It’s Two Two Two Day! (February 22nd; 2-22, heh) I totally just made that up. Maybe the world will end when it’s Feb 22, 2222. None of us will live that long anyway, so no worries. 😉
Today is the halfway point of Project Focus 10 series and I’ll be reviewing Orly Nailtrition Nail Strengthener & Growth Treatment:
I’ve been using this as my nail treatment since mid-December, so I’ve had this on my nails continuously for about 2 months. I bought my bottle from Sally Beauty Supply (the only bricks and mortar store that sells Orly near me) for $17 for 18ml. (NailPolishCanada also stocks it) It is made in the USA and has a recommended lifespan of 3 years from opening.
I’ve tested a host of different nail strengtheners / hardeners over the years including the famed OPI Nail Envy (which was just ok, didn’t see a significant improvement). What sold me on this is what Orly claims on this product:
Strengthen peeling nails and stimulate healthier, faster growth with this advanced formula containing collagen, Wheat Protein, Keratin and Bamboo Extract.
Peeling nails is what I suffer from! I have fairly strong nails that grow just fine, they don’t break or bend or split, but they do tend to peel off in sheets, like this:
My thumb, index and middle fingers are most prone to this phenomenon. 😦
I learned so much about nail treatments from one of my favourite nail blogs: loodie loodie loodie (she no longer updates but I’m happy to still have access to her knowledge base). She did a series just on nail hardeners and treatments to breaks down key ingredients and what types of nail conditions are best treated by each. Prior to Nailtrition, I was loyal to Witchcraft (original formula), which is a formaldehyde based hardener meant for thin, cracking nails. I don’t have thin cracking nails but I found it to work well for me so I just kept using it. But then the Witchcraft original formula was discontinued and made formaldehyde-free. I decided to try something new and turned to Orly Nailtrition which had good reviews online.
According to what I learned from loodie’s blog, Nailtrition is a protein based treatment, but with added moisturizers, as shown in the product’s ingredient list (items bolded to highlight the key ingredients):
ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocelluloseadipic acid / neopentyl glycol / trimellitic anhydride copolymer, isopropyl alcohol, propyl acetate, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, triphenyl phosphate, n-butyl alcohol, stearalkonium bentonite, CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), citric acid, dimethicone, CI77891 (titanium dioxide), water (aqua), hydrolized keratin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed collagen, saccharomyces / calcium ferment, saccharomyces / iron ferment, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, bambusa vulgaris extract, CI15850 (red 7)
Protein based nail treatments coupled with moisturizers are ideal for peeling nails. What primarily causes peeling nails is the lack of moisture in the nails – my nails are especially prone to peeling during the cold bitter winter months. And I’m a frequent hand washer – it’s cold & flu season, and I take no chances! 😮
Apologies for how dry my hand is! And I’d just removed Essie Starry Starry Night so there are hints of blue polish residue. 😳
I use Orly Nailtrition by applying it to my clean bare nails, letting it dry completely, then adding Orly Bonder on top as a my base coat. Then I do my manicure as normal: 2 coats of polish and then topcoat. I tried using just Nailtrition as my base coat but I found that my nail polish doesn’t last as well without Bonder. I’ve also worn Nailtrition alone as my “manicure” when I was super lazy right after Christmas holidays. It’s lightly tinted and provides a pinky peach hue to the nails – my coworker actually complimented on me on my “nail polish” and asked what shade it was. 😛
As with most nail treatments, I didn’t notice results right away, but I started seeing improvements by around the one month mark. I experienced zero peeling on my middle fingers, and then only slight peeling on my index and thumb. Last week, I noticed that I had no new peels. Amazing! I’ll keep using this and report back if anything changes. This bottle will likely last me 10 months with continuous use and I plan on repurchasing this, as long as it keeps working for me. 🙂
• It works!
• Dries quickly
• Slight tinted colour makes it suitable for wearing alone
• Not good as a base coat
• Takes at least a month to yield results
Stash worthiness: 9/10
Do you use a nail strengthening treatment? Which one?
Updates on other Project Focus 10 items:
• I used the Smashbox Double Exposure palette only once this week because I had to make time to test the newest palettes in my stash, the Lise Watier Simply Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – I’ll be reviewing it this week.
• I’d also been testing some new foundations from last month’s hauls and had a bit of a reaction so my skin was happy to return to the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB cream.
• I keep forgetting to mention, but I’ve been using Muji Cut Cotton Ecru nightly to remove my eye makeup