8 Feb 2011

Quest for the Best: Nail Hardener 2

If you have read my earlier posts you will know that I have extremely weak nails and I am constantly on the look out for a nail hardener that actually works. (You can read my previous post here).
Product number two that was given a run for its money was Maybelline's Salon Manicure Calcium Strengthener which promises to 'reinforce soft fragile nails and is enriched with calcium fluoride'.
Because my nails are weak, they bend, causing my nail varnish to chip off, so my test for strength is to see how long my nail varnish stays intact for. 
I used Maybelline's Salon Manicure Calcium Strengthener as a base coat and a top coat along with two coats of 17 Lasting Fix nail polish in smoke signal.
After three days my nails looked like this......

As you can see the tips of my nail colour have chipped (due to tapping away on a keyboard everyday). 
My nails don't feel that strong when I have the Calcium Strengthener on and I can still bend them easily. I'm sure if you used it repeatedly over a length of time it may strengthen your nails but for the time being I'm sticking with Barry M's 3 in 1 basecoat, topcoat and nail hardener. I know chips started to appear with Barry M after three days, but only very slightly and not to the extent as shown above. My nails also felt a lot stronger with Barry M so until I find something better, Im sticking with it.
Has anyone used the Maybelline Calcium Strengthener and disagree with my opinion? I'd love to know what other people think.

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  2. Lovely blog :)

    I haven't tried that nail hardener but I've tried a brand called Retivanail and it's amazing!




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