Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit – A Review

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Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit


This is an update to a post I originally published in 2013.

I’ve been using the Sally Hansen Pro Gel Starter Kit for almost 2 years, and am very impressed with the longevity of the gel manicures I’m able to do with the Sally Hansen Pro Gel Starter Kit.

(Sally Hansen recently introduced their “no light needed” gel manicure – I have not tried these products yet. This review is about the original Sally Hansen Pro Gel Starter Kit that uses the UV light appliance)

Since my original post, the price has come down quite a bit for the original Sally Hansen Pro Gel Starter Kit. (Walmart has it for just $39.99) and Sally Hansen has introduced a huge variety of gel nail colors, including the non-traditional shades I love.

Continue reading my original review with some updates after 2 years of use …




If you remember my 5 Question Friday post yesterday, you might recall the question about my last splurge. I considered my last splurge flying to Phoenix for a blog conference, but I forgot about the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit purchase I recently made!

I first saw the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit on a trip to CVS. Then, every time I would stop in, I was immediately drawn to it, but at $69.99, I knew I’d have to wait for a sale and hopefully an Extra Care Bucks deal to go along with it. My frugal ways couldn’t justify the expense. Plus, I didn’t love any of the 3 colors options that were available in the starter kit (Wine Not, Shell We Dance, or Red My Lips).

A few weeks ago, CVS had a $10 Extra Care Buck offer attached to the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit, but it was still at regular price. Again, I would have to pass. However, a few days later, I received a 20% off CVS coupon in my email! I also had a $5/1 Sally Hansen Starter Kit coupon and $15 in CVS Gift Cards from Viggle.

$69.99 – 20% = $55.93
Minus $5/1 coupon = $50.93
Minus $15 CVS G/C from Viggle = $35.93 OOP + $10 in Extra Care Bucks.
Gotta love a deal!

I chose the “Wine Not” shade, since out of the 3 kits that were offered, it’s the shade I would most likely wear.

The Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit contains:
— 6 watt LED lamp with auto-timer
— Gel base coat (0.14 fl oz / 4.0 ml)
— Gel nail color (0.24 fl oz / 7.0 ml)
— Gel top coat (0.14 fl oz / 4.0 ml)
— 10 nail cleanser pads
— Acetone remover (2.0 fl oz / 60 ml)
— Cuticle stick, file & buffer
— Instruction sheet

Commander in Chic vs You Don't Know Jacques


I also purchased the “Commander in Chic” color, (somewhat similar to OPIs “You Don’t Know Jacques” which is my go-to nail color.)

But, then I had a blogger event to attend, and knowing I needed a pedicure as well, I decided to go to a new salon that had just opened up near my house (with a coupon of course!)  I would have tried the Gel Mani/Pedi option at the salon to compare a professional application to the Sally Hansen option, but again I was less than thrilled with the available gel color options. So, I put the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit off to the side until I had a non-time-crunch day to re-do my manicure on my own.

Well, tomorrow, I have a Tea Party to attend, and my nails were in pretty bad shape. A perfect chance to break out the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit and see what it was all about. I quickly read through the instructions and prepared my nails (removing all traces of my old nail color, pushing cuticles back, and filing the edges.)


Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit 6w LED


I started with the Step 1 Base Coat, then cured under the 6w LED light for 30 seconds. I followed the process with 2 thin coats of color and the Step 3 Top Coat, with 30 seconds under the LED light between each coat. No timing necessary – just press the button at the top of the unit. It turns off automatically after 30 seconds. The instructions are very clear in stating that you need to apply thin coats. I agree, thin is the way to go. Don’t let product seep into the corners towards the cuticle – this will form a ridge that make the polish easy to pick off)

The instructions say not to touch your nails during the process. Of course, I did and I have to say I was a little disappointed/concerned to find the surface a little tacky. (Were my coats not thin enough?) But, after completing all the steps and the curing process, use the “Nail Cleanser Pad” packette over your nails and all the tackiness is gone…and your nails are completely dry and ready to go. Seriously!

OMG. Mind blown!


Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit actual results

My nails look crazy good. There are absolutely no air bubbles. You can’t see/feel those annoying ridges through the polish. Seriously, the finish is glass-like. And it took me less than 20 minutes from preparation to completely dry! The only thing I did not do, that I regret (after re-reading the instructions) is to extend all coats over the edge of the nail.

Even after taking a bath and going to bed shortly after finishing my nails, I woke up without a single sheet-smudge in the morning! And my gel manicure lasts about 15 days without any chips! (except if I go to the beach. Sand is not a friend to gel manicures ;) )

I am a convert! I would love to see Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Nail Color in blues, greens, and taupes. (update for 2015 – check out the wide variety of colors available here)

The system as a whole is amazing! If you’re thinking about purchasing the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit — know that it has the All Those Things I Seal of Approval! ;)

This is not a sponsored post.  I put down my own credit card to purchase the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit and am not being compensated in any manner.

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