I recently got rid of the majority of my nail polish collection. To be honest, I don’t paint my nails often because I can’t stand having chipped nails, and most nail polishes tend to chip on me within 24 hours, so it seems like a waste of time. I probably had about eight polishes until I decided to try out a couple from Milani. They were nice; they lasted about the same as any Essie or Nails, Inc. polish would on me, but they didn’t change my life.
Enter the new Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Colors. Wet n Wild claims that these are a gel formula that does not need a top coat and lasts up to two weeks. Okay, those are seriously crazy claims, and I can tell you that no $5 nail polish from the drugstore will ever be able to live up to them. I can also tell you that I’m not going to go without a base coat or a top coat, I don’t care what the claims are. You can see my review of the Sally Hanson Miracle Gels where I had some people telling me they might work better without a base coat like the box claimed (spoiler: they didn’t). While the WonderGels did not change my life (they come mighty close, though), and while they don’t last for two weeks, I love them. They are also way better and way cheaper than their Sally Hanson counterpart.
I purchased four shades (there are 18 colors in the range), 719A Condensed Milk, 733A Left Marooned, 729A Peri-wink-le of an Eye, and 732A Stay Classy. All of them except for the lightest shade, Condensed Milk, impressed me. The first one I used was Stay Classy, and I got away with using only one coat. It lasted about three days without chipping, which is better than most polishes on my nails. After the fourth day, my nails still looked passable (one or two tiny chips), but I wanted to try another color, so I took it off and tried Peri-Wink-le of an Eye. Damn, this one is amazing! It’s such a beautiful light blue, and I think it’s great for spring. This one lasted five days without chipping on me, which is the longest any nail polish has lasted for me, ever! I’ve been using Left Marooned on my toes for about ten days, and so far my nails look as good as the first day. The finish is shiny, and while I’ve never had a real gel manicure, my nails genuinely look like they have a high quality polish on them, which could maybe pass for gel?
And now for some close-ups of my sausage fingers! As you can see, you can get away with just one coat of the three darker colors:
I did mention that Condensed Milk didn’t impress me. I actually bought this one about a week after the other three, and I wish it was as good, but it’s just not. The formula is somehow thicker than the others, and yet less opaque. I had to give up trying to use this one because I could not get it to be completely opaque, and it wouldn’t dry enough for me to put my top coat on.
The only other criticism I have is that the color of the packaging does not necessarily match the color of the actual nail polish inside. This was most apparent with Left Marooned, which is less maroon and more of a classic red.
I tend to be harsh in my criticism of nail polishes. I use my nails a lot at work to open boxes and to scrape tape off of things, and like I said, not many formulas impress me. If a nail polish lasts more than 36 hours on me without chipping, I’m very happy. With that said, I can’t think of anything bad about three of the four WonderGels I purchased, and I will definitely be picking up more shades.
I purchased mine for $4.99 each at Rite Aid and Duane Reade.