer than the average polish and topcoat. I am really impressed by how well it stayed on my nails, considering the trouble I always have. For someone with normal nails, I bet this would look great even into week 2!
The only thing I wonder about the topcoat is if it can be used with other nail polishes and stay just as long. I have a feeling the formula is designed for the polish and topcoat to work together, but I still want to try it with a color from my collection. I have SO much polish that I just can't go out and buy the same colors in this formula! I need to find a way to use what I have and make it last. There's one more topcoat I saw on a blog or in a haul video that I want to try and review for you guys. I actually forgot what it's called, but if I get it, I'll report back on it for y'all :-).
Have any of you had experience with this formula? How did you like it?
Do you have a holy grail topcoat that you think I should try?
Any secret home remedy methods to make polish stay on longer?
Leave me a comment below, and I'll let you know if I've tried it. Have a great weekend!!