I received a lovely package from Barielle to review. Three gorgeous polishes, Extra Gentle Cuticle Minimizer and a Hydrating Ridge Filler.
Let me start with the cuticle minimizer. Nail maintenance is the unspoken part of nail care. It's the part that no one really likes to talk about. The polishes always get all the glory. While not glamorous it is an important part of a nail care routine. This minimizer applied wonderfully. I didn't have to work to put in on my cuticles. It was silky and smooth. and doesn't have an overwhelming odor as many nail products have.
I left the minimizer on my cuticles for about three minutes and then used an cuticle stick (one comes with the product) to push my cuticles back. Then I washed my hands with warm soapy water and used a nail brush to scrub any remnants away. It worked well to minimize my cuticles and will be a great addition to my nail care routine.
Extra Gentle Cuticle minimizer costs $10 and is available on Barielles website at www. barielle.com
Now let's move on to nail ridges. I have horrible vertical ridges on my nails and I feel they distract from the look of a finished manicure. I have struggled to find a product that works well to minimize them. While buffing will remove the ridges it will also remove a layer of nail with it which will make the nail weaker.
As for the results I am going to let the photos do the talking.
I used one coat of Hydrating Ridge Filler on my pointer and middle finger and Seche Vite base coat on the others.
Then I painted all my nails with Barielle Surf's Up. The difference in the end result was amazing. I probably could have gotten away with one coat of polish if I had used it on all my nails. It worked well as a primer base for my nails while minimizing the ridges.
Take a look! The nail on the left has the ridge filler. The one on the right has Seche Vite base coat. It's a noticeable difference.
This is after two coats. The pointer and middle finger have the ridge filler base and the others have Seche Vite base coat. Hydrating Ridge Filler with silk fiber is available at Barielle.com for $16.
|Barielle Surf's Up|
Barielle's polishes have a great formula, are easy to apply and dry quickly. The polish above is Surf's Up. It is a vibrant bright blue. And I have always leaned toward blue polishes. They are a weakness of mine. I love this color.
Berry Go Round is a bright, cheerful coral. Now that I have tried this I wonder why I don't wear coral colors more often. The bottle did have a mishap during transit and leaked.
|Berry Go Round|
Now, who doesn't like sparkle? I think we all do. I used Stardust as a top coat for Surf's Up. It is gorgeous. It applied evenly and it wasn't difficult at all to ensure my nails had an smooth even coat of glittery goodness. Small micro-sparkles abound in this polish.
|Surf's Up with Stardust top coat|
Barielle polishes can be purchased at Barielle.com for $8.
Barielle has been around for more than 30 years and introduced "Nail Strengthener Cream" as the first nail care product of its kind. Originally formulated to condition the hooves of million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses, this legendary skin care product helps nails grow healthier and stronger while resisting splits, peels and breaks.
Bottom line: Barielle products are something I will add to my list. Affordable, quality products.
The products in this post were sent to me for review. I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.