I love OPI products they really are my favourite nail products although I own many I always have OPI NAIL ENVY on hand, I believe it is the best nail strengthener out there.
The Product ....
The strengthener comes in a bottle identical to their polish bottles which is a glass bottle with a long cone style black lid.
The product is a nail strengthener and is used prior to polish or alone to help strengthen the nails. The product is very watery and thin, in the photo its a cloudy but mine is a bit more yellow, I guess its possibly age as its over a year old although I am sure it came this colour.
The product is applied the same as a polish, there is a brush in the lid and you simply open and paint a thin layer onto the nail then allow to air dry. It has a little bit of shine to it once dry but not too much so is really nice on natural nails as well as a base coat. I find it dries in about 2 minutes so nice and fast and dry to the touch in about 60 seconds.
The Cost ....
The cost of this product is high, it is available for around £18-20 which is a lot, however mine tend to last me around 2 years plus of wear before I need to bin them or they are nearly finished so that is only about £9 a year. Thats my way of justifying the spend!
Does it work? ....
Yes, I really do notice a difference when I am not using this, it does strengthen my nails, it also works as a brilliant base coat.
For me the best nail strengthener out there, I have never found one I am as happy with and feel it is beyond worth paying out for even if its something you save and treat yourself too.
I have terrible nails, I was a nervous nail biter for years, but I''''ve decided to start growing my nails out... The problem is, my nails split very easily. A friend recommended this to me, and I had a look at it online and read a few reviews, so it seemed promising! However, £20 was too expensive, so after some online searches, I got it for £10.
=== Previous experience with OPI: ===
I have been using OPI for about a year now, I own a total of 15polishes, including gel, normal and nail aids (e.g Nail-envy and Chip-Skip)
=== The product: Bottle: ===
The product itself comes in the standard OPI rounded-style bottle and is available in 2 sizes - 3.5ml and 15ml. The mini is great for travelling and is especially handy when you chip your polish!
=== The product: brush: ===
The mini bottle: the brush on this is tiny! But it''''s great for my baby fingernails and the edges that I tend to miss when using the standard brush.
The standard bottle: the brush on this is quite big, but gives a nice even spread which is good.
=== The product: colour/consistency: ===
As the bottle is transparent, you can see that the polish is a milky yellow colour, however it dries clear. It is not as thick as other OPI polishes, having a reasonably medium-thick consistency which works well. I found that after a week of use my nails had started to turn slightly yellow. I took the polish off and let my nails ''''breath'''' for a few days and the yellowness faded. Thank goodness!
=== Application: ===
The polis comes with an instruction manual which says to get rid of any old polish before first application then to put 2 coats of the polish on, then reapply every other day. This can go on top of any other polish (bar gel) and it can be used as a base and top coat. However, the instructions don''''t say how long that you should keep doing this. I generally do it for about a week, that''''s 1 base application and then 3 top coat applications before removal, as it’s never too good to have layers upon layers of polish weighing down your nails.
=== How long does it take to dry? ===
This nail polish takes less than 30secs to dry 2 coats, which is great if you''''re in a hurry!
=== I got all of that, but does it work!?! ===
Personally, yes! Despite the yellowish nails occasionally, I have found this product to be incredible, my nails are a lot stronger than they were before, though I have noticed that I need to keep applying it every few weeks otherwise my nails start to split and break again, which can be problematic as a bottle is expensive, however, the large bottle lasted me about 6 months ( and that was with my sister ''''borrowing'''' it too!
Review also on ciao under same username
I have had recently very problematic nails which led me to the purchase of this item from Amazon for what I considered an extortionate price of £9.66 at the time including postage and packaging. Being somewhat of a savvy shopper I wouldn't usually pay this amount out I can tell you on something just for my nails however I had an Amazon voucher to spend thanks to Dooyoo and my nails on my toes really were in an appalling state and I had been looking out and about on the high street to help me with the problems and just couldn't see anything worth buying and trying. I have of course heard of O.P.I although I was wary of making the purchase to be honest as I have had owned a couple of their nail polishes in the past (freebies from magazines!) and not been all that pleased with them but I had read reviews on this product and people were very favourable about it so I took the plunge!
The bottle comes in a white and dark green box with and on the front of it we are clearly told that it is indeed O.P.I Nail Envy Nail Strengthener 'Original Formula, Maximum - Strength' and that the size of my bottle is 15ml and that it is a salon brand then other information stated on the back of the box includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, that from once opened to use it up within 24 months and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The bottle is roundish in shape and clear glass so you can see the white runny liquid through it then in green writing on the front of it we are told what it is and who is by and the size and contact details for the manufacturer are again stated. Within the box there is a leaflet telling and showing us via photographs how to apply the product and so on. Nice, informative packaging this is.
So I feel I better fill you in on why I bought this and saw fit to spend just short of a tenner on myself. Believe me I don't have money to fritter away even though it was a voucher I was using as I have so many other things on my Amazon wish list I want and need but my poor nails really did need some T.L.C!
My toenails were incredibly flaky but the nails themselves under the flake felt really thick and dry. They never grow nicely and the tops, even though I keep them reasonably short split and just lately my toenails on both big toes cracked badly. One crack just seemed to be growing out, the other cracked nail I caught when I was sleeping on my quilt cover and I tore off half of the nail with no nail appearing to be growing underneath. It didn't hurt but my nail looked unsightly, especially the large big toe toenail missing!
To use this is ever so simple indeed. We are advised to apply two coats of the Nail Envy, to clean nails to start with and then to apply it every other day for a week. Its a very runny, whitish coloured liquid that smells like regular nail polish really. Its easy to apply with the long and good quality black brush and it dries in a few minutes giving the nail a glossy, clean and polished look. You can use nail polish over it when you've done the initial process for a week if you want to which doesn't present any problems at all then a week later use a nail polish remover to get rid of all traces of colour and this product and start again. So you can use this as a treatment, a base coat and even as a top coat to give nails gloss and extra strength. It couldn't be simpler to apply, it dries clear and glossy and I like using this just on its own for a really natural, clean look.
What's It Meant To Do?:
Well its formulated with wheat protein and calcium which is meant to help with cracking and splitting issues. Its meant to help strengthen the nails overall and to help with flaking issues and so on.
But Does It?:
Absolutely this is a fantastic product not just for people like me wither severely bad nails but for anyone to use to keep their nails in optimum health. This has made my nails feel and look stronger, the gloss it gives over my broken off toenail blends in the appearance of it, I have no flakes and even the ridges look smoother! I haven't had any more cracks appear, the one crack I had looks rather healed in fact and is stronger and doesn't look like its about to fall off or that I'm about to catch it on anything!
Use it as base coat to keep nails looking smooth and for no stains from your nail polishes, use it as a top coat to get a fab gloss and nails to be protected and for nail polish to even stay looking perfect for longer or use it as a treatment as I do, the choice really is yours of course with this versatile treatment. 15ml for just under a tenner does sound rather a lot of money but it lasts ages in the bottle as its so runny and so little of it goes such a long way. I can't recommend this highly enough and I'm really glad that I took the decision and treated myself to it. I was so worried I was going to end up with no toenails at all and now I have even started to use this on my fingernails as I bite them and this brightens them up and make what I do have look healthier!
Thumbs up for this, it really is a great product and I'm yet to read a bad review about it!
Google if interested for this product and its also available in a matt finish for about the same price!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have used alot of OPI nail lacquers over the year, and because I tend to buy kits, sometimes a bottle of Nail Envy is included.And to be honest, sometimes I've used it and sometimes not. Its never wowed me, because of two reasons:
1. I've never had any issues with my nails
2. I've never used it how described and consistently.
Firstly, OPI Nail Envy is a 15ml bottle nail strengthener. Its formulated to help nails become more stronger, less weak and overall help damaged nails due to containing calcium and hydrolysed wheat protein . Application is simple.Nail Envy paints on exactly the same way as if you were putting on polish. You put on two coats of the product onto the naked nails, and every other day place a coat onto the nails. At this point, it doesnt matter whether you have polsh on or not. After around a week, you remove all the product off your nail with polish remover and start the process again.
Something that OPI have branched out into over the years is bringing out different Nail Envy products, as the original is quite general and would help most nail types, but if you needed something more specific, they wanted to cater for it.Here are the other Nail Envy products:
1.Matt Nail Envy-same as Original but gives a matt finish.Perfect for men and people who can't seem to be wearing product due to work, personal preference etc.
2.Dry & Brittle Nail Envy-contains antioxidant Vitamins E and C so very moisturising and helps with nails that break and split.
3.Sensitive & Peeling Nail Envy-contains aloe vera, antioxidant Vitamin E and Kukui nut oil to soothe sensitive and peeling nails.
4.Soft & Thin Nail Envy-contains sea minerals and extra calcium to give added strength to the nail.
5.Maintenance Nail Envy-similar properties to the Original, its aim really is to keep the strength of nail consistent and as the title suggests ' maintains ' it.
As I mentioned I have used this product before, but to be fair my nails have always been quite strong and decent in strength, and I was rubbish with application. As an example, I would put the first two coats on and then remember a week later I hadnt put anymore on!
So why am I reviewing this product now? I'm currently training in a career in nails and one of the things you have to do as much as possible, is practise several techniques and services, which I have been, some of which on myself. I removed some product of my nails, gel, and I was possibly too rough and over zealous with my technique, which left my nails thinner and sorer than what they have every been. They became thinner to the point at the corners right near the nail wall they began to curl up. Really didn't make me feel very good about my nails and hated the fact I would just have to sit it out, let them grow out and getter better by themseleves and regularly apply cuticle oil to get them back to normal. In desperation I lokked in my product case and found I had acouple of bottles of Nial Envy, so I thought, what the hell!
The result?After one application, they looked and felt abit more stronger. The sides didnt lft up and they actually felt closer to normal and generally looked alittle more healthier as well. Big sigh of relief! So looks like a routine I have no choice but to keep up now.
At a cost of £18.00 per bottle, it is a tad expensive, but I would suggest to buy this product in a kit form somewhere like QVC.If the product doesnt work, send it back and you'll get a refund, so nothing to lose. Worthwhile giving this product a try as it has been around for years!
I like to keep my nails long, look after them, wear marigolds when cleaning, etc. However I have always had problems with the corners of my nails flaking. This tend to weaken them, leaving them more liable to splitting or breaking.
Then I discovered Nail Envy :D I've got to say, it's brilliant!! You're advised to apply it daily, remove at the end of the week, and start again. But even just using this mircale stuff as a clear base coat once a week has strengthened my nails again already. I use it as a base coat now, a top coat, or jsut as clean varnish - it's so useful. The matte version is great too, but I think the shine on this one is more universal. It won't be the cheapest product you'll ever buy, but trust me - it's worth it. If you get through 2 bottles a year, it works out much cheaper than fake nails ;) Love this stuff!!
I have always thought that nails are quite an important part of your appearance, obviously for women we like our nails to be long or neatly trimmed and pretty colours, but for men as well, I personally think that grubby, chewed down nails are a right turn off!
I had acrylics for about two years, after wearing nails I glued on myself, and whilst I loved how they looked, I knew they were wearing my own nails down underneath. This became evident when they started splitting and falling off completely when they were even lightly bashed; the nails underneath weren't strong enough to even support the overlay anymore, and I had to give them up. For about 2 weeks I went with my nails being bare, but they were chipping and flaking all over the shop, which is NOT attractive!
I'd been considering getting Nail Envy for a while, but I was mooching around in Boots one payday and thought "do you know what? I would have spent this on an infill if I still had my nails on, I'm just gonna do it *the fact that it was payday helped!), and I'm glad I did.
Nail Ency cmes in a box, where you can see the product through it. inside the box is the treatmet itself and a little instruction pamphlet. It says you should apply two coats of this on the first day, and then every other day thereafter, one coat. Then at the end of the week you remove it all and start again. Now I did this for around a week, but after that started applying the two coats as a base, and then carrying on as normal with a coloured polish and my usual topcoat. It works well as a base, I don't have any stains on my nails and my polish lasts pretty well with this.
My nails are SO SO SO much stronger than they were before I started using it. My left hand is virtually perfect, all of my nails are the same length and are just poking out over the tops of my fingers from the other side (anyone trying to grow their nails will know what I mean!), but the middle finger on my right hand is really softfor some reason so this one chipped and is quite short. The rest on that hand are okay, just not as nice as the right.
I think this product does work, but it's very pricey (I paid around £18 for mine), and you can't expect it to solve all of your nail problems. I still have to buff mine and apply cuticle oil/balm regularly, but my nails have really improved, and that's without following the directions as suggested.
My nails were feeling weak and not growing past a certain level without snapping and really needed some help as treatments I had were not working. I saw nail envy on QVC for a long time but was never sure about it as I never know what to believe. But once my nails got to there worst I had to do something so decided to try it.
...How to use....
To use Nail Envy you apply two layers onto a naked nail and then every other day you apply an extra layer. You do this for one week then remove it all and start again. You can also use colour on your nails as long as nail envy is the first thing to go onto the naked nail. You apply this just like a standard nail varnish so it is really easy to use, the bottle is just like the rest of OPI nail polish.
....What I found....
For a few weeks I just stuck to Nail Envy with nothing else and within 4 weeks I saw a real difference but after one week I could already see an improvement. My nails were stronger and growing more than they had for years. Once I had used up my first bottle of Nail Envy I became more relaxed with my routine and now I do not always use Nail Envy - only when I feel my nails really need it. When using colour Nail Envy also doubles up as a great top coat
....Where to buy...
I get nail envy from QVC where it is £16.75 for Nail Envy original and Nail Envy matte so it is a great price compared to other places.
Boots - £18.65
lenawhite.co.uk - £18.55
All of these prices are for a 15ml bottle so it is a generous size.
So for me QVC is definitely the place to get nail envy, you have the added benefit of their 30 day money back guarentee incase Nail Envy is not the product for you.
I know there are so many nail products claiming to do amazing things to your nails but Nail Envy really did help my nails so much and now is great as a maintenance. But as with all beauty products I think it is down to the individual to find what is best. I recommend this to anyone who wants stronger nails - give it a go!!!
This product is a little more expensive than your standard 'drugstore' nail strengtheners, but it is totally worth paying a few pounds extra for!
The original 15ml OPI Nail Envy formula can be picked up for under £8 on eBay (which is where I bought mine from)
Firstly, I love the text on the bottle, it is written in green and the font gives it an almost vintage feel design. The varnish looks cloudy in the bottle, but when applied to the nail it is clear and shiny.
The method of applying Nail Envy, is apply 2 coats, then apply one coat every other day - then remove and start again a week later.
I am a serial nail biter, but stop periodically and this product helps get my nails back to life.
Even when my nails are short and stubby, this product gives them a healthy sheen so they look a lot better!
I have been using this product on and off now for years and find that it actually increases the rate that my nails grow - not too dramatically, I think they do grow quicker when I am using it. The strength in my nails is also increased when I am using this too.
If you are completing the application program then it requires dedication to apply it every other day. Obviously if you are applying it several times a week then the bottle does run out within a couple of months aswell.
If I dont intend to do an intensive program with the varnish then I will just apply it once under standard nail varnish, like a base coat, for a bit of extra strength.
Generally I don't have any negative comments about this product, it may be a few pounds more expensive then other strengtheners, but this is the best nail strengthener I have used and is worth paying abit more for.
I have been a fan of OPI nail polishes for several years, but it was only four or five months ago, I bought myself a little gift set which included mini bottles of some of the OPI nail care range. One of my mini bottles was the OPI nail envy. This is a product I had wanted to try for a long time, I just had never actually gotten round to it.
==What is it?==
Nail Envy is a nail strengthener. It is designed to help your nails stay strong and states that it will resist cracking, peeling and splitting. It contains hydrolyzed protein (whatever that may be!) and calcium which they say will help nails grow harder, longer and stronger.
There are six different Nail Envy formulas, each one has a different colour writing on the bottle. I have the Original one (green), but also available are Soft and Thin (maroon), Sensitive and Peeling (orange), dry and brittle (red), maintenance (blue) and matte (grey).
My own nails tend to become brittle quite quickly. They are especially prone to splitting and peeling, so I feel I am a good candidate for this product.
The nail envy comes in a bottle which looks just like nail varnish. In fact, the design of the bottle is identical to that of the OPI nail lacquers.
When you first start to use this, it is recommended that you apply two coats and then another coat should be added every other day, before removing it at the end of each week. To use, you simply brush a coat of the nail envy over your nails as you would with a nail polish. It is quite a thin consistency and goes on easily. Nail Envy looks cloudy in the bottle but it goes on clear and has a shiny finish. As mentioned already a matte version is available too, so this may be a better option if you don't like the clear nail varnish look. The matte version is also recommended for men who may want to tackle their brittle nails but don't want to look like they're wearing anything on them.
The good thing about the product being clear is that I can be a bit slap-dash with it and it doesn't require the same precision as a nail varnish. Of course you want your whole nail to be coated so that the product works to its full potential, but I don't feel the need to get it absolutely perfect as I perhaps would with a coloured polish.
My fiancé always complains of a strong smell when I apply this, but personally I can't smell it - I think perhaps excessive nail varnish use over the years has made me immune!
Although it is recommended that it is topped up with another coat every couple of days, I would say that unless your nails are in a really terrible condition don't worry about that too much. I know I have worn just the two initial coats for longer than this (I'm quite forgetful!) and it didn't seem to have a huge impact on how effective this was.
If you still want to wear your coloured nail polish, then that is no problem, you can still use your Nail Envy, you just need to add a coat over the top of your colour.
The results I get from Nail Envy are absolutely fantastic. I'd say I usually notice a difference to my nails within just a week of beginning to use this product.
My nails are noticeably stronger and longer and don't peel or break as often as they used to. I actually stopped using Nail Envy for a while and found that my nails returned to how they were, so proof in my eyes that it works. Of course, this also means it's not a miracle cure and it is a product which will need continuous use.
Nail Envy has really made a difference for me. A lot of the time, I find my nails are different lengths because one or two of them have snapped or broken. To me, wearing nail polish simply highlights that fact, but since beginning to use Nail Envy I've found that I can keep my nails a nice length and as such am using nail varnish on my fingers much more often.
==Price and Availability==
Like all OPI products, Nail Envy is not cheap. Boots sell the full sized 15ml bottle for £18.65. I would recommend shopping around and perhaps look out for little sets containing miniatures so that you can try in a small size and see if it works for you first. QVC are great for things like this and I have also found that QVC are currently selling a duo containing one full sized bottle of the Original Nail Envy and one full sized bottle of the Matte Nail Envy for just £16.75, which of course is much better value than Boots are offering - in fact you'd be getting two for the price of less than one with the QVC deal!
If you have weak or brittle nails, I would wholeheartedly recommend this. It is a fantastic product which really does work. Although the price tag is fairly high, if you have a special occasion - maybe you're getting married - and want your nails to look nice quickly, then I think Nail Envy is worth splashing out on.
This is an excellent product that strengthens your nails within just a few days. You have to put 2 coats of polish on the first day, and then one coat for the next 6 days before you take it all off and start again. This builds up strength in your nails so they are strong even without the polish on them.
I know this product is expensive but it really is worth the money. It is £18.65 in boots but I personally buy it on ebay where you can find it a lot cheaper. The bottle lasts for a long time too so its not like you need to replace it every month.
The product can be used to strengthen the nails but then also be used as a base or top coat. I sometimes also use it just as a shiny nail polish if I don't have time to paint my nails with a colour. Nail envy dries extremely quickly too, normally in about 60 seconds so you can put it on just before you are about to leave home.
The product is best stored in the original packaging and away from direct sunlight because if not, it goes fairly thick quicker. The longer you have had it open, the thicker it gets but being out of the box and in sunlight makes it thicken up even quicker.
I really recommend this product to anyone who loves their nails or anyone who wants to stop biting their nails. You can put it on and it will help you stop biting your nails too because they will eventually become too strong for you to be able to bite them very easily.
A friend recommended this to me after I had to have my lovely long acrylic nails off - wish someone had told me that one day I would have to revert to my own nails, which after so much treatment with the acrylics were ruined! My nails were so soft and weak, they didnt just break they were just bendy.
I started using this about Mid January 2011. I had had to cut my nails to nothing, right back to the skin really. I chose the gloss one of these, although I know there is a matt one. I have followed the routing ridgedly. I put on two coats and then a coat every other day. Once a week I take it off and start again.
Its taken until now, middle of march for any improvement - but I wasnt expecting a quick fix with the awful conditon of my own nails. What I have noticed as they improve is that I have good healthy nail growing and as my old nail grown out I notice its discolouration.
The length of my nails is taking a long time to improve, but I think this product has really helped the overall conditon and strength of them - will let you know again about this product in another 3 months!
PS I found the cheapest place to buy this was Amazon!
I first heard about OPI products on QVC - they were marketing a whole variety of products and lovely colours and their selling point seemed largely focused on the fact that this is a brand that the professionals use.
I soon picked up that Nail Envy was a big product for them and quite coveted.
My mother had been watching tv with me and had been looking at her thin, brittle nails in disappointment. She had been very tempted by QVC but it was still quite a hefty price for one 15ml bottle and so she decided against it.
I have always had fairly good nails but thought that I would treat my mother to some in time for her summer holiday. Not wanting to pay the hefty prices I turned to my faithful alternative - eBay. Sure enough I found someone selling two unused bottles; one Original Nail Envy 15ml and one Matte Nail Envy 15ml. I believe I got the two for about £10. Mum was delighted and insisted that I have one bottle. She opted for the Matte version, which we had seen demonstrated as being an ideal base for colour or can be worn on its own without that high gloss look of most clear polish - it looks as though you just have lovely healthy bare nails.
We both went on to use the Nail Envy products as directed, applying every couple of days. Sure enough I found my previously average/good strength nails were now rock hard! Having read an earlier review on here, I noted someone said "there was no bend in them at all" - as though that is a good thing... unfortunately I found it to be a very bad thing. My nails were indeed incredibly solid and had no bend in them, so when I accidentally hit my (not overly long) thumb nail against the car door whilst reaching fo rmy seat belt (not an overly enthusiastic motion) my thumbnail had nowhere to break - apart form the seemingly softer nail bed! That's right, about half way down the pink of my thumbnail, my nail had literally cracked the whole way across. It was incredibily painful - more so as the centre was still attached to my thumb and therefore had to be bandaged up until it grew enough to cut off.
So, picking myself up and dusting myself down I though "hey, its just a bad experience... I'll give it a bit longer". So a few weeks later, I manage to catch my middle finger nail on my work desk and the same thing happens. Broken right in the soft spot as the rest of the nail is clearly TOO hard.
Thinking that perhaps I am doing something wrong, I asked my mother how she was finding the Nail Envy was helping her nails. She has a similar story, but it involved a nail cracking vertically down the centre of her nail. She has since stopped using the product but still complains of brittle nails.
In summary therefore, yes Nail Envy does seem to give you hard nails, but unless you intend wrapping them in cotton wool I would warn you against coveting incredibly hard nails that break (as they will do - we're not talking "unbreakable nails" here) at the softest (and most painful) spot!
However, if you are absloutely determined to plump for it - I recommend buying it from eBay to avoid the high prices!
I first started using OPI Nail Envy shortly before my wedding, when I was looking for a product to bring my weak, brittle nails up to scratch. I was not holding out much hope of finding anything that could improve years of nail biting and general poor care.
But then someone recommended Nail Envy and I bought a bottle to try out. I was slightly put off by the price as it cost £19 in my local beauty salon. Not being a person who has ever bothered much with her nails, I was reluctant to pay this, but then I found it cheaper on Ebay and paid £10 including delivery.
OPI Nail Envy started life as a specialist product and was the domain of professional nail technicians until it became more widely available to the public. It is a basecoat, topcoat and strengthener all in one and comes in a 15ml bottle, which is a little uninspiring and old-fashioned.
The liquid itself is a cloudy, clear-ish potion, which comes out like nail polish, sticking to the brush well. It is just like any other basecoat or clear varnish but does have a nice consistency and is easily applied.
Going on smoothly and evenly, it is nice and easy to put on and dries within a few seconds. I usually apply it once as a base, and then leave it to dry before applying polish, then when that has dried I apply a topcoat.
It can also be applied on its own as a treatment, which I also do sometimes.
This product is fantastic. It transformed my nails and made them rock hard and really strong. It is the first concoction I have ever used, which improved the quality of my nails and stopped them from breaking or splitting.
Once applied, Nail Envy stays put properly for quite a while, probably around 10 days, but in the run up to my wedding I applied it every 5 days or so to top up the formula, keep my nails strong and consequently improve their growth. As a result I had lovely strong, healthy nails on my big day.
The active ingredients are calcium and hydrolyzed protein, which claim to 'help nails grow harder, longer and stronger, and resist peeling, cracking and splitting.' In my case at least this little wonder bottle certainly lived up to all its claims!
OPI is a brand of nail treatments and varnish that are growing ever popular. The brand originally started by providing products to the professionals and then started to offer them to the general public so that everyone could benefit from salon standard products in their own home.
====== The Product =====
Nail Envy is one of OPI's treatment range and is designed to strengthen your nails not just by providing a base for nail varnish but to be used as a treatment on it's own that over time actually starts to strengthen the nail itself.
The nail envy bottle is just a standard varnish bottle with a black lid, they do have quite an old fashioned look to their bottles but this is I think because they were originally sold to the profession and it's more about the product inside rather than the look of the bottle.
You can use the product as a treatment to strengthen your nails and I also use it as a base coat and apply one coat after my manicure and before I apply my varnish.
The product claims to strengthen , lengthen and protect your nails.
====== How To Use It ======
The colour of the product is clear with a touch of cloudy!, that is the best way that I can describe it. It looks very thick and creamy in the bottle and you will notice that although when you take the brush out it is quite thick it goes on very smoothly.
Apply the product in three strokes, first apply down the middle from the bottom to the top and then fill in each side, you will notice even from the first application that you nail looks smother and the ridges are filled in. you will notice that your nails feel slightly thicker and again this is after the first coat.
Apply a further two coats and allow them to dry thoroughly, I was really impressed with the drying time as the product is quite thick I thought that they would take a while to dry but you can apply all coats and allowing for drying time it will only take twenty minutes.
while the treatment does not provide a colour as such it does give your nail a nice even sheen and a very smooth look, the reason I say this is when you are starting with the treatment you are best not applying any polish as you need to apply a coat every day for 4 days and this allows the treatment to really penetrate your nails and start to strengthen them.
======= Results =====
As I said earlier you will notice straight away that your nails feel stronger and I noticed that my nails actually felt thicker, I used the product as I treatment for about two weeks and then after that I used it as a base coat to keep the strength in them.
You can also see how much smoother your nails are and my varnish always looks better and smoother and gives a more professional finish to your manicure.
I have to say that of the claims that it strengthens, lengthens and protects it gets full marks although as it protects and strengthens your nails that obviously means that you are going to be able to grow them to a better length as they will not snap or break.
I noticed that my nails were less prone to breaking and splitting and there really did become quite hard and there was no bend in them at all.
======= Overall Opinion ======
If you have soft, brittle nails or nails that are prone to breaking and splitting this is a great product to try, I have recommended it to many friends and they have had the same great results in the strength of their nails and they have experienced less breakage and splitting.
I think that if you use it just to strengthen your nails as a one of treatment it will not last that long but if you use it over a period of a month you will really notice the difference in your nails both in strength and condition but for long lasting results use it as a base coat so your natural nail always has some protection.
The only downside to the product is the price, it is not the cheapest of products but you are paying for the quality and professional results.
====== Cost And Availability =======
OPI products can be purchased online and they are also on QVC quite often, Price is approx £17.00
If i was stranded on a desert island this would be one of the items I would ask to be with me. Nail Envy comes in a variety of different looks. The one I prefer and am refering to here is the original. This comes in a shiny finish or can come as a matt finish. Both are clear and so can be worn underneath nail varnish or alone. I have personally found that it works as a brilliant base coat as I have used it under very dark nail varnish and it did not taint my nails. Both myself and my mother have used Nail Envy as a nail strengthener. Through our jobs our nails went through a tough time and suffered peeling and breaking. By applying one coat of Nail Envy every day it made our nails stronger and stopped them breaking and peeling. We both felt we could show off our hands again with pride. The price tag might seem on the high side but with such amazing results it's well worth it's weight in gold - all 15ml of it.