“ Brand: Avon / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Coat / Suitable for: Nails / What it does: Protects „
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I'll admit it, I'm an ex-nail biter. I went through all of the stages and methods trying to quit the habit longing to find a cheap and easy solution. This Nail Experts product has been in the Avon catalogue for a few years now and I bought it not long after it originally came out for a special introductionary price of £2. The purpose it to harden your nails and stop them from being so brittle that they eventually break before reaching the length you want. I thought that it might be harder to bite my nails if they had some extra strength (sensitive teeth).
The bottle is easy enough to open, but the smooth plastic often makes it hard to get a firm grip. I found that when applying the product the brush spread the varnish easily, however it is on the small side so I had to use multiple strokes on each nail to get full coverage. All that aside the design is pretty average and performs to a reasonable standard.
The polish itself drys within a couple minutes which is great if you plan to put a coat of colour on top, the polish also dries as smooth at the plastic lid is, meaning that if you are planning on double coating it the second coat will go on like a dream and usually creates the smoothness you see in all of the example pictures in the Avon brochure. When i apply just the clear strengthening coat alone I find that after about 3 days it starts to chip and after about 7 its practically come off. I do wish it would last a bit longer, but from my experience it seems not many varnishes do last much longer than this one, so again it's pretty average.
The 'strength' claim, I don't agree with so much. I used this product for about a month so I could see the improvments, but truth be told there really wasn't much difference. This product works as a fab under and top coat and I use it all the time now I've managed to grow my nails out (In the end the only thing that stopped me was whe I got braces!) and th bottle tends to last me up to half a year, which is great value for money seeing as I use two layers of it everytime I paint my nails, which is quite often.
Don't buy this to strengthen your nails, you will be disappointed. Buy it for an under and top coat and you'll be thrilled!
Avon do some wonderful products but they also have some right rubbish in their catalogues and that is where the Avon nail experts tough enough top and base coat falls at least in my experience.
It is designed to be used as both a base and as a top coat to strengthen polish and help stop it from chipping.
It is such a pain to apply as it is so runny that it is difficult to actually paint it on my nails without it overlapping and going on my skin and cuticles and looking messy. It goes on clear and dries relatively quickly but I didn't particularly like the way it looked on my nails.
As it was a base coat the fact that I didn't like how it looked didn't really matter as it is all about how the polish looks on top of it. Firstly for some reason even though this is shiny and you would think that this would mean that polish would be easier to apply I found that it was actually more difficult and it was hard for me to get my polish to go on smoothly without looking a little lumpy each time I tried it out.
This also absolutely stinks. All nail polish is strong smelling but this is so bad that I actually had to sit near an open window while I was using it as the smell was so strong.
I tried using this as a base coat a few times but could never really get to grips with it so I pretty quickly stopped using it for that and instead just used it as a top coat. As a top coat it did make my polish look shinier but it did absolutely nothing to strengthen them and stop them from chipping.
I got this ages ago and I recently found it in some make-up bag with used products that I had forgotten about and tried it again to see if it was any better than I remembered but unfortunately I still thought it was pretty rubbish.
You should save yourself the money and go for a different product as a top and a base coat as there are loads available and they don't cost much and are much better than this one.
I have been using Avon's nail care products for a couple of years now. I tend to purchase them when they are on offer in the Avon brochures, just to try out. This 'tough enough' top and base coat by nail experts was my personal favourite from the range, and a product I still continue to use since I first ever tried it.
I must add that in the time I have been using it Avon did discontinue this exact product and now do a bottle called 'Strong results' which I have tried and found it to be exactly the same as 'tough enough'. Therefore I'm guessing that they just changed the name but it is still the same product that does the exact same job.
I do not use this as a base and top coat on my normal nail varnish. I mostly wear it by itself and it does infact strengthen my nails, and makes them shiny, an added bonus!
As I work in a cafe I am not allowed to wear nail varnish, but I can get away with wearing this. I also use a lot of cleaning chemicals that make my nails weak and easily snappable. I am lucky and have nails that grow very quickly and so the majority of the time they are quite long. Therefore I need a product like this one to protect them. I have used a Sally Hansen product that was meant to strengthen nails, which costs a few pound more than Avon's, but I have found they both do the job just as well.
It is really easy to apply and as it is clear, you do not need to spend as much time getting the nail varnish on every nail perfectly, as any little messy bits will not really be visible. It dries in about a minute, much quicker than other nail varnishes I use that state on the bottle they will dry in 60 seconds.
I sometimes apply this on top of my coloured nail varnish if I have time, but this is soley to just make them more shiny as I have found the varnish does not protect the base coat from chipping, which it usually does on my nails within a couple of days after applying.
A 12ml bottle costs £5 from the Avon brochure and website. I purchased mine for £2.50 when the nail care range was half price some time ago. It may be worth waiting until it is around this price as Avon's prices change on all their ranges in every brochure. If shopping online, you can get cashback by going through a website such as www.topcashback.com, and if spending over £20 you can get free delivery. Avon's website prices are the same as those you find in the current brochure.
My sister gave me an Avon gift set for Christmas and the tough enough top and base coat was one of the products included. When it comes to doing my nails, I must admit I'm a bit lazy, and although I often apply a top coat, I rarely bother with a base coat as well.
The product comes packaged in a black box, and inside is the bottle, which is just like the one above - a clear glass bottle through which you can see the green-tinted liquid. It's simple but inoffensive looking.
Also in the box you get a small leaflet. I had expected this to be an instruction leaflet - although granted, it's not really the sort of product that needs instructions, but instead it just seemed to be an information leaflet. It tells you in no less than 28 languages that this product will give nails a 'body-building' protective layer, and it is formulated with titanium to create maximum protection.
I painted a layer of this onto my nails as a base coat first. The first thing that struck me about the product, was that it seemed quite runny. It was dripping off the brush, and I had to wipe the excess off against the side of the bottle a couple of times to stop it dripping all over the place.
It went onto my nails smoothly, but the smell of it was a bit overpowering and sickly. Obviously with any sort of nail varnish product you would expect a strong smell, but this seemed incredibly potent and sickly.
It left a shiny look to my nails which although I realise is probably essential for a top coat, seemed a little strange as a base coat. On a more positive note, I found it dried quickly, which was great as I didn't have to wait around before applying my nail varnish.
When it came to applying nail varnish over the top of this, I found that it went on very thick and gloopy. I know there is nothing wrong with the nail varnish itself as I used the same bottle only a few weeks ago, so can only conclude that it was such a pain to apply because of the base coat underneath.
Once I managed to get the polish to look right, I applied this product again, this time as a top coat. Again it went on smoothly and dried quite quickly.
The result was that it gave a much shinier look to my nails without looking too cheap or OTT. I did find that my polish lasted a few days longer than normal too.
A 12ml bottle of this product will cost you £5 from Avon. Realistically, this is probably cheaper than buying two separate products, and not only that but it will save space, so I do think that is good value. You can get it online at www.avonshop.co.uk
Overall, I was quite impressed with this product. In general I'm not usually a fan of 2-in-1 products, but this acted well as both a base and a top coat. The only negatives are that it smells very strong and that you have to take care when applying nail varnish over the base coat as it can go on a bit more thickly than usual, but overall a good product that I would use again.
Use under nail enamel for a perfect base and to help prevent colour bleed or use as a top coat to add shine and help give nails extra protection /