Because why not?

Sally Hansen - 18K Gold Hardener & Cuticle Eraser

20 May 2015
When Sally Hansen released the 18K Gold range I couldn't help myself, I tried to fight it because I really dislike Sally Hansen products but I have some serious curiosity issues.

Thank God I'm not a cat.

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The nail hardener in the range makes some big promises, right there on the front of the box it says "Instantly nails feel stronger, harder and more durable" and it's not a lie, your nails will feel harder with the first application but before we get to the nitty gritty lets talk about the packaging real quick because there is something important I'd like to point out.

The bottle of nail polish has a cap that needs to be removed before you use it, now you might be a smart person and be able to work that out before tears are shed but clearly I am not because I struggled with opening the bottle for way longer than is acceptable for a person who is supposed to have full brain capacity. Also I really feel like this extra cap is a damn waste of space. Why is it there? It's completely unnecessary. You just know that you've paid extra for that useless cap that has absolutely no purpose, it's like an inedible garnish on a $40 main, or, as my mum would like to say, "Tits on a bull".

The brush on the other hand is the type I like, wide and flat, I find it holds a good amount of polish and makes painting the nails a really quick process, the polish itself dries quickly which is also nice for those of us who are time poor and lets face it, we're all time poor.

So the product claims to harden the nails, which I've already confirmed that it does but what it fails to do is keep them hydrated and flexible enough to prevent splitting, flaking, chipping and the worst of all, snapping.

Below is a photo of my nails about a week after I had started using the nail hardener, you can see my nails are fairly long (excuse the cuticles, I'm not perfect), when I was young I was a chronic nail biter and it took me a very long time to break the habit and even longer for my nails to recover so now days when my nails are healthy and long I feel super proud of how far I've come since those days.

You can probably imagine my horror when after about week 2 of regular use the shit hit the fan with regard to my nails, my thumb on my left hand was the first to go and it was literally a painful and bloody loss, my thumb nail hit a hard surface and split far down the side of my nail in to the quick, my only option was to cut away what I could and begin what would be a long relationship with band-aids.

Over the course of the next week, give or take a few days, the rest of my nails slowly lost the will to live until they were all broken down to the end of the nail bed where the free nail grows or torn in to the nail bed.

And now that you can probably tell that I hate this stuff and would never recommend it I'd just like to point out that it makes the nails look ugly and yellow when worn on it's own. This is not the nail insurance product for me.

Moving right along to the 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser.

This handy dandy little tool is actually one I would recommend, the formula, application method and results are all boxes that I would tick.

Essentially what you have here is a hydrating and exfoliating cuticle treatment in a pen form that comes with it's own cuticle pusher.

After twisting the gold top away from the black base you're left with a flexible plastic applicator, you simply squeeze out a tiny bit of product and rub it over all your cuticles. After reapplying the gold cap you use the white textured tip to massage the product in to your cuticles and then use the tapered end of the white tip to gently push back your cuticles.

While this product works really well on your finger nails I have to recommend using it after a shower on your toe nails, if you're like me you might neglect your toe nails, especially at this time of year and working on those cuticles can be quite a job since the skin is a little tougher in that area but this product makes light work of them.

Highly recommend this for anyone who wants an all-in-one product that will take the hard work out of cuticle care.

The Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener retails for $16.95 while the 18K Cuticle Eraser retails for $12.95.

Have you tried any of the Sally Hansen 18K Gold products?

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1 comment on "Sally Hansen - 18K Gold Hardener & Cuticle Eraser"
  1. I haven't, but I'm with you re: nail polishes having a cap on top of them. Butter London polishes all have caps on top & I had the same frustration the first time I used one of their polishes. The cap is useless IMO, but it does hide the fact that I've hacked at some of my bottles in the past when trying to get them open...because I forgot the whole "run your bottle under hot water to try & get it open" thing...derp.

    EEK @ your poor thumb nail! Are all your nails ok now? I think this is kind of why I don't use nail hardening products - regular application of both cuticle oil & hand cream appear to be keeping my nails pretty healthy & in tact, so I see no need for such a product.