Essie Nail Varnish Care Duo Kit
Great value and really works! Perfect gift for a nail biter like me.
This set is fantastic value- both are full size (13.5ml) which makes one of them less than half of it's usual full price.
I am 26 and have been a lifelong nail biter until the last 6 months or so. I have tried almost every nail care product out there to try and help me maintain the length that deters me from biting again, and this is the first one that seems to have made some kind of difference from the first coat.
I also struggle a lot with polish application and this top coat is the first one I've used that has stopped me smudging the whole lot. It's touch dry within about 20 seconds... absolutely amazing.
I've been applying 2 coats of the base coat and 1 of the top coat. Both go on really easily even though I'm not the most experienced at applying polish. The finish is lovely and smooth, the top coat stops me smudging it at all, and the base is a sheer natural colour. Essentially these just enhance your natural nail.
Once on, my nails feel noticeably much, much stronger. They are usually very thin and flexible, and almost everything else I've ever painted on has peeled off within 24 hours as it cannot flex with the nail and doesn't add any short term strength. With this combination my nails actually look and feel strong straight away, they don't flex as much, and therefore the peeling takes much longer to happen- usually only after a bath or doing a huge load of washing up. For people with normal nails I imagine it will have really good staying power.
I can't comment on long term effects yet- most people say that it takes a couple of months to see a real difference in your natural nail from using a treatment- but they do feel a little stronger and this is the first nail treatment I will actually be able to use consistently as it doesn't come off all the time. It also definitely strengthens my nails while it's on and therefore protects my otherwise very fragile length, which is something no other paint- on product has seemed to do for me before and is a god send for someone with a very physical job.
I've been round plenty of far more expensive products than these, and the base alone would be well worth the cost of this set. Cannot recommend enough.
June 2, 2015
Does the job
Amazing nail fixer. Does what it says it would. Love it
March 22, 2016
I bought this set together with an essie nail varnish for my wedding. I used them for my wedding day and honeymoon but wasn't happy that it didn't last very long. It would start peeling quite quickly.
I recently gave this set and some new essie nail polishes another go and must say that the staying power is great! I used to get shellac done but due to the price had to stop. I now have a few lovely essie colours and with this base and top coat I can get around a week out of it without chipping. I also love how quickly the top coat dries. The whole manicure now only takes me half an hour and I am good to go. Also really like the broad brushes but not everybody does so be aware of that.
March 24, 2016