I started using this as a bottom and top coat on my nails after removing acrylics. My nails were very thin and damaged, but I've definitely seen a difference in my nails while faithfully using the product. My nails and growing fast and are quite strong! I did notice some throbbing and slight pain/burning on my nails sometimes while applying this product, but it was only minor - nothing excruciating. I bought this from a drug store for around $6, definitely worth it.
I love this stuff. My friend recommended it to me when I was having so much trouble with weak, splitting nails this past winter. I put on one or two coats about once a week and then forget about my nails and have had tremendous results. My nails are definitely stronger and I only have one nail that is stubborn and still has one peeling spot at the tip, however I can't actually peel it - I don't know how to describe it very well. The point is this stuff works, it has made my nails strong and I would highly recommend it. I had no trouble with any burning, either. Give it a try if you have weak, peeling nails.
I've been using this product for 3 weeks and it's great. My only complaint is as a base coat it caused my nail polish to completely come off with in a few hours. I would suggest using it by itself for the first month.
For the people that have a burning pain from this product, it's because you nails are in worse shape than you thought. This product stregthens your nails... If you nail is very thin or lacking something from your diet then you feel the burning pain because it goes through your nail to your skin.
I have bad nails that peel and crack so you do not need great nails to use this but if your nails are extremely soft from fake nails or something else then you need to let your nails grow out to use this.
It will be worth it because this is the only thing that has actually let me have nails again. It's wonderful!
I been using this product for two weeks now & I haven't seen growth yet & my nails still peel & flake but its also because my old nails are growing out. So I cannot at the moment say if it works or not, when it comes to nail growth. However, I hope I can help people who are experiencing burning sensation.
This lacquer was made only for nails which is made up of dead cells. However, once this product touches the skin, it'll burn the living cells. When you paint your nails, always some of the lacquer will touch the skin around your nails and cuticles, thus giving you the burning sensation. Also, there will be the a percentage of the population that will be naturally allergic to some ingredients so if you find yourself to be one of those people, stop use immediately.
So now my suggestion that I used as I too have sensitive skin: put tape around your nails. I just used regular clear tape, cut strips with scissors & covered my cuticle, sides of my nails & the skin under the tip. Make sure the tape is adhering to your skin so there's not any space for the solution to get into. Then shake the bottle for 30 seconds to completely mix the polish. Then put a thin coat onto your nails. After 10 minutes, you can either put another coat of nail magic (wait another 10 minutes to dry then take of tape) or you can remove the tape and put on a top coat & then nail polish
I hope this helps anybody else out there! I will update if my nails have grown so then I can review on how this will help with growth. continued >>
After reading many reviews, I decided to try this product. I have been using for a week, after taking off my acyrlic nails myself and so far I am happy. My nails have always been week and break easily. I have NOT experienced the burning sensation or peeling that others have talked about. I apply 2 coats and then seal it with a top coat for extra protection. Another way I also have learned to keep your nails strong, is to moisturize your hands and cuticles . I apply lotion every half hour or immediately after washing my hands. I have high hopes and I am going to give it a couple of months to show me its stuff!
OMG, seriously, ive been sat with my fingers in COLD WATER, SO PAINFUL. never ever ever again, i dont care if had could have long nails, acrylics dont give me EXTREME PAIN! dont bother, my step mum recommened it to me, i find it bizare that some other girls deal with this pain just for longer nails, even taking pills to deal with the pain. INSTANT PAIN. BURNING ACHING HORRIBLE! im a beauty addict, but i draw the line here.
After trying many products claiming to end splitting and peeling, this is the first product that actually works. My middle fingernails split - I have no idea why these two nails, but they do! This product, after using for only a few days (coat in AM, coat in PM), resolved all of my weak nail issues. I now use it as my base coat, so there is always a coat of it on my nails for support. I repurchase this at Sally's over and over again. Great product.
I purchased Nail Magic after a friend recommended it to me. I have an issue with biting my nails and even if I do let them grow on their own, they are weak, brittle and will break thanks to years of acrylics and gel nails. I purchased this from Sally's and had to get the version with horsetail, as the original Nail Magic was not in stock, so this review is for the horsetail version, which seems to be mostly identical to the original version. I use this as a nail treatment, I apply a fresh coat, apply 2-3 a week for 2 weeks, then remove it and start over with a fresh coat, just as the directions state. Last week, I also used this as a base coat under a manicure and it worked perfectly. Since I have been using this, my nails have gotten longer and stronger. They also look healthy too. As far as the burning effect that some people have with the original version, I only notice that slightly with the horsetail Nail Magic. My nails feel tight for a day after applying, much like they would after getting a set of gel nails, but nothing that is unbearable or painful. Iím very pleased with my purchase and will continue to repurchase this as long as itís available.
In reading the previous reviews I'm quite surprised to hear about the burning, I have had absolutely no pain of any kind from using this base. I have found the effectiveness to be so-so, as I have 2 nails in particular that keep wanting to peel. I've been using this for about 2 months now, 2 coats under every mani whether I top it with lacquer or just give it a shiny top coat. I am about half way through the bottle and I'm still undecided whether I will repurchase this or try one of he Orly base coats next. So while I've not experienced any pain using this I would suggest if you often find yourself sensiitive to chemicals you may want to proceed cautiously.