Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tea Party

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tea Party COVERSometimes I just don’t learn!

I have tried 3 polishes from the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line. Tea Party was the first I tried and it was awful. So awful, in fact, I didn’t even do a post. But since then I tried Hydro Electric which was ok and Tidal Wave which I absolutely love. So after all of that I decided I needed to try Tea Party again. Perhaps my bad experience was just a fluke.

Unfortunately, the issues I had with this polish the first time around were not a fluke.

Tea Party is a lovely pale blue with a pearl finish. The color is lovely. The formula is the problem. I used four coats (yes, FOUR) in my swatches and there are still bald spots.

I topped Tea Party with the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat and between the 4 coats of color and the additional coat of top coat this manicure just never dried.

Sally Hansen recommends using two coats of polish plus the top coat. So I imagine the extra coats contributed to the incredibly slow drying time. But due to the lack of the pigment in this particular color there’s no way I could get away with just 2 coats.

With Tidal Wave I made an effort to use really thin coats and I had fantastic results with that polish. But if I used thin coats of Tea Party I’d still be painting my nails. So I just don’t know.

It’s unfortunate this line from Sally Hansen is so inconsistent. All three polishes I have tried are in the blue family and the darker the color the better luck I’ve had.

You can find the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line at Ulta. The polishes retail for around $10.

There are swatches under the jump.


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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tea Party Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tea Party swatch Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tea Party bottle Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tea Party label



  1. After all the coats, it’s sad that this was the end result. I sure don’t have that much patience for an unhappy ending. Will you try a new hue?! Or lesson learned? 🙂

  2. Wow. such a pity, cuz it is a gorgeous color. Sally Hansen Complete Mani works just fine. I don’t understand why they have to launch a gel line at all. Just a marketing gimmick, to get on the Gel wagon train? 🙁

    1. I imagine they did want to release a line of gel polishes. I just wish the lighter colors were more pigmented. I think that would solve the issues I experienced.

  3. Just bought Revlon Socialite the other day at Walgreens. A light, pearly, shimmery blue, maybe a little darker. Perhaps it’s a better formula. One coat on toenail seems promising

  4. Pretty, but I think I’ll stick to the cheaper polishes and add Seche Vite or Gelous for the same look. I don’t get the gel hype.

What do you think?