SALLY HANSEN MIRACLE GEL: HYBRID GEL-POLISH NEEDS NO LAMP + FIRST SWATCHES

A new nail polish – yes, it's nail polish – with gel-like shine and impressive long wear is about to change your drugstore experience.
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A new nail polish – yes, it's nail polish – with gel-like shine and impressive long wear is about to change your drugstore experience.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

*Update: July 4, 2014 - we've posted our crazy-detailed review with a bunch more swatches and it's all right here in this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel REVIEW linky! C'mon over and look!

If you're looking for a two-step gel-polish hybrid that promises a chip-free manicure that lasts 14 days, stop when you get to the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection. The new line consists of 47 shades of nail polish plus one UV-gel-like clear top coat that cures thoroughly in natural light for a durable, high-shine finish. Here we've got a sampling of Miracle Gel swatches to show you, as well as photos of the full lineup you can expect on drugstore shelves later this summer.

sally hansen miracle gel: the science

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel pastels

According to Ginger Conors, senior director of research and development at Coty Inc., which owns Sally Hansen, Miracle Gel is a ground-breaking new formula and two-step system for DIY manicure fans:

  1. there's no need for a UV lamp.
  2. there's no need for a base coat.
  3. the Miracle Gel nail color polish contains an oligomer (a fancy chemistry word for a specific mix of ingredients) that wants to marry a corresponding oligomer in the clear Miracle Gel topcoat. When the top coat meets the base layer polish, they bond like hormonal teens in the back seat of car.
  4. the Miracle Gel top coat also contains a photoinitiator component that cures the finish when it's exposed to UV light* -- daylight -- thus creating a more-durable-than-polish shine that extends the wear of the manicure to 14 days. Its bottle is opaque.
  5. removal is exactly the same as regular nail polish -- swipe off with acetone or nail polish remover

The gel + nail polish concept isn't new. Revlon Colorstay Longwear was the first game-changer in the mass nail-polish world, although it was a three-step affair with base, colour and top, and a promise of 11 days of chip-free wear. (The new two-step Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy lineup that replaces Colorstay Longwear is fuzzy on claims, but like the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, Gel Envy Top Coat is in an opaque bottle, as was the Colorstay Longwear colour. That indicates the Gel Envy Top also contains UV elements, but we have no confirmation yet from Revlon.)

sally hansen miracle gel: a sampling of swatches

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel lineup consists of 47 shades divided into seven colour families: Flawlessly Nude; Love Pinks; Street Pastels; Runway Shock; Daily Delights; Mad Mod; and Fired Up Metallics (feel free to download this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shade Chart). While Janine is editing/uploading the entire-collection images she snapped at the Montreal launch event yesterday, have a look at the sampling Karen has swatched for you already.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Creme de la Creme

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Crème de la Crème (Daily Delights Color Collection)  The brush on this one was a little wonky (as evidenced by photo below). Needed 3 coats to good coverage but still a little uneven. It’s an almost-pearly, pretty pale pink.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel uneven brush

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel brush  See? Uneven.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Twiggy 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Twiggy (Mad Mod Color Collection)  I see black in there so shake it good for an even distribution, okay? OCW in a single generous coat with no streaking. Nice level to a beautiful light latte shade. This brush is much, much better. Keep it parallel to the nail and be gentle – don’t smush the brush on the nail or you’ll get streaks all over the place.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tan-acious 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tan-Tacious (Flawlessly Nude Color Collection)  It’s a crème nude. That’s 2 coats. Again, you don’t want to brush-smush but instead, lay the polish down gently against the nail.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Street Flair 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Street Flair (Street Pastel Color Collection)  Two coats. Levels great to a superb dusty lilac

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pink Cadillacquer 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pink Cadillacquer (Love Pink Color Collection)  Beautiful light bubblegum pink that levels spectacularly well. Nice thin crème formula that glides on really, really evenly. (Aside: I have some difficulty with the brush shape when I get to my very rectangular thumb nail. It’s hard to get a clean, straight line at the cuticle and still fill in the corner.)

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Electra-Cute 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Electra-Cute (Runway Shock Color Collection)  Seriously a lovely formula for a crème orange. It’s like the perfect Sally Hansen shade! When I think Sally H, I think this orange. Yep.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Purplexed 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Purplexed (Fired Up Color Collection)  Okay. I flooded the cuticle on my baby finger right off the mark so let’s start over…. The finish on this is somehow rather flat for a metallic but once you hit it with that top coat, the shine is really shiny! Or glossy. Or both. There was surprisingly minimal streaking for this kind of metallic. What a goodie!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pink Tank 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pink Tank (Love Pink Color Collection)  OCW!!! Best formula so far and I’ve only been able to get my hands on 8 shades. Did I mention there are a million more at launch? I’m gonna wear this one for my test. See you in a couple weeks with the results, yes?

sally hansen miracle gel color transfer to top coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel color transfer

There is some color transfer from the polish coat onto the top coat brush. The color coat, even when dry to the touch will still transfer to the top coat. Not sure I like that but there you are. I’ll keep using it and see what it means in terms of having to replace the top coat because it’s been muddied with colour. I’ll keep you posted.

I can’t speak to staining or wear at this point. I’ve had this stuff for less than 24 hours but in a couple days, I’m handing it over to my super-tester Alex and we’ll get backatchya as soon as we have some results.

sally hansen miracle gel: the complete lineup of shades

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat

As mentioned earlier, the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel lineup of shades is grouped in seven smaller colour families. Janine shot them for you at this week's Montreal event. Click on each image to see them larger.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Flawless Nudes color collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Flawless Nudes Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Birthday Suit_Bare Dare_How Nude_Tan-acious_Truffle Shuffle

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Birthday Suit, Bare Dare, How Nude, Tan-acious, and Truffle Shuffle

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Love Pink Collection_all 7 shades

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Love Pink Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Love Pink Collection part 1

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Love Pink Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Pink Tank_Pink Up_Pink Cadillaquer_Pretty Piggy

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pink Tank, Pink Up, Pink Cadillacquer, and Pretty Piggy

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Love Pink Collection part 2

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Love Pink Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Pretty Piggy_Rosey Riviter_Pinky Rings_Pinky Promise

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Piggy, Rosey Riviter, Pinky Rings, and Pinky Promise

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Street Pastels Collection of shades

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Street Pastels

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Street Pastels

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel All Chalked Up, Street Flair, Throwing Shade, and Greyfitti

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_partial Street Pastels Collection of shades

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Street Pastels

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Grey Matters_B Girl_and Camo Queen

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Grey Matters, B Girl and Camo Queen

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Runway Shock Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Runway Shock Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_partial Runway Shock Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Runway Shock Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Short Cir-cute_Electra-cute_Redgy_Shock Wave

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Short Cir-cute, Electra-cute, Redgy, and Shock Wave

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Runway Shock Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Style Maker_Tidal Wave_Hydro Electric

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Style Maker, Tidal Wave and Hydro Electric

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Daily Delights Collection of shades

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Daily Delights Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_partial Daily Delights Collection of shades

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Daily Delights Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Creme de la Creme_Smartease_Malibu Peach

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Creme de la Creme, Smartease and Malibu Peach

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Daily Delights Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Lemon Heaven_Wet My Thistle_Tea Party_and Sugar Fix

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Lemon Heaven, Wet My Thistle, Tea Party, and Sugar Fix

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Mad Mod Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Mad Mod Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Mad Mod Collection partial

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Mad Mod Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Blacky O_Wine Stock_Dig Fig_Mad Women

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Blacky O, Wine Stock, Dig Fig, and Mad Women

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Mad Mod Collection_partial

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Mad Mod Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Red Eye_Twiggy_Get Mod

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Red Eye, Twiggy and Get Mod

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Fired Up Metallics Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fiery Metallics Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Fiery Metallics Collection partial

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fiery Metallics Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Spice Age_Purplexed_Too Haute_Hunger Flames

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Spice Age, Purplexed, Too Haute, and Hunger Flames

Sally Hansen Mircle Gel_Fiery Metallics Collection_partial

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fiery Metallics

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel_Combustealble_Super Charge_Game of Chromes

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Combustealble, Super Charge and Game of Chromes

And here's the shade chart (click to en-huge):

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shade Chart

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel rolls out in Canadian drugstores etc for $10.95 each in August; rumour has it the US will see them on shelves in July.

So, whatcha think? Will you try Miracle Gel? Any of these shades appeal to you?

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*All UV gel cures in daylight, but need a UV lamp to ensure that each layer cures thoroughly from nail bed to top coat. Proper curing is crucial for safety reasons -- to put it bluntly, uncured gel is toxic. The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat was formulated in such a way that it doesn't need a UV lamp to cure all the way through.

UPDATE: looking for The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Reviews? Click here. Looking for swatches of the entire collection? Click here.

Manicures and manicure photos by Karen Falcon (she's so effing speedy) © 2014 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com.