I finally figured out why this doesn't work for me.
I started using Butter of London on my nails about 18 months ago in an attempt to get away from the toluene. (I used a lot of Essie and OPI before.) I found that if I used the normal products my nails were generally fine, and they grew longer if I kept up the polish.
Then I had a bad December - in winter weather, helped with a move and unpacked a ton of stuff, just generally allowed my hands to get completely dried out. My nails split like crazy too. So I bought Horse Power and started using it.
My nails split more and more, and I had to cut them shorter and shorter and shorter. I would apply either daily or every 2 days, and by day 5 or 6 I would find that I had a new layer lifted and had to remove the polish and cut them back again.
This week I tried again. I watched the following happen and had a Eureka moment: I smacked my finger into something (it does happen) and saw the polish lift off the top layer of nail as a result. This product bonds tightly to the top layers and actually CAUSES the layers to lift, at least for me. I'm taking it back to the store and will stick to the regular base coat and polish if I'm using color. Now to find a different clear "growth" product without the darned toluene. Hope there are reviews here from fellow MUAers.
Again, I love Butter London brand! So I also use the other foundation base coat. But I believe this Nail Fertilizer is going to be a better treatment for someone who constantly wears polishes!
As usual, the package is so sleek and looks so good on the vanity. It has 6 fl oz - quite a lot I say. Will last long time.
Some people use it as base coat. But I think I will just use it as a pure treatment. When I wear this, I will just give my nails a break from any polishes.
It smells very strong. Almost as strong as the polishes.
This treatment claims to grow you nail and you should see major difference in one month. I have not tried to wear it for one month straight to test the claim.
However, when I use this treatment, my nail does not have any yellowish and does not split anymore! Can't say much about the growing because my nails grows kind of fast all my life.
I will recommend this product. Good luck girls.
This is my favorite treatment and it is also an excellent base coat. It is more expensive than other brands, but it is available in value sets and as a duo with ButterLondon P.D. Quick fast dry top coat which takes the price down a little. It has been very beneficial to my nails, helping them grow stronger but still retain some flexibility so they're not brittle and easily broken. As a base coat it not only helps extend wear time and resist chipping but also prevents staining.
I would give this product a big fat zero, if I could. Absolutely terrible. I used it exactly as instructed, for several weeks, and I think it actually made my thin, peeling nails worse.... PLEASE save your money - this product is rubbish!
YUCK! This product doesn't perform well in any way. It applies a weird shiny clear tone, chips off in sheets, makes my unpainted nails looks ugly...I could go on. There are SO many other products that are better than this...it's awful!
this is FANTASTIC! I'm 34 years old & I've tried pretty much every product out there for my hopeless nails. My nails peel, crack, break, never grow & are super frail.. not anymore honey!!!! This product & my diligence of using a cuticle oil every day, twice daily has transformed my nails completely. My nails never break, peel, or bend anymore. I'm so grateful to this product, I could cry. It might sound dramatic, but I truly love this stuff & would recommend it to anyone that has had trouble finding something that will actually work. It's incredible expensive.. but I would pay double the price for the results this has given me in just 3 weeks of use. continued >>
I purchased this product today from a local beauty boutique. My nails are weak, they tend to peel and are soft & thin - that being said they are also brittle & I chip my nails alot. They are very short, like a boy's nails.
You are supposed to apply one coat daily for 7 days, then remove it all and start over again. It contains horsetail which is a herb high in silica, which the consultant told me would help to strengthen my nails.
I prepped my nails in my usual method:
1. Non-acetone polish remover from Sally Beauty.
2. Wash hands & with warm soap & water. Push cuticles back with orange stick.
3. Barielle Nail Revitalizer (it balances the pH of the nail).
4. Apply polish.
I am giving it a rating of 2 as it's already peeled off the tips of my two middle fingers a bit. However, my nails feel a lot harder then they have previously. I will continue this for another 2 weeks because the lady said that after 2 cycles I should notice a difference.
The bottle has a cap that you pop off, then another screw top. The brush itself is not a thick brush like OPIs but the formula is not too thick so it's doesn't tend to get streaky or uneven if that makes sense.
Edited May 23/10: So, I hate to admit this due to the high price tag & the fact that it does wear off the tips a bit - but I removed it today and I have to admit that my nails have not peeled at all this week. And, despite the fact that we are doing renovations this long weekend (that's why I had to remove, I got paint on my nails) I have not broken/chipped any nails. Even after removing the polish my nails feel stronger then they have before. I will update this review if anything changes.