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*** What made me purchase the product? ***
I have always had trouble growing my nails, even when I put products on them to stop me biting them, i just tore them off. I have tried many different polishes and potions, none of which have had the desired effect. I saw the product on sale in the Avon brochure and thought it was worth a try.
*** What to expect? ***
When I purchased this item, it was on sale for £1.50 however I believe the price range is somewhere between £3-£5. For the price you will recieve a 5ml clear glass bottle full of the pink coloured 'grow potion.' It's an appealing product to look at and when you unscrew the top;attached is an easy applicator. (almost like a lipgloss applicator.) The bottle comes packaged in the usual black box packaging that avon uses and although there are instructions on the box, there is a leaflet inside explaining everything you need to know about the product.
*** First use ***
I was quite intreigued to find out what the products results would be, so as soon as my order arrived I immediately opened it. After reading the straight forward instructions, I twisted the lid open and used the applicator to 'massage into cuticles and nails.' To be honest, I didnt take off any excess by tapping against the side (although it doesnt say to do this) and I had way to much on the brush and as the potion is quite runny, I did find it quite messy. I used the applicator and applied it to the rest of my fingers and just let it sit for a while and it did eventually soak in. after about ten minutes, my nails looked moisturised but felt sticky and wet.
*** Second use***
Now it does say in the instructions to you need to use the potion for 5 days before you see the results, so on my second day of using it I decided to try a different approach. I dipped the applicator into the potion and scraped off the excess into the bottle. I applied it using the applicator and used the tip of my finger to massage it into my cuticle and nail. After massaging the potion in for a few seconds it soaked really well into my cuticle and left my nail looking shiny and healthier. I had still not seen any results of growth increase, but it does say to wait 5 days!
*** Day five ***
After using the potion for 5 days straight, my cuticles look softer and my nails shinier. However, it has not done what it says on the bottle. I have seen no growth at all in my nails and I must say I am quite disappointed, it looked pretty promising. If this product was brought with the intention of making my nails healthier, I would review this as a 5*, however for what it says it does, I'm going to rate this a 2.
*** two weeks later ***
I continued to use the product and I have seen a little growth in my nails, although I am sure that after two weeks of not biting my nails, they would have grown this much without the potion anyway.
*** End result ***
As a remedy for short nails, I would not recommend this product. Although it did leave my nails looking healthy, there are cheaper products availible on the market that do that exact thing. There are loads of different products availible to help with the growth of nails, however my beautician has explained the following:
Massaging your nails every morning and every night will help stimulate the growth, without the use of any product. File your nails regularly and try not to pick them. If you have a broken nail, file it down, don't bite it because you will take it shorter than it needs to go. Applying nail polish (even a clear coat) does usually deter nail biting, because it makes your nails look nicer and you're less likely to want to destroy them.
This grow potion is from Avon and cost me £3. I thought this was a reasonable price to pay as my nails were thin, brittle, and as I have a bad habit of tearing the ends, very short. I wanted long, strong and healthy looking nails. Read on to find out if this worked to give me some . . .
I've used nail polishes from Avon many times before and am always pleased with the quality. They normally look good and last a good few days without chipping. I am also a fan of some of their other nail accessories including the cuticle balm. So as you can imagine I expected to be just as keen on this product.
When the product arrived it was packaged in a small, thin black card box. It is the same height as the nail polishes from Avon but it is slightly thinner.
It isn't as bright a pink as it looks in the picture so maybe that is down to some lighting tricks on Avon's part?
The "potion" paints on very smoothly and evenly thanks to the soft brush attached to the bottom of the lid. It is a screw on lid, which is white, unlike the rest of the bottle which is see through.
I used this grow potion day in, day out for about two weeks, hoping to get long, healthy nails as I described at the beginning of this review. Unfortunately one week passed by and I hadn't noticed any difference.
I gave it another week, using the product religiously. Finally after 10 days I noticed a shine - a very small shine I might add - on my nails. But I expected so much more than this to happen. So I think it would be fair to say I am slightly disappointed with this product. It just didn't live up to my expectations.
I have always bitten my nails; it's not a very nice habit, and one that I've tried to quit many times.
I've tried a few things over the years, although find that it takes that long to see the results that I get bored of trying and give up! After seeing Grow Potion on sale in the Avon catalogue, i thought 'd have one last go at growing my nails.
Grow Potion costs £2-5 (Avon always has offers on so the price varies between catalogues), I think I paid £2.50. For this, you will receive 5 ml of product in a small clear pot with in-built applicator brush. The brush is the same type that you find in lip glosses.
The product itself is a bright pink gel. It has the same consistency as lip gloss and smoothes over the nail easily. You should apply every day, and should see stronger and smoother nails after five days (based on a consumer study of 32 women).
The gel 'sinks in' quickly, I would say in around 3-4 minutes, and dries clear. Once dry, your nails look a little brighter but there is no film, or coating of any kind.
I have used this on and off for a while now; at first I used it almost every day for three weeks, I now use it every now and again, when I remember! I no longer consider using it a priority as I failed to notice any results the first time around.
My nails seemed slightly healthier looking, something I've found with quite a few other products, but there was no obvious increase in growth. As growth is the main objective of this product, it is just another failure.
I understand that nails don't grow very fast; and that it is not an instant cure, but there should have been a difference, however slight, by then. I could see no difference to whatsoever; I therefore cannot recommend 'Grow potion' for growth. If you simply want your nails to look a little healthier, then it may be worth a shot.
I will award Avon Grow Potion 2 stars as it does do something... just not what it's supposed to!
I brought this product after trying numerous products to aid me with growing my nails. I have a confession to make ... I do bite my nails all the time and have never found anything that has actually stopped me doing this and helped them grow, I usually just end up becoming immune to the vile tastes and giving up so figured I'd try this as I often buy products from Avon and find them good value for money. I applied this to my nails with no problems and the style of brush is actually quite practical but that would be about the only good thing in my opinion. The actual potion isn't very nice and found it was more like a clear nail varnish, it didn't actually feel any different on my nails and certainly didn't help them grow or feel any stronger and before long was biting my nails again.
I personally don't think this product is as good as it is made out to be and certainly wouldn't recommend it to my friends I'm afraid.
My nails were always weak and useless, breaking off easily and peeling off layer by layer all of the time. I was sick of my own nails and had acrylics done every month to cover them up and have beautiful looking nails. My cousin then began being an Avon Representative. I had a flick through the catalogue as you do, and stumbled across the 'Nail Experts Grow Potion' on offer for £3 instead of the normal price of £5.
I bought some thinking, well it probably won't work, and if it doesn't work it's only £3 down the drain, and I can go back to my acrylics again. I was wrong completely! Within a week or two, my nail strength improved quite a bit. So I kept applying a coat every day to make sure they stayed that way!
The grow potion comes in a small see through glass bottle with a white lid. The liquid is pink, and you can see how much of it you have left due to the transparent bottle. The sponge tip applicator is a lot easier to use than a normal nail polish brush and makes it easier to spread it around your nail and cuticles, although it would be helpful if the sponge applicator could reach the bottom of the bottle to get out every last bit!
The normal price for a small 5ml bottle is around £5, but sometimes can be found on offer. It can be bought from any Avon Representative, online the Avon website or on Amazon.
The small 5ml bottle is handy for carrying around with you, but doesn't take long to use up so you find yourself buying a few when the next sale is on!
To keep your nails strong, you need to be applying 'Nail Experts Grow Potion' everyday to your nails and cuticles for it to work it's magic.
I've been using it everyday for just over a month now. My nails are noticeably longer and don't crack as easily or peel, and I am very happy that I found this product!