Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Impressions: Sally Hansen Insta-Brite Nail Whitener

Hmm. Well, I've used this base coat for about a month now, and my nails are very, VERY dry. Like completely stripped of oils. I left them naked and bare for two days and it was still very very dry and my nails were peeling more so than usual.

The directions are: Apply one coat over clean dry bare nails; let dry. To maximize effects, apply a second coat. Perfect under nail color or wear alone for natural nails with a healthy radiance.

It's supposed to:
  • Brighten and Smooth Natural Nails.
  • UV Protection to Resist Yellowing; Enriched with Natural Extracts.
  • Instantly whiten and brighten nails for a fresher cleaner appearance.
  • Helps correct the visible effects of staining and other discolorations of the nail and intensify the white of natural nails.
  • Ridge-filling action creates a smooth flawless finish.
As a ridge-filler, it's pretty good. I've also tried this by itself, just using two coats. It did make my stains look lighter in some lights because it has very fine, sparse micro shimmer...but in other lights it just made my stains more obvious.

As a basecoat itself, it actually did prevent staining which is something even the almighty Barielle Camouflage can't do. Also, my stains did fade a bit. However, given how the negatives outweigh the positives, I can't say I'll ever buy this one again. It does make a decent top coat though, because of the micro shimmers.

SH Insta-Brite Nail Whitener retails for $4.99 and can be found at Target


Sania said...

As a fellow nail polish addict, I adore your blog!

Since you mentioned that this topcoat destroyed your nails, I'd *love* to know what you do to get them back into good shape. I had a np absolutely destroy my nails last week, and like yours, now my cuticles are dry and peely, and nails stained. Any tips? (no pun intended! :))

Anonymous said...

I've used Dior nail cuticle apricot cream and Elizabeth Arden 8h cream on my nails and it works wonders.

However, I DO NOT use the nail whitener for longer than two weeks max, because the nail won't get any oxygen and will leave the nail dry.

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