Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is to be applied with no base coat, so started with bare nails. This goes against my regular routine but I didn't suspect that there would be any staining with this colour (and there wasn't!) so bare nails it was.
Applied two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Piggy, this is before Miracle Gel Topcoat.
I noticed that the thumb, coverage wasn't 100% (and could have been my application as the rest of the fingers were good), so added a third on the thumb. The pix below is again without gel topcoat.
Added the Miracle Gel topcoat. The topcoat provided awesome shine!
This is really a quick two step process; the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in your favourite shade is applied on your nails and then topped with the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes are to last up to 14 days without special base coat or UV light; simply apply the polish and the topcoat, to remain shiny and chip free. These are my nails after 7 days.
While the nails aren't as shiny as the initial day of application, in real life, these nails looked good (as no one looks as your nails in macro!) and help up nicely to my daily routine. There was minor tip wear but I wouldn't say this is too bad considering I hit a keyboard five days a week; these nails also held up to my home cleaning, including bathrooms. I unfortunately couldn't hold out to see what they looked like at Day 14. It was tough for me to keep them on this long if you consider that I'm-a-change-your-nails-almost-daily-kinda-gal. But I did wear them for 7 days which I thought was a good representation for end usage when on a holiday, for example.
Removal was a breeze; used my regular remover (Beauty Secrets Acetone); there was no extra hard rubbing to try to get it off; it removed just like 'regular' polish.
Of course, I did try some stamping on the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. Here's my experience.
When I first applied the polish for the review purposes, I did stamp the thumb. I purposely didn't stamp the rest of the nails to leave the four fingers to test the Miracle Gel Polish for review purposes. Stamped on my thumb as a test; had absolutely no problems stamping onto the gel polish which has the Miracle Gel Topcoat applied. I then used the Miracle Gel topcoat to seal in the stamping.
Apparently the topcoat doesn't like the stamping polish. Good to know for future use! I then removed the stamping and reapplied the base polish and then used the topcoat and those are the pix you see at the beginning of the post. But I did stamp my right hand in it's entirely. I learned my lesson on my left hand; the stamping on this hand was top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. In hindsight, I'm not sure why I used the Miracle Gel Topcoat on the stamping.....but know for sure not to do it again!
The stamping plate used here is MoYou Suki Collection-06.
My daughter loved the brightness of Pretty Piggy and did her nails in it too! She added a little glitter interest.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel's come in a wide assortment of shades; I've since picked up a few more and I'm sure they will be featured here at some point.
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