Some of you may know that over the last few weeks we’ve been playing around with the entire Essie Nail Care line.  We never thought caring for our nails could be as much fun as painting them an outrageous colour, but Essie has proved us otherwise. Essie Weingarten said it best herself – “the Perfect manicure starts with the perfect nails” and we could not agree more! Truth is that there are 4 major nail types, so not all nail care systems will work for you. We’ve got good news though! Whether your nails are hard to grow, thin & split, have distinct ridges in them or are completely healthy Essie offers a tailor-made professional nail care line that can be completely personalized to your regimen. We’ve sectioned their nail care line out by nail type to make it easier to decide which treatment or polish will work for you.

For hard to grow nails…

No Chips Ahead Top Coat – Although it was kinda hard to stray away from our Seche Vite, we’ve been using no chips ahead this past week as our top coat. This top coat prevents your nails from chipping and peeling and also helps protect your colour against fading. If you have problems with chipping polish this top coat is worth a try! Although we didn’t find it to dry as fast or give us as much shine as our regular top coat, we loved the thinness of it and how long it made our manicure last!


For thin, splitting nails…

Grow Stronger Base Coat – This base coat does more than provide a smooth surface for you nails, it also helps fortify your nails and reduce breakage with it’s vitamin E, Gingko Biloba and mineral strengtheners. We used this under a nail art application and found that our polish lasted longer than usual. If you have trouble with weak nails and they can’t take multiple polish coats this might be the base coat for you.


Millionails Treatment – On the box of this treatment it claims to build strength and resist peeling and splitting for visibly stronger nails. We used this on a day that we didn’t have time to paint our tips (oops!) and we actually got compliments on our nails! Seriously, when does that ever happen? This treatment leaves a great shine and hydrates your nails like nothing else. Since then we’ve found a significant difference in the strength  of our nails and would definitely recommend this as an addition to your regular nail treatments.


For aging or worn nails…

Ridge Filling Base Coat –  If you have ridges on your nails they will always show through your nail polish, no matter how great of a base coat you use…unless you’re using this one. This base coat significantly smooths and resurfaces nails leaving them looking younger.  If you notice your ridges through your regular polish we insist you give this a try!


Fill The Gap Treatment – Caring for your nails with any treatment is recommended, however if you have problems with ridges we suggest you give this one a try. Fill the gap helps re-create smoothness and conceal imperfections, leaving nails feeling stronger and hydrated.


The everyday answer for all nail types…

Apricot Cuticle Oil – We thought about saving the best for last, but we don’t think this product is much of a secret. This is hands down THE best product of the entire nail care line and our secret to keeping our cuticles looking great. If you use this oil enough you should be able to avoid cutting your cuticles and simply push them back before your polish applications. Pushing back your cuticles is always a better answer than cutting them – please, please introduce this into your nail care regimen! Ummm and did we mention how good this smells? Good enough to eat!


First Base Coat – If you are looking to start somewhere for base coats here’s your place. This was both of our first base coats that we used and if we aren’t using a more intense treatment, this is still one of our favourites.  Featuring a rubber adhesive this base coat helps bond polish to the nail surface and protects your nails from turning funky colours. A true old faithful!


All In One 3-Way Glaze – We don’t often use an all in one base and top coat, however understand that are people out there that like a one stop shop. This base coat + top coat + strengthener is a great product to introduce into your nail care system, especially if currently you are using nothing at all. Give this a try!


These product(s) were sent to us for review, please read our disclosure policy for more information.

  1. Ms. Ray says:

    “Millionails Treatment – On the box of this treatment it claims to build strength and resist peeing and splitting for visibly stronger nails.” Well, thank Goddess for that! Nothing worse than a nail with an overactive bladder problem… 😛

    On the serious side, I do love your blog! And as it happens, I use Essie’s “Good To Go” quick-dry top coat. Have to tell you, not only does it dry within 10 – 15 minutes, it make my nails look GORGEOUS! No chipping, no fading, no getting all gloopy and having to tilt the bottle when it gets to the end, and sorry, no going back to Seche Vite for me.

    Another great post! Love ya!

  2. mckennaak says:

    Thanks for the review! I’m never sure which products advertising healthy nails to try, but from the looks of this, I think I’ll try the Grow Stronger Base Coat. Really appreciate it!

  3. Great blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also.

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