Nail and Cuticle Oil

Posted on March 17, 2012

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Over the past year, I’ve accumulated 4 different types of cuticle/nail oils. Why? I wasn’t satisfied! So my search continued… until now. ;) See which one of these 4 nailed it!~

Sally Hansen: Cuticle Massage Cream (~$5)
This cuticle cream is very dense, but I wasn’t happy with the moisture it provided. I used it a total of two times before it completely dried out!~ Pictured below is a dried out, rubbery remainder of what used to be a cream. Not sure if I got a bad batch… but my first attempt at moisturized cuticles was a complete fail.

Rich, emollient formula deeply moisturizes and conditions rough, ragged cuticles. Massaging cuticles every night with Cuticle Massage Cream helps improve circulation and stimulate healthy new nail growth. Formulated with Apricot Extract to help soothe painful hangnails and prevent cuticle tearing.

Sally Hansen: Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil (~$6)
I’m all about second chances, so I gave Sally Hansen another try. This time in a pure oil form because I figured it wouldn’t dry out like the last product. As you can see in the inset picture, the applicator looks very much like a nail polish brush. It was easy enough to apply, but it was a messy. The oil is very ‘watery’ so it spreads all over your finger tips within a few minutes, which the picture below didn’t accurately capture. :( The brush is on the longer side, so there’s not complete control over where you’re applying the oil either. The good news is that this product was moisturizing, after all it is oil! Certainly better than the first Sally Hansen Cuticle Cream, but I wasn’t convinced that it was the best out there. The search continued…

Makes cuticles and nails look healthy instantly. 4000 IU’s of Vitamin E in an essential oil complex helps prevent nail problems before they start. Helps keep cuticles supple and nails resilient.

Badger Cuticle Care (~$5.50)
I saw this organic cuticle balm and decided to give it a try. I personally like lemongrass, so I’m okay with the fragrance… but I have to admit it’spretty strong. If you don’t like lemongrass, stay away. The balm melts with the warmth of your fingertips making it super easy to apply, it’s just messy. In terms of moisture, it’s good! Also, because it’s a balm and thicker in consistency, it stays where you put it and won’t ‘run’ everywhere like an oil. Not bad at all. :)

Badgers know how to dig the Earth, and also what a toll that can take on the cuticles – that’s why this is one of our favorite balms! Our Cuticle Care formula deeply soothes and restores cuticles with soothing Shea Butter and nourishing Seabuckthorn CO2 extract. Delightfully fragranced with essential oils of Geranium, Mandarin, Lemongrass and Ginger.

OPI: Cuticle Oil To Go (~$5)
I recently attended a beauty industry conference and received this cuticle oil in the goodie bag. O.M.G. It’s exactly what I wanted and more. I love this product! First of all, the sweet melon scent is amazing. The consistency is more like an oily gel, so it won’t run everywhere like the Sally Hansen Oil. Similar to the Badger Cream, it stays where you put it. What’s extra nice about this formula is that it absorbs faster than the other cuticle oils. The cherry on top is the perfectly designed applicator. Just a little squeeze of the tube and you get the cuticle ‘gel’ loaded onto the brush for precise application. You can squeeze gently for light moisture, or give it a good squeeze for a deep treatment. Seriously, love this stuff.

There’s times I share my nail polish looks on Twitter and I’m embarrassed at how dry my cuticles look (lotion doesn’t cut it). Never again! I keep this in my bag and can moisturize my cuticles anywhere~ Success. Kudos to Allure for recognizing a great product and awarding Cuticle Oil To Go a Editors’ Choice Award!

“All Avoplex products are formulated with OPI’s Advanced Avocado Lipid Complex – a combination of deep-penetrating, skin-loving antioxidants; phospholipids, the biological building blocks of skin; vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E; essential fatty acids; and Avocado Oil, which closely resembles the skin’s own natural oils.”

So who nailed it?
Winner: OPI’s Cuticle Oil To Go of course!~ Perfect formula and genius applicator. I’m so happy that I finally found a cuticle oil that I’m 100% happy with and am excited I got to share it with you! Runner up is the Badger Cuticle Balm. :) Very moisturizing and a lemon grass smell that I like… just wish the application wasn’t as messy.

Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out.

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Products in this post: OPI: Cuticle Oil To Go: Drugstore.com ($5) |  Badger Cuticle Care (~$5.50): Ulta | Drugstore.com | Sally Hansen: Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil (~$6): Ulta |  Sally Hansen: Cuticle Massage Cream (~$5): Ulta | Drugstore.com