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As I'm rather rubbish at keeping my nails healthy and beautifully manicured, and in desperate need of a fix I had to buy this when Avon brought it out and as I was a representative at the time I got to try it a little earlier. It is a strengthener which is supposed to strengthen nails and smooth ridges. It can be brought from Avon representatives, or online and at full price is £5, although currently it is half price.
It comes in a nail varnish style bottle, with screw top lid and brush applicator. The product itself is clear with very small fine gold flecks. In the bottle it looks almost gold but it much more subtle once applied. To apply you simply paint on your nail in exactly the same way as standard nail varnish- it gives a glossy sheen with a very slight and subtle gold shimmer. It makes nails look very pretty and is very easy to apply and dries quickly - in around 3-4 minutes.
I found that it did help to strengthen my nails and made them look very smooth and healthy. It also gives a lovely finish making nails look really pretty and natural. I found that it lasted 4-5 days on my nails before beginning to chip.
I have also tried using it as a top coat and with the subtle shimmer it looks really pretty and helped my nail varnish to last longer.
I love this and when I do make more effort with my nails this is always something that I reach for.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
== Avon Nail Experts Gold Strength ==
Available from your local representative or online this 12 ml nail varnish will cost £5 , but is often on offer.
Avon describe this as a strengthener that helps make nails feel stronger and helps to hide nail ridges, making nails look smoother. Enriched with real gold for a natural looking glow.
== The Varnish ==
The varnish comes boxed and the bottle is made from glass . The colour is more of a wishy washy yellow than gold , and looks like a yellow/clear varnish with tiny flecks of glitter . The only instructions are to apply to clean dry nails .
Applying couldn't be easier , the brush is a nice size and goes on smoothly , and because of the colour no worrying about going over the nail edges. I let the 1st coat dry , it doesn't take too long , then apply a 2nd coat . The second coat helps the varnish to feel smoother on the nail , as after the 1st coat the nail is a little rough, i suspect from the tiny glitter bits.
Once both coats are dry it just looks like a normal clear varnish , there is no sign of the glitter as such , except the nails looks a bit shinier in certain lights.
I found 2 coats lasted 24 hours before the ends started to chip , and by the end of 48 hours they would need doing again .
== So Does It Work ==
Erm no not really , I bought this because even though my nails do grow quite long , they all get to a nice length , then start breaking . I thought this would give them some strength , but i didn't notice any different at all when wearing this and I use it religiously for 4 weeks .Whilst wearing it , nails still broke and after wearing it I actually think my nails became weaker than before.
It's doesn't give any more strength to the nail than an ordinary coat of varnish .
3 out of 5.
I was terrible nail biter for many years and when i finally broke the habit i tried many nail strength products as i think the years of biting has made them weak. I have tried really expensive to really cheap and this middle range price product is the best.
I find that when i use this my nails feel harder instantly I'm not sure if its the gold in it but i can feel the difference from just wearing nail polish or using this as a base coat. It lasts longer then others i have used and doesn't chip or peel easily.
The only downside i can think of with this product is when you use as a base coat underneath a colour it can make it not smooth because of the gold flecks. What i do is use the strengthener then apply a clear on top then my colour.
It doesn't need many coats usually i just use one or two which is enough for it to work, when i dont use this product i do find that my nails to break easily.
I use a lot of avon nail products including the nail brittleness solver and a vitimin based one i use them in turn and find my nails are nice and strong.
Would recommend to anyone and with such a low price you cant go wrong.
== The Product==
I received this as a gift but have since found out that it retails at £5.00 from Avon plus you can get it from Amazon too and other online retailers. This is for a 12ml bottle.
Apparently the gen on this is that it actually contains gold flakes - yes 24karat gold flakes ! Wow and just for a fiver - got to be worth it for that alone!
So having previously worn acrylic nails, my nails were in a bit of state having had them on for a while. The condition of my nails were akin to a used out cardboard emery board; weak, poor condition, dull and but slightly rough over the edges! I needed to do something with them to bring them back up to strength. This is where this came in.
I probably would not have bought this myself however as it came as a present and my nails were in such a shocking state I would thought I would give it a try.
I was surprised when I took off the lid as the consistency was just like a nail polish - a clear nail polish with pretty small (for that read very tiny/ miniscule) gold particles in it. It also smelt just like nail polish. I was expecting it to be a watery substance that would soak into the nail bed. However, it just like a nail varnish.
So I painted it on and it dried within a couple of minutes; basically giving all my nails a clear look (the gold flecks are not discernible on my nails). The varnish has worn well when I have used it too. No chipping on it and it certainly makes my nails look a whole lot more conditioned. Just by applying one coat.
==After Effects and Conclusion==
I have to say I am impressed with this product. Having used it for a few weeks now my nails really are stronger, the polish is strong, stays on well, it does not feel cheap when applying it or too thick that it takes ages to dry and then chips off really easily. In addition to this, I have found that it really has conditioned my nails, makes my nails look shiny and neat (not dry and cracked). The gold in it really just gives the nails a very, very slightly golden clear hue.
Prior to using this my nails were peeling and cracking really badly after the acrylics came off but just a few uses of this and this has stopped that in it's tracks!
For such a great price I think this product would be very hard to beat on price and quality. I am highly impressed with this item. I will now use it regularly especially under other coloured polishes almost as a base coat as I feel it would allow me the knowledge of knowing my nails will be protected by discolouration from highly pigmented polishes and conditioning my nails at the same time.
Moreover, I find that quite a few other varnishes seem to dry out my cuticles really badly, this however has no diverse effect like that. What ever is in this product really works for me.
A super duper gold standard product - worthy of its name.
*****5 stars on price and quality.
From the ages of 18-20 I went through a consistent phase of only wearing acrylic fake nails. Hey, what can I say I was young, child-free and had nothing better to do with my money lol. I then had them sporadically since but using them for a long duration made my nails really brittle and weak and although I don't bite them I wanted a remedy that would help my nails get better!
The nail polish comes in a glass square bottle that is transparent with a white handle which when unscrewed the brush is attached. The polish says nothing except 24k carat polish which I can only assume is referring to the quantity of gold or something? This I just don't understand. As a selling point, the strengthener is advertised to "help make nails feel stronger and helps to hide nail ridges, making nails look smoother". Hmmph!
It is a 12ml quantity so is a bit bigger than my other nail polishes but at £5 it seems over the top but I thought it would be worth it. The polish itself is more of a thin, clear polish with hints of glitter inside it which make it look to me more dark yellow than gold and glam (like in the brochure and the picture above) but really it looks nicer than it actually is in terms of performance!
It's easy to apply but one thing I notice is that it is a lot runnier than I expected. Being a purported "nail strengthener" I expected it to be quite a thick and strong nail hardener but it felt more like a cheap 99p clear polish more than anything. I applied like 3 coats just to try and make it seem worthwhile but this did not suffice. Less than 24 hours later and this had started to chip off, particularly round the tips where I sit typing for rather a long time. Great! It looks decent when on the nails, my nails are reasonably shiny but really that's about it. It certainly did not make my nails any stronger in the slightest and it doesn't even last long enough to make a difference anyway. I bought this absolutely ages ago and did give it numerous goes and opportunity in the hope I was being pessimistic but I really can only say one word - AVOID.
Overall this is a big disappointment and I think Avon have a cheek to be selling it for five quid! My advice is get Sally Hansen or something, because this doesn't work at all for me!
Avon Gold Strength is a nail treatment that supposedly helps to make nails feel stronger and appear more even with a natural looking glow. It even contains real gold. Well, I'm afraid even that's not enough to convince me of the value of this product.
Firstly, it only makes nails 'feel' stronger. When selecting a nail treatment I want my nails to actually be stronger not just feel stronger! As for the natural looking glow, I can't even agree on that. The result this product gives is kind of a speckled gold type scenario - since when was that natural? The speckled look just doesn't look natural - a bit like putting false tan on after a hot shower when your pores are still open - leopard print anyone? The application is easy enough and it dries within a few minutes but it doesn't feel all that smooth when dry.
If it's a natural look you're after, I would suggest a good buff and polish with a good manicurist is all you need for a super and truly natural shine. Failing that there are many other products on the market that look better than this and offer a whole heap more benefits to boot.
The only real use I can see for this product is over a colour polish to give a slightly sparkly effect but again, there are much better products for this.
Avon Gold Strength retails at £5, although is regularly available at half price suggesting the real gold content must be exceptionally minimal given it's current value. Available from your local Avon rep or online at www.avonshop.co.uk - but seriously, save your money!
My nails have always been horribly weak and never seem to grow very long before they start breaking and chipping at the ends. So when I saw this advertised in the Avon brochure for the first time I decided to get it.
This is only £5 which isn't a bad price at all. I was very impressed when I read in the brochure that this has got real gold extracts in it. This really made me want to buy it because I love all things glittery, so I suppose I expected this nail polish to come out very glittery.
This doesn't look glittery on the nails but it does give them a nice shimmer in the sun which I really like. The gold in this doesn't show up too much and I think it just makes my nails look really healthy. Don't get me wrong though, as this is definitely a good thing. I really like this nail polish and use it all the time.
It has seemed to make my nails a little bit stronger than usual, but only when I am wearing it. After I take this off my nails seem to go back to their normal state of weakness.
I would recommend this as I think its worth a try as I have heard so many different opinions about this - mostly that people love it, though.
Look out for it being on offer as I've seen this reduced quite a lot.
I have quite long but very weak nails and i am always on the lookout for new strenghteners to prevent them from breaking, the write up in the Avon catalogue for this sounded just what i needed, when i recieved my 'gold strength' i put it on my nails and found it to be nothing too spectacular, just a thin clear nail polish with a slight, almost unnoticeable, dusting of gold. i applied more each day over the space of 10 days or so thinking it might make a difference over time and nothing!My nails were still as weak as ever and the smell of the 'gold strength' was so strong it made me feel slightly sick at times.
I would not recommend this as a stregthener to anyone, it was certainly not worth the cost of £6. DO NOT BUY!!!!
on the posotive side, I have since found a different product which is making a difference.... Avon's Peeling and Brittleness solver is much better! I have only applied this 3 times in the last 10 days and there is a definate difference in my nail density.
Because I stopped biting my nails my mum brought me some nail stuff to help me look after them. One of the things she brought me was this Gold Strength stuff from Avon cos she got it as part of a special offer and thought I would like it being gold.
You paint it on just like nail varnish and it is supposed to make your nails stronger.
I don't think it is much good cos it doesn't seem to do anything. It doesn't even look like clear nail varnish and you can't really tell that I have put anything on my nails apart from a bit of a shine but that only lasts for a hour after I've used it.
It was funny cos about 10 minutes after putting this on I managed to break one of my nails on my zip so I don't think it does make them any stronger. I don't like the smell either because its a bit musty and doesn't smell nice like nail varnish.
It says there is real gold in it but I don't think there would be much and I think Avon have just put a couple of shavings in so that they can make this claim. WOuld gold help my nails anyway?
This costs £5 and this is a lot for something like this especialy as it doens't seem to work very well. It didn't make my nails strong and didn't even improve the appearance of them so it was a waste of money.
I have always suffered with extremley weak nails. They constantly bend back and split. I have been told by many people this is due to my diet but even when eating well and taking supplements by nails never seem to strengthen.
I saw this product advertised in Avon and it claims to strengthen and help make nails feel stronger and helps to hide nail ridges, making nails look smoother. It is enriched with real gold for a natural looking glow.
It was quite expensive retailing at £5 for a 12ml product but I managed to get it during an offer where I received two products for £5 so working out at £2.50 I thought it was worth a chance.
The bottle is clear and comes with a white screw top lid which has a standard nail varnish brush on a wand. The liquid itself is quite runny and appears runnier than a normal nail varnish. It is a pretty shimmery golden colour and you can see the little flecks of gold.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to work out how to use this product but the instuctions you received with the produce were all in foreign. There were about 10 different languages on the instructions but not one in English.
I started using this product around a week ago. I have used it once a day since and I can visably see that my nails are stronger. The varnish leaves a nice clear shiny look to your nails and the little gold flecks catch the light.
I have read another review of this product on here and they said the varnish soon came off their nails. I haven't found this at all. It hasn't chipped once so far and I have a small child and puppy so my hands are regularly in water.
The varnish does have a slight smell to it as you get with most nail varnish products but it soon wears off and it unnoticeable on your hands.
I would thoroughly recommend this product as it has worked for me and I intend to keep using it. I do however, think at £5 it is too expensive so keep a look out for when it is on offer which with Avon will be sooner rather than later.
The new Avon Nail Experts Gold Strength costs £5 from Avon or you can presently order it for free if you are purchasing one of a selection of other nail products. See the brochure or website for more details.
I do think it is really a very good job that it is available for free at the moment as I would have been very disappointed if I was a customer who had paid £5 for this product.
To begin with I was very sceptical about this product because gold is actually a very weak metal. It is quite easily bent, twisted and moulded even when it is in a thick, solid form like a ring. Diamond nail products exist because diamond is renowned for being extra tough, I think Avon have just played on this and hoped people will not twig that it is just a promotional tool.
Applying the product is simple as this is a thin liquid that glides on easily. It dries in a few minutes which is important and it is almost, but not quite, see-through when dry. It chipped quite quickly unfortunately and was rather quick to peel off when exposed to water while I was washing up as well.
I did not notice any improvement to the condition of my nails after five days of continued use, and I did not feel that this made my nails any harder or stronger than usual as the product claims to do. For a freebie this is fine as a base coat to protect your nails while you are wearing nail colour, but if you are looking for a strengthening product then you had better look elsewhere.
In short, I think this is a gimmick that is best avoided.
Helps make nails feel stronger and appear more even