Changing the manicure often is not compatible with my current life. I knew this was coming beforehand so I hurried to find a solution and I looked into those new ranges of nail polish that last very long and don't need to be cured with LED or UV lamps. So far I have tested Essence The Gel nail polish and OPI Infinite Shine, and wasn't totally convinced. Today is the turn to reveal my test with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel -no lamp-!

A couple of months ago I tested the longevity of this Sally Hansen Miracle gel Pretty piggy and never got around to publish the review. 

Sally Hansen proposal for longer lasting manicure is similar to the OPI's and the Essence's alternatives in that you only need your nail colour and your special topcoat for a gel-like manicure. Unlike the other two brands I tested, Sally Hansen Miracle gel -no lamp- does not include a special base coat. I used Sally Hansen Diamond strenght nail hardener as a base.

one hour after painting my nails

Pretty piggy is a lovely and bright coral pink creme which application wasn't as easy as I expected. The formula is on the thick side and not very good self-levelling. I started with a thin coat and it took another two coats to look smooth. I then applied a coat of the Miracle gel topcoat and wait for it to dry. It wasn't as fast drying as the OPI or the Essence the gel topcoat. In fact it seemed VERY SLOW drying, after 1 hour my manicure was still "dentable". I hated that.

Wear and longevity:
I'll let the pics do the talking(if you wish, click to enlarge)

After 3 days of wear the nail polish was still decently glossy and without chips. The tip wear was fairly visible though.

On day 6 looking at my hands just hurt my eyes. Several chips, awful tipwear and faded gloss. I should have removed it on day 5.

I did not enjoy the application and hated the long drying time. Five days of wear is not remarkable but boy the colour range is soooo pretty! I got another colour and will try it with a fast drying topcoat to see how it works. 

I wouldn't say I give my hands excesive hard work. I don't garden, I don't wash dishes, I do have two small children though. I am starting to suspect that it is my nails who don't like these nail polishes. So what now? Are my options finished? I've heard China Glaze has a similar range but they don't distribute it where I live, any ideas how I could get my hands on those? If you have tried tthe Miracle gel -no lamp- range and have some suggestion or advice that'd be very welcome. Also if you know of another nail polish brand with similar polish that actually lasts 7 days without lamp and with nice colours, please please leave a comment!