The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishes Are Great for Creating Long-Lasting Manicures at Home

The secret to a great at-home gel manicure lies within these polishes.

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TL;DR:
  • What It Is: Nail polishes that provide a gel-like manicure
  • What It Does: Keeps manicures glossy and chip-free for almost two weeks. 
  • Who It's For: Lovers of long-lasting manicures

WHY WE LIKE IT:

We don't say this lightly, but this has completely changed the way we wear nail polish. That's because it's solved every gripe we had with gel manicures—like the fact that you had to wait for the polish to cure under special lights (snooze) and then get it scraped off or soak your fingers in acetone (ow). This goes on and comes off exactly like regular polish: two coats of a base-plus-color formula and one layer of the topcoat. Each of them contains a chemical compound that acts a lot like a teeny solar panel, capturing light (real or artificial) that activates a process that hardens and cures the gel while you go about your day. It dries in five minutes—yes, we put that to the test by digging around in our handbag—and comes in more than 40 gorgeous, glossy shades. There are staples (classic red and berries), fashion-y staples (white and black), and brights, like blue and green. We went so far as to apply it on one hand and get a salon gel mani on the other to test longevity, and Miracle Gel won hands down (as it were), lasting a full two weeks. We're totally hooked.