I was at Target and lo and behold, somehow Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish ended up in my basked. It was the weirdest thing! I was innocently looking around and BAM. There there were….. I bought the two-pack that comes with a color and a top coat for $14.99 in additional to an individual color for $7.99. The pack came with Sally Hansen Dig Fig which is what I swatched for this review. I picked Dig Fig because it was the darker of the two colors and I thought any chips would show up better.
The application was great – exactly what I’ve come to expect from the brand. I love the brush that comes in the Complete Salon Manicure line and this is the same brush. Hooray! The polish applied like any other polish. Then, I applied the special top coat. The Dig Fig color did stain the brush a little, but as long as it doesn’t affect top coating different polishes, I really don’t care. The polish dried very fast. I didn’t time it, but I was quickly trying to do my nails before we went out to dinner and I literally only had 20 minutes from start to finish. I was able to apply, cleanup, and dry in that time and didn’t smudge anything. Oh! And take pictures! I took pictures in that time too. :)
The claims are that it has a patented and exclusive gel color system with natural-light curing technology. Up to 14 days of lasting gel color and shine. No UV/LED light needed because it dries like regular nail polish. Removes easily with regular polish remover.
Sally Hansen Dig Fig is a dark oxblood color with a creme finish. You can see the gel topcoat made it very shiny! You can almost see the reflection of my camera! LOL!
Here is where we stand after 24 hours. The polish is holding up ok. You can see visible tip wear on my pointer and middle finger. (The two on your left.) I would say I’m pretty hard on my fingers, especially in the last 24 hours. I taught a two-hour dog class (which is brutal on nail polish. Did someone say “Puppy teeth”????) and I type a lot. (I’m addicted to the internet, obviously.) So I would say that this is holding up reasonably well. This is the point where I normally remove polish, since I change my mani every day. But this time, dear readers, for your benefit and your benefit alone, I will be wearing this same mani for another 24 hours. It will drive me crazy, but this just proves my undying loyalty to you.
And finally, on day three–48 hours after initial application. There is a significant chip on my pointer finger and even more tip wear on all fingers.
I don’t think these would last up to 14 days like Sally Hansen is saying. Based on the tip wear on day three, there’s no way these would still look good 11 days later. What I do like is it did hold up slightly better than regular polish and it dried quickly. The pricepoint isn’t that much more than regular polish and you don’t have to go to a salon, use a lamp, or have special removal. I think this line is a nice compromise between real gel and regular polish.