In a past post about guitarist nail care, I threatened that I might try Nail Envy to strengthen my nails, avoid chips and breakages. I finally followed through with my Twitter threats and bought both Nail Envy original and matte.
After the first application, I immediately noticed the difference in strength of my nails. It not only protects my nails from cracking and breaking, I have noticed the tone in my playing has improved with a fuller sound similar to using an extra thick guitar pick. I’m able to attack the strings with authority and without worry. Nail Envy leaves a shiny finish, once applied so if that is something that concerns you, buy the matte. That’s what I did because I got tired of all the “girly” nail jokes and seriously, my nails were reflecting light like mirror. The matte finish is just as effective as the original, in strength, but applying it requires more patience. It takes a bit longer to dry and until then it has a rubbery like consistency for about an hour or so and was easy to scuff or damage during that time. After it completely dries, no problems at all.
Definitely give Nail Envy some consideration if you need to strengthen your nails. I have been using for 3 weeks now and am completely satisfied with the results.
Update(12.2.08): After a few weeks of using this product I thought I would give a followup. Still working well but keep in mind that there will be a build up on your nails and you will have to occasionally use fingernail polish remover to clean your nails and re-apply Nail Envy. Also, the matte finish tends to yellow over time so if keep that in mind as well.
Nail Envy Original Finish *note. I cannot find the original finish anymore. Anyone have any luck finding this?
Nail Envy Matte Finish