Bringing Gel Manicures on the Quick and Easy- Sally Hansen’s Salon Insta-Gel Strips

This post goes out to all of my fellow hand-talkers and nail care aficionados, who wouldn’t be caught dead without prim and polished fingertips.

Being that the gel manicure has become the greatest thing since sliced bread for the perpetual nail chippers that are rough on their hands, it was only a matter of time until the salon gel manicure gets brought into the home. This post is all about Sally Hansen’s newest at-home system, that brings an inexpensive, at-home option for salon-like results. Consider this your intro, as well as a how-to of sorts.


The salon gel manicure has four basic components: gel base coat, gel polish, gel topcoat, and a uv light that “cures” each individual coat for about a minute and a half to shiny, smooth, long-lasting shine. Sally Hansen’s system is similar, in the gel topcoat and uv light concept, but different in its polish concept, which is actually their awesome and much-loved nail polish strips. The level of ease in using this system brings tears to my eyes, it’s that beautiful.

To start, file and smooth your nails to a shape and length that you are comfortable with, making sure to clean your nail with the included pads to ensure that no oil or residue is left on the nail.

Next, as per usual Sally Hansen nail strip protocol, peel, stick, and shape the nail polish stickers to each nail, adjusting the strips to fit your nails to your liking. I find what works best for me when applying said nail stickers is holding the different sizes in front of each nail, to determine which shape and size will fit with the least amount of modifying. It helps that these stickers can be adjusted to some extent, before it settles onto the nail.

Grab the gel topcoat, and apply a thin layer to each nail. One by one, “cure” each nail under the included uv light, for about 30 seconds.

Last but not least, once you have cured all ten nails, clean the nails once more with the cleansing pad, sit back, and enjoy your nails in all of their shiny splendor.

Optional steps include taking instagram pictures of your nails, phoning a friend, and tweeting about your ridiculously easy, amazingly awesome manicure. The last mandatory step is enjoying your rock-solid gel manicure.

Sally Hansen’s Salon Insta-Gel Strips™ is a breakthrough, 2 step chip-resistant gel manicure that lasts up to 2 weeks. Exclusive to Sally Hansen, you can get a fast and easy gel manicure in 2 Easy Steps! Just simply peel and apply.  The gel top coat provides a durable manicure and nails appear flawless and shiny for up to 2 weeks.  The UV-cured real nail polish appliqués that are nourished with additives such as Vitamin E and they are removed with Acetone polish remover in 5 minutes.

One thought on “Bringing Gel Manicures on the Quick and Easy- Sally Hansen’s Salon Insta-Gel Strips

  • December 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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    I’ve been thinking about getting this – I hate having to touch up my shellac. Thanks for the great review!!! 🙂

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