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I can't even remember how I came across this... I guess either I was actually looking for something for my cuticles, or some other sort of nail product. Either way, my cuticles are often a little dry, which would mean I'd have to make sure to thoroughly moisturiser them when applying moisturiser to my hands. This usually proves to be inconvenient when I end up getting moisturiser under my nails (hate it). So seeing this nail & cuticle treatment in a brush-pen form, definitely looked easier to use. Plus, it was probably the cheapest product on the shelf at the time.
The Maximum Growth cuticle & nail treatment comes in a pretty pearlescent pink colour packaging that looks similar to concealer pens. The product directs that the treatment is brushed over the cuticles, and over the surface of bare (varnish free) nails. The pen is very easy to use, and you actually feel like it is covering all areas of the cuticle, so no part of your nail or cuticle is left unmoisturised. The formula of the product isn't greasy nor sticky, and has a nice marzipan scent to it. When applied, your nails instantly look shiny and the cuticles soft. Because the packaging doesn't state whether to leave it to absorb or to wipe off, I tend to leave it to work for a few minutes, and then gently dry any excess oil.
I don't really have any trouble with my nails, they do pretty well at growing to a good length on their own, and they don't usually require any sort of nail hardener either. So unfortunately I can't comment on it for that. However one thing I did notice, was how much more shiny my nails looked, despite not wearing any clear nail polish. I could only put it down to the fact that I'd been using this nail treatment on them. The main reason I bought this was to moisturiser my cuticles. Although not a permanent thing, it does moisturiser and soften my cuticles for around the same length of time as what my hands would stay moisturiser for.
I really like this as a quick, and fairly cheap way of instantly helping both my nails and cuticles to look more healthy, and less unsightly due to often forgetting to do anything with them. If you have dry cuticles then I'd definitely recommend you to buy this. Especially if like me you're a little forgetful. The size of the product also makes it perfect for popping into your bag to use whenever you're nails and cuticles are in need of some hydration.
This is another of those products which I didn't even know I needed until I stumbled across it one day in Superdrug. I was searching for a French manicure kit to have a practise on my nails before my wedding, and was amazed at how many products there were for nail care and growth. I'm quite lucky in that my nails grow really well, and generally they're quite strong, it's just that I never usually bother to do anything with them. The thought of those close up wedding ring shots has got me more interested in looking after my nails, however, and this product seemed a good starting place. Costing just over £5, I hoped it would prove to be worth the money if it did what it claimed.
I have to admit, this product was a case of me falling straight into the hands of the marketing team. The cardboard packaging said "You Have: Dry, rough cuticles and painful hangnails. Weak brittle nails that peel and break". I looked down at my nails and although the nails themselves are strong and in good condition, I'd never noticed before that my cuticles are awful! "Yes, yes I do have dry rough cuticles" I thought. The next bit read: "You'll get: soft, smooth, healthy-looking cuticles and nails". That was it, I was sold. A marketer's dream.
The pen is labelled as "Maximum growth and cuticle treatment" which would imply it not only looks after your cuticles, but encourages your nails to grow faster. I can't really comment on this because as I've said, my nails grow fairly quickly anyway and this wasn't what I bought the pen for. I was far more interested in the claims it made about getting the skin at the side of my nails looking in tip-top condition.
According to the Sally Hansen website, it works because it has a formula fortified with Fluoride, Vitamins A, C and E, Pro-vitamins B5 and Aloe. Sounds good so far. It also claims to have a fast acting complex which deeply hydrates, nourishes and seals in moisture to support nail growth (http://www.sallyhansen.co.uk/products/maximum-growth-cuticle-nail-treatment)
The pen is like one of those concealer pens, in that you basically twist the base to dispense the product, and you use the brush at the end of the pen to apply it. It comes out clear though so sometimes it can be tricky to know when the product is ready to be used, I've ended up twisting for too long before now and had far too much of it to use. The guidance on the packaging says to apply it to bare nails (so no nail varnish), and the surrounding cuticle areas.
It's easy to apply, and looks like clear nail varnish once you've applied it. It also quite randomly smells like marzipan which is quite pleasant! It's not clear on the packaging whether it's supposed to dry or if you can carry on as normal when wearing this, so the first time I used it was whilst watching TV so it didn't really matter. It took a few minutes to dry, but didn't actually completely dry but felt a bit tacky to touch. I felt like it was a waste of time applying it when I'd be likely to get my hands wet in the kitchen or bathroom throughout the evening, so now I just apply it before bed to give it chance to get to work.
I have to say, I've been using this product for about three weeks now, and I can't say I've noticed any difference in the condition of my cuticles. When the product is applied, my cuticles look like how I'd like them to look, but when it dries they just go back to how they were. I've persisted with it, to the amusement of my fiance who has commented that my pre-bedtime routine is getting longer and longer the closer to the wedding we get, but it's not really made a scrap of difference. I'll continue to use it, in the hope that maybe I might get some results after persistent use, but to be honest, it's not really the miracle cure I was hoping for. Considering they claim the formula is "fast acting" I'd hate to experience one they considered to be slow!