Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Regret - Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat


 My oh my.... my blog has been silent. Apologies to any faithful readers, occasional spot checkers, and random visitors :) I've just been dealing with some boring but utterly time consuming life stuff... and well I put a lot of things on hold. But I'm hoping to get back to my regular posting groove.

This post has been a long while in coming... it's a long one, to compensate for my long absence :)

OK, I don't know what's been happening with my nails... but shortly after Toronto Tough Mudder 2012 they went to s**t.  They were driving me crazy for months. Why you may wondering? Well after that event, they just started to split and wouldn't stop. By late November I was just so tired of looking at my fingers...

I have an OPI nail polish called Birthday Babe, that I have wanted to wear for my birthday... but splitting nails don't fare well with nail polish... so maybe next year.

On Boxing Day I splurged and bought Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat because of this little blurb on Sephora website:

"The owner of one of the largest manufacturers of nail polish formulated Gel Coat to address her own problems with nails that split and broke. She was so pleased with the results that she created the Perfect Formula brand to help other women achieve strong, beautiful nails." 

I felt she had my nails... so I bought myself a bottle. Now on Sephora website this little bottle is listed for $38 CAD, but I bought mine from a Sephora store on Bloor St, and it only cost me $30 CAD... I don't know what's with the discrepancy... but cheaper is always better :)

To use this, paint your clean bare nails with it. Remove weekly with any nail polish remover, and repeat. I started my weekly treatment on Dec. 27th... and here is the progress of my left hand.

Just look at those mangled nails. Also my cuticles got a beating as well... I didn't do my nightly hand moisturizer regimen for a few days prior to this, and they suffered terribly as can be seen. But it's the nails we're concentrating on... just look as this annoying splitting/peeling mess...
This stuff does give your nails a lovely smooth glossy sheen, and with repeated coats a nice sheer pink tinge of color. Sort of reminds me of Essie's Pink Glove Service.  Although under certain light conditions, they would appear light opaque lavender... which I didn't mind at all. It made me feel as if I was wearing actual nail polish :)

Look at the improvement in just a few days. I like to keep my nails as short as possible... so I file them a little bit each day... I was so excited, I thought by mid January I'd actually get to wear color on my nails... maybe that was a bit too optimistic...
Two weeks later, there wasn't much improvement....
Two weeks after that... I wasn't seeing any positive progress...
and in March I just threw my hands up in the air in resignation... it seems my nails were actually regressing... so I started to do some research...
and I stumbled upon this site, where I learned the following:

"Nail hardeners make this worse because the alcohols, formaldehyde and other chemicals in the nail hardeners really dry out your natural oils. (Crazy fact: Nail hardeners actually contain more of these chemicals than nail polishes!  It’s these chemicals that make the nails feel harder at first, but- whammo- after a few weeks the splitting is worse than ever.)"

This was so true in my case. While wearing the gel, my nails looked good, and felt fine... but the minute I took it off, they were a dry peeling mess... and wouldn't you know it formaldehyde is one of the ingredients in Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat. Once I read this I didn't not apply it again... and in a few weeks with good diet (lots of veggies and grains), obsessive moisturizing of my cuticles and nails, I was rewarded with the following...
So Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat was an expensive waste of time and product... big regret... no repurchase... ever...

On a side note, I saw this brand on the Shopping Chanel one night (it was a steal of get 2 for the price of 1)... the "owner" was on... basically she said that you must wear this gel at all times for perfect nails... and that is just not something I agree with.... or wish to spend any more of my money on...

On another side note... shortly after this last pic, I started to paint my nails like crazy, and now they are back to their messy peeling state. Because I'm mentally unbalanced instead of taking my own proven and tried method of eating right and moisturizing, I invested in a nail strenghtening product sold at my spa... I'll let  you know how much I regret it or not, in about 4 weeks :)

After all, this wouldn't be much of a beauty blog, if I didn't play with beauty :)

2 comments:

  1. Oh glad I have seen this! My nails started to peel too and started to use nail envy (again) which helped at first but has regressed too. Shall stop using it for a while and see if it helps. Thank :)

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