Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Essence Nail Care Balm

Hi, my fellow beauties!

With autumn in full swing and winter on its way, the whole of nature is changing its colour and just looks glorious. For me as a beauty addict, it is only natural I want to join in and what better way is there than all the beautiful nail polishes that spice up even the dreariest and greyest of days?
But changing the colour of our nails every other day is taking its toll and it is super important to give your nails some extra care to make up for all the stress they have due to nail polish removers.
One little thing that I certainly cannot recommend for that purpose will be today's topic.

I'm talking about the Essence Nail Care Balm:

This is basically a nail balm, who would've thought, that promises to moisturise extremely damaged nails and do so really fast. With essence being a really cheap brand that brings forth the occasional gem, I thought I would give this a go some while back.
First things first, and this is something that is not the product's fault, always check the product before buying it. When I first opened the pot at home there was a huge dent in the product because someone had already used it. Really, who does that? That is why we have testers lying around everywhere! When I open a sealed product and use it, I freaking buy it, right? 

Anyways, as it turned out, it wasn't that bad (although the attitude is awful!) because I absolutely hate this nail balm. And I mean I hate it with a passion that I have seldom felt for another product in my life.
Its formula is very very hard which means it it totally hard to get something out of the pot without scratching it out with your finger nails and due to that, blending it on your nails is impossible.

This is, what the balm looks like out of the pot:

Really flaky, isn't it? I guess you can already imagine what it looks like when blended. 
Right, like this:

Not too good, I would say. Those big chunks of product won't go away, no matter how hard you try, they will just move around or stick under your finger nails.
And that is the next problem, once the balm is on your nails, instead of moisturising it, they will just cling to the cuticles or any dry patch or unevenness that might be there and stick to it which makes the nails look downright horrible. And you can't even rub it off with a tissue or a bit of water, oh no, once on it, it's there and stays there.
You may perhaps be able to scratch it off but that's already it. 

After all these horrible things, there must be something positive about this product. Perhaps its promised effect? Now, that's one good joke.
Personally, I don't think this nail balm has any effect at all. My nails feel completely the same before and after. The only thing different is that my cuticles are totally irritated because you have to work hard on them to get the excess product off them.

All in all, this is probably THE WORST nail product I have ever tried in my whole life. If you get across it, give it an extra wide berth and try something else. Even if it is cheap, it's just not working. Like I said, essence has their occasional gemstones, but this is certainly not one of them.

Have you tried this and think differently about this? Did I just get a bad product? Any recommendations for good nail care balms? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Have a most splendid day!


  1. I am glad I read this before I went shopping as I was planning on getting a product like this and was considering this exact product!

  2. aww thanks for the heads up, i was actually hoping this was a good review bec i dont use any nail balm and would love to try an inexpensive one.

  3. great post! would you like to follow eachother?

  4. Too bad it is not so nice, it looked promising! Thanks for the review.

    xo Melane
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