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Nailtek Foundation No.2 Ridge-Filling Nail Strengthener Base Coat, 0.5 Fluid Ounce

Nailtek foundation fills unsightly ridges and nail damage while strengthening the natural nail. This unique base coat is a special blend of strengtheners, conditioners, micro-fibers, and natural fillers, creating a superior surface that greatly increases polish adherence for a long-lasting manicure. Smoothes uneven nail surfaces and masks nail imperfections for healthy, beautiful nails.

Key features

  • For soft, peeling nails
  • Fills unsightly ridges, masks nail imperfections and nail damage
  • Strengthens the natural nails
  • Increases polish adherence for a long-lasting manicure

Honest reviews


Brittle Nails Beware

I had to give it at least two stars because it is effective at helping nail polish adhere without chipping. However, if your nails are prone to peeling or chipping, this will make them more brittle, dry, and prone to peeling. Switched to Nailtiques #2 and it helped them recover.

Chelsea Lima, NY

Makes a great base

This plus Nail Tek II has given me tough as iron nails. I have tried absolutely everything, and this works. I swim several hours a week, and still have great nails. I top it off with Revlon "Nail brightener" — just one thin coat.

Pat Panna Maria, TX

Good base coat

It holds what it promises – smoothes out rigdes, and provides a smooth and matte base for the nail polish to be applied to. Good brush.

Sheree Prairie City, IA
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Sally Hansen Triple Strong Strength Treatment 2620 Clear

Sally Hansen triple strong is a breakthrough gel formula that strengthens and protects nails. 3-in-1 protection. Formula with: epoxy polymer reinforces as it adds flexibility; protects against breaking, peeling, and splitting. Calcium complex with pro-vitamin b5 and iron helps strengthen to help natural nails grow longer and stronger. Titanium helps mend and bond weak, fragile nails. Instantly, nails become harder and more durable. Triple strong’s quick,-drying, high-shine gel suspension protects nails as they grow longer, stronger and healthy.

Key features

  • 3-in-1 protection epoxy polymer, calcium complex, titanium complex 3-in-1 formula with flexible epoxy polymer + calcium + titanium complexes reinforces nails and protects against breaking
  • 3-in-1 formula with flexible epoxy polymer + calcium + titanium complexes reinforces nails and protects against breaking
  • Apply 2 coats to bare nails use alone or as a base coat for maximum strength, apply every third day remove after seven days and restart

Honest reviews


Completely ruined my nails!

I’ve been a devoted Barielle nail treatment fan, but when I couldn’t find any at my local stores I decided to try a few of Sally Hansen’s products instead: Triple Strength and Complete Care. BIG BIG mistake!!! Not long after I started using Sally Hansen’s products, my nails started peeling in layers like shale and breaking all over the place!! This is something that has NEVER EVER happened to my nails before! My perfect ten became a ragged mess!After talking to a number of beauty experts at various drug stores in my area, they ALL told me that Sally Hansen products are ‘inferior’ and basically at the bottom of their lists. Hmmm. doesn’t surprise me. I should have talked to them first!!Needless to say I’ve since located Barielle and am amazed at how quickly my nails have recovered!

Jenna Conconully, WA

Great for brittle or soft nails

I’ve always had soft nails that would peel as soon as they got any length to them. I’ve used this nail hardener a few times now and I am impressed. I NEVER thought I could actually have nice natural nails. My nails are very hard now and can actually withstand some abuse with out breaking off. I used to be able to actually bend my nails over my finger because they were so soft.This polish doesn’t help with the life of any polish, but since you are suppose to use it every three days with a fresh application, I guess that doesn’t really matter.

Kristie Pedricktown, NJ



Chasity Atoka, OK
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Nail Magic

Nail Magic is a professional nail strengthener and conditioner that is guaranteed to work to strengthen nails and condition them so they grow.

Key features

  • Blend of ingredients which stimulates growth of healthy nail
  • Treats and prevents chipping and splitting nails.
  • Easy to use

Honest reviews


Dramatically thinker and stronger nails

I’ve tried this and it does have the strength to help build thicker and stronger nails. However, for my nails, they didn’t grow much. I have difficultly growing long nails; I use other nail product for growthSally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthening Top Coat, 0.45 oz.

Jennie Umatilla, OR

It works!!

I learned about nail magic a few years back and when I ordered it, I was skeptical at first. Despite the chemical smell, I did not get any burning sensation of any kind. I kept it up and followed the directions. Within a month, I saw a considerable amount of hardness in my nail as well as its growth. My nails continued to grow and eventually I had to cut them down a bit so it can be workable. Occasionally I would accidentally hit them against surfaces or doors and they always stayed in tact. The consistency is thick and upon application it feels like a barrier was put on your nails. Two negative things about this product is that it seems to go a lot quickly, leaving you buying more and more. And also the price creeps up every now and then. I was used to buying it for $7 or $8, now it’s well over $10. I will search around for another hardener/strengthener for a more reasonable price, if I can’t find one I will have to come back to this one.

Noreen Lambert, MT

i’ve used this for quite a few years

This really has helped my nails grow. since it contains formaldehyde you might want to use another strengthener as well and switch off after your nails get long and after the initial repair stage.This has really helped keep my nail polish on longer as well. I can keep my polish on for at least 7 days with no chips when I use this as my base coat. I personally never put coats on every day or whatever I just always wore it as my base under my polish.

Latisha Fernwood, MS
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Salon Science Instant Artificials

Salon Science Instant Artificials eliminates problems with brittle nails that break easily. The perfect alternative to achieving artificial nails without the damaging side effects.

Key features

  • Mimics the hardness of artificials
  • Visibly thicker nails
  • Easily removed

Honest reviews


It Helps . . .

Since removing my acrylic artificial nails, I have needed some help with my soft nails. They were soft to begin with hence the acrylic nails, but that became a laborious job as I was doing them myself to cut the cost of artificial nails. This helps and glad that it is available.

Autumn Montclair, NJ

New breakthrough for all you DIY Nails

I saw this on YouTube and the young lady raved about this product. If you do your own Mani, you must use a base coat for Lacquer polishes. It is a MUST to have a professional look by using a good base coat and top coat.I ordered this product, even though it was a little pricey for a base coat and it is worth every penny. This gives you the highest gloss I have ever seen on your finished product. The YouTube video mentioned that while she used a top coat "Seche Vite" (which I love) that it had a tendency to shrink your polish from the cuticles after 2 days (which I did notice). But in using this product it no longer does this. My shine is even better after using this product. If you ladies ever noticed the shine on Sharon Osbourne (The TALK) daytime host. She always has a brilliant shine on her nails. I immediately tried this product and it is my best friend.

Nelly Pindall, AR

Not if you’ve used perfect formula

If you have never tried the perfect formula pink gel coat, this might be okay for you. If you have tried perfect formula and like me became addicted despite the cost, you’re probably only trying this to try and cut costs. If that’s the case….keep scrolling. This is definitely not what perfect formula is. I didn’t notice any benefits for my nails at all besides the color and even it wasn’t what up to PF standards. I won’t vary again. Lesson learned.

Beryl Woodstock, NY
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OPI Start-to-finish Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Strengthener, 0.5-Fluid Ounce

Start-to-finish is a breakthrough, three-in-one nail treatment that combines a base coat, top coat and natural nail strengthener in one high-performance product

Key features

  • OPI Premium Nail Treatment
  • Three-in-one nail treatment
  • Exclusive ProWide(TM) Brush – Patent Pending

Honest reviews



I don’t personally think this does what it says.. The Sephore star to finish just doesn’t start so it definitely doesn’t finish.. Went back to my Perfect Formula base coat and PF top coat SORRY SEPHORA I love OPI but Not you

Edwina Hazel, KY

Great Double Duty Product

My nail technician trains others in OPI products and uses them exclusively on my nails. I normally get a french manicure (gel) on my nails with OPI products once every 4 or 5 weeks. Just recently I started painting my own nails in between my manicures and have been getting amazing results with the Start-to-Finish.Using it as a base coat assures that the color doesn’t bleed into the edges of my manicure (for when I want to go back to just the white tips) and also helps the color adhere well. My technician did tell me that this base coat does adhere better to gel nails than bare ones, if that helps. She also highly recommended that I do just three swipes (center, and each edge) with each coat. Over-painting with each coat can cause some of the problems people have with chipping.Once I have my nails painted, top coated, and completely dry, I can get at least a week without chipping. I even went on a camping/backpacking adventure and did not end up with a single chip.

Candy Oblong, IL

OK Product

This doesn’t produce as shiny a top coat as I like to see, therefore I withheld one star. I cannot comment on the long term benefit of the nail strengthening portion since I haven’t used it that long. It seemed to perform pretty well as a base coat since the polish glided over it OK.

Tanisha Sonora, TX
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Gelish Vitagel Recovery LED/UV Cured Nail Strengthener, 0.5 Ounce

Gelish soak-off gel polish applies like polish and cures in a led lamp in 30 seconds, or 2 minutes in traditional uv lamps. Gelish stays on nails for up to 3 weeks with no chipping or peeling, and soaks completely off in only 10-15 minutes. Enriched formula fortifies and repairs damaged nails. Great for people who are trying to repair and grow our their nails from acrylic use. All of the benefits of strength, but a thicker formula for weak and brittle nails. Also includes and extra dose of vitamins. 1 buy = 1 bottle we are an authorized gelish dealer..

Key features

  • Gelish stays on nails for up to 3 weeks with no chipping or peeling
  • Soaks completely off in only 10-15 minutes
  • Enriched formula fortifies and repairs damaged nails

Honest reviews


Professional grade so it’s not the product that doesn’t work it’s YOU. 🙂

This product is for trained professionals to use, so instead of crying out that it doesn’t work, you need to realize that application is a trained technique with Hand and Nail Harmony products. We are trained to prep properly and to trouble shoot. This product is great when you know how to use it. It’s not the product it’s you. Also this product again cannot deposit any vitamins or nutrients into your nail plate. It is scientifically impossible. The nail is made of keratin and the only topical product that helps the nail is OIL. The right kind of oil. But using the Recovery really does make the nail stronger during wear. Your nails will go back to their original condition when it is removed. Use it OVER your foundation or light cured base coat of choice and not as the base coat or it will peel right off. Makes it easier to transition from nail enhancements to natural nails as it gives those much needed layers of strength and flexibility the nail needs in order to be protected from breaking. Again when you soak it off your nails will be just like they were. There is no treatment or absorption by the nail plate from vitagel. It is a temporary- while wearing it- fix. Love this stuff.

Dianne Truckee, CA

I give the product 1 star, customer service 5

I have been really tough on my hands lately, helping out at my father in laws farm in cold weather, and it hasn’t been kind to my nails. When I discovered that my favorite brand Harmony had a "recovery" product that purported to strengthen and restore my nails, I jumped all over it. I was so excited to receive the product, and as soon as it arrived, I prepped my nails and applied it, following the directions carefully.Within an hour the polish was peeling off in nail-bed-shaped chunks. It simply sloughed right off of my nails. I was pretty annoyed, did a regular mani, and put this on my shelf to sit for awhile as I stewed. I tried it again last week after reading a few prep tutorials, except this time putting Harmony color over it as well. Cured, prepped, etc just as the directions and tutorials suggested. Alas, again, within an hour, my nails were sloughing and peeling off…I returned it, and the customer service was fantastic. I will definitely not be buying this again, and steering folks away from it. It’s not as good as the regular gel base, and is more trouble (and cost) than it is worth.

Shauna Benton, CA


I am using this product in place of a gel base coat. My nails are damaged from acrylic products and some fungus picked up at a salon. Gel products are easier on your nails. The gel products hide my damaged nails and I am hoping the product will help restore the new nail growth. I always used gel products in the past with good results, but switched to acrylic to save money. BAD choice. Stick with gel products.

Meredith Wellsville, UT
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OPI: Treatment & Finish Nail Envy, 0.5 oz

OPI Original Nail Envy 0.5oz – Nail Strengthener

Key features

  • OPI: Treatment & Finish Nail Envy, 0.5 oz

Honest reviews


Long Drying Time

Because I hadn’t received my order for Tate’s The Natural Miracle – Odorless Nail Polish Remover, I did not want to use my acetone nail polish remover on my already severely damaged nails. I decided to put one coat of OPI Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener as a top coat on my finger nails were painted 2 days ago. I applied OPI at 5:48 pm and went to bed around 11:45 pm. This morning, I have sheet print nails and my manicure is ruined. I will refrain from using this product until my De Mert Nail Enamel Dryer is delivered. I hope this will cut down the drying time. I will comment on product effectiveness after using it a sufficient period of time.

Cherry Swan River, MN

Really great as a top coat.

I have used this for over a year and my nails seem to be growing in much stronger and without the breakage I used to experience. I love OPI and use many of the products.

Janine Skowhegan, ME

this really works

i took off the artificial nails and what a mess it left my nails in. they split and would not grow. this is like a miracle. in two weeks my nails look like new. never be without this.

Louisa Acton, CA
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Quimica Alemana – Esmalte Endurecedor para Unas

Nail strengthener that, besides forming a protective barrier, prevents chipping, peeling and splitting of your nails. Instructions for use: Shake before use. Apply only to clean and dry nails. To start the treatment, apply a thin coat from the center of the nail down to the tip once a week. Let it dry and paint the nail with your favorite nail polish. After three applications, as the nail gets stronger, brush one thin coat covering the whole nail. Use once weekly. Protect the skin around the cuticles with cream. Caution: Can cause some discomfort on first use. If you feel pain, burning or persistent discomfort, remove it immediately from all nails and suspend its use. Avoid contact with cuticles and skin. Warning: Not meant for daily use. Keep out of reach of children. Keep away from heat and flames. Flammable. This product is formulated to be used once a week. Please note that, as is the case with any cosmetic product, excessive use can cause unwanted side effects. And again: if you haven’t used this product before, do not cover the whole nail with the strengthener on first use. As your nails get stronger from week to week you can slowly start to cover the whole nail. This is especially important if you have very thin or brittle nails. Note: Retailers in the United States have to sell this product in the original box with correct ENGLISH LABELING AND INSTRUCTIONS printed on the cardboard box. Should you only receive the glass bottle without the box, please return the item to the seller for your own safety!

Key features

  • Hardens nails and treats chipping
  • Great for peeling and splitting of nails

Honest reviews


Delivers on its promise to strengthen nails

This stuff really works, but it has formaldehyde in it. Don’t know what long term consequence that may have, maybe none… Use as a base coat preferably. When I used as a top coat, it took too long to dry. My nails became stronger right away.

Vanessa Bronson, KS

This Stuff Really Works!

I’ve tried them all, and this is the best nail strengthener I’ve found! I use it on my toenails because they got really weak and were splitting and breaking and looked awful. I noticed a difference after just a couple of applications, a huge difference! They are now super strong so all I do is apply a coat on top when I get my pedi so the polish lasts longer as it strengthens the nails. I highly recommend this!!

Ashlee Cherryvale, KS

Thought it was a gimmick, but it works

I have pretty strong, fast growing nails (knock on wood). However, they started to get “peelies”, when the top layers of the nail looks a bit like a peeling tree bark. Nothing too bad, but I wanted to fix the issue. QA worked! Noticeable effect in about three weeks after 2 applications per week. This treatment did not affect nail growth.I did not experience any burning mentioned in many reviews, just a slight cooling sensation.

Petra Oklaunion, TX
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NAIL TEK Intensive Therapy II – 2 x 0.5oz Bottles

Nail Tek FORMULATION II helps heal weak, thin, soft, or peeling nails. This unique protein formulation seals the layers of nail together. With each application, Intensive Therapy reinforces and thickens nails while promoting strength and flexibility..

Key features

  • Nail Tek Intensive Therapy Ii Buy 1 Get 1 Free “.5×2 Oz”

Honest reviews


My First Product

A nail salon technician intoduced me to Nail Tek when I said that I have awful nails and I am ashamed to let anyones see my hands. She told me that anyone can have pretty nails if they use the right products. I bought Nail Tek Intensive Therapy 11 for soft, peeling nails. I left a bit doubtful that this would work but decided to give it a try. I had been wearing acrylic nails for almost 2 years and my nails were like lissue paper. I used as directed and within 2 weeks I started to see an improvement. I was encouraged enough to go to Amazon’s Website and now I think I have bought almost every product they sell. I am 72 and have pretty nails in just 3 months. Thank you, Nail Tek.Leigh Martin

Ada Hardwick, GA

Nail Tek–awesome deal for a great product!

Can’t beat this price for this outstanding product. Its not just “two for one” —the price for the “one” is unbelievable. This stuff normally retails at $10 bucks a piece–and that is IF your salon carries it (and its not aged). Arrived quickly!

April Armbrust, PA

This works great!

I started using nail tek in 2001 and it has done wonders for my nails! They grow stronger and faster also they look healthy! Always get compliments on my nails! I had Chemo treatments in 2009 and my nails fell out and were so unhealthy afterwards; nail tek got them back to where they were before treatments!!! love love love!!!

Verna Ralston, WY
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Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream, 1 Ounce

This exclusive formula, used to strengthen horses’ hooves, provides human nails with the essential ingredients they need to grow longer and stronger. Use twice daily over and around the nail. Helps nails grow stronger. Formaldehyde Free Originally created to condition the hooves of thoroughbred racehorses, this trusted formula helps nails grow healthier and stronger while resisting splits, peels and breaks. For beautiful nails and optimum results, massage Nail Strengthener Cream over nails and cuticles, daily, even over nail lacquer.

Key features

  • Trusted formula helps nails grow healthier and stronger
  • Provides nails with ingredients to resist splits, peels, and breaks
  • Use twice daily over and around the nail
  • Formaldehyde-free
  • Please read all label information on delivery

Honest reviews


Very Disappointed

With all the great reviews, I thought once again I would try something to help my nails grow. I applied the cream 3 to 4 times a day. I even took my polish off, hoping that would help. My nails are now more of a mess than when I started. I am truly disappointed.

Adele Menomonee Falls, WI

Does nothing!

I’ve written off Barielle as the most high priced gimmick products I’ve ever tried. This doesn’t do a darned thing. It’s greasy, oily, and if it worked, I’d deal with it, but it does nothing. I’m sick that I spent the money. Don’t spend yours on this. There’s another product sold here on Amazon called Carmichel’s Cuticle Cream. I’ve used that for 20 years or so and it does work. I was experimenting again, and I should know better. So I bought two little tubs of Carmichaels (or Carmichel’s) and my nails are better again. I just don’t know how this brand stays in business. They won’t be getting mine again, that’s for sure.

Sheri Elmendorf, TX

Amazingly good stuff – give it time

I used this stuff about 25 years ago, and it really worked wonders on my fragile, splitting, peeling nails. I was able to grow out my own nails for my wedding. I don’t know if it’s the cream, or the massaging action as I rubbed it in several times per day. I do believe the cream itself strengthens the nails.So I got some more and started using it again, now that I’m past menopause . . I wonder if I’ll get the same results? My hair and nails are much more fragile now. I’m sure that at least my cuticles will be in good shape.I also have used the Cream in the tube – better for carrying in a purse, but .. it doesn’t seem to strengthen my nails like the jar cream does. The jar cream is thicker, and probably different from the tube cream. I dislike using a jar cream for NAILS of all things .. very unsanitary.. the tips of the fingers tend to be very germ-y, but… I try picking out some with a toothpick or popsicle stick . when I remember.Regardless, it did wonders for my nails. They are the weakest imaginable. I’m constantly finding a broken nail for no reason. I did massage nail beds several times per day with the cream to get the results I did.However, after I had acrylic nails for a while? .. even with Barielle, it took months for them to recover. I’ll never use artificial nails for any length of time again. Only for a few days, perhaps, for a VERY special occasion.

Gwen Arcola, IN
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