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Yves Rocher Nail Whitener

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  • I love it!!!!
  • nails are very clean and white with faint lilac tone
  • absolutely no disadvantages
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      23.10.2006 18:50
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      Never again

      When I recently decided to place an order at Yves Rocher, I came across the nail whitener of the series "Manucure". Sounded tempting to me, especially as my finger nails are slightly yellow from all the nail varnish over the years, so that I finally decided to give it a try. I’ve usually been satisfied with the products I got from Yves Rocher, so I was looking forward to trying it out. So it’s not surprising that I did exactly that immediately after I’d received the packet…

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      What Yves Rocher promises…
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      Farewell to dull, yellowed nails!
      Specially formulated to fight against yellow and dull nails; this product is rich in lemon extract, which instantly whitens the nails for a clean and well-groomed appearance. Can be used as a clear nail varnish or as a base under coloured nail varnish or even as a topcoat after your French Manicure due to its shiny finish. A single layer is enough to help your nails rediscover their natural beauty!

      Plus points
      Its flat, oval brush facilitates an easy and quick application: 3 brush strokes are enough!

      (from the company website)

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      Price and Availability
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      The little bottle comes with 10ml of the "nail whitener" and is only available at Yves Rocher. I've ordered it on the internet, but they also sell their products in their own high street shops. The price regularly is £5.30 - quite expensive. You should always have a look at their deals (and who knows Yves Rocher also knows that they always have them...), at the moment you can buy it for "only" £2.60.

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      What it looks like
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      As Dooyoo added a product picture, I don't have to say too much about that issue. The nail whitener comes in a for such products typical bottle, which is appearing to be bright lilac. On the front there's the band name as well as the text Soin Blanchissant" "Nail Whitener à l'extrait de citron ongles jaunis et ternes" and a small lemon.
      On the back it says (in English and French) “instantly brighter and whiter nails. With the brightening qualities of the lemon”.

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      Ingredients
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      If you strip away the sticker on the back, you are able to see the ingredients of the product. That’s if you have good eyes – or a magnifier. Apart from that there’s the warning that you should keep it out of reach of children.
      The ingredients are the following, just in case somebody needs or wants to know them out of whatever reason - to me it’s all Greek 
      Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phtalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anydrige/Glycols Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Etocrylene, Propylene Glycol, Dibenzoxazoyl Naphthalene, Aqua (Water), Citrus, Medica Limomum (lemon) Fruit Extract, Cl 60725 (Violet 2)

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      How to use it…
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      And now the big test… Is he stuff really as good as Yves Rocher promises?

      I open the bottle and immediately smell the typical odours of nail varnish. Well… not quite smelling like lemon, but I didn’t expect that anyway. With the white brush, which is, as usual, attached to the cap, do I apply the nail whitener to my nails, just like I would apply a basecoat. That’s really easy and quick, as the nail whitener is quite fluid. (But not that fluid that it would run down). The colour is transparent, even though Yves Rocher is saying something about lilac-transparent. Sorry, but no lilac there to me.
      Just after the varnish has dried (which goes very quick, it only takes about two minutes) I curiously have a look at the result.

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      Result
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      And… nothing. The nails looked exactly as they did before. Well, there was a nice shine on them, but for that I could have used a cheap transparent varnish. The nail bed and the top of my nails – both looked like before. White, more natural nails? Not for me, not with this product. I was quite disappointed and gave it another try. And another. And another. But now, after more than three months, there is still no visible result.

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      What I think
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      And so I’m now using the expensive nail whitener as normal basecoat.
      At least you can remove it quickly and easily with ordinary nail varnish remover – but this is more or less the only positive thing I can find.
      The durability is quite good; you don’t need to renew it for good four days, if you only do “normal” work/house work. But I have to mention that I don’t do the washing up, that’s my partner’s job ;-)
      All in all it’s not more than an ordinary, clear varnish for a basecoat on top of which I still have to use coloured nail varnish to hide my yellow nails. It’s also a nice product to use as a topcoat after French Manicure, but for this purpose the product just is too expensive. Also, this isn’t what I bought it for. I bought it for it's whitening properties.

      But...
      Instantly whiter nails? Sorry guys, might have worked in your lab, but doesn’t work in reality, at least not on my nails. Barely two stars, as it at least gives a nice shine to your nails – but I won’t buy it ever again.

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    • Product Details

      Specially formulated to fight against yellow and dull nails; this product is rich in lemon extract, which instantly whitens the nails for a clean and well-groomed appearance / Can be used as a clear nail varnish or as a base under coloured nail varnish or even as a topcoat after your French Manicure due to its shiny finish / A single layer is enough to help your nails rediscover their natural beauty!