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on 10/30/2011 2:30:00 AM
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Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium
What it Claims:"Strengthen nails with a high-shine finish. Pro-Manicureís unique, patented No-Streak Professional Brush is flat, not round, so color goes on faster and smoother for even-looking coverage. Get a new kind of manicure thatís chip- and peel-resistant with color and shine that last for seven days. Enhanced formula with Pro-Keratin helps build stronger, healthier nails. No formaldehyde, toluene, or phthalates, so manicure is as healthy as it is beautiful."Claims: True or False?1) Strengthen nails: False2) High-shine finish: True3) Goes on fast and smooth: True4) Chip/peel resistant: False5) Lasts for 7 days: FalsePackaging:Pretty much an Essie design knock-off. Aside from a lack of an embossed logo and a slanted cap, it's pretty much the same aesthetically speaking. The biggest difference is that the brush is far bigger, which I think is definitely a huge plus in L'Oreal's favour. Overall, easy to open and close, although the bottle is a bit small, which makes it feel a tad awkward when using it.Consistency:Very thin, watery consistency. The packaging definitely doesn't seem suited to this type of product, as it's nearly impossible to tell whether the product is actually sufficiently covering the brush. An actual drop mechanism would be ideal. Seems to dry to the touch quick enough, but I wouldn't say it works any faster than polish on its own. It also did not dry hard, and when I'd wake up the morning after using it, I'd have marks on the nails. It has a bit of an oily feel to it as well, which makes sense considering mineral oil is a main ingredient. It also smells horrid, which I'd attribute to the rubbing alcohol. Leaves nails shiny, but that's about all it does.Wear time:The bottle claims that it should help with preventing chips/wear, but I don't think it had any effect at all. It simply felt weird on the nails due to the oiliness. Bang for your Buck:11.7ml or 0.39 oz at around $7.00CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart. I feel as though the price is decent for the amount given, and if it works well for your nails then it will be a nice dupe to some of the slightly pricier brands.Final Consensus:Honestly, a huge dud. The packaging is nice, but that's all it has going for it aside from adding some shine to the nails. And to be quite frank, you'd likely find better or equal results with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and mineral oil alone. Doesn't do the job it's meant to do, and I think that the oiliness of the product transferring to my face caused a few issues with my face! Don't recommend.- Pros: affordable, easily accessible, nice packaging, doesn't disturb polish.- Cons: doesn't work, packaging it ill-suited for the purpose of the product, smells disgusting.Overall Rating: 1/5Price: 2/5Packaging Quality: 3/5Would you buy this product again: No.
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