Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Kit Review
Salon Quality Nails at Home by Brittany Zago
We have always been a wee bit obsessed with pretty nails in my household. When we went to Italy this past summer, I really wanted to go to a nail salon to get my nails painted with gel polish, because I've always heard amazing things about the longevity of the polish. I was determined, so I began calling different salons to get a quote for a gel mani and pedi. I called about 5 different salons and they were all going to charge me about $60. I thought they were crazy so I made the adult decision of going polish-less for Italy rather than risking chipped nails in photos.
When we got to the last leg of our trip, in Modugno, Bari, my boyfriend's cousins told us they had a gel manicure kit! We were so excited. That night, we played beauty parlor and finally had the gel manicure we had been craving. Mine lasted for almost three weeks before I got sick of it and started peeling it off. I was impressed.
Since I was so in love, it only made sense that we would buy a kit for our house. After some debating, we caved. Giulie and I were finally the proud owners of a Sally Hansen gel polish manicure kit. The kit cost $50 and included: the LED light, a base coat, top coat, one colored nail polish (we got red), gel polish remover, a buffer, cuticle pusher and the nail Cleansing Pads. We used our mom as a guinea pig to test out the kit since her polish rarely lasts a single day.
Steps for using the Sally Hansen Gel Polish Kit
Step One: Remove any nail polish you have on your nails. If it's glitter polish, good luck and see you in a few days. Glitter nail polish is the Devil to take off.
Step Two: Using the buffer included, file the tops of your nails to provide some grip. I don't actually know if this is the reason behind filing your nails, but we can assume. It makes total sense.
Step Three: Wipe down your nails with the Nail Cleansing Pad, which is actually just rubbing alcohol.
Step Four: Apply a thin layer of the base coat and cure nails in machine for 30 seconds.
Step Five: Apply a thin layer of nail polish and cure nails for 30 seconds. Repeat this step to enhance the color.
Step Six: Finish nails with a top coat for super shiny fantasticness. Cure those bad boys for another 30 seconds.
Step Seven: Wipe your nails down with some more of the Cleansing Pads. Don't skip this step or else your nails will end up super sticky, for some crazy reason.
If it lasts longer than normal nail polish, it is completely worth it. In just one use, we paid off the machine (if comparing it to the $60 manicure prices I was quoted)
My mom's nails have made it past the one day mark and are still going strong, so that is pretty impressive. I will give an update every few days.
*I was not paid by Sally Hansen to review this product*
**Wouldn't that be cool if I was though?**
*** Wishful thinking, I know***