This is my all-time HG. It does everything I could ever wish for: prevent staining (I wear dark colors a lot), strengthen my nails (if I accidentally hit my nails against something now, they don't break!), make them grow super fast (this may be a slight drawback for some, but I don't mind frequent filing), and cure my peelies for good (I had SUCH a problem with peeling nails). Before trying this, my nails would always grow to a certain length, only to peel or break off one by one (this cycle went on for years). Not anymore. I finally have long nails! I will always repurchase this. I swear it's magic in a bottle.
Works great, as the other reviews have commented. Although, it took me some tweaking to get it to work best. At first I would put a coat or two on, another coat every few days and then take it off in a week. However, it really peeled this way and didn't stay on.
Best way is to put a coat on and protect it with the extended top coat from Qtica. I do the full manicure now, one coat of this as a base, two coats of Zoya nail polish, and one coat of the extended top coat. I use the half time drying accelerator (which is awesome). And I have a glossy, great, dry manicure in 10 minutes. If I apply one additional top coat mid-way though the week, I can get a full 7 days out of it, and my nails keep growing and not chipping.
I'm saving a lot of money on salon manicures, because I only have to go once every 6-8 weeks to get my cuticles all cleaned up nice. Otherwise, my polish job is just as good as salon.
Excellent combo. I have to say, the natural growth stimulator, the extended top coat, and the half time drying accelerator are now HG for me. I am done looking.
Just tried this product, and its fabulous! My nails are very thin and week, and I see a difference after using this product for a week! Pricey, but great.
QTICA Nail Growth Stimulator is the first and ONLY product (of the millions I have tried) that has ever made a difference to my thin, peeling, soft, weak and stumpy nails. I started using this along with taking daily Biotin supplements and the combination has proved what I thought was impossible....I can finally grow my nails! The clear polish dries quickly, makes the tips of nails nice and white and improves the overall strength and look of nails. Seriously, give this a try if you have problem nails (and consider the Biotin supplements too) – they have done wonders for my nails and I think Qtica is a GREAT product!!!
Other things that I have done which have also really helped in growing my nails: 1 - always wear gloves when washing dishes and cleaning (detergents are lethal to nails), 2 - rubbing nail oil into the nail & cuticle once a week and lightly buffing the nail (especially where it may be starting to peel at the tips) and 3 - using a high quality hand + nail cream regularly to keep nail bed and edges moisturised. Good luck!!
My hg!! This is absolutely fantastic! Bought the small bottle at Ulta for $12 just to try it out (will be buying the larger next time) and I absolutely love it. I had results within the first few days which was not the case with other brands I've tried (Nail Magic, Nail Tek II). In Dec I removed my acrylics to discover the horrendous damage that had been done. It is now May and I still have these dents in my nails from that manicure! Softness and peeling has been an issue my whole life but really became noticeable when I removed my fake nails. I decided againt OPI Nail Envy after reading the mixed reviews and instead went with this. Absolutely works. My nails and hard and strong. They don't break (for the first time I've started clipping them as opposed to them breaking before getting long) and peeling issues have dramatically decreased. I have been using this for 5 months and am not even halfway done. O btw, I gave the packaging 3 stars because the brush and the cap separated. Just for reference, I sometimes put this on first then base coat, 2 coats of polish and top coat. Sometimes I put base coat on first then this. It doesn't matter which order because it works just as well. Please give this a try if you are in need of nail TLC.
I have to agree with the other reviewers. This is an awesome product. I bit my nails for..well..all my life (and I'm now 37). I finally just quit biting them and they looked HORRID....I got this product along w/ T.I.P.S and I have gorgeous nails. You'd never know I bit them.
This is kind of pricey, but nails are like your face..you have to pay to keep them up, but it's so worth it.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this product.
What I like Best - It does not chip/peel off my nails. Amazing! Every nail product I have ever purchased peels right off. My nails feel stronger & are growing. $20. for .5 fl oz is pricey - but it works...so it's worth it to me! I would/ will purchase again. continued >>
I luv this stuff....it's my HG nail product. I quit getting acrylics done in August and have been using this ever since and my nails look FABULOUS. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for, IMO. My nails are so strong and beautiful. I got a good deal on this in the holiday gift set on the Qtica website. I would definately recommend this for anyone that has previously had acrylics and needs some TLC for their nails.
so...after suffering for months with peeling, breaking nails and trying several treatments to no avail, I caved and bought Qtica (was kinda pricey)...I used this product several years ago and know I remember why I love it ! Saw a huge difference the strength and overall condition of my nails in a fairly short time (2weeks)! Will continue using this product and highly recommend it!
Edit to add: I think this may be helping to make my nails stronger I have definitely noticed that my nails are growing faster as I am filing them on an almost daily basis to keep them super short, but - back to strength - it's hard to tell as no matter how thinly I apply this product (even with only 1 coat) it peels within 1 day. I tried to seal this with different top coats, but it still peels (still within 24h). I've tried just normal polish & it doesn't peel - so one must assume it's the Qtica product (I just polished & topcoated as usual minus the Qtica).
I just got this today so I will update my review later. Initial thoughts: I wish this had a wider brush like OPI, agree that the wide cylindrical top is a bit cumbersome.
INGREDIENTS: Ethyl Acetate, SD480B Alcohol/Butyl Acetate, Propyl AcetateIsopropyl Alcohol, NitrocelluloseDibutyl Phthalate, PolyvinylButyral, Water(aqua), Tosylamidel, DI Camphor, Benzophenone-1, TriphenylPhosphate, Acrylates Copolymer, Garlic Extract, D & C Violet #2. continued >>