Now, if you love growing out your nails or would just like your nails and cuticles to be healthy (read: look pretty), you know that proper nail care is essential.So I was quite excited to see how the Probelle nail treatment would work out for me. And here's the scoop!
Probelle is a nail-care products manufacturer....so aside from nail polishes, they have all sorts of nail treatments for you to choose from according to your personal nail-needs. And I think that's great! Being able to cater to your exact needs is waaaaay better than trying out a generic product and hoping it works for you. For instance, if you have dry skin; you would get a moisturizer that is specifically for dry skin, wouldn't you? Its the same way for nails.
So here's what I got. A nail hardener. Because my nails are long, and the winter means increased dryness, and because nails are just prone to breaking, I really wanted to protect them from breakage... I do have a nail blog to run after all 😅 Enter the nail hardener you can see pictured below.
|Probelle Nail Hardener Review|
I got the first bottle pictured above. And the box the comes in says it cures, repairs and restores damaged nails. It also says its Step 1 of the whole process.
|Probelle Nail Treatments|
The description on the catalog says "Formula 1 is a unique formula designed to cure, repair and restore damaged nails. The formula itself has proven to prevent and correct thin nails that are breaking and cracking by forming a protective barrier on the nail."
|Probelle Formula 1 Nail Hardener Review|
The directions for use state one thin coat everyday, and to remove it weekly, to stop them from peeling, cracking and splitting. And after the nail becomes stronger and healthier to use it as a base coat. It also says that after 4-6 weeks,it is recommended to follow up this treatment with Step 2.
The parcel comes nicely wrapped in a bubble-wrap encased box, with the catalog pictured above and shipping was quick, which was a surprise, a nice one, but a surprise nonetheless, as it ships out from Florida.
|My nails before the Probelle nail hardening treatment|
|Probelle Nail Hardener Nail Treatment|
The treatment comes in a clear glass bottle with the regular sized polish brush. Its a translucent colour, and its a lot lighter than an average base coat. It doesn't smell like regular nail polish either, and dries super fast. I love that about this since I don't have to worry about smudging the base and then having a bald spot of a nail treatment.
|Nail hardener Review- Brush, Formula|
The formula does contain formaldehyde, so for all the people out there that only use the 5-free no formaldehyde stuff, I'm afraid this isn't for you. I don't think the formaldehyde does anything to alter the effectiveness of the product and none of the polish I use is 5-free so it really doesn't bother me that it contains that.
|Nails before the Nail Hardening Treatment|
Now I wouldn't exactly say that al of my nails were "damaged". But yes, some of my nails, had tiny cracks down the sides...which means they might break or tear off. And I wanted to prevent that...and also make them stronger overall. And the nail hardener did exactly what the description said it would do. It prevented my nail cracks from opening up and breaking off by creating a protective barrier on the nail.
|Day 1 of Probelle Nail Hardener|
I applied a thin coat to my nails everyday, around three p.m. to be exact...and also fair in terms of the testing period. The very first time I applied it I felt the stated barrier, that settled into my cracks to sort of join them with the rest of my nail. They did feel a lot less bendy so I could tell the "hardening" part really did work. I didn't notice them feeling any harder in the next couple days but I suppose it was only because it was a minor change from day to day.
|Day 3 of Nail Hardening Treatment from Probelle|
As you can see in the pictures above, the nails were shiny after the coat of the hardener. I really liked that. It made my nails look healthier and because I didn't wear any nail polish on top of the treatment, the shine made me feel a lot more confident when I went out with bare nails.
The fifth day of the week however, I applied the product as usual...but because there was residual hand cream on my nails the treatment didn't stick very well and after a while i noticed that the nails looked a lot matte-er than they usually did with the treatment on. So I guess that was a day gone to waste...and something to be wary of the next time! (I didn't even like you to begin with, stupid hand cream -_-)
|Day 7 of Probelle Nail Hardener|
|After the removal of Probelle nail hardener|
What I did notice however, was that the tiny cracks on the side of my nails had shrunk. The formula DID restore that bit of my nail....so I guess it really does work! For me at least.
I also noticed throughout the trial period that the hardener did chip off like a regular polish would. Good thing for that "one coat a day" rule huh?
Also, I would like you guys to read this to know my policy about reviews, and I hope you realize that I only used this product for a week, and that your results may differ to mine based on the "damage" of your nails and the number of weeks you spend on this treatment.
And that's it for this review, I hope you guys liked it! And I hope this helps you out, should you decide to make a purchase for any kind of treatment.
Till next time!