I usually use Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in the Gold bottle (I think its Diamond Hardener or something like that). I am used to just using that as a clear coat on my natural nails and it works really well to harden them and keep them from breaking. I ran out of the SH, and I was at the beauty supply store and figured I'd try Nail Envy, and boy am I sorry. My nails were pretty long, and then I used this and now I've broken 4 out of 10 nails within a week. They don't just break, they start bending! And I'm talking both bend down and bend back. So my nails have bend ridges all over the ends from bending so much. Its terrible looking, and feeling. I also tried applying 3 coats, and that didn't help at all.
I grew out my nails that I had had wrapped for years. Used Rejuvecote and got myself strong long nails that I had not had for years.
Then decided to try Nail Envy to maintain.
Now I have four deeply broken nails. Have to go back to Rejuvecote.
i love everything about this stuff. i cant do a pedi or mani without it!
Love love love love love!
Since i've been using this, I havent had a single break of a nail.... and I've been working as a cleaner scrubbing tiles with phosphoric acid....
This stuff is amazing...my nails have never been so long and strong and healthy and even before. I can even get my index fingers to grow - albeit not at much as the others, but definate improvement.
Pro-Wide brush makes it easy to apply in seconds, dries quickly and clear.
I will use this for the rest of my life if I can....
I love Nail envy - I used to bite my nails because they weren't strong and wouldn't grow - now my nails are really long and are good condition. would definatelyt recommend!
I hear alot of complaints about this, but I think it is fantastic.
It does not yellow my nails or make them crack.
It does very quickly strengthen/harden my nails and I use it whenever my nails need it. I only use it for a week- maybe two and then go back to my regular foundation/base combination.
The only thing that has to be remembered is that this is a HARDENER, so if you use it everyday...your nails will become brittle. But this is not a downfall in my opinion, because this is not designed for everyday use.
If used as intended/directed- its great stuff. I always keep a bottle around.
Fantastic product, my nails look instantly beautiful and grow SO fast with this!
Never fails to makes my nails peel like crazy. I also tried the matte formula with the same results. Nailtek Foundation II and Essie Protein Base Coat are wayyy better.
This is the ONLY nail hardner that has allowed me to grow my nails. I've tried many others, and had problems with chipping peeling, slow drying, too thick, too thin, etc etc....but Nail Envy seems to be perfect. MY nails are very weak and thin, and they begin to chip and peel as soon as they begin to grow out, but Nail Envy stops this. It has amazing staying power - I change it weekly, sometimes just adding another coat and waiting two weeks. The only compliant I have is the smell - it is extremely strong, and feels like it's irritating my lungs (make me cough) when I use it - that can't be good! Since I don't have to refresh it very often, I get around this by putting it on standing at the stove with the fan on (problem solved). It does tend to yellow the nails. Essie Sensitive base coat doesn't (so far) so I've been using it underneath. Great product - will definitely repurchase.
EDIT: Despite good results with this, I've stopped using it. The smell was too strong, and I'm not diligent about going to the stove fan to apply. The idea or formaldehyde being the active ingredient that creates cross-linking in the nail just doesn't sit well with me. New strategy: SH nail growth activator has been helping me keep my nails hydrated, and regular formaldehyde-free OPI polishes have been keeping my nails strong enough to grow out successfully. Plus, no yellow nails.
I bought Nail Envy Maintenance hoping that it would make my nails grow stronger after my acrylic nails had made my nails really brittle and breakable. I've used it for about 3 weeks and it has made my nails STOP growing. My nails use to grow pretty fast, but when I started using this, it stopped growing. It's been 3 weeks and my nails are still very very short (as if I had just cut them).
The polish has a dirty yellowish-brown tint when on your nails. It was very unexpected because in the bottle, it looks almost pink. It did make my nails a bit stronger, but for $14.50CD, I expected more.
This didn't work for me, but I have heard that it works for other people.