Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hydro Electric

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hydro Electric COVERSigh.

I had crazy high expectations for the Miracle Gel line from Sally Hansen. The claims and the science behind the claims are not only interesting but promising. I’ll put all the science mumbo jumbo from Sally Hansen under the jump but essentially Sally Hansen promises with this line a high shine, durable manicure without the costly visit to the salon and time consuming removal process.

Hydro Electric is a beautiful, medium bright blue creme. I love the color. It’s bright but not over done. The formula is a tad streaky but covered well in the 2 coats Sally Hansen recommends you use.

So, I applied 2 coats of Hydro Electric and 1 coat of the Miracle Gel Top Coat per Sally Hansen’s instructions. At this point I’m happy with the manicure.

The first thing I noticed was my manicure was taking a very long time to dry. And when I say very long time to dry I mean a very long time to dry. I’m not a fan of fast dry top coats so I don’t expect my manicure to be dry in several minutes. But I do expect it to be dry in an hour. This manicure was not.

The theory behind this slow drying process (and why quick dry top coats don’t wear very well) is that it allows the nail color to be more pliable. This leads to less chips and cracks in the nail color which of course means longer wear time.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to translate to the Miracle Gel line. Despite the long dry time my nails chipped on day 3. And the tip wear was already pretty noticeable.

Anther problem I had with this manicure is the top coat doesn’t seem to be self leveling. The brush strokes were still prevalent regardless of how thick or thin of a coat I apply.

Right now my opinion of this line is not a good one. The polishes and the top coat retail for $10 a piece. I’d be totally fine with the price and even the drying time if I got the promised 14 days of wear out of this system.

I have another color to try and I do want to try Hydro Electric again but my motivation to do this isn’t exactly high right now.

If you are brave enough to try this line out yourself it is available at Ulta.

Anyway. Under the jump you will find swatches of Hydro Electric, my nails on day 3 and the scientific info from Sally Hansen.


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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hydro Electric Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hydro Electric swatch Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hydro Electric label Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hydro Electric day 3

THE TECHNOLOGY: The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented Tube Technology. This allows a higher level of actives and continuous care ingredients to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the filmresulting in beautifully durable, shiny nails. The advanced Color Coat, which is a combination base coat and nail color in one, and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light. Then, when you’re ready to change up your look, Miracle Gel comes off easily with both acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover – no soaking, wrapping, scraping, or filing necessary.


  1. That is a MASSIVE shame, we’ve just seen these hit the shelves in the UK and I was thinking they’d be great for holidays and long weekends away. Clearly not.

  2. Thanks for doing this review! I was waiting for one of my trusted sources to review this product. I love Sally Hansen NPs and their gel system but I wasn’t sure if they could replicate CND Vinylux. I had hoped this would be a more easily accessible version than the CND but it looks like I will still need to look forward to nail mail rather than impulse buys 😐

    1. I adore Sally Hansen. They have so many great polishes at affordable prices.

      Unfortunately, this just didn’t love up to the high standards I have for Sally Hansen.

      I use (and LOVE) the CND Vinylux. Definitely worth the nail mail wait time 🙂

  3. I love Sally Hansen nail polishes but wasn’t interested in gels until my best friend tried this product and raved about it. I’m leaving on a 10 day vacation and figured I’d give it a try. Paint and dry time was under 30 minutes with the ‘Purplexed’ color. We’ll see how it holds up! My best friend said she went 9 days before she had any (minor) chipping.

    1. I’m glad some people are having good luck with this line. I’ve tried 2 different polishes (using the top coat with both) and haven’t had good results.

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