January 14, 2013

Nutra Nail Gel Perfect Review

Hi guys! Today I have a review of one of the worst products I have EVER tried for you, I'll be back later tonight with a much happier and very exciting post. I am literally so excited about tonights post I could just explode :D

Apologies for the wall of text you are about the see, I have a lot of thoughts. My intent was to wear test this product before I properly swatched it so the photos you'll see are of my right hand, this polish is not one I'll be properly swatching...ever. I think this might actually be the first time I've ever shown my right hand on here! I tend to break nails on my right hand a lot at work going in and out of file cabinets so they don't look as fantabulous as my left hand that you always see!

I received Nutra Nail Gel Perfect in the shade Raspberry to review. I've seen this product in drugstores and it's always something pick it up then decide not to buy it. I was pretty excited to finally get to test it out! Gel Perfect is marketed as a hybrid gel color that applies like a polish and protects nails from breaking with a rock solid shield. It also says it sets to a "brilliant patent leather shine" in just 5 minutes. Sounds fantastic...too good to be true right? Well it is.

The Gel Perfect kit comes with 3 bottles, an activator, the gel color and a brush cleaner. I have to mention, the bottle of color is tiny...it's bigger than something like an OPI mini but not by much. The instructions say to apply a thorough coat of Activator over the entire nail. I have a strong feeling that this "Activator" is brush on nail glue...it smells exactly like it. Not only did it stink but it went everywhere, I couldn't keep it off my skin and cuticles no matter how careful I was. I should have just stopped then but in the interest of being able to wear test this and tell you guys my thoughts I went on. The instructions say to do one hand at a time and paint all 5 nails with the Activator before moving on to step 2...so that's what I did. Next you "immediately" apply a thin coat of the color but with slight pressure so that the Gel Color and Activator can blend. It says the first coat might be streaky...it was.

After applying a coat of the Gel Color to 5 nails you wipe off the gel color brush and switch it with the brush in the brush cleaner...you are supposed to switch the brushes after every 5 nails to prevent build up. After you do the above steps of Activator and Gel Color on the other hand you go back and start the second coat of Gel Color. With 2 coats the color looked fine so I left it at that. There is no top coat that you apply after the second coat...however there is another card that says it's the new & improved step 5 where you are supposed to apply a coat of the Activator over the Gel Color to help it last and improve the shine. I decided to put the Activator over my thumb and leave the others without to see if there was any difference.

After 5 minutes I was expecting that beautiful patent leather shine and rock solid shield advertised but my nails still felt sticky and they looked dull...including the nail with the Activator as a top coat. After an hour still the same...they felt sticky and had a dull look. After 3 hours...still the same. I made the mistake of picking up Oreo (our cat) around the 3 hours mark...the manicure was so sticky I had cat hair stuck all over it. After 4 hours I thought maybe it was supposed to be sticky and went grocery shopping. When I got home and inspected my nails I was pretty horrified...on my right hand 4 of the 5 nails still felt sticky. The 1 nail that didn't feel sticky was chipped. All of my nails looked like I had tip wear I normally get after a few days...I wrapped my tips with both the activator and the gel color as per the instructions so I'm not sure why this has happened. The nail with the Activator as a top coat was the worst, I must have put my hand in the pocket of my hoodie while I was shopping (4 hours after application remember) and I got all kind of marks from it. As I type this post 6 hours after applying Nutra Nail Gel Perfect my nails are STILL sticky, still dull looking and now chipped.

Overall, this product is crap...period. Enjoy the photos below...my nails looked much worse in person. Please excuse what looks like dryness around my cuticles...it's not. It's the Activator, I couldn't get it off the skin.

For removal you can either buy their remover pads or do the Foil Method for 2 minutes. I'll be doing this as soon as I finish editing this post :)




Nutra Nail Gel Perfect is available at most drugstores and places like Ulta. I strongly suggest not wasting your money on this. I can say with absolute certainty this is the worst nail product I have ever tried.


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48 comments:

  1. Wow, that really sucks that you had such a horrible experience with this :( I've never heard of it (or this brand) but I won't be trying it if I ever do see it lol. Ugh!

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  2. Haha oh my goodness that's awful! You couldn't pay me to wear that. Thank you for being the bigger person and saving us from this! x

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  3. That sounds awful! :( I'm so sorry you had a horrible experience but thanks for giving such an honest review.

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  4. Dear lord, that product's a mess. Thanks for making this review :)
    We don't have this brand in Belgium, but I hope it helps people who do.

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  5. I'm glad it wasn't just me! I tried this stuff last summer and had the same bad experience. Some of my nails did dry okay, but it didn't level at all and they were all lumpy and weird. Also, totally agree about the "activator," it's basically super glue and is so thin it was pooling everywhere on the sides of my nails and cuticles.

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  6. Wow! What a review! I am so absolutely refreshed by this! Recently I've been getting so fed up of some of my favourite beauty and lifestyle blogs going down with sponsored post after PR review after sponsored post with constant praise, and nothing real in between, so I utterly admire you for this. What a shame that this product was so terrible! I really don't understand how these companies get these products to market... There are some great products out there and the people who make them are struggling to get them into stores, and then things like this get put out there!

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  7. Oh my that did turn out a hot mess.
    The worst part about crummy products is the total let down after being genuinely excited about it. Like hearing that Disney burned down.
    A close second is trying to beat a crummy product to fit all the while giving it the benefit of the doubt when it becomes crystal clear that something is indeed going wrong.
    A close third is the time spent & thus the time lost from messing with it all.
    A close fourth is the $ spent / wasted. Even though you got this for free, your time is worth something.

    Don't take this wrong, but I am always relieved to have someone else be the guinea pig of a new product & not me for just this very reason. Sorry you had to waste your time & maybe even booger up your nails from this, but as a fellow consumer, man am I glad for reviews like this which save me from the same peril.

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  8. I have had a box of this for quite some time, and haven't been able to bring myself to try it. I am so glad I haven't! And I won't!

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  9. THANK YOU! This was on clearance at my local drug store and I ALMOST bought it. Glad I didn't. The application process alone sounds like a nightmare! VERY HELPFUL!

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  10. I made the mistake last year of getting this as well. You got yours to at least look presentable. Mine just looked like crap. I agree, this should NEVER have made it out of product testing.

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  11. Stephanie Indah MulyaJanuary 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Whoa.. That's horrible.. I wonder if they even try this out before selling them. Thank you for the review :)

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  12. I can't wait for your post tonight!!!

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  13. Yuck! I've never had and now never will want to try this!

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  14. I'm surprised it didn't say to clean with 99% isopropyl alcohol like other gel polishes do to remove that sticky layer - I wonder if that would have made all the difference? Either way, I'm still so iffy about gel polishes - I only want to wear them when I'm on a trip!

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  15. I feel exactly the same way about these crappy nutra nail gel polishes - oh, and I trialed these when I was pregnant, and I literally was angered that they did not warn about the nasal burning scent of the activator/glue - I was so scared that I wasn't supposed to be using that system while prego. Anywho, those remover pads they sell - crap too, it took me DAYS to remove this horrible stuff AND my nails were damaged for months afterwards from that activator stuff. They were thin, peeling and brittle, it was the most miserable time in my nail life! :(

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  16. I'm glad you've got that review out there. What a disgusting product! The world needs to know things like this.

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  17. Thanks for this review - I have seen this kit at Walgreens and Rite Aide and not read anything about it anywhere. Glad I did not pick it up when I was looking at this one vs. the LED (non gel strip) Sally Hansen one...If you can, you should take this back. I know many drug stores allow returns. I need a new lamp - I have one of the original UV lamps and not a LED one...I don't use the UV one - but rarely - I don't like the idea of the UV rays on my hands when I have worked so hard to keep them young looking and protected from the sun rays! I just had not wanted to spend another $100 on a lamp...but the Sally Hansen kit is like $71 and has the lamp that you can fit 4 fingers in (maybe the thumb too) and all the 'stuff.' I just did not want to buy it at holiday as I had other expenses then.

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  18. Kat Hooked On PolishJanuary 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Stuff like this is why you'll always be one of my favorite bloggers <3. Sorry it sucked but at least it won't suck for anyone else.

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  19. What a bummer! :( Thanks for the very thorough review!!

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  20. I bought one at Five Below for about $3. It was worthless! The color was pretty but that was about the only nice thing I can say.

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  21. THANK YOU. I cannot give my appreciation enough for being warned off horrid nail products. :D

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    1. Jessica Cosmetics is marketing something which sounds like the same thing. They call it "Fusion 2-5-2," but it's only being marketed to nail professionals. I wonder if being a professional will make this product any easier to work with!? I suspect that if it doesn't dry for you, it won't dry for anyone.

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  23. I bought this on clearance last month but the instructions were so annoying I never bothered. I saw some reviews on it that were pretty bad, and yours with the pics seals it, I'm tossing it!

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  24. Jessica Cosmetics is marketing something very similar (maybe identical) to nail professionals: "Fusion 2-5-2." They suggest it as a pedicure product that will dry in five minutes. I think I will avoid that as well. Thanks for sharing your experience, you have saved me time and money.

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  25. Wow! I'm always wary of gel products but this one takes the cake, it seems. Thanks for the honestly!

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  26. Is it wrong I love when you review something that's a hot mess? Even if it ended up looking good, anything that takes that much time gets crossed off my list.

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  27. i tried this a few months ago with pretty much the exact same results except your mani turned out too look better than mine! i got frustrated in the middle because it was such a mess and quit. the one nail i got to look semi-ok i left to see what would happen and it was still sticky hours later. BOO!

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  28. As soon as I saw that this was the product you were going to be reviewing, I knew you were going to hate it! I actually bought this twice because I couldn't believe how poor of a product it was. It's absolutely horrid! It totally damaged my nails too! It took almost a month to get them back to normal. I'm also convinced the "activator" is nail glue. I accidently spilled a drop of the of the brush cleaner and it stained horribly! This was about a year and half-two years ago, when the product first came out. I recently found a bottle of the color in my stash. It also doesn't hold up well with time. Its now a gelatinous mess!

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  29. I had an identical, super-gross experience with this junk. And you're absolutely right, this piss-poor excuse for a product is essentially colored NAIL GLUE!

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  30. Wow how awful, I too wonder how some companies get such bad products to market. I bought the Sensationail LED gel nail kit for my daughter for Christmas, I did her nails and mine with the kit and it came out Fabulous and just like a salon gel nail manicure. It lasted about a week and half for me. It's suppose to last 2 weeks, but who wants to wear the same color for that long anyway.

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  31. Excellent review. I tried this product as well. I even tried it more than once to see if maybe it would be better as I got used to the application. I had a similar experience as you did, except instead of being sticky, mine cracked into pieces about 10 minutes after it dried. There were a few stubborn pieces that stayed on each nail, refusing to come off. The smell was exactly like nail glue! It's a shame, because mine actually looked awesome for 10 minutes. We are way better off with products like Seche Vite or Poshe; quick-dry, great shine. Seche Vite does smell, but Poshe hardly does at all.

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  32. I'm really glad you decided to do a Gel review, they seem to be one of the "trendier" things lately and claim to last longer and stronger than normal polish. But wow, I can't believe how bad that is! I'm in shock that after 6 hours your nails were still sticky. And all the steps it takes just seems so confusing and time-consuming. How can they even sell this stuff?

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  33. Thank you for your honest review!! I had thought about buying this so many times, but just thought it was too good to be true, so thank you for saving me on this one!

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  34. i have tried this, and my first attempt (hand) was bad, like yours, but my second time on my other hand it went well. i was annoyed that it wasnt gel like, more like nail glue, colored nail glue. i now am finishing the bottle(s) on my toes. they last forever on my toes.

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  35. Not sure if this helps or not but gel polishes (Gelish, Cacee Gel, OPI gel, etc) have a shelf life of 18 months and then must be thrown away. They aren't meant to last like some regular polishes do.

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  36. Actually, the activator is nail glue...same exact ingredients (plus two filler ingredients) as nail the glue that I bought at Sally Beauty Supply. I did a review and post about it on my blog some time ago because I wondered why they smelled the same and sure enough exact same ingredients as nail glue.

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  37. Ok. So, that answers a lot of my questions! I will NOT be buying this product! Thank you for the review!

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  38. I used this today and didn't have the same outcome. Sorry you had that experience.

    Would I buy again, no. It smells like nail glue.

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  39. I just finished up putting this polish on and I really like it. I even polished over the top layer with regular polish and they look awesome. They are also rock solid and not bendy at all. I cleaned mine with acetone before applying it also. I did mine in 3 finger intervals. Maybe they need to fix the technique on doing it. It sucks that all of you have had problems with it :(

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  40. worked great for me /shrug. maybe i did it properly or got lucky. strange. dried immediately. ran cold water over them just in case. they are shiny and everything with no extra steps. i didn't pay for mine, was a gift, so i didn't have high hopes but i'm enjoying it in the pale pink.

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  41. I bought this product and I have had the exact opposite result! It dried in 3 minutes and i love it. It has only been on for day, but I'm petty though on my nails and no marks yet!

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  42. I purchased Gel Perfect and it chipped the first day and got worse from there! Pure crap!

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  43. thank you!!! I almost bought this stuff.

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  44. Magic Nails works great!!! It made my nails grow super long and drys my polish asap! I think I will pass the gel deal by.

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  45. I guess if you do it the correct way it works just fine. I followed the insanely easy directions and it worked amazingly. Day 4 and still looks great.

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  46. I followed the "insanely easy directions" also and this product was crap, like I said in my post. Glad it works for you.

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