Orly Breathable Treatment + Color Nail Polish
Breathable Treatment + Color - Orly Breathable Treatment + Color Nail Lacquer has an all-in-one longer-lasting formula for longer, stronger, healthier nails.Benefits:Nourishes and hydrates nails with Argan oil, & vitamins B5 & CFeatures advanced oxygen technologyNo basecoat or topcoat needed - Breathable Treatment + Colorsee more...
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Cons: it takes AWHILE to dry. And when I mean awhile, I mean at least like 15-20 minutes if you have multiple layers no joke. The other thing is that there isn't a huge colour selection (about 15), and the lighter colours are a little sheer so you need more coats.
Besides that, I am in love. You can currently get these for BUY 2 GET 1 FREE at Sally's Beauty Store. Price: $8.99 ($8.49 with the sally beauty card)
This does seem to live up to its claims of being permeable. I put nail oil on and it does seem to be getting down to the nail, keeping my nails supple and healthy. It also has reasonably high shine on its own (which is good, since using a top coat would defeat the purpose). Though the colors I tried (the light purple, light green, and gray) were all pretty sheer with one coat, after two I was pretty good most of the time. Unfortunately all is not well...
This stuff chips like nothing else. You can't use a base or top coat since that would take away the benefits of the formula, so there's no good way to diminish the chipping issue. On day two and even day one I have chips that annoy me enough to repaint. Some of my nails hold up fine (though it's inconsistent which one), but the issue is bad enough that when I tried repainting with a different color each day I had to repaint, by day four I had tri-colored hands! This stuff needs a lot of babying. I now keep a bottle in my purse to redo at work. To its credit the chipping issue doesn't seem to be made worse by oil or water, and it doesn't peel off in big sheets. More minor issues, it does bubble some, though not as bad as other lines. The color selection at this point is also an issue; it's pretty slim and mostly pastels, so hard to transition into fall.
While writing this review I wavered between three and four stars a lot. The chipping issues are pretty major, but it DOES do what it claims it will do. Ultimately since there's not a lot of competition in the field of breathable nail polishes I give it a 4/5. Having to repaint all the time is annoying, but the formula is thin enough that I've hardly made a dent in the bottle I've been using daily for several weeks. My nail health is improving while covered, which is what I was looking for and having trouble finding. I'll stick with this and even buy more colors (hopefully ORLY will come out with more!), but I would never switch to it entirely. When my nails need a rest there's this, but for fancy manicures I'll look elsewhere.
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