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Battle of the Lampless Gel Polishes

Friday, 4 March 2016
So there have been plenty of recent releases of (kinda) gel nail polishes that you can do yourself at home without a UV lamp. I have gradually accumulated some from all the major brands so I thought it would be a great time to do a showdown. It came down to dally Hansen, Rimmel and Revlon so let's see which one comes out on top.

Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polish Duo Pack in Darling Dahlia $14.95
This is the most recent release of the three so I was keen to try it out for the first time. It is quite a thick formula which means it is mostly opaque in one coat but the big downside of that is that I experienced a lot of bubbling which disrupted the smooth finish. I tried it on two seperate occasions, the second time with thinner coats applied in air-conditioning (because coat thickness and heat can cause bubbling) but I still had issues. That said though, this is a lovely shade and you can only see the bubbles close up. The longevity was good and it lasted about 5 days before I noticed any chipping. It is also the most cost effective of the bunch which is always good for the wallet. Basically, if you are perfectionist like me who needs a perfect finish this isn't the one for you but if you want something cheap and long wearing, maybe you will like these. It is also worth noting that I only tried this colour so other might apply better. 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Duo Pack in Get it Bright $19.95
Sally Hansen always does great nail products so I was really keen to try this one out. I found the application of this one to be flawless. The formula is is thin so it spreads evenly but also very opaque while the wide brush helps to apply it with great precision. It was very fast drying and didn't develop any bubbles which is a huge win. I wore this for three days when I started seeing the first signs of chipping on my dominant hand though it is worth noting that I went on a spring cleaning binge which always kills my polish. Considering I cleaned out my whole apartment with only two tiny chips, I would say this one performed the best. Any other polish would have been a mess given the same circumstances. The colour is also really pretty too!

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Sky's The Limit $16.95
These don't come in duos and the top coat must be purchased separately for $16.95 which of course does make it the most expensive of the bunch. I really loved these when they first came out and I bought a bunch of shades (and reviewed them all here) because they really do last a bit longer than regular polish. I really loved them at the time but since trying the Sally Hansen formula I have to say I like it a bit more. This one lasts about 5 or so days and applies well (even considering this bottle is well over a year old) but the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel still beats it. If you see a particular shade in this range that you love though, I would say go for it because it is still a really great formula.

All in all, lampless gel polishes do provide a better wear time than most normal polishes but not by a crazy margin. They might give you an extra day to two but don't go expecting a 2 week manicure from anything other than proper shellac. Considering that most of these gel formulas are more or less the same price as their normal brand counterparts though, they are definitely worth a go. I got on best with the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel just because the application was perfect. Sally Hansen also have the prettiest and most extensive colour selection so if I had to recommend one brand, Sally Hansen would be it.

Will you be trying out any of these after reading my review? Do you have any brand or shade recommendations for super long lasting polish? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay Rosy.
2 comments on "Battle of the Lampless Gel Polishes"
  1. I've only tried the Revlon of these and it was okay, not great. I think I just have terrible nails and I am destined to not have a long lasting manicure! Still keen to try Sally Hansen version of this though!

    Kate |

    1. I know what you mean though. When I was having peeling issues my nail polish would look chipped after a day because my nails were actually peeling, not the nail polish. Stay tuned though because I am currently testing out the Sally Hansen Salon Gel lamp set polish and so far it is incredible! There may be hope for you yet ;)



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