“ Brand: Nails Inc. / Type: Nail Coat / Suitable for: Nails „
After having my acrylic nails removed I found that my nails were very soft and brittle, and very prone to peeling and snapping. No matter how short I kept my nails the actual peeling didn't seem to grow out as my actual nail grew. As a result, my nails always looked unkept, and any nail varnish I applied would immediately chip where the peeling was most prevelant.
I was extremely tempted to just have my acrylics reapplied, but then I remembered that I purchased this base coat a couple of years ago for £12 after having a manicure in Nails Inc. I purchased this following advice (pressure) from the manicurist (as you can tell I am unable to say no to salespeople!). At the time there was no real need to use the varnish as my nails were in good condition, however I though it would be worth a try.
The varnish is described as being a 'growth treatment,' and contains sea kelp and oyster shell which are supposed to provide nourishment aswell as strengthening the nail. It can be used either on it's own to promote growth and strength, or under a coloured varnish in a the place of a base coat.
The actual treatment itself is a pale green colour and is applied in exactly the same way as a normal varnish. It is contained in a standard round bottle with a silver lid. I am not usually that particular about packaging, however I have to note that the silver on the lid appears to be just a foil, and it has bubbled and scratched on my bottle. Considering I paid £12 for the bottle, I would have expected this to be a bit better quality as it now looks quite tatty.
The main difference between this treatment and a normal varnish is that while a normal varnish takes a little while to dry, this dries instantly. By the time I finish both hands I can apply a colour straight away, whereas my other base coats seem to take a long time to dry. I find this to be a really good feature as I generally haven't got the time to wait for it to dry before applying a colour.
I tend to use this product under coloured nail varnish and I have found it to be a fantastic base coat. It really makes a difference to the way in which the colour is applied, regardless of the brand of the nail varnish. I find that colours are applied more evenly, and they definately last a lot longer than if I use a different brand base coat.
In general, my polishes last about two or three days before chipping. When this happens I remove the varnish and base coat and then reapply the base coat and another colour. I also file my nails gently every two/three days. I have repeated this process over the last month, and during this time the peeling on my nails has completely grown out and they are in much better condition. Additionally, there is not yellowing or discolouration to my nails even though I always wear a colour. In regards to my nails breaking or snapping, I would say that I have noticed no difference as I keep my nails fairly short so there is less risk of them breaking.
I have used this solidly for a month and I still have 3/4 of a bottle left so this should last me for at least a couple of months. After it is used up I will definately repurchase as I have found it to be an excellent nail strengthener as well as a fantastic base coat. Nevertheless it is still what I would consider to be in the 'high end' price range, so it may well have to be a special treat! For this reason I have classed it as a four star product.
In the past I've always used Revlon's Calcium Gel treatment when I wanted gorgeous long strong nails. This is an absolutely amazing product, but I regularly take part in the testing of cosmetic products for a website called cosmeticresearchonline and they sent me Nails Inc.'s new product Kensington Gardens to test.
Nails Inc are primarily a nationwide nail bar. I doubt that everyone reading this has heard of them because the brand is not sold in every chemist and department store. It used to be reserved for bigger department stores and their stand-alone Nails Inc. salons in London but now a small number of their items are sold in selected Boots stores. Their whole range is incredibly cute and expensive looking, in modern packaging and eye-catching colours. It's definitely aimed at the funky 20-30something market - but of course, their treatments work on all nails! Kensington Gardens is the newest addition to their range of nail building treatments which is apparently perfect for me as it's called a 'miracle cure to grow your nails'. With a description that vague I doubt I'd have bought this without a little more explanation from one of the staff. However, I already own their A + E vitamin treatment polish (and a few other things) so I had faith in this range already.
You'll find this treatment in a little turquoise box, and inside is a stout little cylindrical pot - considerably smaller than some varnishes, but about a standard size for a nail treatment, 10ml. The varnish itself is a funny colour! Like a clear greeny colour. The only explanation on the box is that you apply this every day for a week and then once a week after that (presumably removing the old stuff every 7 days), and once nails are strong again you can use it under varnish as a base coat (if you like) for maintenance.
The application is easy to do as the brush is quite short and easy to handle. The varnish glides on and dries in the quickest time I have ever known a varnish to dry. As soon as you've finished both hands, the first hand you did will be touch-dry. I have yet to smudge this through doing things too soon after I've applied it so it's great for people on the go! Immediately after the first application your nails look super glossy (Nails Inc are the glossiest range I've ever used, and I've used most nail ranges) and minor imperfections are disguised in the smooth texture. The first coat offers a slight bit of strengthening protection, which is good. Surprisingly it's easy to apply this varnish on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6; and even though on the 7th day you have 7 coats on, peeling is not a problem as with some other brands that recommend this 7-day application technique. If you look very closely there is a very slight green tinge to your nails but this only appears on the last couple of days and wouldn't be noticeable to others.
After the week's application it was easy to remove the varnish even though there were 7 layers. My nail beneath the varnish was still horrible and peeling in layers; it was very slightly strengthened, but not much. I reapplied the varnish and a couple of my peeling bits shoed through, so I applied another coat and this made my nails look nice and presentable even though they weren't nice underneath.
After two weeks the majority of my nails were looking good. The fact that the peeling/flaking bits were smoothed and hidden in varnish all week helped to stop them from coming off (or me being tempted to peel them off). Since the first day I used this my nails haven't broken like they sometimes do. They feel longer and look neater as they're all an even length, which doesn't often happen for me. I have also noticed that sometimes when I accidentally bend my nails they don't snap, they just bend and then go back to normal! I filed and tidied my nails before the next week's application.
After three weeks I had the same results as week two, with the strength and length increased a little. I also trimmed my nails a bit to keep them from breaking on the ends.
After four weeks my nails looked neat, tidy, longer and stronger again. I found that during the week, if I noticed that a little bit of peeling nail was starting to show, it was best to apply another coat to seal it in and avoid it getting damaged.
After five weeks/a month I could really tell the difference the treatment had made. My nails looked healthy and they were noticeably thicker and stronger. My left hand was near perfect and my right hand had minimal peeling. I thought I might as well use the varnish as they suggested, for maintenance, and it worked well. My nails all grew to a length of 4mm. That might not sound much on paper but it's a great length for nails, and exactly what I wanted, so I was happy!
The only downside to treatments like this is that they can't be continued forever as they can over harden your nails and cause them to break from being too brittle. So, I have managed to keep my nails in quite a nice condition over a period of months but alternating this with a natural nail oil treatment and using plain varnishes.
This is all you really need to know about this product! Personally I don't like the feel of wearing artificial nails and I certainly don't like the cost so at £10 a bottle I would definitely buy this myself because to me it's good value for money as I can keep my nails looking good for a long time by maintaining them with this alternating with nail oil. If you think in a similar way and have weak nails then you will most likely adore this!
Containing 2 key ingredients to stimulate growth in even the hardest to grow nail /