my halloween challenge, #ScaryweenChallenge, is almost over and my nails have been pretty weakened by all the painting and removing the designs with polish remover. They chipped and cracked here and there and recently the thumb nail on my left hand bend over backwards and broke ….
Usually when I had small gaps in my nails, I used the teabag method to repair them.
With this you use nail glue and a thin strip of teabag to secure the broken area. It works quite well if you don’t want to file your broken nail down or if it is broken too far down to cut or file it down. Situations like that can be very painful which is why it is best to secure/repair the broken area and let it grow out.
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As you can see, my thumb nail had exactly that problem. It was broken down to my nail bed and the area was so big, that I wasn’t sure if the tea bag or even nail rescue kit would be able to repair the damage.
ORLY nail rescue kit to the …. well, RESCUE!!!
The kit comes with a bottle of brush on nail glue, a small container of some sort of white powder, a nail buffer/file and a manual.
ORLY adverdises it as followed:
Repair cracked or broken nails in 3 easy steps. This compact kit has everything you need. ORLY brush-on nail glue, nail repair powder and a nail buffer for flawless, long-lasting repair to cracked split or broken nails. Nails are restored and ready for color.
The ingedients don’t really ring a bell with me, since I don’t understand what they are or what they do, but maybe some of you can enlighten me.
Orly brush-on nail glue: Ethyl Cyanoacrylate, Polymethyl Methacrylate.
Nail repair powder: Polyethylmethacrylate, Octylacrylamide, Acrylates, Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Silica.
I usually use the Fing’rs universal nail glue to repair my nails and I guess when the brush on nail glue from ORLY is empty or dried shut, I could use it with the powder as well.
For the repair powder I am assuming that it is similar to acrylic and the strengthening is happening through layers of acrylic combined with the glue.
Since the area of my broken nail was huge, I decided to glue the nail back in place with my Fing’rs nail glue before I went in to use the rescue kit.
After that I continued with the steps from the rescue kit manual.
1. brush the nail glue on the tear/broken nail.
2. dip your nail quickly into the powder.
It’s easier to have the lid and little plastic cover underneath the lid already removed before applying the glue so you can dunk your nail in the powder straight away.
You can take your nail out almost right away …
and brush of the excess powder. I used a small fan brush I had at hand.
The glue with the powder will actually dry pretty fast, so when it has dried it should look something like this.
In general you could repeat steps 1 – 3 for extra strength but you have to be sure that the nail is completely dry and that there is no loose powder left before doing so.
To be sure I used the glue and powder twice on my thumb nail, since the gap was pretty big. I also wanted to strengthen and repair some of my other nails, so I used the kit on all my nails.
When everything is completely dry you can 3. smooth the covered nail with a nail buffer.
I did not use the buffer that came with the kit, but instead the green file from p2 and the 4 way nail buffer from Models Own.
After I was done with smoothing out all my nails, my end result looked like this.
I am actually really impressed.
The manual was pretty self explanatory and the products very easy to use. Sure, the excess powder after brushing it off the nail was a bit of a mess, but I think it is bearable for the result you get.
I am “wearing” the bare product since 2 days now and did not feel any chipping or breaking especially on my thumb. Of course I am still careful with it, but so far I feel pretty well protected. I will paint my nails and see how the product behaves when I take nail polish off with remover and will let you know later on.
If you do want to remove the glue/powder layer/s, the manual says that you can use ORLY artificial nail remover or just soak it in acetone until it has dissolved.
Do you own the nail rescue kit? Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments below and tell me about your experience with it.
With the nail rescue kit came three polishes that are perfect for halloween, which I will review in a separate post later this week.
Here is a preview of these pretty babies
Left to right, R.I.P., Monster Mash and Right Amount of Evil from the Flash Glam FX glitter collection.
Thanks again to ORLY Germany for sending these products to me, the nail rescue kit really did save my thumb nail!
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