There are plenty of qualifiers that go into finding a great nail polish: how streaky it is, how fast it dries, how long it lasts, and that’s just the formula. Add in trying to narrow down a color, and the decision-making level of difficulty goes from “what should I eat for dinner?” (hard) to “Gossip Girl or Gilmore Girls?” (impossible). Will you have the chance to change the shade in a few days? Doesn’t matter! The struggle is always so very real.
Here’s when leaving the choice to the people makes it easy: best-sellers. If thousands of folks swear by it, you know you’re in good hands. And Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Terra Coppa, the most Instagram-worthy rose gold, checks all the boxes. It’s long-lasting, universally flattering, and did we mention rose gold? In fact, it’s so popular our friends at Sally Hansen tell us one bottle of this drugstore beauty is sold every two minutes. To put that in perspective: If you laid out all the Terra Coppa bottles sold in a year, it would cover 183 football fields. That’s…not a little.
But seeing is believing, so armed with this knowledge, we recruited three Glamour staffers—all with different skin tones—to put the $8 color to the test, along with the brand’s famed gel-like topcoat. Read on for their honest opinions, and don’t blame us if you just so happen to make an extra trip to the drugstore this weekend. We feel pretty certain in saying you won’t be mad at it.
Who tried it: Maggie Burch, web producer
What she thought: “I was surprised how much I liked this polish shade! It went on very glittery, which isn’t really my style, but dried to a more subtle shimmery finish. The color was basically a nude on my skin, so even though it still sparkled, it wasn’t flashy.”
How it held up: “The polish has held up pretty well! The only caveat: As my nails have grown out over the past week and the more white of my nail is exposed, the polish is looking thinner on the tips of my nails. It might need more coats for longer nails to appear fully covered.”
Would she wear it again? “It isn’t a color I’d wear all the time, but would definitely be a fun way to mix it up.”
Who tried it: Amber Rambharose, beauty editor
What she thought: “At first, this polish gave me major Scary Spice vibes: The first coat read more glitter than metallic, albeit in lovely warm earth tones that shifted subtly in the light. I haven’t worn intense glitter polish since high school, so I was pleasantly delighted when the surface of the polish softened down from an in-your-face sparkle to a warm glow as it dried. It layered on nicely and, even with multiple layers of polish, dried down to a glitter-free true metallic. From my vantage point (attached to my arms), I think the color blended almost too well with my skin tone, but I got a lot of compliments, and the polish does shift subtly, depending on the light.”
How it held up: “Surprisingly, it stayed chip-free for a week—much longer than some more expensive brands I’ve worn.”
Would she wear it again? “I love that it changes in the light, and I would wear it for an event where I’d have to forgo a bright primary polish: a wedding or a work trip, for example. It really goes with everything, and the fact that it keeps its glow going for so long is impressive.”
Who tried it: Khaliha Hawkins, digital administrative assistant
What she thought: “The shade looked really glittery in the bottle but was much less disco on my hands. It applied so nicely, too, and looked great on my skin tone, which wasn’t a surprise. Rose gold is forever a win.”
How it held up: “The nail polish held up for a week—great by my standards!”
Would she wear it again? “I’d definitely wear it again. It surprised me how easy it was to apply since it looked like it had chunks of glitter in it, and we all know how hard it is to apply glitter nail polish.”
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Terra Coppa, $8, amazon.com
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