I’ve been using the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat on and off since its initial release last year. The first several times I used this top coat things just didn’t go well. But, as it turns out, that was the fault of the polishes I was using and not the top coat.
In the time since I’ve used this top coat over every kind of polish imaginable. And, for the most part, I really like it.
There’s a lot of scientific mumbo jumbo that explains the claims that come with this top coat (I will include all that under the jump). But, Sally Hansen claims this top coat (used in conjunction with a Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish) will provide a long lasting (14 days!) manicure that will retain its color and shine.
First and foremost, this top coat can be used with any polish; not just polishes from the Miracle Gel line. In my opinion, the packaging makes that a bit confusing. On the top of the lid it specifically says this top coat is step 2. Plus, being labeled a gel top coat can be confusing.
Using this as my regular top coat has been working well for me. Being that it is a “gel” top coat it is on the thicker side. The dry time is slow; the idea being that a slower drying top coat is more pliable and holds up to wear better. A slower drying time also prevents nail polish from shrinking as well.
The Miracle Gel top coat works well over all different types of polish. What it doesn’t work well over is nail art. No matter how long I let my polish dry the brush drags the polish and picks up some as well. So, if for your last manicure you used a dark polish make sure to check the brush before using it over a light color.
While I like this top coat I still prefer CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat for a long wear top coat. Since the Miracle Gel top coat is $9.99 and the CND is $10.50 there’s not enough of a price difference for that to be a consideration.
Under the jump is the scientific explanation of this top coat as well as a few more photos of the bottle.
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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.