Monday, 1 October 2012

Review: China Glaze Nail Strengthener & Growth Formula

My nails have always been in great condition- they never break or split, and aren't weak. However my index and thumb nails have been splitting a lot lately which is annoying the hell out of me! I think it might be because of me bumping my nails onto things and maybe from removing pesky staples from prescriptions at work....
Well anyways I went to Cosmetic Fragrance Direct at DFO the other day and found this little beauty! It was $10, and normally retails for $18.95 so I guess I did save a bit! It was an impulse buy, although I have heard great things about China Glaze nail polishes so I didn't think this strengthener would be any different :)




And as I always do, just a little description from its website:
Nail Strengthener & Growth Formula is vitamin and protein enriched to promote healthy nail growth
-Promotes the growth of healthy, beautiful nails in 8 weeks  
-Vitamin B and wheat protein strengthens and protects nails
-Protects against splitting and cracking
-Great after removal of acrylic nails
          -DBP & Toluene Free (contains Formaldehyde as a nail strengthener & hardener) 

 Lol the "formaldehyde" scares me... having dealt with it in labs at uni and having warnings about it being toxic if inhaled or consumed (not that I will be eating it anytime soon) but if you use it in a ventilated room I guess we will be fine! I've always wondered how nail strengtheners work and if they actually work. So I was eager to try this and see if my nails improved over time.


I have been applying this to my nails for a few days now and I am loving the sheen it is giving to my nails! It has improved the look of one of my split nails, and I can definitely feel an improvement in the hardness too especially in my "healthy" nails. Quite surprising results for something I didn't really believe in initially.

Do you use a nail strengthener? What brand is it and are you happy with its results?

13 comments :

  1. ohh, this seems interesting, i really need something to stop my nails from chipping. when they chip i have a really bad habit of peeling it and then it looks super ugly! hopefully this will prevent them from chipping after i get around to buying this :D

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    1. yes i always do that :( i keep peeling my nails until it breaks off and it hurts! hehe i didn't know something would actually help it but this did :)

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  2. I bought a Sally Hansen nail strengthener several months ago and used it for ages but didn't really notice any effects... I paint my nails a LOT, only remove them on the weekend to let them breathe for 2 days before changing colours haha. So now I use the Sally Hansen one as a base coat under all my polishes just so I don't waste it.. but yeah since SH specialises in those products, I was disappointed when mine didn't do anything for me so I've stopped really looking out for any altogether haha I'm glad yours seems to be working though.

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    1. yeah i definitely didn't expect the nail strengthener to do anything but i was quite surprised! haha that's a good idea to use it as a base coat :) and such dedication to nail polish! i get too annoyed when it chips and i have to remove it

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  3. Seriously when I saw China Glaze going for $10 at Cosmetic Fragrance Direct, I nearly fainted! Lol!!

    I'm surprised that they really strengthened your nails! I always thought they made nails harder from the formula which makes them stronger!

    Good to know it works! I wanna go to DFO right now! =D

    ♡ M.May

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    1. DFO has really good bargains sometimes :D it was such a good buy :)

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  4. I haven't tried any nail strengtheners before, but this China Glaze one sounds fantastic! Will definitely be buying this when my nails are feeling brittle! :)

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    1. Yes and China Glaze is quite a reliable brand! :)

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  5. Omgsh! I still need to head down to Cosmetic Fragrance Direct- I haven't been to DFO in ages so I haven't been past it D:

    I've never used a nail strengthener before BUT one of my nails has recently started to chip as well :( ...probably a sign for me to buy one haha, and I'll definitely consider this one!

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    1. I know, splitting nails are awful :( Cosmetic Fragrance Direct has so many bargains hehe :D

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  6. I definitely need to check this out! My nails have been in such bad condition and I find them to always be splitting too. I've been meaning to try China Glaze but I don't know where to look for them in Perth. :(

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    1. Splitting nails suck :( Aww hmm I'm actually not sure where China Glaze is normally stocked! Hopefully you can find it somewhere :)

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  7. I use OPI' nail strengthener, but I'm not sure about the effect...I usually just use it as a base coat. I wish you took pictures of your nails everyday so we can see the improvement! O_O Now I'm really curious about this product!

    xo
    osmiuminlove.blogspot.com

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