February 28, 2014

Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel

Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel (Orange Version) Review | Manicurity.com

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As a nail-oriented beauty blogger I have to combine my love of nail-related things with touching my precious electronics (laptop, camera, iPhone, etc.) so I'm always on the hunt for what I consider a magical unicorn moisturizing product - i.e. one that is both moisturizing for my precious finger areas, but also the opposite of greasy so that I don't smear it all over everything. I recently picked up the Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel to see if it was my unicorn! Could an adorable orange gel with suspended vitamin beads be the answer to my moisturizing-yet-matte need?

Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel (Orange Version) Review | Manicurity.com

Finish, Texture & Lasting Power

Lightweight, slick-feeling orange gel formula with little orange vitamin beads! The gel seems to absorb quickly and sort of 'sets' into a very lightly sticky feeling. The 'smooth' feeling lasts at least a few hours. But if you massage it in too much, especially in conjunction with oils or lotions at the same time, it can ball up and come off :(

Scent

Delicious! It has a sweet, zesty orange smell a little like orange soda. I find it very pleasant, plus it is not particularly long lasting so if you don't love the smell you don't have to smell it for very long :) [Most scented polishes give me a headache after a while, but this doesn't bother me.]

Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel (Orange Version) Review | Manicurity.com

Packaging

Comes in a glass bottle that reminds me a little of their polishes - like the Fuzzy Coat bottle with the Xtreme Wear lid - with a fluffy, slanted doe-foot applicator. I like that you can see how much product is left because it's a clear bottle! I don't love that the wand is too short to reach the bottom of the bottle; feels like the little product that's left is hard to get at. Also I'm not totally sure if the applicator is 100% sanitary; I know some people use single-use applicators for lip glosses with this kind of wand to keep the product sanitary. At least with this cuticle gel you would use it all up in a few months vs. a lip gloss you might want to keep for a longer time.

Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel (Orange Version) Review | Manicurity.com

Likes

- Smells nice!
- Let's get real - popping little beads is super fun!
- Like the satin finish it gives my cuticles; "looks" really healthy
- Applicator pulls out enough product so you don't have to re-dip a bunch (it's the little things, y'all)

Dislikes

- This product doesn't like to mix well with others; it can ball up if used with cuticle oils or lotions
- Too much product can feel a little sticky
- Tints light-colored polished nails orange (temporarily)
- Wand isn't long enough to reach the product at the bottom of the bottle

Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel (Orange Version) Review | Manicurity.com

Overall (TL;DR)

I like this cuticle gel, but I don't know if I love this cuticle gel. I like that it is lightweight, easy to rub in to my fingers and sets to an attractive satin-y finish that makes my cuticles look really pretty and healthy. I don't know if this is really moisturizing enough to be the only product I'm using - especially because I don't find it likes to combine with other products well (like lotion, err...). Instead, this seems to be a day-time 'maintainer' type product that keeps your nails looking their best once they are already fairly well maintained. It's absolutely perfect for what I initially bought it for - to keep next to my laptop and use in the middle of the day while I'm working on the computer!

Best for: Someone with a decent cuticle care routine that's looking for a day-time 'maintainer' type product for work (not a super obvious scent, and not greasy so it seems great for the workplace)
Try if: You've been looking for a moisturizing product that isn't greasy
Skip if: A slightly sticky finish is a total turn-off for you

Pricing & Availability

Available wherever Sally Hansen is sold (like drugstores, Ulta, etc.) for roughly $6-7! I got mine at CVS during the Winter Beauty Clearance sale for $1 and change.

Would I repurchase?

Maybe! I am always looking to try new cuticle care products, tho, so I wouldn't consider this a "must purchase right away HG" type item.


Have you tried the Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel? Do you have a favorite cuticle product to recommend to me?!


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12 comments:

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Have you tried a cuticle gel like this before?

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  2. I have this and totally agree, its great to keep at my desk to touch ups during the day, but not strong enough to be the only product I use. Would repurchase to keep one at my desk (greasy keyboards are not fun after all)

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    1. Exactly my thoughts!! Typing while sliding all over the keys is no fun. Thank you so much for your comment :D

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  3. Hmmm, I've recently been on the hunt for a good cuticle product. I like my Essie Apricot cuticle oil but I can't help but feel like there's something better. I've definitely never heard of a cuticle gel.

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    1. I hear ya! I usually like to pair my oil with a balmier type product, at least with my before-bed routine. Apricot cuticle oil sounds like it smells amazing!

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  4. This is an excellent and thorough review! Thank you! I think I'll skip this one and just stick to my Bliss Kiss Nail Oil.

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    1. Thank you Anne!! I haven't heard of Bliss Kiss Nail Oil before, I'll have to give it a look :)

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  5. i'd try it but that doe foot applicator is almost a complete turn off for me

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    1. Thanks for the comment Briana! The doe foot applicator does seem a little unusual; most cuticle gels typically come in a pen with a brush applicator.

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  6. Not sure if I've seen this one before, but that are so many Sally products, I may have just overlooked it.
    Thanks for review, interesting! Something I'll consider....I can't seem to have enough cuticle treat,ente if various formulas and packaging types (pots, pen brushes, bottles with various applicators)....

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    1. Hahah! I totally agree! I feel like there can never be enough cuticle treatments in the house (or in my purse, etc.) Thanks Arathael :)

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