My nails need some major TLC!
Ever since I heard about the new line of nail strengtheners by Essie called Treat Love & Color (TLC for short) I had been dying to try one out. I have always struggled with nails that are brittle and break easily and peel. I've tried base coats like Essie Millionails, OPI Nail Envy and Orly Nailtrition. None of them helped my nail situation at all. I wasn't sure if this new Treat Love & Color line would help or not, but I was willing to give it a shot.
I picked up this sheer white one called Treat Me Bright. It has some blue shimmer reflects in it that look really pretty. Essie says the reflects help to optically brighten. They also claim that you will "experience stronger nails: 60% less peeling and 35% less breakage in one week". That's quite the claim! While I've seen tons of swatches of this line on blogs, I haven't seen anyone report back to say if they actually work or not. Since Essie says I'll see a difference in one week, I'm going to test out this shade for a week on my nails and see what happens.
Here are my nails without polish. They are slightly stained, very dry and brittle. The tip of my pointer isn't looking so great especially. Looks like I will start to get some peeling soon.
You can really see the peeling on my right hand. My thumb and middle finger are peeling but ESPECIALLY that pointer finger. It's peeled as long as I can remember (years maybe even). That top layer has never fused to the bottom layer and grown out normally.
Treat Me Bright
...a week later
During the week of wearing TLC my nails looked really dainty and pretty. I loved the look so much I included it in my February Favourites. Chips aren't noticeable because it isn't a strong colour, so you can get away with a few chips before you have to take it off and reapply. During the week, my nails went through a couple small breaks. One of them was while buckling a seatbelt, and I didn't even do anything to warrant it! Ugh, so annoying. That's how brittle and prone to breaking my nails are. I had only been wearing TLC for a few days, so I knew I couldn't expect it to magically make them stronger in that short of time. Luckily it was just the corner of my pointer finger, so I just rounded the nail out.
After a full week of wearing TLC, my nails definitely look and feel less dry.
...another week later
Ok guys. Truth time.
I've worn this polish for 2 weeks straight and I gotta say...it really works! Normally when my nails get to this length, I'm guaranteed to get a pretty significant break. That's just what I've come to expect, but I have had NO breaks this week! Just a couple hours ago, I accidentally closed a drawer pretty hard on my fingers. I thought for sure I would have two broken nails but the one nail was completely fine and the other nail just had this tiny little itsy bitsy chip.
Here's what my bare nails look like after 2 weeks of TLC:
My right hand is the most improved! I still can't believe I don't have peeling on my middle finger anymore. They overall look sooooo much better and healthier.
I told myself I wouldn't buy any more of these unless they worked, so I'm definitely picking up all of them now! I found the pink one "Sheers to You" and the purple one "Laven-Dearly" at my local Shopper's Drug Mart, but I saw a peach one called "Tinted Love" on nailpolishcanada.com. I ordered it this morning. As soon as it gets here I will swatch them all and post it (hopefully later this week). I'm so excited about these results! My friend Olivia (@essiebuff) said she's been wearing her Treat Love & Color's as base coats under nail polish, so I will also be trying that out as well. I want to keep up these results!
Cheers to Essie for giving my nails the TLC they needed!