OPI • Nail Envy - Matte • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||80%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I particularly enjoy polishing my nails and personally have nails that are not very strong. I have used OPI Nail Envy products for quite a while and find that the OPI Nail Envy Matte is a solid choice for a base coat. I also have used this formulation as a stand-alone product and am less happy with the results.
Pros: Definitely strengthens the nail in just 1 coat, makes a solid base coat, matte finish provides a more natural look when wearing on its own, has strong staying power, lasts a long time if you only use what you need.
Cons: Full retail price of $17 is obnoxious (I purchase on Amazon for ~$6), matte finish is easily altered by lotions or oils, wasteful when applied as directed (adding more coats over the course of the week leaves one with a very thick cover which is unnecessary), can acquire a bluish tint over the course of a week (more likely when wearing 2+ coats).
I like this product but would not purchase this again if it were only available at full retail. I like my nail strengtheners to be more versatile, and I feel that the Matte formulation's drawbacks lead me to only use it as a basecoat. Still, this is a solid product that works (with less product than the instructions would leave you to believe) and fits into my routine.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
After years of being an undiagnosed celiac and having chronic splitting, weak nails which wouldn't grow I was after something to speed the new rapid growth I was experiencing after the miraculous results I was having after changing my diet. The nails were growing at super speed but still weak from years of mineral depletion. I then acquired a bottle of this and for the first time in my life I can grow and keep growing my nails with no snaps or breaks. Yes this does contain formaldehyde but so do most full strength nail hardeners. If you apply as stated on the package and remove every 6 days I find I don't get any yellowing whatsoever. Makes a fab base coat with the matte (more like a satin finish). I am in love with this product. The only downfall I find is non OPI brands applied over the top of this dont tend to meld well with the product and they chip within a few hours but I have replaced most of my shades with OPIs now and my nails are looking great and the polish lasts for days even with with constant hand washing (I have dogs), cleaning and dishes etc. A product worth the hype.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
As a base coat it is good, the plus is that it strengthens your nails but just a standard base coat, not sure of the difference of it being matte.
This doesn't work well as a top coat
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I use this nail polish is a starting base not a base coat. There is a huge difference haha. Because it creates a matte effect, you want to use this before any other nail polish application.
After using OPI Nail Envy Matte for a few weeks i noticed that my nails felt more hydrated and stronger. My nail polish has not chipped away since applying and i am super excited about how my manicure looks.
I give this nail polish a 9/10 because the color is long lasting and it creates a great matte affect!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Okay, let me just start by saying, I've seen some people say it didn't give them the matte finish they desired. This is a matte base coat, it isn't really meant to be used as a mattifying top coat. OPI had a matte top coat specifically for that purpose :). ANYWAY! I've tried several other base coats. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, OPI Nail Envy for Sensitive/Peeling Nails, and NailTek. My nails do peel more than anything else. Despite this specific problem, the original matte Nail Envy is the best thing I've tried, and I've come back to it! It makes my nails strong, helps them grow faster, and protects them from staining even though I paint my nails every couple days. I know the retail price can be off-putting at about $17 USD, but I've only ever bought it on Amazon for about $6 USD, usually with free shipping. Very affordable! Overall, I give this a 10/10. Best base coat I've used, definitely does what it claims to, and yeah, buy it!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Disappointing product especially for the price.
It keeps my nails strong and protects my nail polish but it doesn't make my nails matte. Even after 3 coats there is still a shine.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I normally used a bog-standard base coat, really to protect my nails more than anything, but since having a baby my nails have been really fragile. They grow pretty quickly but split all the time.
I have been using this for about a month now and on my left (non-dominant) hand, I have no splits or chips. Just beautiful strong nails. On my right hand, my middle fingernail always splits because of the way my nail presses onto my pen when I write. Annoying, but not much I can do about that!
I really like this polish - it smells very strong, but I can overlook this in the face of the results. It is expensiven about £18 from shops - I got it for £7.95 from eBay. Would not buy this again full price. I like the bottle and the brush, and I love the way this looks. I bought it as a base coat not a top coat so am not disappointed that it isn't completely matte - I have a separate topcoat for that. I believe it is intended to give a natural sheen to nails so men can wear it unobtrusively. I'll update if it heals my husband's split thumbnail!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
It didn't fully work, there was alittl shine left. Other than that it works well and doesn't cip
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I jumped on the nail polish bandwagon a few months ago and did not look back....until my nails started flaking and breaking. I did some research (thanks Nail Board) and picked this up. I should say when I started using this about a month ago, I also started moisturizing my nails and cuticles with jojoba oil and lotions - rubbing both straight onto the nail bed and cuticle, and then putting Nail Envy Matte on. So, my nails are A LOT stronger, but it could be due to to the moisturizing too. One of my nails is still splitting a little bit, but it used to be every nail. I also figure that it's only been a month which means that the tips of my nails were at the cuticle over a month ago. The craziest thing is what it's done to my once seriously problematic pinky toenail. This one pair of heels I wore 12 years ago caused my pinky toenail to split lengthwise. One month of using this and it actually seems to be mending up! Also, it works well as a base coat. This is a win-win product.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I had originally wanted to my the Essie "Matte about you" but at the time the ULTA store I went to was out, so I just picked this up ($17). It didn't leave as great of a matte finish as I thought it would. There still was a bit of shine. I wanted it to be really flat. I just finally bought the Essie "Matte about you" and I recommend that if you want a REAL matte finish with no shine at all!