I finally got around to doing this review after having bought the Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Kit in Holographic a few weeks ago at Ulta for around $25. Before that, I’d bought the smaller kit in Rose Gold for $15 at a pharmacy, but returned it after I was unhappy with the results. But I really wanted to try the holographic chrome look without using gel, which is why I decided to give it a second chance.
The kit I bought comes with 5 items: the holographic chrome powder, a sponge applicator, the Salon Chrome top coat, the Miracle Gel Nail Polish in black, and the Miracle Gel top coat.
To start, I applied two coats of the black nail polish, which was runny and sheer. I let it dry until it was tacky, although figuring out the right amount of time to leave it took some practice. The first time I let the polish dry too long, and when I rubbed the powder on it didn’t stick well.
The instructions say that you don’t need a lot of powder for application, but in my experience certain areas required more powder for better coverage. That might have been because they dried faster. Once the powder was on, I applied the special top coat to protect the chrome effect and let that completely dry. To finish it all off, I used the Miracle Gel top coat that was provided.
I ended up with a few dents here and there from where I brushed the applicator too hard. The edges were also difficult to get the powder to stick to, and again that may have been because they dried faster. I think this technique definitely takes practice, regardless of what brand you’re using. I had a much easier time on my other hand once I’d finished the first.
Overall, I was happy with the end result, especially in the sun and bright lighting. In any other light it was dull gray with only a slight rainbow shimmer.
However, I would not recommend this kit. At $25 it was expensive, and even the $15 version isn’t worth the price. The first one I bought, the Rose Gold, only gave a shimmer effect and did not look like what was on the box. On top of that, they don’t give you a lot of powder. By the time I’d finished all ten nails, I had used a considerable amount of it. It’s also important to note that these don’t have much staying power, and they start to fade quickly after 1-2 days.
Instead, I would recommend buying individual pots of powder online. I was browsing for some of those myself on Amazon and Born Pretty Store and a lot of the time you can choose the amount of pigment included, with prices ranging from $2 to more than $30 depending on the brand. You can also find a variety of water based top coats which don’t ruin the effect.
In short, I would recommend looking for cheaper alternatives before spending money on a kit which isn’t going to give you the same long-lasting effect that a gel manicure would.