|Would buy this product again.||88%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I bought this after reading several reviews and after buying a bunk cheapie glass file from Ulta. This is the best nail file I have ever owned, but for me it didn't have magical properties. Here's what's great about it. It is a very fine grit, so it is gentle. There is absolutely no fraying. I use mine to seal my edges and it's perfectly safe. I've had mine for almost a year, use it all of the time, and it works exactly the same as Day 1; it hasn't worn down at all. This files down nails very efficiently so that with very little effort your nails are visibly shorter, but you still have perfect control. I've never filed down my nails too short. It's the perfect balance between efficient and conservative. That said, I read so many reviews wherein the writers said that the very health of their nails seemed to change - no more splitting, peeling and strong healthy nails! That didn't happen with me. In my case, I had started using OPI Nail Envy and moisturizing my nails months before using this and was starting to see the effects of that. Splitting had been very bad before but it had improved with OPI and applications of jojoba and coconut oil. Using the NailTek file didn't improve it above and beyond that, though, and I still get some peeling and splitting. But I love this file and will use future Ulta coupons to buy more for the office, the gym, etc. It's worth the money.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This product is an essential must for all types of natural nails. My mom, my girlfriends, family....they all LOVE this type of file since I introduced them to this file. They last forever, come in its own carry case for easy portability, can be easily washed for sanitation, and once you try one it will become a mandatory staple in your nail arsenal. I have always kept one in my purse, on my nightstand, in my desk at work, and sometimes in my car. My mom and some of my friends keep their nails a bit long and always manicured with polish. I, on the other hand, cut and keep my nails short. Even so...I love these files!! The large size file I use for my toes. The grain is very fine so nails are never rough or jagged.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
Much less frayed nail ends-a clean and quick file. A must own especially if you do your own nails regularly.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
For a nail file, I would say this is expensive, but after using it, I now think of the purchase price as an investment. (And totally worth every penny!!)
For years, I abused my nails on emery boards, clipped them with scissors (yikes!) and nail clippers alike, but my Crystal File has really removed all need for anything else. The handy travel case keeps it protected in my purse for on-the-go emergencies (so no fretting til I get home or getting frustrated and grabbing the nearest pair of scissors), and works its magic quickly! I've known amazing shades of polish to change my life, but I never thought a file could, too...
Yes, I do experience some "chalkboard" effect from it, but the results more than compensate. I also only ever get that feeling on the "far side" of my nail (the corner I pull towards, not the side I start at), so I can definitely deal with it, considering it is a limited location and duration of the effect. I have subsequently washed it and used it on my friends a few times since purchase, and they are all shocked at the results.
If for nothing other than the fact you can get a brand new one sent to you for life for no more than $4 USD, I think it's a steal of an investment! Definitely my HG file!! love love LOVE it!!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
i got a great deal on this and ended up with 4 of them. my first one i have had for months and its just fine. it does the best job on my nails and it hasnt broken or chipped and i am notoriously rough on my stuff. this makes short work of my snags, usually one pass and they are gone. also i dont clip my nails i use this to file them down if they get too long. love this AND love the lifetime replacement. i have the one with the crystals and the gold case, retail was 20 bucks at trade secret. i paid full price for one and when they started to purge their nail care stuff i got b1g2f and took advantage. i recommend this a lot.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
Love this nail file tried the sephora glass file it dulled in about three months.Love the fact that it's double sided and comes with a case and also a life-time warranty it's my HG nail file!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Black
Files so much faster than emery boards! I got the mini version. I have no problems with the size for everyday use. Definitely worth the price~
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
After dropping my last crystal file I was on the prowl for another one today, trying to decide between another Essie and a Nailtek. I searched the product reviews and this board for a comparison and did not find one, so I am posting this comparison in case it helps anyone in the future.
Since I had Essie and Revlon in the past, I coughed up a little more for the Nailtek, and I am glad I did! Here's the skinny:
1) Revlon - not worth your $$. Too rough at first, then takes way too many passes, dulls quickly. Just go for a better one IMO.
2) Essie - very good, this was my first one. However, after a year or two of use it dulled. The case was also a pain to handle and not lose the cap, which is why I ended up breaking it.
3) Nailtek - my favorite!!! It is smooth but has enough grit to file quickly. Once in a while you get the nails in the chalkboard effect but just once in a while and the same is true with the Essie. Within a minute I learned to adjust my angle and motion without issues. A couple passes go a long way (but not in a bad way). This is the smoothest and most effective of all, plus the case is cute and effective. Now if it lasts it will definitely be my HG!!!
I hope this helps someone out there. Take care!
UPDATE: Despite being super cute, this file shattered on its own while sitting inside its case in my backpack, within 3 days of purchasing it. Now I use a SWISSCO from Sally's, which only files on one side but is a great balance of quality, price and convenience since there is a Sally's down the road in case it breaks.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
All I can say is that I wish I had tried one of these crystal files years ago. I have always had very strong nails, but they are extremely ridged which leaves my tips very snaggy after they've been filed. Yesterday I had a coupon at Ulta and decided to try a crystal file. I settled on the Nailtek and gave it a try as soon as I got home. Love, love, love it! The ends of my nails have never been smoother. Another benefit is the speed. I discovered, in my case at least, that I don't need to file only in one direction. By filing back and forth I'm done in no time. I also like the fact that the Nailtek file is double sided. It seems that some of the other brands are not this way. And the hard carrying case is a bonus also. Recommend this product highly. ****Edit: I take back what I said about filing nails in a back and forth motion. Filing in one direction is the only way to go, even with this super little file. What I have learned is that it is imperative to rinse this file several times as I file in order to remove any nail debris which clogs the tool. This speeds things up considerably for me. Just be sure to dry it off and you're good to go again.****
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I wish I had read reviews before I had bought the NailTek XL. It does indeed make a subtle but intolerable "nails on the chalkboard" sound. I think it needs a little more grit. The OPI file is grittier and makes no squeak. I liked the heft of the file. I wish the OPI came in an XL size.
The plastic box that the file comes in came crushed when I bought it online. It isn't as sturdy as the sleeve for the OPI file. That is really unfortunate since we need to keep crystal files in their sleeves due to fragility.
I would never buy a NailTek crystal file again. This one goes to my clunker drawer.