Product Type: Alessandro makeup
Newest Review: ... really disappointed with it. No indication is given on either the bottle or the Alessandro website of how long the results should take ... more
Healthier looking nails
Alessandro Pro White Nail Varnish
Member Name: pink_glitter
Alessandro Pro White Nail Varnish
Advantages: reasonably priced, does work to some extent
Disadvantages: Limited availability, difference is quite subtle, polish flakes off
When I opened a beauty box a few months ago to find a bottle of Alessandro Pro White nail varnish I was thrilled. I was first made aware of this product around five years ago when looking for something that would make my nails look naturally whiter, but it has limited availability in the UK so I struggled to get hold of it. I'd forgotten all about it, but instantly recognised the bottle when I saw it and was really pleased to finally get the chance to try it out.
This product is designed to make the nails look naturally healthy and the tips white. I wanted this because I often think my nails take on a bit of a yellow tinge (I'm not a smoker, so I don't know why this is) and I wanted a product that would brighten my nails without looking like I was wearing nail varnish.
The polish comes in a small square bottle and has a black screw top lid. The packaging is all very basic and does look rather cheap up close, but I was more interested in how well it would perform, so this didn't bother me too much.
This product can be used on either natural or artificial nails, however I only ever use it on natural nails. It is used like any other polish and simply brushed onto the nails. The polish is clear and a nice consistency - neither thick nor runny. It looks very shiny when it is first applied, but once dry the shine is not so intense.
When I first tried this I felt really disappointed with it. No indication is given on either the bottle or the Alessandro website of how long the results should take to show themselves, but I did expect instant results and didn't feel I had gotten them. As far as I could tell there was no difference to the way my nails looked. I have changed my mind on this though after a recent application. I had applied the polish to one hand and become distracted by the phone ringing. I finally sat back down half an hour later to do the other hand and I could see a noticeable difference to the nails on each hand. On the hand where I had applied the polish, my nails looked brighter and the tips whiter. It wasn't a huge change and I think I probably only noticed it because I happened to be looking for it, but there was a difference there, which I was really pleased with.
On a more negative note, I have found that the polish flakes off quite easily so has to be re-applied every couple of days. Thankfully with the polish being clear it is not hugely noticeable, but I can feel rough patches on my nails where it has come off.
I mentioned that I had a problem tracking this down a few years back and it seems it is still not widely available in the UK. The only place I have been able to find it for sale is eBay where this can be picked up for £3.99.
Overall, I am quite pleased with this, now I have realised that it does actually work! It's a shame that the impact is so subtle, but anything is better than nothing in my opinion. The flaking issue is another annoyance, so I don't think this is the best product on the market - and when I run out I may look to see if there are any alternatives out there - but for £3.99 I would happily repurchase it if I can't find anything similar.
Summary: Not a miracle product, but it does work to some extent