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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