Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle review

Review | Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle is a bona fide (nail shine) miracle

Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle review

Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle

Do you believe in miracles, readers? Of the “nail shine” variety, I mean? (Because, really, what other kind are there?)

I didn’t. Or not until recently, anyway. In fact, until recently, I very rarely wore nail polish at all. Oh, I’d slap some on every now and then, but “slap” is the operative word here. I’ve never been very good at applying nail polish (or, indeed, at filing my nails into the approximation of an actual, human fingernail. Mine always look more like spades. I am obviously missing a “nail” gene somewhere…), and I also don’t think it really SUITS me. I know that’s probably a strange thing to say, but it’s true: when I wear polish on my fingernails, I always think I look like a little kid who’s been playing in mummy’s make-up bag. Or like I’ve allowed that little kid to apply my nail polish for me, at least.

(I’m talking solely about polish on the fingernails, by the way: I always, ALWAYS have my toenails painted. I would feel naked without it.)

As if that wasn’t bad enough, because I’m too lazy too do the whole base coat-polish-top-coat thing, any polish I DO try to apply will chip within seconds of me applying it, and will thereafter look like ass. We all know how important it is for a young lady to be well-groomed at all times – whoops, sorry, started thinking I was in a Jane Austen novel again for a second there! – so this will drive me nuts, to the point where I rarely wear nail polish for more than a day without wanting to remove it.

Enter Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle, which, as the title of this post suggests, is, indeed, a bona fide miracle. Like Jesus used to do. It’s also a 10 day topcoat, which, according to the blurb on the website, “fuses manicure layers into one high-gloss protective shield that resists wear and tear”. Uh-huh.

This product actually entered my life last summer, the week before we moved house. I was at the supermarket picking up some house-moving essentials, and that was pretty boring, so before long I found myself in the beauty aisle. My nails had been looking particularly bad at that point, so I picked up this without much thought, and applied it as soon as I got home, because obviously when you have an entire house to pack up and move, the most important thing is to paint your nails first, amiright?

So, I applied the polish, with all of its claims of creating a “nail shine miracle!” that would leave my nails “diamond hard!” and “last for ten days!”, and then I forgot all about it.

Fast-forward to a week later (Oh, how I wish I COULD have fast-forwarded that week of moving!). My hands and nails had really been through the wringer at that point. Not literally, of course – we don’t actually HAVE a “wringer”, (SHOULD we, I wonder?) but if we DID have one, you can bet I’d probably put my hands through it –  but it’s fair to say they’d worked harder than they usually do. I mean, most of the time, I just type all day, and that’s as tough as it gets on the ol’ hands. That week, however, I’d been packing and lifting boxes, plus scrubbing two houses to within an inch of their lives, so I had NOT (for once) been sitting around protecting my prechus nail polish, like a diva.

Here’s the thing, though: I probably couldn’t have given Sally Hansen’s “lasts for days without chipping” claim a tougher test if I’d tried… and IT PASSED.  A full week of the type of activities that would generally destroy my nail polish in a matter of seconds, and the Nail Shine Miracle was still intact. I’d applied it on its own, without any colour underneath, but my nails still looked as shiny as they’d been the day I applied it. “Hallelujah!” I cried, opening the window and shouting to the skies, “It truly is a miracle!” And it was.

Since then, I’ve been through two bottles of the stuff, and it never disappoints. I wouldn’t say I get QUITE the ten days they promise on the packing: since that first week, I’ve experimented with wearing it over regular polish, and I’d say it last for around a week before I start itching to remove it. That’s still a full 6.5 days longer than my nail polish usually lasts, however, and when it does start to chip, it’s only at the edges, so it could be easily fixed if you were really insistent on making it last the full ten days. I still feel a bit like a clown when I try to wear nail polish, obviously, but now that I know it’s not going to just chip off after a couple of minutes, I’ve been motivated to buy a few new polishes, so while we’re on the subject, here’s one of them:

Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish in Angel Nails

It’s Max Factor Glossfinity in # 55 ‘Angel Nails’, and it’s a kind of bronzey, glittery shade, which I like because it’s quite subtle, so it makes it less obvious that Rubin could probably do a better job of applying it than I do. It looks like this:

Max Facory Glossfinity in Angel Nails

And that, my friends, is how I learned to love nail polish. Well, a little bit, at least…

  • I have been looking for a top coat that resists chipping for longer than the whole HOUR that my nails normally remain chip free. I’ll have to look into this after such a glowing recommendation! After all, I have over 100 polishes that are dying to see the light of day!

    May 21, 2014
  • I am sold! I’ve never been a nail polish wearer, I completely understand the ‘clown feeling,’ with nail polish, but I do like shiny looking nails. All the clear polishes that I use never last, so I usually don’t even bother. This, though, seems worth the purchase. I will definitely be trying it out.

    May 21, 2014
  • I need to try this – I’m a nail picker (once it starts to chip it’s gone in a few seconds) and a nail bitter when I’m especially nervous so when you enter my uni exams into the equation you get the sad picture of my current nail situation.

    I love how you posed you nail polishes with your shoes:))

    May 21, 2014
  • Those shoes!!

    May 21, 2014
  • hi Amber
    First off
    Love the shoes, I will have to live vicariously through your collection as I cant wear heels due to my illness. I would love to try this, as I can use some shine. I have a gel nail polish machine, but honestly the polish was not lasting 2 weeks as they claimed on my nails, so I went back to Essie and OPI. Would like shine, and would give it a try, could also use a good strengthener.

    stop by when you can

    May 21, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this top coat before. I do have a nail polish obsession so I’ll have to try it. Though I usually think my problem is the basecoats and not top coat.


    May 21, 2014
  • Dianixshoes


    Hello Amber, talking about miracles, and misteries … I would LOVE to know how do you manage to keep the inside of your shoes (the part in contact with your feet´s skin) so celan and with no sign of dead skin or dirt at all??????????????????????????????????????

    Thanx a lot !

    May 21, 2014
  • Colene from Aberdeen


    My friend laughs at me constantly because I am obsessed with nail varnishes lasting and being fast drying – whenever I spot a new one it has to be tested for the above qualities.

    I used to use a Sally Hansen one in a silver bottle which was great, but nowI find nothing beats Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat. NOT THE GEL ONE, it’s rubbish. The Caviar Top Coat dries really, really fast – you don’t need to worry about going to the toilet pre-painting, as it will dry fast enough that you can actually use your hands LITERALLY around a 2 minutes later.

    It dries really glossy, and stays chip-free for up to a week – and that’s on my hands that take a beating from baking, typing etc too.

    May 22, 2014
  • Thank you SO much for this! I use Seche Vite which is fast drying but my nails often chip with 24 blimming hours. Love having painted nails but don’t have the time for that! Off to Superdrug, hurrah. Also both these shoes are quite magnificent.

    May 23, 2014
  • I love wearing nail polish, but I always chip it – my hubby curses me, that within minutes of me painting my nails I have smudged or chipped them! I have started using gel polish at home, no risk of smudging – but it does take a good hour to faff about with the gel lamp etc!

    Love your selection of shoes, when wearing such fab shoes sometimes I think nail polish can detract attention away!

    May 26, 2014
  • May 27, 2014
  • Helen


    I have extremely thin bendy nails and so far the only thing that works is a gel manicure. I will totally try this!

    August 18, 2014