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Last year I had a few health problems and I think I must have been generally out of sorts. My nails started to flake and even to break. They didn’t look good and they certainly didn’t feel good either. I remembered a few years earlier buying my youngest daughter some nail hardener in an attempt to strengthen her nails after she had decided to make herself stop biting them and try to let them grow. The treatment seemed to work and her nails did improve to some extent. I thought it might be worth me trying a treatment for my poor old nails.
TREATING MY NAILS
I filed my nails down to a short length. Some were already short owing to breaking but I made sure they were all of a similar length.
Next I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails. I applied two coats to my nails and repeated these actions every week for a few weeks.
After less than a week I felt that my nails were looking better. They had certainly stopped flaking but I didn’t know if this was to do with treating my nails and obtaining an improvement or if the nails had stopped flaking only because the varnish was stopping the flaking while it was on.
After a few weeks I didn’t continue the treatment as religiously as I felt that the condition of my nails was improved. Now I apply hard as nails every few weeks. My nails are now much improved and I think this product helped.
Not only does Hard as Nails strengthens nails but it makes the nails look good when it’s been applied. It’s a clear varnish but adds a nice shine to nails.
This product is easy to apply. Even for me.
I like using this product as it looks nice and helps the nails to grow and grow nicely.
It contains a nylon formula which has been fortified with silk proteins. Hard as Nails helps to protect nails from chipping, breaking, splitting and flaking caused by the stresses and strains of everyday life and work.
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails is readily available from supermarkets and chemists.
It currently sells for £4.75 in Boots.
I recently stopped biting my nails, and while I'm ok most of the time, sometimes I do find myself nibbling again. In some ways, I'm back to the start, and I decided that I needed to do something to help strengthen nails as well as making them look good.
According to the website, this polish contains a bio-active glass formula which bonds to nail proteins providing ultra-durable protection and shine by forming calcium-rich mineral layer on the nails. What that means in normal English, I'm not sure, but it sounds positive, particularly for the weak and damaged nails that I currently own.
The polish that I have is called Sheer Pink Gloss, which is certainly the most descriptive and true to form name I have seen yet on a nail polish, or maybe they don't bother with the wacky names at Sally Hansen? It is a very pale pink, and just leaves my nails looking really healthy and glossy. I think it's very similar to the colour that you would find in a French manicure pack as well.
The polish is quite thick, but not so thick that it's hard to apply. Although the brush is very thin, it fans out and is easy to apply the polish to the nails. It also dries quite quickly, even though this isn't marketed as a fast drying nail polish. I did put three coats on, as the second smudged slightly, and even then, I didn't find it took an excessively long time to dry.
The polish doesn't seem to chip that easily either, and lasted around 3 days without any chips.
While this is an almost clear, slightly pink sheen finish, this is one of my favourite polishes, as I like the colour that it gives me ? very similar to the French manicure base coat. It also is fairly long lasting and doesn't chip easily, but is easily removed with some nail polish remover. While it may be a placebo effect, I do think that my nails look less ravished and feel and look stronger since I have been using this polish regularly. Even if it is a placebo effect, I am happy with the results that I achieve with this polish and would recommend it as a brand whether you have weak nails or not, as it's a nice coloured polish with lots of shine.
Price and Availability
Full price for this polish is around 3 - 4 pounds but I have been lucky enough to pick mine up from Poundland. I have also seen a few Sally Hansen nail polish items in other discount stores such as B&M, so it's worth keeping an eye out if you are in discount shops for cheap polishes.
I really have very brittle nails , I like to wear nail varnish to make them look pretty and protect them through my day . I dont usually wear washing up gloves , I really should as I think that is part of my brittle nail problem.
I bought myself a bottle of Sally Hanson hard as nails nail varnish priced at £4 from Tesco.
I picked a lovely pink colour ,but when I got it home and checked , the colour on the back is Shimmering Lilac frost ,a bit misleading , as it no way is lilac, it does have a sheen though I wouldn,t say it was frosty looking .I would have thought that frosty would be glittery.
The bottle contains 13.3 ml , and has a nice brush to apply the varnish.
The varnish goes on smoothly ,it covers my nail easily .
The nail varnish lasted well until I washed the breakfast dishes up ,then I found it had chipped in places,my own fault I should have used rubber gloves .
I will redo it later , to see if it will last longer if I take my time over it and apply a top coat , which I should have done in the first place
I did renew this varnish the following day ,using three coats, drying between each coat , and I added a top coat of clear .
I have had no chips on my nails for the two days it has been on,and I have washed dishes and cleaned kitchen without rubber gloves .
I can recommend Sally Hanson hard as nails nail varnish.
I used to bite my nails and was about 18 when I finally decided that I really should stop, at first I used Sally Hansen's maximum growth and found it really great but once my nails were growing again and I had managed to stop biting I started using this product to give them a little strength too.
I bought the product from Superdrug and it cost me around £3.50 at the time although likelihood is that it will have risen in price by now, I know that you can still buy Sally Hansen's products in Boots as I have seen them in our Boots chemists but haven't noticed the current price.
The product is see through and comes in a see through bottle with the name of the brand and the name of the product on the front of it, the top is a twist on white lid and then there is an applicator brush attached underneath the lid.
The product promises to help strengthen and protect nails that are prone to splitting, chip or breaking and it uses nylon to do so. The product can be used with nail varnishes however it is not as effective in this way but still has some effect on your nails. I personally use this product on it's own as I feel there is enough on my nails when they're painted, the product is easy to paint onto the nails and really as it's see through you don't need to worry about being too neat either.
Your nails look nice and glossy when using this product and I have found that it dries quickly which is great, I tend to reapply every couple of days when I feel my nails are weakening. I have pretty strong nails now and find it amazing how strong they are considering I work as a carer so I constantly wash my hands which generally isn't great for your nails. I would say that this product really does help my nails with strength as when I have a spurt of chipping and splitting I start using this again and my nails improve.
I think I am on my second bottle of this product so it lasts well and it is worth the cost, I would say this is a fantastic product and if you have weakened nails I would recommend you give it a go.
I have weak nails, which often split and break making it difficult to have nice long nails. It also doesn't help that I don't use gloves when cleaning, washing the dishes or using bleach! I know that I really should do this to protect my hands and nails, but I feel that it inhibits my ability to clean well.
In need of a nail treatment to rescue my chipped nails in time for a family event, I purchased Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails from Tesco and it cost £4.00 for a 13.3ml bottle. Sally Hansen is a well-known brand of nail care products and has been around since 1957. Products in the range include nail strengtheners, nails varnishes and nail files, as well as fake tan for legs. The majority of the nail products are for creating harder, stronger and healthier looking nails.
Sally Hansen's advanced Hard As Nails is an extra-strength nail hardening treatment with Nylon formula which fortifies soft, fragile nails and helps prevent chipping, splitting and peeling. The Retinol and Copper Peptide formula hydrates parched nails and the Omega 3 and Soy formula helps diminish the look of ridges.
Due to the nail treatment containing all of the above formulas you will need to shake the bottle before use. When the bottle has been left standing for a while the ingredients separate from the clear varnish leaving a cloudy residue at the bottom of the bottle, so by shaking the bottle it mixes well.
The nail varnish is clear and it is recommended that you apply 2-3 coats to bare nails, letting each coat to dry before reapplying. The varnish is quite thick and you will need to rub the excess varnish off on the bottle neck before applying directly to your nails. If you don't and it goes on too thickly, it will peel off in one section after the next day.
The application brush isn't too thin (making it ideal for long nails) and I like the way that the varnish glides on easily, so that you get good coverage without streaks. The varnish dries quickly if applied thinly and you only have to wait a couple of minutes to apply a second coat.
The main advantage of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails is that the varnish gives your nails a glossy feel and look and it does appear to diminish the look of ridges. As I have already mentioned, I don't tend to use gloves when washing dishes and cleaning etc. and the varnish usually lasts around 4 days before it starts to chip/peel.
The main disadvantage is that as a nail hardener Hard As Nails, it is not very effective. My nails break easily at the sides and I had hoped that the nail treatment would have strengthened my nails more. Another disappointment for me is that the nail treatment has not improved the overall condition of my nails, despite me wearing it for over 2 months. It hasn't repaired the cracks in my nails making this nail treatment no different from using a cheap clear nail polish.
Overall, this is a product that I am unlikely to buy again. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails is reasonably priced at £4.00 for a bottle as most Sally Hansen nail treatment products are a lot more expensive than this - sometimes double. It did makes my nails look glossy and reduce the appearance of ridges, but it's ability to harden, strengthen and condition my nails leaves a lot to be desired.
For further information, please visit: www.sallyhansen.co.uk
Thanks for reading xx
© sweetdaisy 2013
I don't have much luck with growing my nails as I bite them when I'm nervous and even when I manage to stop biting them, they are often so weak that they break which is really frustrating thing. I decided to try and strengthen them and so I bought the Hard As Nails Varnish by Sally Hansen.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed for nails that chip, split or break easily and it promises to strengthen and protect the nails using Nylon and silk proteins. It gives the nails a strong coating across the enire nail which protects the nails against every day elements. It also gives the nails a glossy finish making them look pretty and enabling them to grow long and healthy.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied on top of clean nails. You need to apply the first coat evenly over the nail in the same way that you would apply a normal nail varnish. Once that has dried you can apply a second coat. You could apply it under or over a nail varnish but it loses some of its effectiveness when used in this way.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained the normal shaped pot that you would expect from a nail varnish. It is glass and comes in a clear bottle and you can see the product inside. It has a white lid and the brush is attached to the lid. The product is available in two varieties which is clear and Natural Tint. The product will only cost around £2 and it can be bought from plenty of highstreet shops, some supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product applies easily and the bristles of the brush are silky and long. You can cover each nail with lot of varnish in about three strokes, middle and each side, and its a quick job. One coat doesn't feel enough so I always use two. Any more than that makes the varnish feel too thick and gloopy. The first two coats of varnish dry completely within a few minutes so you won't have to wait around for too long. The varnish leaves the nails looking glossy and pretty, in the same way that a normal clear nail varnish would. The nails do look healthy and pretty with the product on.
I think the varnish helps to strengthen the nails because it makes them a bit thicker and so helps to prevents them snapping. Having a coat on them also helps to stop them from becoming weakened by cleaning product etc. This product doesn't speed up the growth process but it does allow the nails to grow by preventing breakages. I'm not sure how much stronger this product makes the nails but they do feel a little stronger once the product is removed. They are longer than they usually get to be, they look healthy and they don't snap as easily. The product is easily removed using my usual nail varnish remover.
All in all, this product has managed me to enable to grow my nails longer than I usually can. They don't snap at every opportunity anymore and they look healthier and in a better condition. The nails look nice and glossy while wearing the product and it is quick and easy to apply. I will definitely continue to use this product.
===Why I Bought This===
I must admit I was not familiar with the name 'Sally Hansen' but found the lipstick and Hard as Nails nail colour on offer online and bought them for my present drawer - and then decided to keep them for myself.
The 'Sally Hansen' brand was begun in the 1950s with 'Hard As Nails' which was described as "the nail clinic in a bottle'.
0.45 fl oz bttle of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails.
Glass bottle with whte screw top lid.
Shake gently - apply 2-3 coats.
Lid has the standard brush fitting.
Made in USA.
I think I paid about £3.00 for a bottle of the Hard as Nails nail enamel and a lipstick as well.
Online they can be bought for £1.99 form Fragrance Direct but are currently stocked in many major supermarkets and independant chemists.
I am not one for fussing much over my nails and I do not like growing them either.
However on accasion it is good to have some nail colour and this bottle of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails was supposed to combine her well known 'Hard as Nails' as well as some colour - mine was called Reaction Frost - which was actually a pale pink colour.
The product goes on easily and dries quickly - being touch dry is under a minute.
Is gave good coverage after only one coat and dried to a shiney finish.
However after 2-3 days I noticed chipping around the tips of my fingers - mind you I did not apply either a base or top coat and also do washing up without gloves so perhaps it was to be expected.
Whether the Hard as Nails has any beneficial effect on my nails is difficult to say - but I did not have any problems with them before anyway.
All in all I think this a run of the mill average product - which is no worse or better than others I have tried.
Looking online Sally Hansen seems to have a vaste range of manicure products.
As I tend to put this one the day I need it the fact it only lasts a few days does not bother me.
In the bottle it looked as though it was separated - with an oily layer floating on the top - but once given a good shake it combined well.
The bottle is a decent size and will evidently last me absolutely ages.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes - it is no better or worse than many others I have tried.
My nails are quite weak and frequently look discoloured, peel apart and can often be quite brittle. This means that I always use nail polish to cover up my nails. I wanted to try something that would toughen up my nails and prevent them from breaking so easily. After hearing good things about other Sally Hansen products I decided to give this a go. I tried the hard as nails product on bare nails and applied no other nail polish for several weeks and I have to say I saw no change in my nails at all. They still broke easily and peeled all of the time. Despite the fact that this nail polish did nothing to strengthen my nails it does work as a great base coat. I apply the Hard as Nails underneath my nail polish and unlike some other types of base coats it does not flake off easily and helps my coloured polish stick to my nails. The bottle does also last for some time so as a base coat it is great value. I'm only half way through my bottle so I live in hope that eventually through using the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails as a base coat my nails may eventually gain back some strength.
I use a lot of nail polish and almost always have a colour on my nails. Although I do use a base coat underneath, constant use of nail colour and remover has meant that my nails occasionally get weak and can be prone to snapping or chipping.
To overcome this problem I decided I should regularly have a few days off from nail polish and use a nail strengthener as well as hand and nail creams. In my opinion Sally Hansen is a very reliable nail care brand. It has been recommended to me in the past by friends and also by my mum, so I had no hesitations trying Sally Hansen Hard As Nails to give my nails a boost.
Hard As Nails is a clear polish which is very easy to apply with its good quality brush. I like that the brush is quite wide and splays out over the whole nail, enabling easy coverage in 1 stroke. It should be applied to clean nails and not as a top coat over nail polish! I allow it to dry and apply 2 or 3 coats. It gives the nails a nice shine, meaning I am happy to wear my nails bare when I have this on. It also seems to make the whites of the nails look brighter and whiter. The nails also feel much harder and stronger. It is really noticeable if I test them by, for example, tapping on the table. They do not bend at all or show any weakness. With regular use I feel my nail condition has been vastly improved.
This could also double up as a base coat if you don't have a separate product for that.
Hard As Nails cost me £4.75 in Boots for a fairly large bottle containing 13 ml (compared to a normal nail polish bottle of 10 ml). This was also on the 3 for 2 deal, so you can get it cheaper that way. As I can tell than this works, it is a few pounds well spent.
I have quite long nails and I take good care of them so that they look nice and are in a good condition. I use a nail strengthener to help stop them from breaking and looking a mess, I find it very annoying when I break a nail and it does not match my other nails. I bought this one because it was one I had not bought or tried before and I wanted to try it to see how it suited my nails and to see if it worked or not.
It comes in a quite big nail varnish bottle with a screw off top, the top is easy to twist. The bottle also comes in a cardboard packaging. The bottle is transparent and the wand of the vanish is quite a long one. The brush at the end of the wand is quite long too and the bristles are very fine. The varnish is clear in colour too and it smells just the same as a nail varnish but it is not too strong a smell.
I found this one very easy to apply to my nails, what I really like about the brush is that it fans over my nails really nicely to give a nice even coverage. As I brush my nails it feels nice and soft and it glides over them just perfectly. I find that only a couple of strokes with the brush gave a quick coverage and took no time at all. The top at the end of the wand is very easy to hold in the hands because it is quite big but not too bulky. It fits in the hands really well so that it is comfortable to use and not slip from the hands as I have often found some other brands to do. With this one it feels really sturdy so that my hand does not shake while applying it.
All that is needed is to shake the bottle and then apply 2 coats over clean nails and then allow each coat to dry completely before apply the next one. I found the coats dried very quickly and it gave a nice gloss to my nails and my nails felt very smooth and soft. This also I have felt has stayed on my nails for up to 2 days without chipping. It lasts just that little longer than some other brands in my opinion. I found it easy to remove with a nail varnish remover after a couple of days after it has began to chip and then another couple of coats can then be applied and the process begins all over again.
I have been using this one for around 5 weeks and I have found it to be quite a good one for my nails, it has helped strengthen them a little bit but not so much so that my nails have not broken at all. I have still found the odd one to break at the tip of the nail but they have been a little stronger than when I have used a cheaper brand. Some also did split after awhile and I have had this happen in the same way as with using a cheaper brand. I would say it did however take up to 2 weeks or so to see any benefits with this one but I am pleased with the strength of my nails but not totally happy with the results considering this one is priced higher than some brands and the results are only slightly different.
This one cost me £4.75 for a 13.3ml bottle and so I did expect it to give my nails more strength I guess for that little extra price. I do think it is not really worth the high price for the strength it gave for my nails and I am not sure I would buy it again in the future because I am not fully satisfied with the results for my nails. I do like the drying time with this one and being such a quick time does save time if you are wanting to paint the nails if you have not much time and need a quick drying varnish.
The bottle is also slim line and so fits well in a make up bag or a bag if you are taking it on holiday or for an overnight stay. The wand does not bend while applying the varnish and so that makes for a more comfortable hold too in my opinion.
I bought this one from Boots and it was recommended to me by the shop assistant. She told me it was quite a popular one and so that is the reason I decided to give it a go. My nails are a little stronger after constant usage but I am not totally satisfied. I have also used this one over the top of a coloured varnish and it looks quite nice with the extra gloss on the nails. It also does look nice used just clear without a coloured varnish underneath.
I do recommend this one if you are looking for a little bit stronger nail strengthener but the results in my opinion are not so great that I think it is worth the extra price. It is good quality but not so much good value at just under the £5 mark with this one as I cannot tell much difference between a cheaper brand and this one in my opinion for my nails.
I give this one only 4 stars because for the price I expected a little more strength for my nails.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails has got to be one of the most greatest products that I have tried and tested!
The product brushes on easily and helps build the strength of your nails, whilst also giving a lasting glossy shine. Coming from one of the most well known and popular nail brands this is a must try for anyone with nails that break easily or people that are wishing to grow my nails. It certainly helped me a lot when I was trying to grow my nails. They were literally unbreakable and lasted soooo long!
This is my fave product from Sally Hansens range and I highly praise it, I really cannot say how much I like it!
This works as a great base coat and also on its own. This actually dries really really quick and doesn't have that thick stickiness that so many other nail products give out when we dont want them to.
The Sally Hansen Hard as Nails polish with nylon is a product that I now cannot do without. I think it is a necessity for anyone who paints their nails often or likes to just have a natural healthy shine to their nails.
There is nothing really special about the packaging for this product. It is a typical clear glass bottle with a silver screw top lid which you take off to reveal the brush. The brush itself is very long and thin compared to other nail polishes I've used. This enables you to cover your nail length wise in one quick brush you will then probably have to do this two or three times on one nail due to the thinness of the brush. I don't mind doing this as it enables precision when painting your nails and the thin brush allows the polish to glide onto your nails smoothly.
If you do happen to get any of the polish on your skin by mistake it wipes away easily when it is wet and if you fail to notice until it is dry you can just pick it off your skin and it won't irritate or hurt as it is easy enough to pick off.
The product smells like typical nail polish, so again nothing special in the scent department, but then again you don't buy nail polishes for their scent.
The polish itself is quite thin so it does not layer up on your nails. This is great if you are wearing it on its own for the natural look or if you are wearing it underneath another polish. I find that it dries incredibly quickly. Once I have finishes painting the nails on my second hand the majority of the time the nails that I painted on my first hand are already dry. If not I just shake my hands for a couple of seconds and they quickly dry off. Once they have dried it is recommended that you apply another coat, 2 or 3 coats is the recommended amount. I will do this if I am wearing the polish on its own but tend to find that if I am only using this polish as an undercoat then one coat is all I need.
I like using this polish as an undercoat as it makes nail colour last longer and stops nail colour chipping. Also if I am using a darker colour on my nails using this enables me to wipe it away easier with nail polish remover.
Using the product on its own will make your nails look shiny without giving them the look that they have product on.
I have found that this product lives up to its expectations as my nails do seem harder, I used to bite my nails but this is an excellent way of stopping as your nails do look and feel healthier and no one wants to bite lovely healthy nails. Typically when I am using this product I only need to use it once a week before reapplying as it is fairly resistant to peeling, chipping and other problems of that sort. I think this is very good for a nail product and you certainly get your money's worth as it is a quality product.
I have had this product on my shelf now for quite a long time, possibly about a year an a half and I have only used half the bottle, it seems to last forever! And it is still as good as it was the first day I bought it. The consistency is still perfect, sometimes I find that nail polishes tend to go a bit gloopy after a while but not this one.
In Boots this product is priced at £4.65 for a 13.3 ml bottle, prices in other stores are in a similar price range. I have seen the Sally Hansen range on offer in Boots at buy one get second half price a couple of times, this is a great offer.
You can typically find this product in most pharmaceutical stores such as Superdrug and Boots. Boots tends to be where I head off to first in beauty purchasing so that I can collect my Boots points and they always have a large selection of Sally Hansen products. I have also seen it in Tesco a couple of times.
This has to be one of my favourite nail products and I would defiantly recommend it to everyone. It has benefits for both longer and shorter nails as you can use the polish for its strengthening abilities and for the other benefits that I have highlighted. 10 out of 10.
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My nails, recently, have started splitting and snapping which is annoying as i've always had long, strong nails.
I picked this up for a very reasonable price and it's available in most boots stores. The packaging is basic but does the job fine, but the bottle isn't very big. The brush is a perfect shape; it applies the product evenly with one swipe.
You do need to use a lot of this product each time you use it, at least 2 or 3 times and therefore the bottle doesn't last long. They also say you need to wait till each coat is completely dry before applying the next, which does take a LOT of time which I sometimes do not have.
As for the product itself, it is a great base coat for nail polish. As for any strengthening effects I really haven't noticed any improvement. I don't think this is the right product if you need to repair nails, it simply prevents breakage in the future.
As I've stated in previous review, I really enjoy applying polish to my nails and using new colours depending on my mood. Unfortunately my actual nails are pretty rubbish. You know those girls who have beautiful strong nails that grow really nicely... well I'm not one of them. My reality is weak nails that grow really slowly and split and flake all the time.
It's always the way, I spend a few weeks taking really good care of them and they get to a lovely length and then one will break and then the rest seem to follow. It was my mum that first introduced me to this product, she suffers from the same rubbishy nails as me so completely understood my frustration. She told me to pick up a bottle of this Sally Hansen Hard as Nails as she had been using it for a while and had seen a real decrease in the number to split or broken nails.
Now I'm not after witch like tallons, I just wanted to be able to grow them so they all look the same length and are reasonably tidy. I popped into Boots and it was easier enough to find this product as it was clearly displayed with the rest of the nail care products. A bottle cost £4.65 which seemed like a lot for what looked like a clear nail polish but if it lived up to the claims on the packaging I was willing to give it a go.
That evening, I filed my nails and then applied 2 coats of the varnish as instructed. It suggests that you should wait for each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next and would really suggest that you do this otherwise you can experience sticky gloopy nails.
After waiting for my nails to dry completely I was impressed by their appearance, they had a lovely sheen to them and although they were lacking in colour they looled really clean and neat. They also felt immediately stronger, it was as though this varnish had provided them with reinforcemnts and they no longer had they bendiness they normally do. I actually felt like I had proper nails for a change and I was encouraged by this improvement.
I have continued to use the product for the last couple of weeks and I can say that it has definately improved the condition and appearance of my nails, they have not split or snapped and are actually all quite a nice length.
I would definately recommend this product and will continue using it on a regular basis.
After having my gel nails removed, my nails were very thin, weak and breakable. I took a leap and went for the sally Hansen hard as nails from Boots as I was desperate! The price wasn't too bad however more expensive than others I could have gone for, but I didn't want to spend money on something which wasn't going to work!
I bought this nail hardener from Boots for £4.65, although I used my boots advantage points so really, I got it free! Boots do two colours, clear and natural, both for the same price.
Sally Hansen hard as nails comes in clear, and natural. I opted for the natural colour which, in the bottle has a pink tone to it. However once on the nails, it's actually completely clear and I doubt it's any different to the other colour being sold as 'clear'.
Other colours can be found by Sally Hansen however I haven't yet tried any of these!
The bottle I got came in a cardboard packaging. The nail varnish is in a bottle in a semi circle shape which from the front, looks like a whole circle. I was quite surprised actually to get it out and find you only get half a usual bottle! Although having said that, the shape in itself is also quite wide and the nail varnish does last a while. The bottle size is 13.3ml.
Both colours come with a plain white lid and a clear bottle with the Sally Hansen sticker on.
The bottle stands up easily so can be left on your dresser or placed on any flat top when using without the fear of it easily toppling over.
The brush in this varnish is easy to use; it's just like any other nail varnish brush to be honest. The bristles are transparent which makes applying a little difficult! Having bristles the same colour as the varnish makes it hard to see when and how much varnish you actually have on your brush! Because of this, I end up trying to brush my nails with a dry brush, making streaks in my varnish! Or applying too much at one time.
The Quality; ....
With the sally Hansen hard as nails, you need to apply more than one layer, as noted in the directions. "Apply two or three coats directly over clean nail surface allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next."
The varnish isn't very thick which makes the drying process quick. When painting from left to right both hands, your first hand is ready for its second coat by the time you have finished your last nail.
If just applying one coat, my nails don't feel any different at all, I always need to apply at least three layers before I am satisfied.
Chipping and pealing; ....
I always find that when applying this varnish to completely smooth nails, the varnish doesn't peal as easily. I'm one for picking at my nails and I can't leave a half pealed nail!
When painting over a nail which has previously coated varnish on which has half peeled off, it leaves the nails looking unsightly and also makes the varnish easier to peal.
However when applying properly, I don't find the varnish peels very easily! In fact I am pleased with how well it holds.
Although, I've found this varnish does chip on the ends of my nails. After about 4 days, when my hands have been wet for a while (for example washing, sorting out the fish tank etc) the varnish chips and peels back from the ends! This causes me to peel the varnish off or attempt to paint it down which always ends in disaster nails.
Because of this, I would advise that if you need more than 2 layers of the varnish, remove and reapply it every other day for the best staying results!
When my nails have recovered, I won't be using as much of this varnish as I am doing now. The reason being that it isn't the cheapest nail varnish to buy! I also find the more layers I apply, the more it chips and peels!
When my nails are healthy again, I will apply the varnish as a one coat under a colour to keep my nails healthy as I've learnt from experience this helps!
The nail varnish has made noticeable lasting effects on my nails, they are tougher and in better condition than they were before I started using the sally Hansen varnish. However the effects haven't been straight away, it does take time. I have been continuously using the varnish since buying it a few months ago and didn't notice any effects till about 3 weeks of using the nail varnish.
Overall, I will continue to use this nail varnish hardener as I do think it's worth the money. I have seen results and the bottles do last you a while.
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Want great nail protection and great shine?Sally Hansen HARD AS NAILS Color is your solution! It gives nails a hard, smooth, chip-resistant surface that helps strengthen and support / Nails are sealed with brilliant shine for added protection against chipping, cracking and splitting / Directions: Shake gently / Apply 2-3 coats, letting each coat dry before applying the next one /