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Sally Hansen

Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit

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Sally HansenSalon Gel Polish Starter Kit
 
3.6

(based on 90 reviews)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (62)
  • Long lasting (47)
  • Good value (42)
  • Good pigmentation (38)
  • Versatile (15)

Cons

  • Wears off easily (12)
  • Difficult to apply (4)
  • Flakes (4)
  • Messy (4)
  • Not effective (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (13)
  • Normal skin (8)
  • Special occasions (8)
  • Sensitive skin (3)
  • Weekly use (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (33), Classic style (30), Trendy style (11), Budget shopper (5)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 minutes (4), 1+ hour (3)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (41), Medium (26)

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5.0

Great product

By z

from san francisco

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weekly Use

    Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

    Very easy to use. Just follow the instructions, done. I do double coats, it seems to last a lot longer.

    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 Minutes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    it works!

    By mother of two

    from chicago

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Effective
    • Good Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

        I won't use it every time because I like changing colors more often....but it will be great for vacations or when I know I won't have time for polish changes. If you take your time and do it right it works just like it should. 2 weeks, no chips, super shiny. The kit costs slightly more than one gel manicure at a salon so I'd call it a good deal.

        • My Beauty Routine Takes:
        • 1+ Hour

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Easy to use, but color turns dingy

        By Marie

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Color Turns Dingy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

          I purchased this product after having given away my old LED get polish set, in hopes that I had found an affordable at home gel manicure option. Using the product was as easy as it sounds, and the pink color was beautiful at first. However, after about days of wear, the color faded to a bland yellowish nude, with some spots of pink. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

          • My Beauty Routine Takes:
          • 1+ Hour
           
          4.0

          :)

          By MC P

          from Brooklyn Park, MN

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

                I'm glad I bought this product and made sure to read the reviews. The thin coats do help. I bought it yesterday and tried it right away. I don't like going to the nail salon cause its too expensive. Usually I use regular nail polish at home and it comes off pretty quick. I have thin nails too. So this is great for me!!! The only thing that bothered me was the color was not accurate. It looks like more of a natural color not a light pink. But I am satisfied with my purchase. The only thing I'll have to see is, taking it off.

                • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                • 30 Minutes

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not worth the price! Wish I could return

                By Lauren

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Color Changed After 1 Day
                • Not Effective
                • Only Lasted 2-3 Days
                • Peeled And Chipped Easily
                • Pink Turned To Orange

                Best Uses

                • On-the-go
                • When You Want Quick Dry

                Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

                If I could return this item I would. Yes, the gel dried quickly and was easy to use but it only lasted 2-3 days (which defeats he purpose of doing gel polish). Also, the pink color it came with turned to a peach/orange after 1 day.

                • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                • 1+ Hour

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Sticky, Peeling Nails..Not Worth the $!

                By AJ

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Doesn't last
                • Not Effective
                • Peels Off Easily
                • Several Hours To Dry
                • Sticky Even After Drying

                Best Uses

                • Weekly Use
                • Women

                Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

                I love to get my nails done, and I love gel nails! So, when I found this product, I was excited to replicate the process at home. Unfortunately, no part of the gel process is replicated with this kit. The polish takes hours to dry completely, staying sticky for 3+ hours. The polish doesn't last; it feels off easily after just a few days.

                In short, if you want to spend hours painting your nails just to have it peel and become tarnished within 48 hours, then this product is for you! If not, find another brand or stick to your nail salon. This product is just not work the money, frustration, or time required.

                • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                • 30 Minutes

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not Worth it!!!

                By Budget Babe

                from USA

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Doesnt last
                  • Not Effective

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

                    So I'm the kind of person whose nails just won't hold polish, base coat, top coat, you name it, it chips within thirty minutes of doing my nails. A gel manicure at a salon is the only thing that lasts on my nails.
                    So I read mixed reviews on this but had a coupon so decided to try it. First time, was chipping the next day and was peeling off by day 2. I chalked it up to beginner's learning curve because I wanted so badly for it to work. I did a lot of YouTube tutorials just to make sure I used all the tricks other people did. It was helpful.
                    I have now tried it again; it lasted 2 days ( I touched up one or two nails) and on the 3rd day there were the major chips. SOOOO disappointed. Taking it back this week for sure and getting my $ back.
                    Maybe I'll buy the 'Gelish' Brand kit, since that's what the salon used…

                    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                    • 30 Minutes
                     
                    3.0

                    Great polish, but don't love the lamp...

                    By Buckeye.Girl

                    from Ohio

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weekly Use
                        • Women

                        Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

                        I purchased this starter kit on sale with the "wine not" gel polish. It was a great price, so I couldn't pass it up! I LOVE the gel polish, but I was not a fan of the base coat & top coats. The base coat seemed to air-dry very quickly & was streaky, which made it difficult to apply a thin layer. The gel polish has great coverage though! My biggest complaint is the lamp. I'll start with the pros: It is a perfect size, I like that it's curved to fit the shape of my hand, It's powerful with lower curing times. However, the biggest con for me: there are no mirrors inside the lamp to bounce the light. The nail only gets light from directly on top, and I saw several recommendations online for you to tilt your hand to the left & right to get full light coverage. After using this system several times, I decided to invest in the Red Carpet Manicure Pro light set. I'm so glad I did! I love everything about the RCM Pro Kit... including the mirrored lamp, prep, base coat, polish, top coat & cuticle oil. I will definitely purchase more Sally Hansen Gel Polish to use with the RCM Kit, but I won't be using anything else from my SH Starter Kit.

                        • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                        • 30 Minutes

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love the Sally Hansen Gel Polish Kit

                        By Travelthru

                        from Dallas, TX

                        About Me Natural Style

                        Pros

                        • Good Value
                        • Long Lasting
                        • Versatile
                        • Very pretty

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

                            I read several of the reviews here, prior to purchasing this product. I followed the product instructions (and some tips from reviews) and on the 10th day, the gel manicure still looked great! There was some slight lifting at the tips of two fingers on my right hand (I'm right-handed) and this probably resulted from me pressing really hard on something. It wasn't lifting enough to peel or flake off, though. I thought it was easy enough to apply and let my nails "cure" or dry for several rounds of 30-seconds (I've always done this at the salon). The gel removal process was a joke though - something about dipping cotton in the included acetone remover and wrap finger tips with aluminum foil strips - uh - not going to happen! The aluminum kept falling off my fingers and it was a royal mess. I recommend pouring some acetone in a small bowl and soaking nails (like you do at the salon). So, I applied my second set of gel nails tonight and used a different color - I think the color tends to go on a bit thick and might opt for just one coat of color next time instead of the recommended two coats. I wonder if maybe they are just trying to sell more product and/or if the second color coat is really necessary? I tried to make the coat(s) as thin as possible (per the instructions) but the color wand/brush didn't seem to hold the gel like regular nail polish - there was either way too much product on the wand or not enough. Maybe my application of the product will improve with time and experience. Overall, a nice buy and I like looking at my nails, knowing they look great, I did them myself, and it didn't cost me a fortune. Plus, I don't have to sit in the nail salon for two hours at a time.

                            • Skin Tone:
                            • Fair

                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Very satisfied

                            By DM fan

                            from Redlands, CA

                            About Me Natural Style

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Apply
                            • Easy to remove
                            • Good Pigmentation
                            • Good Value

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Use
                              • Special Occasions

                              Comments about Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit:

                              The only time I had my nails done with gel polish at a salon was for my wedding and it was pricey, but lasted for weeks. The downside was that it was extremely difficult to remove. I ended up damaging all of my nails in the process of trying to literally tear off the polish when the remover didn't work. So when I bought this kit I was concerned that this would be not worth it if it didn't last long or would not come off. Despite the poor reviews I ordered the red kit and gave it a try with low expectations. I'm not sure why everyone is complaining. My nails came out great and I have had at least 10 people comment on how great they looked and how shiny too. They lasted through all my Xmas events about 5-7 days with only 2 nails that started to chip, but those are two that I use the most and would have chipped the first day with regular polish. It's true this won't last for weeks, but one week is still good in my opinion. Use alcohol to clean your nails and prep & at the end to take away the sticky (not dry feeling) which makes it dry and harden. Completely soak the pad in alcohol or it will start to stick. I was paranoid so gave it 20 mins of watching tv just in case. I then washed my hands w/soap &cold water to help harden and went to bed. My nails were still perfect in the morning. Take care to remove polish on sides of fingers as you go. The polish will start to peel off at sides otherwise as it lifts up from fingers a few days later. You have to have self discipline to not play with peeling it off lol! My opinion is that this is a good thing that you can peel it off in one big piece, since it made removing my polish so easy! I started peeling mine off on day 6 as I could not resist any longer. Had it all peeled off in 2 minutes lol. No damage to my nails and no chemicals to remove polish. I see this as a positive and not the negative that other reviews say. Now I will do my nails once a week and buy more colors! Very happy.

                              • Skin Tone:
                              • Fair

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