Product Type: Boots makeup
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my nails are So Strong!
Boots No7 So Strong Nail Care
Member Name: klakierek
Boots No7 So Strong Nail Care
Advantages: works quite well
Disadvantages: peels off, lack of instructions, smell
As a result of biting my nails over the years, they have become brittle, weak and splitting; there are white stains on my nails appearing every here and there (which, as I was told, is a sign of being vitamin A deprived), they break very easily and they are very uneven. I therefore seem to be working my way round most of the nail hardeners and conditioners in Boots and my voucher encouraged me to pick No7 So Strong Nail Care this time.
This nail hardener comes in a bottle that looks exactly the same like any of the nail varnishes. The bottom part is a transparent glass container with golden letters on the front with the product name whereas the black lid is made of plastic and has a brush attached to it. What I found really disappointing is that there is no information about how to use the hardener and I had to rely on my gut feeling. The bottle is firm and the lid fairly easy to twist.
The scent is quite strong and not very pleasant - as for me, this nail hardener smells like nail varnish remover! I am glad that it disappears off very quickly but I still apply it with my window open.
As mentioned above, the lack of clear instructions forced me to rely on my gut feeling which told me to apply it as a nail varnish. As the product is extremely runny (very water-like) and the brush is reasonably soft and just the right size, it was very easy to spread it on my nails. I wasn't entirely sure whether the cosmetic will be absorbed into my nails or will dry as a nail varnish but within a couple of minutes I learnt that the latter was true. The conditioner dried surprisingly quickly and gave my nails a lovely shine which I really liked. Surprisingly, the hardener started to literally peel off my nails within a day or two. Unfortunately, I cannot completely escape household chores such as dish washing which I think may have contributed to the short life of the conditioner on my nails but I have never had a problem with any of the previous nail varnishes or hardeners. As I like my nails to look perfect, I had to remove the nail hardener from my nails every other day and re-apply it.
I persevered in that and after a month I noticed an improvement in the condition of my nails. I could no longer see any white dots on my nails, there were no split ends and my nails no longer break so easily. They have definitely become harder. Even though some of my nails are still not very even, I can see a slight improvement there as well. After I stopped using it, the condition of my nails remained the same which I was really pleased with. I am planning to continue using the product as I like the shine it gave my nails and I would like to improve their condition further.
The standard price for the No7 So Strong Nail Care is £7.00 for 10ml and I am not entirely convinced it is worth the price taking into account that I need to re-apply it very often. The lack of instructions doesn't really help but overall I think it worked and I didn't use very much of it - a little really does go a long way in this case.
Thank you for reading my review.
Summary: reasonable nail hardener