Product Review.
Sally Hansen’s Home Gel Nail Polish

Last winter I was complaining to my sister Fish Pedicure about how I had too much to do and didn’t have any idea how I was going get it all done.

My well thought out solution, was to sit in the corner and stare at a dead bug.

Vacuuming was one of the things on my to do list by the way.

She scoffed and said, all you need is for someone else to do your website photos for you. That would free up a lot of your time. As long as whoever’s taking the pictures has chipped, black nail polish the readers will never know the difference.

Fish pedicure has a great sense of humour.  She wasn’t using it in this particular moment.  She was quite serious.   And quite right.  Not about someone else taking my photos, that’s just stupid, but about my chipped black nailpolish.

You know how taking pictures of her own ass is Kim Kardashian’s trademark?  Chipped, black nails are kind of mine.  Her trademark gets her millions of Twitter followers, mine gets me offers of change and a warm place to sleep from random strangers.  Suck on that Kim.

Now that I’ve addressed my problem, I can address the product.

Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Nailpolish.  A product that claims to last for 2 weeks, just like a manicurist applied gel would.

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How could I say no?

So I shelled out $11.99 for a bottle of topcoat and $11.99 for a bottle of polish and started the experiment.

I painted different nails with different combinations of the Sally Hansen Miracle gel polish, regular polish and the Sally Hansen Miracle gel top coat.

 

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In case you can’t be bothered to analyze the nail graph, the middle, index and thumb nail of my left hand were Miracle gel polish and Miracle gel topcoat.  Those are the ones to watch.

The actual Miracle Gel Nail polish comes in all kinds of colours, but since Black is what I wear most in the winter black is what I got. Also the bottle of top coat is black, but the top coat itself is clear like regular top coat.

 

 

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I decided I needed to divide my fingers up into sections. One section would have Miracle gel polish and Miracle gel topcoat. Another section would have regular nail polish with the gel topcoat. And the final sections would have regular nail polish and regular topcoat.

I would wear this nail polish through my regular daily activities (including but not limited to baking, fixing large appliances, digging up potatoes, cleaning up cat vomit, scratching mystery things off the floor and giving bad drivers the finger)

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After a few days things were looking iffy.  This is the hand with the Miracle gel polish and Miracle gel top coat on the thumb, index and middle finger.  You can see here how dull the top coat is.  It just isn’t nice and shiny. And it wasn’t even when it was first put on.  Plus … after just 3 days slight chipping at the tips and base is starting.

 

The chances of this gel polish lasting for 2 weeks as advertised is looking slim. I’m already thinking the “miracle” portion of the label should probably be scratched out.

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However.  The Miracle gel polish and Miracle gel top coat was holding up much better than my other hand.  The right hand has regular polish and Miracle gel top coat on the index, middle finger and thumb.  They’re already a mess.

 

 

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I’m quite used to walking around with fingernails that look like a disaster.  It’s kind of my way and I’m O.K. with it.  The reason is that my nails become a mess so quickly.  Within days after doing them they look like I joined a chain gang immediately after digging myself out of a grave.

But this.  THIS was bad.  After leaving black nailpolish on for 2 weeks this is how they looked.

 

The top  hand is the hand with the gel polish and gel topcoat on the index, middle finger and thumb. Clearly it doesn’t look as good as new after 2 weeks. The ring finger and pinkie are regular nail polish with regular top coat.

 

The bottom hand is the hand with the regular polish and gel topcoat on the index, middle finger and thumb.  It’s even worse.

 

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Want a closer look at the beauty of the Sally Hansen gel polish and top coat that’s guaranteed to look good for 2 weeks?

Well here it is after 2 weeks.

 

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And here is the hand with the regular polish and the Sally Hansen gel topcoat.  It can only be described as a shitshow.

 

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There are two things the Sally Hansen polish has going for it.

1) It does hold up better than regular polish.

2) For some reason while I was removing it, the nail polish remover didn’t make it bleed and smear all over my fingers and nail beds. It removed fairly cleanly.

 

Other than that?  It was horrible.  It was a complete disappointment.

I know that I’m harder on my nails than your average cattle rancher but I was still hoping for some kind of good if not great result.

I didn’t get it.  I got nails that looked like they belonged on a common crack whore as opposed to a higher quality crack whore.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish rates:

1 cleaver out of 4.

 

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The only miracle here was the fact that in the full 2 weeks nobody asked me if I needed any cardboard to help keep the rain out while I slept in my hovel under the bridge.




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105 Comments

  1. Debbie from Illinois says:

    I was wondering about this new nail polish. Thanks Karen for saving me some money!!! Now you need to treat yourself to a manicure! 🙂

  2. Kris Wilson says:

    yuk! I too have looked at it and wondered if the claims could be true. Obviously not. Thanks for saving me $25 bucks! Now could you experiment with the new Shellac polish and home light thing (that dries the polish)? Maybe it would work? K

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kris! That’s exactly what my plan was, but then I saw this stuff in Shoppers Drug Mart and thought I’d give it a shot first because if it worked it would be SO GREAT! It didn’t work. It wasn’t awful and it was better than regular polish but nothing like gel polish. At all. My next review will be on a gel and light kit! Way more money … I forget how much. $100 maybe? But if it works it would be worth it for someone like me. ~ karen!

      • Deb says:

        I bought and used the gel and light kit. It works great! I am also very hard on a manicure, but I always outgrow this polish before it chips. The biggest problem I have with it is that I get bored when my nails start growing out and tend to peel it off, kinda like fake nails. And then my nails hurt for a day or two. Dumb, I know. I even tell myself not to, but then I am watching something boring on TV and BAM…I start peeling them like an onion. I don’t think I spent $100 on it, probably closer to $50 through Amazon.

      • Louise says:

        The best and cheapest nail polish I like is at Shoppers Drug Mart. It’s called Essie I think and there’s a very small display of nail polishes and make up products, all super cheap. I think the polish was 2 dollars. It dries super quick, goes on nicely, and lasts a few days no problem. And that’s without top coat. Otherwise, I’d go with gel nails from the salon – but my nails grow too fast so I would spend alot of moola getting them refilled every 2 weeks.

        • Karen says:

          Hi Louise! You must have got a small sample size of the Essie or it was on sale because it’s normally WAY more than two dollars! You got a deal. It’s actually a higher end polish! 🙂 ~ karen

        • hortensia says:

          I think you might mean Sinful Colors. Those are $2 a bottle and were rated by Consumer Reports even better than Vinylux. I’ve been using them and they’re great. I know that Walgreens and Target carries the brand in my area.

      • Ericilda says:

        You should try sensational gel kit. It’s about 30 something. I love it.

  3. Valerie says:

    I have so appreciated reading all about the gel polish adventure you had! I investigated “gel” polishes about a month ago and was horrified ALL of various product lines were so expensive.
    Re: black nail polish
    On a lark I decided last Christmas I would don black nail polish and purchased a Revlon product. After the event to which I wore the black polish was over I decided it was time to take the black polish off. I used up about a third of a bottle of remover and still my nails were discoloured until finally they grew out.
    At least your polish flaked off with no evidence of staining underneath – about the only good thing about the gel polishes I’d say.

    • Patti says:

      Oh, those Revlon polished are brutal for that! I prefer Rimmel’s black polish. It cleans of much more nicely (though black is certainly a hanger-oner as far as colours go).

      • Lauren from Winnipeg says:

        OPI Midnight In Moscow. Looks black but has dark dark burgundy with extremely subtle shimmer. Gorgeous and doesn’t leave any trace of colour when removed.

  4. Heather says:

    I agree with Debbie: thanks for saving me money.

  5. Khadija says:

    LOL This post was hilarious! I’ve never seen the term “crack whore” and cat vomit in the same story before. Chuckles….

  6. Laura says:

    Good to know! I recently got my first set of acrylic nails put on (for my sister’s wedding) and am convinced that women who wear those things never do any sort of real work. They were in my way constantly, and I already pried them (and, by default, my natural nails) off. I couldn’t stand it. Never again!

  7. Cynna says:

    Well, that stinks! My favorite–because the colors and formula are fabulous, and it stays on and keeps looking shiny, is http://www.deborahlippmann.com/nail-color/creme . I’ve had “Don’t Walk Away Renee” on my toes for over two weeks and it still looks great!

  8. Melinda says:

    I gave up red nails years ago when I retired from my desk job, went home and started doing real work. Now I wear a “natural” color. When it chips, it just looks like I had a french manicure.

  9. Jeanette says:

    Before you buy the home nail kit, please do a review on a salon/spa job to see how well that holds up!

    I use regular polish, but use an undercoat and a topcoat; if they start chipping, I just fake another coloured coat on to, and that holds them for a few days

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeanette! I’ve had the shellac from a nail salon. I got it done before I went to Thailand actually and it was FANTASTIC. I’m not sure I’d wear it all the time because i don’t think it’s great for your nails not to breathe ever, but for every couple of manicures I think it’s great. Like REALLY great. I just don’t ever have time to get to a salon to get them done. ~ karen!

  10. Deb Rek says:

    I have THE WORST nails always splitting and breaking. Someone told me about Nailtiques Formula 2. I had tried so many things and nothing helped. Now my nails grow so long I have to actually cut them. Another bonus is that once I started using it as a top coat I noticed my polish never chipped. I also love anything Deborah Lippmann, her colors are fun and wear well. I start with a coat of Formula 2, then apply color and top with Formula 2 and periodically put on a fresh layer of Formula 2. It is more expensive than a lot of products, but for me it is cheaper and more convenient than shellac at the salon, and bonus my nails underneath are stronger, not completely wrecked like when I removed shellac!

    http://www.nailtiques.com/products.asp?CategoryID=1

  11. peg says:

    i sew heavy canvas tipis for my job.tired of always having no nails.bought the led light kit/with polish on sale.Love it~~ polish stays almost a week with just slight wear on the tips.so i do 1 more coat on top of color and top coat to keep it going until 2 week .then its grown out at cuticle. nice to have nails again.my mom was a manicurist and always did mine when she had time.Fuse has a kit for $12.00 (1 polish and very small led light)just does 1 finger but good deal if you just want to try without a big $$$ commitment. 🙂

  12. Carly says:

    I use the Sally Hansen gel polish that uses the UV light. 3 steps instead of 2 but it’s crazy shiny and I can usually get a solid week out of it before I start trying to pick at it. Longer if I leave my cuticles alone! It’s way cheaper than some of the light kits and the additional polishes are sold at drug stores. Not oh so amazing that I think my fingers constantly look like a hand model’s, but it lasts longer and I don’t have to worry about gummy nails all day (completely dries after the third cost is cured!). Just a thought 🙂

  13. Louise says:

    I used to wear nail polish when I was young and single, but now that I’m a mom who is constantly repairing/rebuilding my home (sort of like Karen), I gave up on nail grooming – I can barely remember to comb my hair! I have to remember to trim them if I’m going somewhere so that they aren’t all different lengths and scraggly. Yuck! (I REALLY don’t know how you keep up with personal upkeep, with all you do, Karen!

    I accept my naked nails and I sure save a lot of trouble and money. But I DO miss my old raspberry sherbet pink nails from the old days . . . sigh! Ahh, to be young and glamorous again!

  14. Catherine says:

    Thanks Karen I’d been wondering about these too, due to pets, DIY, garden, cleaning etc can’t keep polish pristine for more than a day normally. Won’t buy these ones now that I’ve read this!

  15. Linda J Howes says:

    Okay the first picture needs correction, there are two reg polish / gel topcoat. Just saying. Really sorry this didn’t work for you, nothing works for me either. The best I’ve ever used was Sally Hansen’s Age Correct but it has no colour, colour never lasts on me. I mostly put it on to keep my nails from splitting down to the quick.

  16. Anita says:

    As a cosmetic-acholic I’ve been thinking of trying this product. Thanks taking one for the team and doing the test for us. For saving me money and making me laugh – you get a 4 cleaver rating Karen.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Thanks. I’ll display my award proudly. Although walking around with 4 cleavers hanging off my neck is gonna be tough. ~ karen

  17. Tigersmom says:

    Ha! I almost bought this the other day. Glad I didn’t. Thanks.

    I usually don’t bother painting my fingernails (just do the toes) due to the constant painting and stuff I do. They are painted now because I hit my index finger with a hammer and the black spot on the nail was constantly distracting me.

    I find that if I stick to pretty nudes, the chips aren’t nearly as noticeable and neither are the places where I paint my fingers and toes in addition to the nails. This is especially helpful as I just ruin the whole job when I go to clean up any oops places. It allows me to paint, go out in public and then remove any extraneous polish in my next shower with a little scrubbing. The lazy girl pedicure.

  18. Rose says:

    Your nails may be chipped, but they are clean! I’m glad I didn’t waste money on the gel polish. I was tempted at Shopper’s too.

  19. Deb says:

    This was very entertaining AND scientific! Even for someone (myself) whose two-part nail maintenance routine involves a dollar store clipper and fighting a daily urge to bite off all her cuticles.

  20. Su says:

    I cannot do my own nails… my dominant hand always looks awful…like a 3 yr old did it for me…. I go to the salon and get a french gel no-chip (that’s what they call it around here)…. the nice thing about a french no chip? as it grows out a bit you really can’t see that it is…. my natural nail color shows thru and the white tips just grow up …. I file them down a bit a they grow and my mani lasts about 4 weeks or so until I go for another. I have to say that my nails seems stronger. I don’t wear gloves to garden or wash dishes and they hold up.
    Once tried on of those at home gel kits with the light and all…. yeah not so much – 1/2 a cleaver…. there’s a reason why the nail techs get paid for what they do…. in the end they gotta pay for gas and lights too so I let them do what they do best….

  21. Stephanie says:

    I had a manicure this summer with my mom and sister and got the gel polish – I was more resistant to chipping but barely lasted two weeks before it was starting to peel off at the edges (I may have *cough* helped it a little). The thing about gel nail polish that is cured with UV light is that it needs pure acetone to remove it (very expensive unless you work in a lab like I do), plus a scraper thing… Manicures are too expensive and the home kits are way too time consuming for my taste. Back to regular polish for me on the rare occasion I use any (the whole working in a lab thing)!

  22. Rondina says:

    You have nice nails. Why on earth are you hiding them under black polish?

  23. Pam says:

    So disappointing… A nice manicure is such an easy way to help me to feel put together.
    When my nails are nice, I feel like everything is good.
    I had the same results with the Loreal Gel polish set.
    At first I added it to my polish colour chart but it’s been moved to the “bad” polish list.

    • Karen says:

      You have a polish colour chart???? ~ karen

      • Pam says:

        Yes of course. White paper with a swip of each colour polish and the brand and colour written beside it. Then my favorite colours have an * beside them and they are in a separate compartment in the wicker nail polish box. Don’t ask how many are in there, too many would describe it!

  24. Mary Werner says:

    For all my life my nails peeled in layers like a banana. My cuticles were begging daily to be bitten and I had tiny slivers of nails from biting all the rough edges. If I filed them, I didn’t bite but why bother when they peeled off? THEN, I tried cuticle oil. Every 3 or 4 nights, I rubbed some in to the cuticles and all my nail troubles went away. I now file them every 10 days or so, where no polish but when I do, I ALWAYS buff them first so the polish lasts longer. I don’t have any cuticle problems – they don’t seem to grow much now that I keep oil on them. The oil also strengthened my nails I guess and I couldn’t be happier with them. Cuticle Oil is the miracle product! I use it once a week and angels sing in the background.

    • Nancy says:

      Dear Mary,
      Do you realize there are 192 cuticle oils. I have the crummiest nails in the universe. Please be specific about the cuticle oil NAME! Thanks.
      Nancy

      • Mary Werner says:

        The name on the little bottle says “Cuticle Oil” Avocado “E” for Nails and Skin. When I looked on the back in small letters it gave No Lift Nails, Inc and noliftnails.com. The ingredients are Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, Vitamin E so there is nothing but oil in it. I got it at a franchise chain called Sally’s but don’t think it is same Sally as the nail polish but it could be. They had tons of different brands and sold beauty products for nails. I would think any cuticle oil would work the same. Hop your results are similar to mine – it seems a miracle after all these years to have nice nails with little work. Good Luck.

        • Susanne Cruey says:

          I use this cuticle oil from Sally’s as well. It’s a great product. A tiny bottle lasts me a year and I use it several times a day. You should massage it into the cuticles and the surrounding skin and add a heavy hand cream to seal it. My nails peel and split. I found a product that is a miracle according to myself as well as many nail bloggers. It’s called Derma Nail, nail conditioner. You have to use it twice a day and it takes about four months to see the results. It will harden your nails and is not damaging like other nail hardeners that contain formaldehyde.

  25. Danica says:

    I tried this stuff as well and was really pissed when it didn’t last. I’m glad you wrote such an honest review.

  26. Anna Starner says:

    So glad you did this experiment. I was wondering if it would hold up significantly, I guess not. Thanks for saving me time and money.

  27. LazySusan says:

    I’ve never been able to tolerate nail polish. The minute I put it on, I want to take it off, so I just gave it up decades ago. I will put a clear coat on sometimes, if my nails seem a little soft, for protection, and I’ll up the amount of Jello I’m eating to get them stronger. As others have pointed out, the chipping issue could be minimized with a color that doesn’t draw stark attention to it. And I’ve heard good things about nail wraps and longevity regardless of gardening and woodworking, so you might add those to the list of things you try. I don’t know what brands are best, but I’ll bet someone else will come along with brand names eventually.

  28. Debbie W. says:

    I bought the Sensationail kit from Shoppers Drug Mart, with the led light – it was pricey at around $70 or $80. I searched for product reviews and it looked like most were happy with the it, so decided to go whole hog, and not mess around with a less expensive kit. What I love about the kit is that 1) your nails stay super shiney (I tested mine at our cottage, digging up rocks and cleaning up fallen branches/sticks) 2) after you do the last step, which is wipe the nails down with some sort of solution, your nails are DRY! no waiting – that is where I run into issues with regular nail polish, cause I will get the bright idea to maybe paint my nails right before bed, or 10 minutes before I am to head out the door 3) the led light thing-ma-jig, is big enough that I can fit 4 fingers or 5 toes (I have small feet) – so I get super shiney toes too! 4) my nails lasted almost the full 2 weeks, I tend to pick at my nails, so by my own fault I had picked where the gel had started to lift. and 5) to do a full manicure, it took me about 1/2 hour. the only thing I’m not a huge fan of is soaking the nails in some kind of chemical crap to remove them. But overall, compared to the salon, my nails looked just as nice, and lasted just as long! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Sally Hansen stuff! I really love reading your reviews on products you try!!

  29. Maryanne says:

    Thanks for the review! It’s always a great day when I save money – and you just saved me $25 (or so) 🙂

    BTW, the legend on the picture needs to have “reg. polish w/ reg. top coat” put on. Right now there are two sections that have “reg. polish w/ gel top coat”.

  30. Jean says:

    People can be cruel. I’d have given you cardboard

    • Karen says:

      Oh I know. People are assheads. Someone did offer me a clean hypodermic needle though. So all hope in humanity isn’t lost. ~ karen

  31. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Thanks for the product test! I hope you take this stuff back to get your money back.
    Tell us more about your cat, I didn’t know you have one.

  32. Regena Fickes says:

    i am right in there with everyone who had been thinking of getting this. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  33. Sboo says:

    What about nail wraps? Are those a thing in Canada? A couple of my girlfriends here sell Jamberry, but I’m sure there are other brands too. They’re essentially vinyl sheets that adhere to your nails using heat – and also claim to last for two weeks. My nail polish always chips immediately, so I’ve been curious as to whether these types of wraps actually work.

  34. Jan says:

    SNS at my salon is THE best stuff ever created. The tech paints on a clear layer, then dips the fingernail in a colored (or clear) powder. Two layers of that, two more coats of another clear substance, a bit of polishing with the little machine thingy, and it wears like concrete! They can “fill” the new growth or put on a different color every 3 weeks or so, as long as it’s a little bit darker, without redoing the entire nail each time. The product won’t peel or lift up, and it doesn’t smell when applying. Been doing this for about 2 years and wouldn’t go back to gel nails ever!

  35. judy says:

    I can not for the life of me understand why anyone would want their nails to be BLACK! This is an indication that you are dead………..as in a corpse! or in an advanced stage of becoming a Zombie! And for strong nails try Kirkland/Costco Glucosamine1500 mg Chondroitin 1200 mg. It has given me long strong nails where I used to have only splits and broken into the quick-ouch! Also it has helped with knee pain. Hope this info helps somebody and give it some time to get into your system.

  36. Diane S says:

    I was just asking about that yesterday in the drug store. They had run out of top coat and it is a good thing for me I guess. Had they had it in stock I would have shelled out the $$$! I have had so much more success with the gel using the light at home. You can pick up a light on Amazon for cheap. I have used the more expensive brands and the Sally Hansen light activated gel. Of course the CDI lasts longer and is thicker, but he SH is fine as well. I don’t like chipped polish and find myself wanting to have a manicure last longer than 3 days. But working in the garden, even with gloves on, wrecks the mani! My pedi’s last longer so I guess I need to wear shoes on my hands too! Thanks for the review since it will save me money. I would rather buy a light and do at home gels to save money.

  37. Feral Turtle says:

    I can’t keep polish on my nails even for 24 hours. My niece bought the light kit and I had two nails chipping within two hours of the application. I am just resigned to unpainted nails but at least we have a “rockin rocket stove pizza oven”!

  38. doris says:

    I know you are a BUSY women running around to see if you can catch some extra minutes in a day.
    I was reading you experiment on nail polish and thought why don’t you just give up on nail polish
    and go Naturel finger nails and just trim them. You would get, for sure, extra time for things you need to do in one day.

    • Karen says:

      Well, mainly because I like nice stuff and like to look nice and not like a homeless person all the time, lol. Because I am constantly digging in the dirt and rummaging in garbage bins for great stuff that people have cast away, I want to look nice while I’m doing it. 😉 ~ karen

  39. Connie S. says:

    I often forget to put gloves on when gardening, painting , washing dishes etc so my hands take a beating most days. And i don’t like /have time to fuss over my nails either, other than filing them smooth once in a while . But i did discover a GREAT brand of nail polish this summer at the Dollar store!!! yes! The Dollar Tree to be exact. “LAC” / L.A. COLOURS -color craze with hardeners. They come in clear , with a faint blue or pink tint or solid colours. I chose #659 a taupey/nude with a pearlized (?) shine. Lasts for a couple of weeks and instead of chipping it just sort of wears thin and i often just paint a fresh coat right over top. Don’t put a base coat or top coat on either. Ocassionally will get out the acetone polish remover and start over fresh. Haven’t tried the darker colours yet since i prefer lighter shades but even their clear coat lasts a long time.
    Not bad for a buck and a quarter!

  40. amanda g says:

    You are too funny! Just really love reading your pieces, no matter what the subject. You have to write a book…. the world needs it.

  41. Dagmar says:

    Well, it has come full circle Karen. I started reading your blog after seeing you “pinned” about how to fix a broken nail with a tea bag. And I see the variety of colors you wear haven’t changed one bit since then. That was a summer blog if I recall,( or at least I was reading it during the summer) and you were wearing white nail polish, and now black for winter. You ARe adventurous Karen, no one can deny that. By the way, the Sally Hansen was on your left hand if I saw correctly, and if you are right handed, then it had twice the chance of staying on. So even that didn’t help it. And for anyone having dark stains after taking the nail polish off-I use whitening toothpaste or baking soda.

  42. danni says:

    I bought the same stuff when it was buy one/get one free and had the same results. I also am terrible on my hands and have found that the shellac polishs from the nail shops are well worth the bother. $25, 1x every 3 weeks or so, take a beat, get it done, and they wear like iron. They look fabulous no matter what. My go-to is ‘You Don’t Know Jaque’ by OPI and it hides all dirt, all the time. Love it!

  43. Heather says:

    Hi. I have tried all sorts of things but here is what finally worked for me… Gelous Nail Gel. It is magic. The process is annoying (I do it at night when watching bad TV) but for me worth the results. Bottom coat (I use Sally Hansen hard as nails)… 1 coat of gelous nail gel… 1 coat of any sort of polish you have around (I love the black!)… 1 coat gelous… another coat of polish … top with a coat of seche vite quick drying top coat (that is 6 annoying coats). I wait a minute or 2 between coats. My nails usually chip and peel like crazy and this is the only thing that has worked for me.

  44. Diane Amick says:

    I gave up on nail polish (don’t care what brand) YEARS ago…too much gardening. I’m even at the point now that when my nails get beyond my fingertips I cut them off and file them down – they seem to grow like weeds, and my fingers get too sore wearing Fox garden gloves all the time (my favorite of all time). Don’t think nail polish on my fingers has ever lasted more than 24 hours before looking raunchy.

  45. Leslie says:

    The miracle is getting people to pay $12 for nail polish, and another $12 for top coat. Yikes!

  46. Vanessa says:

    Where they get you is when they say it works for “up to” 2 weeks. Obviously they were using coma patients to try it out on. I actually really like it. Regular polish lasts on my nails for a day. ONE day. So I am forever trying to paint my nails just before I walk out the door for some event. The SH Miracle Gel lasts about 4 days on me. That means I only paint my nails twice a week instead of 5. I gotta say, when I bought it I KNEW it wouldn’t last 2 weeks, I HOPED, but knew it wouldn’t. Also, it was only $8 here, and then I used a coupon. I think I got 3 colors and one top coat for $20.

    My big complaint is the black bottle of the top coat. How can you see when you need to buy more?? You try to paint your nails one day and find it gone and then you’re screwed.

  47. Marion says:

    Wow, that’s pretty terrible. I’m rough on my nails too and (if I wear polish) I usually change my polish after 2-3 days because of chipping. I had a professional gel manicure once. I was so excited about it and the fact that “it won’t chip until you come back in to have us take it off” … HA! Within a week they looked terrible. Never again.

  48. Barbie says:

    ……now I know I will not be trying this nail polish…thanks for saving me the trouble!

  49. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    My nails have always grown long naturally..when I was younger they were always polished and pretty and people were always asking if they were real or fake..I haven’t polished in years starting back when I had my son cause Mommys always have there hands in something..I won’t bother mentioning some of those somethings..I have thought about polishing again if I could find something that lasts a while and doesn’t chip so much..I will look into some of those mentioned here..

  50. Tracey says:

    LOVE that you reviewed this Karen – was contemplating this in my lustful “I want ALL the polish” state the other day at Shoppers.
    For what it’s worth (and no, I’m not being compensated for this) Nail Polish Canada delivers to your home, has reviews on most of their products, and they have a number of shellac/gel kits for home use.
    http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/categories/gel-nail-polish/kits.html
    I’ve purchased from them before and it’s excellent service.
    Keep rockin’ the black nails!

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