I love this stuff! I was blessed with strong nails, (thank you Grandma), but their one downfall was that they sometimes start to peel at the ends. I use two coats of this, two coats of polish and a coat of SV, and my nails are hard as rocks. It does seem to make them grow, mine grow pretty fast on their own, but I do believe this makes them healthier. I'll keep buying.
Let me tell you how good this stuff is...I had to stop using it. I have always had brittle nails. Even if they'd get length to them, they would chip or break. So if I didn't have fake nails, I just kept short nails.I discovered Nail Envy and it is wonderful. After about a month and a half (give or take a few days) of using it according to the enclosed directions, my nails began to grow and grow STRONG. Even now that I haven't used it for a month, my nails are still rock hard. The reason I stopped using it was because they just kept growing and I type quite often so for me, it became a nuisance. I trimmed them and shaped and they just kept right on growin. When I get a wild hair to have long nails again, I won't hesitate to get my Nail Envy. It is great! If you get Ulta's monthly catalog, they always have a coupon for a percentage off or $3.50. Treat yourself!
Wonderful product-I purchased it and used it on my nails which tend to break once they get too long. My nails kept growing until I stopped using it and then they all broke within a week.
I apply it as suggested but once my nails get long enough I apply it on the underside of my nails.
Also, Trade Secret has a 20 percent discount before 11am on Tuesdays which is useful because this product is around $15.
As far as strengtheners go, this one is definitely worth the time. Usually I keep my nails short to save time but when I want to grow them out for special occasions I reach for this. Thanks to Nail Envy I had beautiful natural fingernails for my wedding, not acrylics.
I bought this product on sale at Trade Secret, so I didn't have to pay $15.00 for it. The pros are this stuff helps my polish stay on longer and that it doesn't turn a weird color. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if this strengthener really does its job. I have terrible fingernails that break off easily and peel. I'm still having these problems, so I may try acrylics soon. I will probably not buy this again.
UPDATE: This stuff is becoming one of my HG products! I use it every other day and my manicures now last for a week with no chipping! Also, I notice my nails are growing faster and they don't split anymore. I will definitely buy again, but probably when it's on sale.
I had Nail Envy Dry & Brittle before I tried Original Nail Envy, which I got from Ulta's clearance bin with half price and small lotion. I like Original (matte finish) with pro brush better. Anyway, I have both so I use D&B as top coat. I use Original Nail Envy as base coat and OPI polish in the middle. All of them are single coat (3 layers altogether). My pretty nails with super shine and smooth last about 10 days without drying, peeling, chipping, etc. I can't keep more than 10 days as my nails keep growing so have to remove them all. A bottle seems to last years.
I will purchase Original Nail Envy but if I can find bargain for D&B, I'll also pruchase to use as top coat. OPI Nail Envy costs about $15 but Ulta often has free stuff attached. Check their weekly coupons for discount. If you're in DC, check Bed, Bath & Bebyond in downtown. They have discounted OPI and NE costs about $10. Anyway, I think $15 is OK for me as I have healthy and pretty nails with Nail Envy.
I buffed my nails with OPI smoother and waited about 30 min. after washing so my nails are completely clean and dry before applying OPI. I also patiently waited between coats. That's why they last very long. I did mine during TV commercials so every commercial break, I painted each layer without interrupting my fav. shows :)
I think the original formulation of nail envy is great (I haven't used the other formulations). I always use nail envy as a base coat (I trialed heaps of base coats, Natural Base, Creative Stickey, Orly bonder) and have found this one works the best. I know that scientifically that nail strengthens don't work because the nail is dead, but I have noticed a definite increase in the strength of my nails. For people who are trying to grow or strengthen their girls (I use to be a chronic nail biter) I would highly recommend this along with a nail buffer. The buffer 'bonds' the layers of your nail bed together and I can guarantee you will see an improvement in the strength and a reduction in peeling.
This is a good base coat for my fingernails. It dries very quickly and has a subtle shine, so on days when Iím too busy or lazy (or both), I will just swipe on a coat and my nails look clean and smooth. It clings to the nail (as a single coat) and last a long time, any chips are invisible, because there is no added color. As a base coat for an actual color, I make sure to run the brush on the tip and on the underside of the nail. I donít get chips until I do something stupid, like pry open a jar with my fingernail. It doesnít fill ridges too well, so Iím searching for something else for my toenails, but itís a keeper for my fingernails.
After years of having horrible nails (thin, weak, wouldn't grow) this is the ONLY thing that saved my nails. I love Nail Envy. A bottle lasts a long time.
Nail Envy works on my slow growing, peeling and generally stressed nails. I first started using it about 6yrs ago and had such good results that people would mistake my long strong nails for false nails - I had to cut them they were that long. However you can have too much of a good thing, I loved NE soooo much that I used it every single day, and that was my downfall, about 2yrs ago it just stopped working on my nails and peeled off within 12hrs of application, and that was it, no more long nails. I've recently started using OPI Chip + Skip and that has stopped the peeling, I apply it as directed (ie 2 coats, then a coat every other day for a week, take it off and start again), take care of my cuticles and voila after 3 weeks long strong nails. This works for me but take care with over use. BTW the pro-wide brush is fantastic.