Nail Magic


108 reviews

75% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$


n-Butyl Alcohol, Butyl Acetate, Amyl Acetate, Butoxyethanol, Ethyl 3 Ethoxypropinate, Nitrocellulose, Water (Aqua), Methylene Glycol, Gelatin, Red 33 (CI 17200)

on 3/2/2013 11:55:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Other, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I bought this and read the reviews. I was careful not to get it near my damaged cuticles because people said it could hurt. I did get it near one part and it did sting, but overall I was careful and only felt that once. As far as how it works, I'm extremely impressed. My nails ALL broke after polishing too much and they were a short, cracked mess. I've been using this for about a month and it's definitely helping them grow. I don't know that it makes them grow, but it helps stop them from cracking more so they *can* grow. It's a slow process, but they are growing and do feel stronger, even though the cracked tips are still visible. It's going to be a while before they are totally ok, but at least it's going in that direction.

Update: A few months later and my nails still break. I wonder if putting on a coat of anything has to do with that. My nails are super sensitive. Going to attempt going without this product except as a base coat and see if they actually grow back...

Update 2: I went without it for a while and they still were brittle, but I'm wondering if it's because the product weakened the whole nail. I'm going without for a longer period and changed my 'buy again' to no. Returned this.

on 1/26/2013 5:29:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Grey, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Not only did this product not make my nails stronger, it was awful to take off. I could not get nail polish remover to work without a great deal of effort.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I have always had brittle nails that rip and peel. They could NEVER grow without looking like a hot ratty mess. So I did resort to acrylic nails for five solid years. Big mistake of course... My nails were ready to fall off my fingers and the upkeep was unbearably expensive.

AFTER I completed the Nailteques "After Acrylics" product over a year ago i still couldn't get my nails to grow. Enter Nail Magic. My nails have NEVER looked better. Even WITHOUT polish my nails are strong and beautiful and LONG, holy crap I never knew my nails could look nice. Especially not THIS nice. My mom asked if I was wearing acrylics again when she saw my nails via FaceTime!

Never had any burning or pain.... I LOVE this product. I'll keep it in my routine for as long as they will make it!

on 1/1/2013 2:08:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

I've been a nail biter for over a decade. Finally decided to break the habit this past may and nix the nail biting. I longed for nice nails but since I had bitten them for so long, they would grow and break, peel and were yellow.

Enter nail magic! Bought it at Sally's and the associate recommended I apply it once a day for a week. On day 7 I remove the polish, let my nails breathe for a bit and then reapply. I have only had two broken nails in over six months (a HUGE deal) and my nails are a beautiful white. No problem with burning or stinging here.

Only con is this shit stinks. But that's not really a big deal. I apply it in the morning and it dries in about 30 seconds and go on with my day. It's not recommended for weak nails due to acrylics so read the directions!! This stuff's pretty great.

on 12/24/2012 11:41:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I have used nail magic for about a year and I always experienced some burning. I last used it a couple of months ago and two fingers on left hand and three on my right hand felt like burning hot pain. I am talking real pain and swelling. I removed the nail magic, but the pain was still there, and then white puss came out of my pinky finger and my other infected fingers had clear puss coming from underneath my fingers! I don't know why this happened but I will NEVER use nail magic again!! I am talking pain for weeks...not days! Swollen and my nail bed lifting on one finger. I am now searching for another product that will not burn like hot fire with razors!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 11/17/2012 6:55:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This stuff seriously saved my nails. Period. They'd suddenly all decided to peel over this past summer and it was so bad I gave up coloured polish all together. I stuck to treatments only and tried anything and everything in the Barielle line(my usual go-to), Growing Nails (with the garlic), Duri Rejuvacote, Spa Ritual protein treatment... nothing was working until I gave Nail Magic a try. I've been using it for the past month or so and I'm so impressed with how good my nails are now! They're strong and hard and pretty much all of the peeling has grown out. Phew!! I do believe this contains some liquid form of formaldehyde (listed as methylene glycol), which might be why some people have burning as it can cause allergic reactions in some people. Their website even mentions this and recommends stopping use immediately and soaking your nails in ice water for several minutes. I'm glad I didn't get any reactions but I understand the hate for those that do. For me it worked and got my nails out of an ugly rut. I would definitely repurchase, as long as I remain 'reaction free'. *knock on wood*

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 11/9/2012 10:35:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I too have used this product for probably 10 years and it is THE best nail strengthener that I have ever used. I discovered them at a trade show that I was working and was blown away how well it worked. I have natural nails and have never experienced any burning. I have no idea what would make that happen except to say that we are all different and maybe it's just a sensitivity/allergy that most of don't have. Finally found them online and will be ordering my stash.

on 10/29/2012 9:00:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Dark, Cool

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Nail Magic is a great nail strengthener. I had acrylics for months and in turn had really weak nails. I did some research on nail strengtheners and at first purchased OPI Nail Envy. I used it for a couple of weeks but wasnt impressed. I then went to the 2nd best option for my nails and purchased Nail Magic. After reading the directions carefully, I made sure to WAIT at least 4 weeks before I used it on my thin, post acrylic nails. After about 6 weeks (just in case), I started to use Nail Magic and it was great! I made sure to keep it away from my cutilces as it states in the directions and I have nothing bad to say about it but the smell. It's a bit strong, but Nail Magic does the job for strengthening my nails as its supposed to. I am a fan and will continue to purchase it. Please make sure to READ the directions very carefully before use.

on 10/9/2012 10:09:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

My nail thickness fluctuates a bit (hypothyroidism and supplements both have an affect on my nails) and I've found that the thinner your nails are and the longer this product stays wet on them, the more likely you are to experience burning. I now use a single coat, painlessly, and receive the same, strengthening results. That burning is nothing to joke hurts for HOURS even after you remove the product. This strengthens my nails well, but they're not impervious to peeling on occasion. It's a HUGE improvement, but not as strong as I'd like--though I'm really not sure anthing will give my poor, crumbling, peeling nails that kind of strength.

My mother has been using a bottle I sent her after she took her gel nails off. She has informed me that her nails are rock hard and that she didn't have to cut her natural ones down at all (hers are ungodly long and I was concerned that after she took her gels off, she'd have to cut them down...NOPE! She does have better nails than me, though. ;)

Update: Recently, I've started using Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener underneath this and while it's too early to tell for sure (I like to let my nails grow a full cycle before reviewing), it seems to be working even better! My nails have taken on a wonderful hardness that I've never experienced before. They are much harder, but still slightly flexible and not at all brittle. I have NOT experienced any additional sensitivity, which I was worried about given the extra formaldehyde. I've also found that if I buff my nails a little, the Nail Magic makes my nails look like they're gel coated--I get asked all the time now about my nails! These two products are giving me the one-two-punch that I really needed for my poor nails! I'm so happy!

on 9/12/2012 3:49:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

The sales lady from Sally's recommended this product to me and I bought it before reading the reviews here. For the last two months I've been using it at least once every week, some times twice a week and in general rather pleased with it. I apply it perfectly and never get any on my skin.

However! Last week I woke up the next day with my ring finger and my pinky on my left hand feeling like I slammed them in a door, which I did not. I shrugged it off and just assumed I did something to cause the pain during the night.

Last night was different though. After finishing my mani those two fingers started feeling like they were burning. The nail bed and sides looked red and inflamed. The space between my nail and finger tip have swollen and clearly visible underneath. Typing this up still hurts those two fingers. Comparing ring finger to ring finger and pinky to pinky it is a noticeable difference in nail shape, size of swollen flesh underneath and color.

I'm disappointed that this has started happening to me, as I've been rather pleased with the product while it was not causing me pain. I could see the healthy nail growing out, but this is not something I will continue to use and go through each week.

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