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O.P.I. Cuticle oil retails at around £10 for a tiny 15ml bottle, though you can sometimes pick it up on offer for a bit less (e.g. Amazon are presently selling it for closer to £6). The price might seem overly expensive to some for such a small quantity of a seemingly pointless product, but my experience to date has been that this represents good value for money considering the job it does and the length of time it lasts.
To apply this product, you simply swipe the brush along the base of each nail, along or just below the cuticle. Then replace the brush and use your finger tips to massage the oil into your cuticles and around your nail beds. A little bit of this goes a very long way, and to do both hands I don't even notice that the bottle has gone down.
This has a lasting effect on the health and general appearance of my nails from me using it four or five times a week, usually at night. You're supposed to apply a little very night if you wear gel or false nails like I do, but I have to admit I can be a bit lazy some nights. It only takes a minute to apply but if I'm in a lazy mood that's a minute too long for me!
When I stopped bothering to use this product at all I found my gel nails were lifting after just a week, while they last for two or three when using this. I had a similar experience when I ran out of this and tried using a cheaper Avon version instead too.
While this product may seem expensive, I do believe it's worth it. A tiny bottle will last all year if you apply it correctly and the results make your expensive manicure or false nails last longer in between applications - so it saves you money on having them reapplied there. I love this product and highly recommend it to others, especially if like me you're using a home gel nail system that can come off in a day or two if not properly looked after.
I've never had particularly strong nails, which frustrates me when my nails easily break, and so I bought this Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil to see if it strengthened and conditioned my nails and whether it really worked.
The packaging was a small easy accessible cardboard box, with the small glass bottle containing the replenishing oil. However I sometimes fear that it may break under pressure or by being dropped. I have dropped it once or twice, and I am pleased to see that the glass bottle has withstood the beating and has had no damage other then a few cosmetic scratches.
The product itself is a great buy, as it does what it says. It strengthened and conditioned my nails, and within a weeks time I could see the improvements it had made. It's easy to use, as there is a brush, just like a nail polish, to wipe it on with, and then rub it in over your nail and into the cuticle area. It softens and conditions the cuticle, which made it easier for me to maintain my nails and always keeps them in a good condition. I use this product weekly, but in the past I have used it twice a week to ensure it is kept well and strengthened my nails more quickly.
The oil is a very faint lemon scent; however it is odourless when applied to the nails. The liquid is a pale yellow colour inside the clear bottle, but is colourless when brushed onto the nails. And the brand of the Avoplex nail and replenishing oil is OPI, which is a reliable brand, and I have bought other products of this make and I must say all of the products have worked exceptionally well.
The oil is unfortunately watery so in the case of being tipped over, it pours out easily and can cause damage to carpets or other surfaces. And the price is quite high for such a small bottle; I paid approximately £5 for a 3.75ml bottle. Although it is long lasting, as I have had mine 6 months now and I have still got roughly half the bottle left.
Overall I am pleased with the outcome of this product and how quick and easy it was to use, and I was amazed at the results in such a short amount of time. Although the price is high for a small container, the quality is of a very high standard so well worth the amount I paid. I found that the small bottle is helpful when out and about, as it is easily portable and compact.
I am very pleased with this product and would recommend this to anyone.
Thank you for reading my Avoplex Replenishing Oil review.
I must admit I was dubious about using this product at first, I didn't think I needed to use cuticle oil as I used hand cream - what was the difference I thought?!
Unlike other creams and oils for nails, avoplex oil contains avocado oil, this mollecule is absorbed into the nails improving their condition, reducing spliting and peeling nails.
The magic potion comes in a 15ml bottle, a little goes a long way. I use one drop on each nail and rub in, this can be done as little or as often as you like. OPI recommend starting off by doing this twice a day to improve nail condition. I tend to just use it now in the evenings at bedtime.
The oil smells lovely, it has a real fresh and fruity smell. The oil can also be used on scars and I like to wipe it on my lips at bedtime to to give a bit of extra moisture.
The oil can be purchased at a reasonable price, I paid around £7 from eBay. It is a product that is worth the money as it lasts months!
Massaging the oil into the nail helps boost nail growth, and as the nail is hydrated from the oil, it is less likely to split and peel. I have noticed an improvement in the condition of my nails since using this product and I would recommend to anyone with problem nails.
I first bought this as part of a set including two versions of Nail Envy, OPI handcream and a nail file, the price was excellent and was less than two of the products together. At the time of writing it costs £16.50 for 15mls at Boots, it's also available from QVC as part of various combinations, which though (only a little) more expensive does give you other products to try should you wish.
The oil is available in a few formats that I'm aware of, the one in the Dooyoo picture a 15ml nail varnish style bottle seems to be the most widely available, it also comes in a larger and smaller bottle. It can also be bought in a 'to go' pen containing 7.5mls with a brush application. This has a slightly thicker more gel like formulation for non messy use. This pen costs around £9, it's pricey for such a small amount but might be worth buying as a try me if your interested in giving it a go. Prices are cheaper on ebay but I would be worried about the authenticity if buying there.
Although the bottle is obviously just a nail varnish type it is very pleasant and tactile, with a lovely weighty quality feel to it which isn't as easy to knock over as some bottles. The lid to which the brush is attached is quite thick, with fine ridges which make it easy to undo, and hold while applying. The bottle is the same as the ones used for the varnishes in the OPI range. The brush is a lovely thickness and doesn't splay out when in use, though this isn't as important when applying oil as when using nail polish.
Although I have mentioned that the bottle is quite stable and doesn't fall over easily, it will tip over if knocked, as there is no anti spill device, the oil being thinner than polish will come out fairly easily if tipped . I dropped a bottle on kitchen tiles once where it obviously broke... though due (I think) to it's good construction only the neck snapped off; I'm not ashamed to say that I poured what was left it into a small tablet bottle through a fine mesh tea strainer (in case of glass shards) and carried on using the remnants.
The oil is an attractive golden colour, and smells divine. Fresh with an undertone of cucumber, I would say that there is a hint of avocado too. The brush application is very easy and precise, you just draw the brush around the cuticle of each finger and that's it. I like the fact that if there are a few drops left in the bottle that the brush wont reach, you can either dip a cotton bud into it or tip the bottle up and dab on with your finger. I use the tip up method as I don't waste any oil sinking into the cotton wool.
What I particularly love about Avoplex oil is that it is made without mineral oils, petroleum or my particular bug bear lanolin. Which makes it very mild and unlikely to irritate sensitive or allergy prone skin whilst being very effective. It doesn't just sit on the skin as a protective barrier as petroleum products do it actively sinks in and moisturises and replenishes from within.
This is how OPI describe the ingredients in their Oil, I want to include them so that you can see what lovely things it contains : " a combination of deep-penetrating, skin-loving antioxidants; phospholipids, the biological building blocks of skin; vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E; essential fatty acids; and Avocado Oil, which closely resembles the skin's own natural oils" (taken from the OPI website http://www.opi.net.au/avoplex.shtml ). These vitamins etc are provided by a mixture of natural oils which you can see in more detail at the website.
As an oil I expected it to take ages to sink in and leave my finger tips slippery and greasy, which I'm prepared to accept to a certain extent for healthy nails. However although it does take a little time to absorb it sinks in much faster than I expected. Once applied I tend to rub it in as I like the fact that the friction flushes the area with blood bringing more nutrients to the nail bed and plate. However even when I have no time to mess about rubbing it in it sinks in relatively quickly.
It leaves the cuticles looking fresh and healthy almost as if you've had a manicure. Any roughness is addressed very quickly and I noticed a difference to the condition of the actual nail within a week. After using for a while my nails stopped peeling once the damage already done had been filed down to healthy nail growth.
Generally I do think this is worth the money as for me it does a better job than other commercial nail oils I've tried. This is the only commercially available oil I've found to make a real difference not only to my cuticles but to my flaky nails too.
You can use this on dry or rough skin too if you like, but I think it's a bit expensive to slather over dry heels, elbows or knees and would rather use a product designed for the area which contains a higher weight of product for your money.
Although it's quite expensive for the size it lasts for ages, depending on how often and for what you use it of course. I used it two to three times a day (it only takes 30 seconds or so each time) and it lasted me for several months.
Why don't I use it any more-
Primarily because finances won't allow. Also I've found something else that is cheaper and though it doesn't sink in as quickly is a really great all rounder and has done for my cuticles and nails the same thing and more that the Avoplex did, (mentioned in my Shea butter review). That is not to say that the Avoplex isn't a super product. It smells lovely, sinks in quickly and does a very good job. The product I use now requires some effort to source different ingredients, mix, and pot up and although I find it good it is work that sometimes I'd rather not have to bother with, and would love to use a product such as Avoplex ready to go off the shelf.
A smashing product that if I could afford it I would buy regularly.
-- Reasons for buying --
I bought this for the same reason many people buy cuticle oil, to prevent or cure cracked, dry cuticles. All our nails and cuticles become dry due to things like the weather, manual labour and everyday chores (washing dishes). My cuticles get extremely dry as I'm always using chemicals and putting my hands in water, I'm really busy so don't always find the time to use moisturiser which has dried out my nails and cuticles a lot. So I thought finding a good cuticle oil would help and protect my nails and cuticles.
-- Packaging --
The packaging is simple yet quite elegant. It comes in a white and purple cardboard box, with a hole cut into it so you can see the product itself. The oil comes in a see through glass bottle with a white screw-able cap. The oil itself is a yellowish, brown colour with a very faint scent, which is not noticeable.
-- Directions of use --
You can either use this within your weekly manicure or if you are using it because of having really dry, damaged nails and cuticles use once every morning and night for a week to repair the damage.
Remove all nail varnish and then continue to fill up a bowl with luke warm water and soak your hands for 5 - 10 mins. This will soften your cuticles and help for the oil to be soaked in more effectively. After you have soaked your hands, apply the cuticle oil with the applicator, the oil is quite thin but don't worry about this, as it is still very effective whether you have a lot or just a little for each nail. Massage the oil into each nail for about 10 seconds each and leave them for 5 - 10 minutes. The massaging technique will stimulate blow flow, which will in turn will promote healthy, strong beautiful nails!
The oil doesn't dry, so you will have to push some time aside to do this, as you don't want to get the oil on any fabric ect. To get even more out of the oil you could do a deep treatment following the same steps, but applying a good amount of moisturiser on and putting gloves/socks on (depending whether you do your hands or feet) and leaving it over night.
-- Pros --
As my nails were really bad I used the twice a day for a week method. The results were fantastic, my nails looked healthy, strong and beautiful! Once my nails looked in much better condition, I only need to use this once a week with my manicure. The oil is very light weight and has a rather pleasant scent. I have noticed since using this cuticle oil, it has promoted quicker growth and my nails are no longer weak and fragile. It will last an extremely long time, as you only need a little bit for each nail. I think the quality of the product is excellent, which I was expecting as I've never had a problem with O.P.I products.
-- Cons --
The only downside to the product would have to be the price, it is fairly expensive. As O.P.I only sells good high quality products, the price is very reasonable.
-- Price and Availability --
The cuticle oil is available on chemist direct and can be purchased through QVC for £10 which is where I purchased it.
-- Conclusion --
Overall the oil is great, I don't think your find one that can achieve the fast results this can. I would definitely recommend this and will be buying it again. Hopefully I may be able to find this product at a cheaper price, to save a little money. Great product, don't know where my nails would be without it!
Everyone needs a nail and cuticle oil don't they? Hopefully this review may answer that question and I hear some of you ask what is a nail and cuticle oil? Well we will answer that one too.
======= Why Use A Cuticle And Nail Oil =======
The purpose of a cuticle and nail oil is to prevent or cure dry nails and dry ragged, and or cracked cuticles All our nails become dry due to things like the weather, manual labour and things like washing the dishes and other times when your nails get wet and we sometimes forget to use anything to moisturise them like we do with other parts of our body and our face.
The benefits to using one are that it keeps your nail in good condition and smoothes your cuticles giving your nails a well looked after appearance and also provides a great base for your manicure.
I first came upon cuticle oils when I did my training years ago and I am pleased to say that they have moved on form the greasy concoctions we had to use.
I have used many different brands over the years in different spas and salons and I am going to tell you the truth and that I make my own now instead of buying them and I will tell you about that latter but the reason I am reviewing this one is because I bought a gift set from OPI that included this oil and I decided to give this a go for a while.
This oil comes in a usual nail varnish bottle with a screw lid and has a thin brush which you use to apply the product.
====== How To Use =====
If you are using this as a parts of your usual manicure routine then use it once a week, however if it is to repair poor nails and cuticle then use it everyday for a week at both morning and night time. As this an oil it does not dry so make sure you have time to do this and are not going to need to use your hands for a good five minutes!
You will find that when you apply the oil it does feel quite thin although it's a strong enough oil so that it does not run all over the place and after massaging it will disappear and leave your nails feeling smooth and moisturised.
Start by taking all nail varnish off and with some warm water in a bowl gently soak your hands for a minute or two as this will soften the cuticle and the warmth will open them up and allow the oil to soak in better. dry nails apply with the brush and unlike painting your nails apply this over the cuticles as well, do this for all your nails and then using your thumb gently massage in soft circular motions, I would recommend about twenty seconds on each nail because of the oil base your thumb will just glide over and the oil will start to soak in, make sure that you also massage the cuticles.
Using the massage motion will stimulate the blood flow to your nails and promote healthy and strong nails. As is starts to sink in very gently push back the cuticles as this keeps them soft and tidy and stops them becoming ragged, if your cuticles are in bad condition they may need cutting and while you can buy the correct clippers for this I do not recommend doing this at home as you can actually give yourself a nasty injury and they may become infected so see a professional and then continue using the oil to keep them in good condition. The reason I say this is my friend tried to do this and ended up with a swollen finger with a huge green puss pocket and needed a trip to the casualty dept to have a lovely long needle stuck in her finger!
Leave the oil to soak in for a good five minutes after massaging, if possible put a warm flannel over them or some gloves as the warmth really helps the oil soak in and okay you may look silly but hey you will have beautiful nails! I tend to do this at night and moisturise my hands at the same time and leave the gloves on all night.
======= Results =======
The oil does sink really quite quick and you will notice instantly that your nails are smooth and moisturised and the cuticle does not feel hard or rough and should lie flat against the nail bed.
When you put varnish on after you can notice that the colour goes on smoother and gives a much more professional finish to your varnished nail and stops them drying out .
I would recommend that you use the oil at least once a week but as I said earlier if your nails and cuticles are in bad condition use it twice a day for a week or so to get them back into condition and you will notice some great results.
I did this to my husband as his job means meeting clients face to face and dealing with their paper work so his hands are always on show and I have to admit it took my a long time to convince him as he said it was a girly product that would not do anything but for peace he gave in and even he had to admit that his fingers felt smoother and looked so much better , although it is worth noting that afterwards he went and had a can of beer that he crushed with his hand and then watched Rambo just to prove I had not ruined his man gene!.
======= Conclusion =======
This is a great product from a great company who started off supplying professional nail products to salons and spas and brought them to the general public and all their products are of a superior quality so I am absolutely certain that you will not be disappointed and if you want to purchase a cuticle oil product to add to your manicure collection then this would be the one of choice.
As I said earlier though I always use my own that I make and it's free! Well as long as you have some good quality olive oil in your cupboard.
Warm up about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in an old cup and put in a small pan of water, you really just need to slightly warm it and then transfer it to a bowl. Place a towel over your knee to protect your clothes and then dip your fingers in and let them soak in the oil for a minute or two and then gently massage the oil in over your whole nail and cuticle for a good two to three minutes. After that rinse thoroughly and dry your hands and always wait for about ten minutes before you apply any varnish as there may still be some residue from the oil.
I have rated it 5 stars because it is a fantastic product and one of the best around and I have tried most of them in my years, but I have to say that I always go back to the olive oil as it's cheaper and has the added benefit of strengthening your nails and prevents them from splitting and breaking and helps them to grow, I always used to recommend it to my clients to use on their nails and it's also great for any dry skin areas such as elbows and feet.
======= Cost And Availability ======
The cuticle oil can be purchased form some department stores and also online at chemist direct, The OPI range can also be purchased through QVC and the approx price is £ 10.00.
O.P.I Avoplex Cuticle Oil is personal favourite of mine its perfect for your cuticles.
Dryness of the cuticles can be a pain when you're trying to look after your nails or grow them. I like my cuticles to remain short and soft in order to keep them looking nice I use this cuticle oil.
I usually use this on my clients as well when I give them pedicures and manicures and the results are great. You really see the benefits if you have very dry cuticles. Start using it and within 2 weeks it changes your nails for the better. You really notice the change in your cuticles and colour of the nails.
I prefer to pop it on first thing in the morning then it has all day to soak into my cuticles well. It's not sticky and the smell is nice. Or even before bed it can soak in overnight and by morning you will have softer nails and cuticles. The thing your nail bed and plate benefits from is good moisture. Do not use on the feet if you have any foot infections i.e. athletes foot. Always apply on clean, dry feet to avoid bacteria or any cross infection. You get 15ml in the bottle and the bottle is transparent so you are able to see the amount of oil you have left.
The usual cost is around £12 and it's worth it as O.P.I is a professional and top nail colour company famous all over the world.
With all kinds of product for manicures and pedicures.
It has an Avocado Lipid Complex that will replenish your nails and give them some strength. With antioxidants and vitamin e to help aid nail growth.
Massage into the whole nail and cuticle with a small amount on the brush dab the oil lightly over the nail with the brush. Give the nail a good rub to make sure it soaks in well.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys looking after the nails. Or even if you're in the beauty business and want to treat your clients dry cuticles for them. Overall it's a great nail product and it does give great results
My cuticles in particular are always very dry and I am conscious of it especially when I am out and about. You use your hands a lot when talking to someone and everyone always notices your hands first whether in good shape or not. When your hands are looking good you're more likely to talk more with your hands and are less likely to hide them away. When you look down at your hands, if there looking good, you are going to feel good and vice versa.
I have used another brand of cuticle oil for years (Solar Oil), with good results but just recently I have decided to try something new and something that everyone raves about, OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil.
OPI is a family run and very well known leading hand and nail brand that was founded in 1983 by Lena White. OPI supply hundreds of nail and mobile salons all over the world, OPI sell a staggering 55,000,000 bottles of polish and treatment every single year. OPI have won hundreds of awards for their very successful range and are continuing to do so.
I have wanted to try Avoplex for a while before but I didn't want to pay £16.10 for a 15ml bottle from lenawhite.co.uk, as my other brand costs half of that and comes in a bigger bottle. That was until I was searching the internet and I came across chemistdirect.co.uk where I could purchase a 15ml bottle for just £6.90, I snapped it up and couldn't wait to try it.
Avoplex is mainly used for dry cuticles but is used on the nail as well for a deep down treatment. It is rich in avocado oil and a double dose of OPI's advanced avocado lipid complex used to treat dry cuticles, rough heels and elbows.
Avoplex helps your nail bed to grow stronger and healthier ready for your new nail to come through. With regular use it can help to stop your nail from breaking and help your nail polish from chipping, which is caused by dry nails.
Because the skin around your cuticles is thin if you are prone to dry cuticles like me, they are likely to crack, be sore and sometimes bleed, applying and massaging this oil into your cuticle at least once a day can help to combat this, while keeping everything healthy.
Avoplex oil comes in the same glass bottle as their nail polishes with a white screw off lid. The oil itself is pale yellow in colour.
When I took the lid off I wanted a quick smell, after all I don't my fingers smelling of oil. As I breathed in I didn't expect the sweet smell greeting me, unfortunately the smell doesn't last long when applied to your nail.
Before you apply the oil to your nail, it is best not to apply it just before nail polish application as this can cause chipping and your polish won't last as long as it should as it is an oil your polish wont bond to your nail thus chipping and pealing.
You can apply it to your naked nail; this will give deep down moisture and promote a healthy nail growth. You can apply it over nail polish as the oil will still penetrate through the polish and my favourite tip of all is applying the oil over wet nail polish. Simply paint your nails your usual way and brush your nails with this oil and gently massage it in being careful not to smudge your newly polish, applying to wet polish keeps oxygen out of the polish, thus quicker drying time as well as treating your nails and cuticles with a deep down treatment.
Another tip I like is before washing up or cleaning the bathroom, apply your OPI cuticle oil and put on your rubber gloves, wash up or clean as usual. As your hands get hot the oil will penetrate further down like when you apply a hair mask and apply a hot towel over the top.
To apply the oil to your nail and cuticle you simple brush the oil onto your nail like you would with nail polish, not forgetting the base of your nail where the cuticle lies, then gently massage it in for a few minutes to each nail, because it is oil a small amount goes a very long way. I would also advice to massage the oil into the skin up to where the crease of the finger first folds. This area is where your nail bed starts and this is the deciding point of how your nail will grow.
This cuticle oil doesn't take long to sink into the skin but it does all depend on how much is used.
There is no need to worry about how much or how many times you apply it, you can apply as much and as often as you like but as a minimum I would recommend twice a day at least.
As soon as it has absorbed your nails, cuticles and surrounding skin will look and feel healthy. On me it relives any itchiness caused by dryness thus saving my cuticles and surrounding skin from damage.
With regular use of this product it can help to shrink your back your cuticle, which in turns also encourages healthy nail growth.
I have also applied this before bed and I wake up in the morning with soft and subtle cuticles that look healthy but as my cuticles are dry it's not long before I need to apply more oil.
Comparing this oil to Solar Oil I am undecided which one is better, they are both great cuticle oils but they both do the same thing. Even though this is a fantastic product I don't think I will be repurchasing this cuticle oil from OPI and I really thought I would, but for the price I will be sticking with the oil I have used for years and that's Solar Oil.