I'd only buy this on eBay, never in a shop. It's decent enough as a matte clear treatment, but it chips quite quickly. I only use it because sometimes my nails can get brittle and weak. Some of my nails feel stronger, but the 'problem' nails (the ones that seem to break first or flake first) aren't really any better than before. Bit overhyped, if you ask me.
I started using this product about a month ago based on a recommendation from a manicurist friend of mine. My nails have always chipped and peeled and couldn't grow much past an 1/8". I definitely notice a difference in the strength of my nails - they aren't chipping, even when I remove the product for a couple days. It applies like a dream, like all OPI products, and seems to last without reapplying pretty well (I don't apply is as often as the bottle calls for). It was a little pricey, but it works great and I think it'll last for a while, so I won't have to replace it often. The matte really isn't matte, just less shiny, and it does provide a great basecoat. I'll be using this product for a long time I think.
Love this stuff! While I have and use the original Nail Envy, this is superior to me because it doesn't chip so quickly. The matte finish means it looks more natural and is a great "grabber" for polish.While it's pricey to me, it's worth it. A bottle lasts for a long time, and my nails don't peel when I keep a coat or two of this on them. Have repurchased more than once. continued >>
I think this is meant for use as a treatment rather then a top/base. In the past I used the original formula and my nails were beautiful and grew long and strong. It also never peeled or chipped on me. I then grew to like the natural non-shiny look and decided to try this and seems to work pretty good. Although right now I'm using Barielle, which I'm still "testing" but seems to be working out pretty well so far (will review that one after a while of using it). But will repurchase either way.
I love Nail Envy! I'd give this 5 stars, but it doesn't seem so matte to me after a day or so--maybe it's the way NE wears on my nails. Still, I think it does make a difference; my nails don't seem to break, split or peel as much when I wear it, which is fantastic. I definitely would repurchase this, and have several times. However, I mix it up with the original, which is very shiny and glossy.
well, i think it is a good base, not sure i notice a difference in growth or protection though.
This was recommended to me by a friend who used it for her husband, since it is matte. I did the same and when my husband and I have a special event, I clean up his nails and swipe one coat of Nail Envy Matte. It works great and it protects his thin nails from dings and scratches, which he is very prone to.
This stuff i hate. I see no difference it the condiotion of my nails-in a good way-but now my nails have become yellow and disgusting. It could be something to do with wearing the color or having a mani all the time but i have my nails were in ok condition when i used this had it on my nails for two weeks-eeeewwweeeeee-when it came to taking it off, bright yellow nails. Gross. Im sure it works for other people, but the effects on my nails were pretty awful.
I've been a fan of OPI Nail Envy Orignal formula & the last time I had a manicure, the technician recommended the matte to me. I love this stuff. I ususally give myself a French manicure & this sets up the nails perfectly for it. She told me it holds the nail polish on much better than the shiny formula. This also keeps my nails much stronger. they grow like weeds now! Great stuff
I have been use this product for a little over two years. I never use color on my nails, as I am a natural kind of girl. This stuff gives my nails a natural, polished look. The only thing I did not like about it was that you may need to reapply or refresh with one coat every other day. I tend to use my hands a lot (dishes, work, washing hands, etc.) The polish tends to chip on my nails. It did make my nails stronger, however.
It is an excellent product. I blame my overactive lifestyle for the chipping.