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Sally Hansen insta brite
Many years of painting my finger nails have left them a tad discoloured and so I decided that I needed some nail whitening product. Given that I have used Sally Hansen products before I decided to opt for this one
WHO IS IT FOR?
This is for people with stained dull or yellowing nails. Mine are certainly stained so this should be the right product for me.
WHAT DOES IS PROMISE?
This promises to give instantly whiter and more beautiful nails and also to protect and shine the nails
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The product comes packaged inside a box which has all of the information on the back and which opens easily by just opening the packet lid
The bottle itself is a typical nail polish bottle and when I look at the bottle it appears that the product is going to be white but this is actually the colour of the bottle. The brush is the same type as most nail polishes with a thinnest brush and a quite long handle which makes it easy to apply and ensures that when I am painting my finger nails the product doesn't go onto my skin.
The polish is clear and whilst it does smell a little of nail polish its not as strong which is a good thing. It does go on as a clear polish and is a good consistency not too runny and not overly thick.
HOW TO USE IT...
This is a bit confusing. On the back of the box the information tells me to apply to clean dry nails and to apply a second coat for maximum effect. I followed these instructions and then on the side of the box step 5 after colour and care tells me to protect and shine ( this product advertises itself as protect and shine), and this stage is clearly highlighted. Although I read this second instruction, I have continued to apply to clean nails without Ny colour because to my mind the effects of the whitening would not work over a colour.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The product is widely available in chemists and supermarkets and I think it costs around e £4 mark.
I have used this product regularly mainly because the first time I used it there was absolutely no difference in the colour of my nails. However, even thou I have used it frequently I have not noticed any lessening of the stains on my nails. It is easy to apply and on the plus side it is good for adding a bit of strength to my nails and if nothing else it's probably a decent enough base coat.
I will continue to look for a good whitening product and in the mean time use this as a base coat, but wouldn't recommend it as a whitener and wouldn't buy it again.
Thanks for reading
I work in a chocolate shop and therefore I can't wear any nail varnish on my fingers so I thought I'd buy a product which was clear and would make them look a bit whiter as well. I've had Sally Hansen product in the past like the nail hardener and they've worked so I thought I'd try Insta-Brite. I bought it from my local Superdrug for £4.99 although you could probably buy it cheaper in a supermarket or a shop like Savers.
The first coat you use doesn't always look like it has worked, but the bottle does actually recommend that two applications are used to get the full effect. Another review says that the whiteness doesn't last a long time and I have found the same thing. The first day wearing the polish there is a definite noticeable change in the colour of my nails, but after that they go back to looking slightly dull.
It's definitely a good product, but only if you have the patience to keep re-applying it every couple of days. I would have wanted it to last at least a week without it losing it's effect but this doesn't happen. I've found that it also chips extremely quickly and parts of it just sort of peel off. I'm not sure whether that's just from washing hands and stuff, but other nail varnishes I've worn don't seem to do this.
I'm not saying it's a BAD product, I'm just saying that it's alright if you can be bothered with the upkeep. Plus, I don't know how healthy it is for your nails to keep removing what's left of it and reapplying it every couple of days.
Sally Hansen Insta-Brite Nail Whitener
I am the sort of person who loves to wear nail varnish all the time, but hate the effects of it on my nails. I know that if I wear varnish for more than 5 days in a row, my nails will be a dry, split, flaking mess when I remove the varnish, so I try to do about 4 days of varnish and then 2-3 days of no varnish. Just imagine my horror when, upon removing the bright orange nail varnish I had been wearing last week, my nails had turned bright yellow. No subtle staining here, but very bright, obvious yellow. Very eek. Yes, it was my own fault for being too lazy to use a base coat. Anyway, I needed serious help, which is where Sally Hansen stepped in.
Insta-Brite (awful name by the way... I hate deliberate misspellings) was recommended to me by a colleague, who was horrified by the state of my nails. I purchased mine from Boots, but the Sally Hansen range is available from Superdrug and other chemists, and supermarkets too. It cost me £5.99, which, let's face it, is a little steep. I had expected to spend about £4, but I guess I'm just a bit tight. It's probably cheaper in Superdrug or supermarkets, to be honest, but that's just guesswork.
Insta-Brite looks just like a clear nail polish, and comes in a 13.3ml bottle. Upon first application, I was pretty disappointed. It seemed like no more than a clear nail varnish, which merely made my nails look more shiny. However, once it had dried there was a noticeable difference to my yellowed nails, so I decided to persevere and apply another coat. Again, the effect is not really visible until the coat is at least dry. I found the results lasted all day - but the next morning they were back to their yellowed selves completely. Sigh.
If you look closely at the nails whilst wearing Insta Brite, you can see absolutely minuscule particles of blue ish glitter/shimmer, which provide the illusion of whiter nails. I do not know why this effect diminishes with time, when the shine/varnish aspect remains. Insta-Brite also works to smooth the surface of the nails, filling in any ridges, which makes them look more uniformly shiny. I think Insta-Brite would look very good on unstained nails, just to give them that little something extra than normal clear nail varnish.
Basically, prevention is better than cure, so always wear a base coat underneath strong colours, but if you've already stained your nails, this will improve their looks a little.