|Sally Hansen VitaSurge|
I picked up a bottle of Sally Hansen VitaSurge Strength Gel. It cost me $7.49 for a 13.3 ml bottle at Rexall. As you can see on the package, they promise "stronger nails in 5 days". To be honest, I think I picked up this treatment as opposed to another brand because I saw a beauty editor in some fashion magazine recommend it (I think it was LouLou, but can't be sure).
|It has a very thick, fuzzy brush and tiny white "beads" suspended in the gel (I guess these are the "micro-vitamins"?)|
The first thing I noticed besides the blue gel formula was the smell - it is highly perfumed.
|My nails before treatment|
As you can see, weak and peeling nails :(
|With strength gel applied|
After swiping on the gel, it takes about 10 minutes to be fully absorbed. It does feel nice when absorbing and my nails feels slightly stronger immediately afterwards. I repeated the process once a day for five days. The package said it could be used over nail polish as well, but I wanted to try it without so it could really soak into my nail bed.
|After 5 days of treatment|
To be honest, not only did I not notice a difference in my nails, another one of my nails cracked after the 5 day treatment (note the crack on my ring finger nail. It only appeared after applying the gel every day!) My other two fingers in the picture look a tiny bit better, but I wonder how much of it is due to growing out for 5 days and how much to the strength treatment? I can't really tell.
Because of this, I'm going to have to say the Sally Hansen VitaSurge strength gel is a miss. To me, there just wasn't enough of a noticeable difference over the course of the 5 day treatment to recommend it to people who have weak, peeling or brittle nails. Also, if your nose is sensitive, the fragrance in this treatment might be a bit irritating. I also wonder how much this was recommended by the beauty magazine in which I first saw it, and how much was paid advertising. In any case, I'll try another treatment soon. Any recommendations?