Rated 4.08 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Love this at home kit!
I was skeptical to purchase this. My experience with the SH Miracle Gel line was disappointing and I wanted something that was truly instantly dry and a gel like finish. I have never had a salon gel manicure on my natural nails so I have nothing to compare it to, but I love this kit! I stopped getting acrylic nails over a year ago and have been jonesing for that perfect polish look without the damage, I have finally found it!! I have had the kit for over a month now and have done 2 manicures and 1 pedicure. As far as wear/usage is concerned, I get 7-10 days on my fingernails, but my toes lasted 3 full weeks until I got tired of the color but it was still wearing strong! I am a "picker," so the first sign of peeling and I am a mess! I cannot leave it alone! If you can leave it alone you will likely have longer wear. I had some problems the first application because I got it too close to the cuticle which caused a ridge upon grow out that caused premature peeling, and I did not rough up my nail with the enclosed file as per the directions, so they peeled off in full strips. These are very important prep steps (along with the alcohol wipe) not to be skipped. I did not rough them very much the second time, just a little but it made all the difference. What I love about his compared to the Miracle Gel is the thickness of the coat. It acts as a ridge filler and really gives that deep high gloss shine you'd expect from a gel, I didn't get that with the Miracle Gel.
I love the Shell we Dance color. The photo with this review if on my first time, I only used 1 coat of the Step 2 Shell We Dance Color between the base and top coat because I wanted a sheer/natural look. This gel kit really stands up to serious hand-washing and swimming and also helps my pathetic nails grow longer by adding some flexibility and strength. I actually had to cut them before the second mani, usually I break or peel far before that.
I also love the Pink Pong color which is a great opaque neutral for my very light pink skin tone. The Raisin The Bar was way lighter on my nails than on the box so I returned it. I used this on my daughter with a regular polish (SH Extreme Wear Black Out) and it had some good staying power (lasted about a week) I am likely going to try it with my miracle gel colors in the fall to see if I get the look I'm after. The true test will start once school begins, I am a chemistry teacher and really rough on my hands, especially on lab prep days.
Lastly, you can try this confidently from Ulta, they were not the cheapest I found, but their return policy cannot be beat which makes it risk free and keeps me a loyal customer!
Most Helpful Critical Review LED light broke after one use
My nails looked fabulous, but the LED light is very(!!!) cheaply made. The plug in the back broke after one use, and after prying it open to see if I could fix it, the soldering had separated between the electronic board and the actual plug outlet. A little piece of the metal conduit had broken off too. Very peculiar given that i had only used it once - shows the poor quality of this product. I'm disappointed and would suggest you skip the high price for the gel kit with the LED light, and buy your own LED light separately, in addition to buying the polishes individually. Plus the Sally Hansen LED only fits one finger at a time, whereas a more professional LED lets you do your whole hand at once which would speed up the process tremendously.
Reviewed by 717 customers Life changing!
Druski from GA
I've always wanted to be able to have classy, painted nails without spending a ton. Regular nail polish always chips way too fast. This is the product I've needed all my life! This kit can really give you salon quality at home. I want to buy more gel polish colors!
Tips: You must follow the instructions to a T in order to achieve the best results. Also, if you wash dishes or cook frequently, I recommend you wear gloves to prolonge the life of the nails.
I wouldn't buy this again
Kris from Caruthersville
I used this product per the instructions and the gel only lasted 24-72 hours before it randomly peeled off. I wouldn't recommend this for a salon finish or if you had events for more than a couple of days.
Order of Operations Matters!
Jess from Pennsylvania
This was my first experience doing gel at home. First time I used "shell we dance." It came off in a few hours. The next time I used "Pink Pong" and did all three steps on one nail at a time. It's been on for over a week now! Order matters!
Daisy from El paso, TX
I am glad I bought this product! I am happy with how my nails came out. I did both my finger nails and toe nails. You just need to wipe down your nails after you are done with a bit of alcohol so it gets rid of the sticky feeling.
Love this kit!
LucyG29 from Charlotte NC
I wanted to try this kit because every time I go to the salon the gel polish chips in like four days. I'm happy how beautiful, shinny and last long my nails looked! Worth every penny! Try it you won't regret it.
Didn't dry nails
Liv from Chicago
Didn't like this product. My nails didn't dry. I ended up using a 10 year old nail lamp ( I was hoping to replace with this one) to dry my nails. Returned it the next day.
I wouldn't buy this product
TJ from Memphis, TN
The light was cracked and isn't long finger friendly
Good price, great product!
Mamamia from California
I am saving myself so much money with this starter kit! I will never have a chipped manicure again or spend time in a nail salon ever again! I wish there were more polish colors but they have the basics. Everything worked perfectly! I usually give the light a couple cycles on each layer of polish and it works great.
Paulina from Florida
I bought it three weeks ago and I just started using it now, unfortunately I threw the box away, it doesn't work I followed the instructions and nails still soft and some nails with bubbles.. very disappointed.. I lost my gift card with this buy
Kennedy from Pennsylvania
Absolutely love this product! It gives you salon results for a fraction of the price! The gel is definitely durable and long lasting. It's also super easy to use, I am very impressed.
Definitely wouldn't buy this again.
Cassie from Cleveland , TN
Product is definitely user friendly. Lamp just plugs in. Very small lamp. Will have to do thumb separately. Pink color that comes with it is essentially see through and peeled right off.
Red is one of
member9ca321 from undisclosed
Red is one of my favorite colors especially nail polish. It makes me
Feel sexy and I get a lot of compliments about my nails.
Best Nail Purchase Yet!!
Gabby from Jackson, MI
Super easy to use! Stays on for 2-3 weeks and gives you salon nail results right from the comfort of your own home. I had been eyeing this product for awhile and finally bit the bullet to buy it! Buy this! You won't regret it!
Just like the salon
Nails from Chicago
I was skeptical of the reviews but felt confident I could make it work and WOW I have used this twice with two different colors and it seriously is just like the salon. Gel polish does require THIN coats to work so I would recommend reading and following the instructions and watching some videos if it doesn't work the first time. My manicure lasted almost 2 weeks and I have a newborn so I'm constantly washing my hands. So glad I got this
Pretty good for price!
Gabby from Austin, TX
I just used this after buying on sale and I have to say I'm unexpectedly impressed! Seemed to work pretty well, my only complaints are
(1) I wish there were more colors. My kit came in Shell we dance and I found it pretty sheer. I'm hoping they come out with an opaque white, and a nice dark red.
(2) After I finished, my nails still feel kind of sticky/ slimy. I washed my hands, and the polish doesn't seem to be rubbing off exactly, but it almost doesn't feel fully dry. I'm not sure what that's about??
Looking forward to more colors coming out and hopefully figuring out how to fully cure!
Kay from NJ
So I've been addicted to nail videos for the longest time, but I've always been hesitant to do my nails at home. I finally gave in and bought this set since it was on sale. I'm pleasantly surprised that this 6W lamp was able to cure polygel!! Y'all this is the best starter kit ever. I mean… Sally Hansen is an established brand! Definitely recommend this to anyone starting out.
Best 2021 purchase!
Lindsay G from Missouri
I've never had a salon gel manicure before, but I did try a home set at a friend's house and decided to give it a try myself. This kit has everything you need and is so easy to get started with! I've had my nails done for a few days now, banging them on hard surfaces while moving, and they haven't budged or scratched at all. I am so surprised at how good quality this set is, and I'm looking forward to buying many more colors of polish to use with it! My only advice- you may need more than the two coats of color recommended (I used 3 or 4) to get full opacity. This is probably my favorite purchase of 2021!
I don't know about
christines171 from undisclosed
I don't know about this product. It seems like there is acetone in it or something that makes it bubble as you apply it. I have prepped my nails properly, but I really don't like this problem I have in more than one bottle. Even though it is budget friendly, I would go one step up in price just to get better quality.
Mic from Omaha, NE
I have painted my nails with regular polish for forever, and have always wanted to try gel. After trying this, I will never go back. Using the gel kit and UV light was not hard to do at all. My painted nails lasted a few weeks, and made them really shiny and firm. Several other reviews note that the polish peels very quickly, but in my experience this does not happen until at least a week in. Even then, the polish lifts slightly near the cuticle, but doesn't chip off like normal polish. Just be patient, don't expect literal perfection, thoroughly read instructions, and you will have an awesome manicure.
You MUST wipe with acetone after applying and curing the top coat! This is where I think most people are having their chipping problem. It seems counterintuitive, but wiping will take the stickiness away and make the nails shiny and smooth.
Since purchasing this kit, I have bought several other gel colors from different brands, and they work well with the provided base/top coat from the kit. I recommend doing pedicures with this kit as well, because the color will last even longer than with a manicure!
I was so disappointed with this
Jacque from Pennsylvania
I bought this for my mom as a birthday present, she was so excited to use it for it to only not work at all. The uv light is completely useless, and the nail polish didn't even show up. Please don't buy this I was so disappointed when it didn't work.
Kells from WI
I've tried to get this to work at least 4 times and nope. I'll stick to classic polish, thanks. This stuff peels off all in one piece so fast- longest I had it last once was an hour and a half- that was ONLY because I was watching a movie!
Seriously, this last time I was unplugging the cord and it started peeling.
Just as good as going to the salon
Angel from South Carolina
I was skeptical after reading some of the reviews, but I was optimistic because I really am tired of going to the nail salon every 2 weeks. I followed the instructions step by step and I am obsessed. It literally looks like I came from the salon. No more $30+ trips to the salon, love this gel manicure kit.
alexaaugy from undisclosed
This whole package is amazing. It is so easy to use and it looks like to got them professionally done. It gives you everything you need and is a good price for the amount you get.
This whole set is...
alexaa100 from undisclosed
This whole set is amazing. you can get the same look as if you went to the salon. it's easy to use.
This Sally Hansen gel...
mearose from undisclosed
This Sally Hansen gel polish kit is amazing!!!!!!!!!! I not only has a great formula it also doesn't have a strong smell like some other kits I have tried before. It is just over all a great kit and definitely recommend it to anyone who like to do there own nails!!￼