Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik is a full-bodied blue that might just steal the Cookie Monster’s attention away from baked goodies!
Featuring a formula that promises to deliver the high shine of a gel manicure and great wear without the need for a UV light, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik was a must-try for me. I’ve never had gel nails, but I’ve often admired the killer shine on others.
This is my very first experience with any Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish. Did it live up to its promises? Find out in this post!
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik Pictures
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener – Original version (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik Ingredients
From the Sally Hansen website: BUTYL ACETATE, ETHYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, TOSYLAMIDE/EPOXY RESIN, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE, GLYCIDYL NEODECANOATE/PHTHALIC ANHYDRIDE/TMP CROSSPOLYMER, AQUA/ WATER/EAU, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ISOSORBIDE DICAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, SILICA, DIACETONE ALCOHOL, ETOCRYLENE, KAOLIN, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/IPDI/PPG-15 GLYCERYL ETHER COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER, CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, POLYVINYL BUTYRAL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, MACROCYSTIS PYRIFERA (KELP) EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED CONCHIOLIN PROTEIN, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, TIN OXIDE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), D&C RED NO. 6 BARIUM LAKE (CI 15850), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), D&C RED NO. 34 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15880), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), D&C YELLOW NO. 11 (CI 47000), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), D&C VIOLET NO. 2 (CI 60725)].
- Creates the look of gel nails without the UV light (Yes)
- Easy removal (Yes)
- Up to 14 days of colour & shine (Maybe – I don’t wear the same nail polish for that long.)
- Name: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik
- Amount: 14.7 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- Retail Price: $11.95 CAD
- Disclosure: This post contains press samples provided by PR.
- Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Jean Coutu, London Drugs, ULTA & Drugstore.com
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik Review
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik is the kind of primary blue that I feel flatters pretty much any skin tone from the fairest to the richest.
It’s more suited to those who wish to make a bold statement with their nails because it gets attention. (Interesting tidbit: For me, strong blues like this are the ones that seem to elicit more compliments from strangers, compared to other colours. I wonder why that is!)
I love how Beatnik is a vivid blue that isn’t too dark that it looks black. No matter what kind of lighting you look at it in, it always appears like a true blue.
It has a simple creme finish, which is the most versatile kind. You can wear it solo, incorporate it into nail art, or put glitter over it when you want something more festive.
Also, because it’s a creme, it’s easy to take off. It didn’t stain my nails or cuticles, either, when I removed it.
Application & Formula
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik has a very smooth and exceptionally pigmented formula that glides onto your nails easily with the wide brush. (The brush covers a lot of area, so if you have wide nail beds, you’ll really enjoy it. I have small hands, so proportionally, my nails are small. I still found it easy to work with the wide brush.)
The first coat already covered very well, but I applied two coats, out of habit. This achieved full opacity.
The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes claim to be very shiny, and that was certainly true with Beatnik. Plus when I used it in conjunction with the matching Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, it gave me the high shine of a gel manicure, as promised.
I haven’t yet tried wearing a Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish with a non-Miracle-Gel top coat, so I don’t know if you’d get different results. If I try it for a future manicure, I’ll let you know how it goes.
I like how the bottle has a square base, but has a rounded top. Also, the colourful band around the bottom of the handle is fairly accurate as to what the colour will look like on your nails, so that’s not only an aesthetic detail, but a helpful one.
The handle is slightly tapered, with it being narrower at the bottom and wider at the top. I find that the design made it easy to get a good grip and to open.
Accessibility & Value
Since Sally Hansen is a drugstore brand, it’s incredibly easy to find their nail-polish line.
Compared to many other drugstore nail polishes, it’s pricier, however, there are frequent sales, so you can wind up getting a great deal, if you seize the opportunity.
Final Verdict: 9/10
I really enjoyed wearing Beatnik because the colour was right up my alley, and the shine (in conjunction with the top coat) was lovely!
If you’re interested in strong blues with a solid formula, I suggest you try this one.
Are you a fan of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line? Do you wear bold blues like this, or do you prefer a softer variation? Have you ever had gel nails?