Tuesday, 13 December 2011

OPI Nail Envy Review

As I'm not a beauty blogger, I rarely review any products on my blog. But OPI's Nail Envy is a product that everyone can relate too, anyone that has always wanted stronger natural nails.

In a bid to get longer, stronger and healthier nails by Christmas, I bought OPI Nail Envy on a friend's recommendation. After previously trying a few Sally Hansen nail strengtheners that hadn't really worked for me I wanted to try something different.
I managed to find the full size 15ml on ebay for around £7 and tracked my progress over 3-4 weeks. I'm currently into my 4th week of using the nail treatment as is instructed on the packet.

Apply two coats to a fresh clean nail, and then one coat over the top every other day for 1 week. After 1 week remove all polish and start again. 

These photos show my own nails wearing just 2 coats of Nail Envy. As you can see (or can't see) there seems to be little difference between each image. In three weeks, my nails seem to have grown at an abnormally slow rate. I'd go as far to say that the Nail Envy might have even been preventing nail growth.
So if you're looking for a product that will also make your nails grow faster and longer, this is not it.

However, the results I saw in terms of the strength of my nails was quite good. I started with peeling, breaking, weak nails and after 2 weeks saw real improvement to their strength. My nails did not peel, the 'corners' of my squared off shape stayed strong and chip-proof. Not a single nail bent or broke.

In this past week I have suffered from two near-fatal nail disasters. One corner on a thumb nail suddenly had a huge chip out of it. I was pretty mortified, however the piece of nail that chipped away still left behind a lot of nail underneath - showing how thick my nails seem to have grown. Almost doubled in thickness.
I also noticed one nail was peeling which my nails hadn't done since I started using the product so I was quite disappointed. 

With three or four coats of Nail Envy, my nails were rock hard and very thick (almost like acrylics) which I liked. My bare nails were thinner, but still strong and had noticeably improved.
As you can see from the photos above, I still have LOADS of product left, even when I was applying a coat every other day (sometimes every day - oops) so I'd estimate having a whole 6 months or more left from just this bottle of polish. Great value for money.

So, would I buy again? I'm going to keep using Nail Envy whenever I feel I need it, also using it as a top and base coat as it adds a gorgeous shine over the nails and keeps polish from chipping for much longer.
When the bottle runs out I would consider purchasing another. Or maybe trying a new nail treatment. I found OPI miles better than Sally Hansen's treatment polishes.
It's not a miracle worker - but it does a decent job. I'd recommend anyone to buy this if they were looking for something to stop the peeling or breaking of longer nails and to also produce a high-shine effect.



  1. My nails are absolutely awful for peeling and braking at the minute and it's a nightmare, so ugly. If I can find a bottle for £7 like you have I will most definitely be trying this, strong nails are my dream right now. Good review, I feel I can definitely trust it as you've been trying the product for so long :)


    1. eBay is great for finding authentic OPI polish. I bought Nail Envy from there, I could send you the link to the shop I used if you'd like? x

  2. I was looking for a good OPI Nail Envy review and found yours, I'm a photography student myself and found the clear images to be a breath of fresh air. You're blog is inspirational and has led me to create my own. Currently posting a weekly photo of my OPI experience. Wanted to say a huge thank you! I wouldn't of had the initial push to start my own blog if I hadn't found yours. Thanks again! X

    1. Awh thanks Rebecca I'm so glad you were inspired to start a blog! And Nail Envy is amazing, I've just bought my second bottle - I'm positive that you'll see great results. xx


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