A few months back I received a nail care package from Revitanail which included a whole range of products, this was such perfect timing as my hands and nails really suffer during the cold winter months. I ride a motorbike to work, and let me tell you, our cold Canberra -5 degree mornings make for painfully cold chilblain affected fingers. Anything that can give my nails some extra care is worth trying out.
Lets have a quick look of them. Keratin Strengthening Serum, Whitening Glow, 3D top coat, Triple Strength colour, Ridge filler base coat, instant dry drops and cuticle remover gel. I've taken a couple of months putting this together so I could really try the products out and give you my thoughts.
Let's start with the cuticle remover gel. Let me be up front and say that I'm an Orly Cutique girl all the way. I've used Orly Cutique for the last five years and I didn't think I would ever switch from it. However Revitanail's cuticle remover gel gives it a pretty damn good run for it's money.
The tube applicator makes it a dream to apply along the cuticle end of your nails. I then just left it on for about 5 minutes and gently pushed back my cuticles. As you push back the skin on your nails you can see the gel going from clear to a milky appearance. I then washed my hand thoroughly before polishing. This one is a thumbs up for me.
Whitening Glow. This one's marketing material says it will instantly transforms yellow brittle nails into beautiful bright ones with White Sapphire and B-White Peptides. Apply 1 coat for a sheer finish and 2 coats for a brighter look. Ok. So I applied one coat for a sheer finish as can be seen below. At one coat it is streaky and patchy and not something I would wear.
At two coats it has a white crelly finish. Think the OPI Ballet sheer polishes. But it's still a bit patchy. It would probably be a nice basecoat but for me as a whitening polish to wear on it's own, it's a thumbs down.
Keratin Strengthening Serum - Here is what they say "Revitanail Keratin Strengthening Serum is enriched with Keratin Peptide clinically proven to strengthen, protect and hydrate nails. It is water based formula allowing it act as a protective base coat under polish. DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free, the serum can be applied 2-3 times a day or as often as required onto polished or clean nails to leave them nourished, hydrated and protected against daily wear and tear".
I do like this one, but I apologize for my photo here, as showing a milky white liquid on my nails like this is something I should have thought about a little more. Anyway, I like that you can apply this onto both clean nails or polished nails and my nails certainly do feel more nourished and hydrated after applying. This one is a thumbs up.
Ridge filler. This ridge-filling treatment claims to even out the ridges of the nails and give nails a smooth and uniform surface, ensuring the polish goes on easily and evenly.
I like this one a lot too, and I've been using it a lot. I have pretty much been only using this as my base coat for the last few months. I used to use Nailtek Foundation II ridge filling base coat, but ran out of that about 6 months ago, and never got around to ordering any more cause I have to buy it online. However this one I can get at Priceline so I'm pretty sure I will be keeping up with it. I love that it has a satin finish and I do feel like I hides any ridges on my nails (although I do give my nails a very light buff to keep them mostly smooth). Thumbs up.
Triple Strength lacquer in Pomegranate and 3D top coat. Not really my kinda colour, put it sure packs a punch. Nice formula and nearly a one coater. This is two coats plus the 3D top coat. Love the 3D top coat too, especially over glitters. It does a great job at hiding texture, especially when combined with a quick drying top coat.
Finally, instant dry drops. I've always been intrigued by instant dry drops and wondered if they really worked. On top of my pomegranate mani, I added one drop to each nail. It seemed very oily and made my nails really glossy, but I was actually to scared to push on top of a nail to see if they were dry. They certainly seemed to dry quickly, but whether they dried any faster than just using a quick dry top coat like Seche Vite I don't know.
The only way to really test that out would be to do a dent test - which I just don't have time for at the moment. But if I'm in a super rush to get out the door, then I sure am going to add both quick dry top coat and some of these drops and I think that would be about the best you can do to dry your nails fast.
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