Product Type: Miss Sporty in Beauty
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Miss Sporty Nail Care Hardener
Member Name: ladybracknell
Miss Sporty Nail Care Hardener
Advantages: It's cheap and effective
Disadvantages: It only comes in a small bottle
I'm not sure whether it's to do with my age or from constantly painting my nails but from time to time some of my nails, especially at the tips, tend to become weakened and the top layer flakes off. I've tried numerous nail hardeners in my time but most of them only go some way to correcting the problem. Whilst surfing the Fragrance Direct website recently, I spotted this Miss Sporty Nail Hardener and as it was at such a low price, decided it was worth a go.
Price and availability:
Miss Sporty products are sold in most high street chemists such as Boots and Superdrug and the current retail price is £3.99, although it's frequently sold much more cheaply than this. I bought this product from Fragrance Direct for 99p and even allowing for the £1.95 delivery charge, it's still a bargain.
If I'm honest, I wasn't expecting great things of this product. It was so ridiculously cheap that I doubted it would do anything but I was very agreeably surprised.
Miss Sporty are known for selling very basic products and that goes for the packaging, too, and this nail hardener was no different. The 7ml bottle come is a clear round bottle with a squared off bottom and a pink plastic top. The pink is the colour of old national health glasses as worn by the Milky Bar Kid so it's not exactly beautiful to look at. There is absolutely nothing written on the bottle and the top carries a clear sticker with the product information. This told me that Miss Sporty is made by Coty, which was reassuring. At least that was a reputable name. The bottle is recyclable and the contents are good for 24 months. The contents of the bottle are a pale, indeterminate shade of pink, similar in colour to the base coat for French manicures.
This is a small bottle and the brush which is integrated into the cap is equally short but adequate to apply to nail hardener and, of course, as this is the same colour as a finger nail, there isn't any necessity to have a specially designed brush for precision application. Just slap it on!
The consistency of the product is exactly the same as nail varnish and it smells the same, perhaps slightly stronger but this soon dissipates as the product dries . Once applied, it dries very quickly to leave a low level shine which gives the impression of a well-buffed and healthy nail. I've been applying this product as a base coat after which I've applied a couple of coats of my coloured nail varnish and then finished off with another coat of Miss Sporty Nail Hardener in place of a top coat.
The end result has been remarkable. My nails are now so hard it's practically impossible to bend them without exerting a great deal of force. I don't wear my nails incredibly long and they only just show over the tips of my fingers so I can't guarantee that this would be as effective on very long nails. I admit, I've been taking more care of my hands, too, by wearing rubber gloves to do the washing up (at least when I remember) and I've been applying nail cream but even so, I'm convinced this product has been responsible for the greatly improved condition of my nails as well as their strength.
It hasn't been totally effective, however, as I still have one nail which isn't responding to the treatment quite as well as the others, though even that nail has improved from its original condition.
I won't say this is the best nail hardening product on the market because some of the more expensive treatments such as those manufactured by Mavala or Sally Hansen are better than this but for a quick fix for nails which are only in need of slight improvement, this is a good, economic way of dealing with the problem.
Summary: A very cheap and effective nail hardener