Kat Stays Polished | Beauty Blog with a Dash of Life: Sally Hansen Poolside Paradise Miracle Gel [partial]

Sally Hansen Poolside Paradise Miracle Gel [partial]

Friday, June 05, 2015


Have you tried the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes yet? This was my first time trying them and I have to say, it was an interesting process. I have 4 shades from the 7-piece Poolside Paradise summer collection.

The only thing I will say about these polishes before I get into swatches is that you definitely need to make sure both coats of polish are *completely* dry before applying the top coat. Otherwise, it'll drag and you'll have a smeared manicure. I had to let my nails dry for at least 5 minutes before applying the top coat. When you do apply the top coat, get plenty of it on your brush to make sure you've got the entire nail covered. I'd also recommend sealing your tips. I did not and had a little bit of tip wear. Total dry time including the top coat was about 15-20 minutes. I wanted to make sure everything was completely dry before going on with my day.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise | Kat Stays Polished

The first shade I have for you is Rum Punch. This is a delicious creamy pink shade. Application was easy - these have the signature Sally Hansen wide brush. This definitely makes it easier to get your nail entirely covered with color. This is 2 coats plus the Miracle Gel top coat.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Rum Punch | Kat Stays Polished

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Rum Punch | Kat Stays Polished

Life's a Peach is a darker coral shade and I absolutely love it. It's super bright in person and I did my wear test using this shade. Like I said, I didn't seal my tips so I had a lot of tip wear (I'm also typing for most of my day at work). I had a little bit of shrinkage on the sides of my nails but that didn't show up until a few days after initial application. Shows is 2 coats plus the Miracle Gel top coat. Overall, I'd say the wear on this isn't terrible. I might spend a little bit more time on my nails the next time I wear a Miracle Gel shade and see if I can get it to last longer. It did 3 days without tip wear and a week without nail chips.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Life's a Peach | Kat Stays Polished

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Life's a Peach | Kat Stays Polished

Morning Sunshine is a gorgeous yellow shade. Not too bright and very delicate. I did use 3 thin coats to get full opacity since yellow shades typically don't do well with just 2 coats. The Miracle Gel top coat did just fine with the 3 coats.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Morning Sunshine | Kat Stays Polished

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Morning Sunshine | Kat Stays Polished

Lastly, we have Dive Bar. What a wonderful color! SH describes this as a true cerulean blue. I would wear this shade all year long, to be honest. But I'm also a HUGE fan of shades like this.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Dive Bar | Kat Stays Polished

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Poolside Paradise - Dive Bar | Kat Stays Polished

What do you think? What has been your experience with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes? These are available where Sally Hansen is sold for about $9.99.


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12 comments

  1. All of these are lovely colors to wear right now.

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  2. Girl, that coral just stole my heart! It's like Summer in a bottle <3

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  3. Bummer that you had to pay attention to drying time in applying these, I have only used a couple of these, last summer, and I didn't have any issues with the top coat (and I rushed to get it on so I could get my nails dry and do some vinyl nail art! lol) I will have to be careful with the ones I've purchased since then as I have more but haven't used them yet! These are fun shades for summer Kat!!!

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  4. I love the coral! You had great wear time. I have a few from the Miracle Gel line that have been gifted to me and I like the colors and formulas, I just don't have the patience to use the top coat. So I use my traditional polishing methods with these. :)

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  5. I haven't tried any of the at-home gel polishes. Are these ones you can use without a UV light?

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  6. I do like the colors but I do feel like it's got a bit of a learning curve and time investment (since you have to wait till it's fully dry).

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  7. I've been happy with the Sally Hansen Miracle Gels, but I like CND Vinyl Lux better.

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  8. These are beautiful colors, but I haven't been a fan of this Miracle Gel formula so far. I like to do my nails in the evening, and I guess the indoor light isn't enough to cure them, because it takes so long, I'm always messing them up before they're dry.

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  9. Life's a Peach is screaming my name!

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  10. I have a red Miracle Gel that I like a lot. It lasts for a week on me without any problems.

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