Middle Aged Beauty Queen

Sally Hansen NEW Salon Gel System Manicure Kit

Posted on: January 22, 2013

The other day I was so pleasantly surprised to find a box on my porch from Sally Hansen. Sally Hansen has always been the epitome of nail care for me, ever since i was a kid. I would save my babysitting money to buy the nail hardener, or the french tip kit. I instantly felt like a 14 year old little girl, I was so, so happy.

Which one of us has not bought the Saly Hansen Nail Hardener in the little round bottle?

Which one of us has not bought the Sally Hansen French Manicure kit?

If you said no, I would wonder about your memory because I honestly think we all have been there, done that.

Sally Hansen at home gel system is so easy to use. I did my mom’s nails without reading the instructions

. The next day I did have to fix 2 nails but since then they have been fine. I used the system on myself tonight. I bought Commander in Chic gel polish, as you all know Commander in Chic from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line is my favorite color of all time. The SH gel system includes the light for curing the gel, which is only about 30 seconds each time so it goes by fast.

The kit includes everything you need for a gel manicure at home. This one included a red polish which I used on my Mom. I bought Commander in Chic at Walgreen’s for around $12.99.

I think my nails look beautiful! And the best part? No down time. No waiting until I can look through my purse for car keys, no waiting until I can cut some cheese for Betty and me to have our nighttime snack. They are smooth, no rough edges and no pulling up around the edges. I am very happy with this system and I give it 5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ out of 5! It really is that good. You can find this system wherever Saly Hansen products are sold. ๐Ÿ’… As a side note: If you shop at Walgreens be sure to ask them for a coupon on this item. They usually have coupons in their drawer, at the beauty counter check out..
How close is Commander in Chic gel polish to the C in C CSM?

Pretty close, the gel system color is a bit darker. Commander in Chic from the CSM is still my favorite color of all time!

One more note, I know this is a long post, but I want to get this in here to see what you think. I think I should be able to use the gel base coat and top coat with any polish. Have any of you tried that? I’m going to try that, soon. I’ll let you know if it works or not. But how great would that be if it did work for all polishes?

**Please note: even though this product was sent to me for my review, there were absolutely no instructions or requirements sent by Sally Hansen as to what my opinion should be for this item. All opinions are my own, honest opinions of this item. *** Please see my Disclosures page for a complete list of my policies in this regard.

I honestly want to thank Sally Hansen for sending this to me. I am very grateful for the opportunity to review this item and appreciate your trust in my opinion and honest review.
Betty says thank you too. She was so happy, because I was so happy, she is such a cutie pie. I was between the stages of laughing and crying and she didn’t know what to think!

To see my You Tube video showing the application , go here

๐Ÿ’…As always, thanks so much for stopping by.


**Update: Day 2 Sally Hansen New Salon Gel Polish Manicure Starter Kit

This is my Mom’s beautiful hands with the red gel system on. I had to fix a couple of nails that had peeled off, total operator error on my part, but once fixed they are holding up great!
I did remove my gel nails this morning. After I made the video showing how to apply I was reading the instructions and they say to add 2 coats if needed. I added a second coat, although not needed, again total operator error on my part. I have had one of those days where I didn’t know what polish to wear. This is what I ended up with.

This is Estรฉe Lauder Pure Color in Purple Passion. In the morning I am going to add the gel coat as a top coat. I am curious to see how that works. This may be a disaster in the making, but as always, I will keep you posted.

๐Ÿ’… ๐Ÿ’… As always, thanks for stopping by.

15 Responses to "Sally Hansen NEW Salon Gel System Manicure Kit"

I think it looks great.I have not tried this system,but now I want to.As you say, Sally Hansen has been around a long time–I think we all know and trust them.Love to Betty!


Thanks Kinda! I don’t thin up you’d regret buying this one. One thing I forgot to mention is you can paint over the color, just remove the new color with non-acetone remover. But I’ll do a post about that. Hope you’re having a fabulous week!


Hmm no I haven’t bought the nail hardening system or french kit. French manicure is def. not for my very small nails ๐Ÿ™‚
So nice of SH to send you this. Do you have to send it back after reviewing? Also do you think you can do an extra post on how exactly it works? I have no idea how this stuff is ๐Ÿ™‚


Would a video be helpful? I did film using this so maybe I will see if I can attach! I’ll see what I can do. I think you would like because you can go 2 weeks without changing your polish. If you want. You can paint your nails ver this,use a non acetone remover and then our nails are perfect still. I’ll do a follow up so you can see,

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A video is a great idea, can’t wait to see ๐Ÿ™‚


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I know you were thrilled to receive that box from Sally Hansen!! The CIC looks FABULOUS in the gel and I’m so glad you found that at your Walgreens! I do love the putty/greige-y colors!! โ™ฅ That Betty is too precious!


Thanks Lu! ๐Ÿ’œ

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I have a clear gel basecoat on my nails at all times. I only take it off completely every 2 months or so. If you look closely at my lottery or FB posts, you can see a ridge from new growth which I could file and hide better nut just don’t care most of the time. I apply whatever polish I want every week and remove it using only non-acetone remover. I have no problems at all with the gel (other than when the time comes to remove it and that part royally sucks!!!!). Ask me any gel questions any time!


P.S. I used to buy the hardener and expect miracles … Long talons ala Erica Kane overnight. I never had good nails until gel polish so this is such a treat for me to use all these pretty polishes.


Yay! An expert at our disposal. I will remember that. I did take off the gel this morning and it was a matter of peeling it off. I just picked at a spot until it lifted off, that was not a problem for me. I added a second coat because the directions said to, and it was too much. I don’t like chubby nails, I like them thin. what I’m going to try to do tonight is add the gel topcoat to a regular polish. I don’t see why this won’t work? But you tell me.

I love that you use other polish over your gel and remove with a non acetone remover. So many times I wanted to scream when people on you tube said the only problem is you are stuck with the color until you do the fill in. No you’re not and you were smart enough to know that. Did you do this weeks video? I’ll have to look for it!

Talk to you soon.

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You can put gel over regular polish but it has to be completely dry!!! I just posted a picture this week. Has to work all weekend. Really want to start a blog … You all have inspired me.


Yay! Let me know when are published and I’ll be your first follower! Xoxo

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I watched the video on this and thought you done a fantastic job demonstrating this product. How was the removal process with this. I had shellac done (which is similar to the gel manicures) and found the removal to be a pain in the rear end


Would you believe it basically peeled off?i thought id done something wrong but then a week later moms peeled off too. So removal was sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚


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