This works well on its own as just a clear nail hardener, but it doesn't as a base coat. The very next day my polish chips using this underneath. But it dries fast and makes my nails glossy when I'm not wearing anything else. It's overpriced IMO. I found this at Big Logs for like, 90% off. If it was full-priced, I would have passed. There are much cheaper alternatives that do the same job.
Wow. I always thought I was a nail biter. Then realized that it was actually my soft nails. Every couple of weeks my nails would start to rip at the edge and I would peelit off.
I started using Nailtek Xtra after a recommendation from a salon. I have NEVER used anything this good. It isn't just protection, it is changing the hardness of my nails.
I've been using it for 2 weeks about 3 - 4 x a week. It doesn't peel off unless I put a second coat on without letting the first one dry completely.
I'm waiting to see how long they will get before they break. I am an event planner and they all survived decor tear-down.
I highly recommend you at least try it for a couple weeks. I haven't decided if I'm going to switch to the Nail Tek II later. This is glossy though and the Nail Tek II is a matte I hear so it might be better as a base.
Bought this to strengthen my soft brittle and peely nails right after having acrylics done. I used to hate this immensely, it actually peeled right off my nails although I followed the instructions conscientiously. As a result, it was awfully neglected and banished to the back of my drawer. However, just recently I decided to try this out again and mind you, it was almost 2-3years later. The formula did not thicken much and I was able to apply this without much trouble. I used this followed by OPI Natural Nails Base Coat, 2 layers of nail polish and used this product again as a top coat. Every day I will apply a new layer. I am super impressed because my nail polish did not even chip. Usually nail polishes chip on me (or show tip wear) on the second day or even on the day I had a fresh manicure done. Also, I washed, cleaned and typed vigorously but no chipping! It hardened my nails and they don't break so easily anymore. Since my nails have already recovered from my previous acrylics, I am most likely going to order Intensive Therapy II or III instead of this. It works fantastically to strengthen weak nails and is also perfect as a top coat. It might not give that mirror shine that Seche Vite or Poshe give, but it is definitely glossy on its own too.
This stuff has been a miracle. My nails were in horrible shape from using acetone polish remover (I was using glitter a lot and was impatient and wanted something to remove it quick... acetone works but it wrecked my nails) and then after they were already damaged I putting on fake nails for a while because my nails were so bad and that of course only wrecked them more. There isn't even an accurate description as to how bad my nails were afte all that... I seriously thought I had some how managed to ruin them forever. I quit using acetone polish remover which helped some but my nails still would not grow and would constantly peel and break. They were also very soft and weak. I found this and my nails started appearing in better condition so quickly that it really was just amazing.
I apply a coat, let it dry, put on polish, put on 2 coats of this as a topcoat and voila. Then every day I apply another coat. It helps my polish last longer and has helped my nails soooo much. They are starting to grow longer and stronger and peel less and less. They are actually feeling harder as well, even the parts that were significantly weak.
The key to this stuff is letting the base coat of it dry completely or your polish will peel/chip. I found that out the first time I used it, I immediately put polish on top before it was dry and everything had to be redone because it just would not set. But it only takes a couple minutes to dry... another reason I love it as a top coat to nail color as well. It doesn't take long at all and it creates a really nice shine. Right now my latest polish job has lasted about 3 days with very minimal tip wear which is just amazing for me. Usually in less than 48 hours everything has gone to hell.
i have had tips since 8th grade lol im 26 now but this is my second time using nail tek. i used foundation 2 but my nails were way too weak and even then i did see some results but with xtra im seeing results immediately. the only time i felt a stinging is when i first took my nails off, which it did say dont use after taking them off. im just hard headed lol. but its a great product, even kept my nails from chipping. 5 days after and my manicure is holding strong. nails arent chipping and breaking away either. good job nail tek
I bought this along with the Foundation II for nail ridges and neither worked for me at all. It chipped more and more everytime I washed my hands, and adding more coats seemed to piss off my nails even more. This was not worth the money. I bought Sally Hansen Miracle Cure and it fixed my problems so much quicker for a fraction of the price!
I went to buy Nailtek Foundation, but was given this instead. I first tried Xtra as a basecoat and my polish peeled right off my nails. Then I used it as a topcoat only and my polish lasted - not for days though. I didn't apply it everyday like the packaging suggested and have been using it a lot longer than two weeks. I used it just when I was doing my nails and that is about 2-3X a week. While this has made my nails stronger, it has not made them flexible and I think nails need flexibility so they don't snap off when hit the wrong way. I would not repurchase.
I have many good things to say about this product, I do not apply this daily as directed, but I do use it as base and top coat. My nails are significantly stronger after using this product only ONCE.
However, this product does not keep my polish on long enough. After about 4 days, my polish were chipping and peeling off very badly, before I use this product they last over a week with my old base coat. The odd thing is, usually without using this product, my polish comes off as the base of my nails, but this product causes the polish to peel from the tip of the nail.
Another not so great thing is that it tends to make my nails yellow.....
Overall, this product does a great job on hardening the nails. Maybe if I follow the instructions my polish will stay on longer, but I rather have a manicure that lasts four days and after that I can repaint than my nails starts chipping in a week and then I have no nails to paint.
I like this as a top coat a lot more than the OPI top coat. Its shiny but also has a good consistency.
Best Nail hardener ever - Keeps my polish on for a whole week, and I work with my hands alot - I know i'm not supposed to use this for a long time, but my nails were in such bad shape, i'm going on my 3rd week. My hands have pretty much transformed, and they are presentable again- Would definately purchase this stuff again!~
This product enabled me to finally grow my nails, even in winter when they are especially fragile. Have gone through a couple of bottles. The Extend product allows you to utilize all the XTRA -- the XTRA does get thick over time. Now that my nails are worthy of some color in my polish, I am using the XTRA as a base coat. I use one or two coats of one of the sheer pink Sally Hansen products over that, and the Seche Vite Top Coat. My hands finally look presentable!