Duri Rejuvacote Review (before and after)

Today I’d love to share the results of my 10 day trial of Duri Rejuvacote.  I’m always searching for my next holy grail nail treatment.   Is this the one?  I have before and after pics for you!

My pointy nails have been in pretty good shape lately, but every few weeks I’ll get a break (usually on my right-hand middle finger).  But since my nails are already healthy, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to see much results from using Duri Rejuvacote.  But I sure did! Good? Bad? Ugly? Keep reading!

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What is Duri Rejuvacote?

From Duri’s website:

Rejuvacote “the nail doctor” will heal and cure your split, cracked and acrylic eaten nails. In a matter of weeks you will enjoy the look and feel of strong, vital, natural nails. It’s not a promise, it’s a guarantee.

It takes only 2-3 weeks to see dramatic improvement on your nails when you use Rejuvacote. It will force your nails to grow stronger, healthier and longer.


Apply Rejuvacote daily over bare natural nails or over nail polish. It is designed to be used as a base coat and a top coat.  The package instructions say the following:  Begin with clean dry nails.  Apply one coat of Rejuvacote as a base coat.  Apply nail color if desired.  Apply Rejuvacote as top coat, daily.  After 7 days, remove with polish remover.  As your nails improve, apply every other day or as needed.

I change my nail color often so this is what I did-  I applied one coat of duri as a base coat, then my nail color, and then some seche vite topcoat like normal.  The next day I would remove all polish and start over with a fresh base coat of Duri.  I repeated this process every day for ten days.   So basically, I applied a fresh base coat of Duri everyday for ten days straight.  I even continued to use the product for another five days after for a total of 16 days (to give it a fair chance).  But for the purposes of this review we will look at results after my ten day trial.  In my opinion, ten days time is realistic and feasible, yet long enough to see results.


I am not happy with the results for three reasons: 1- my nailbeds turned bright pink, 2- my nails started looking bumpy and ridgey, and 3- the tips of my nails starting peeling and breaking.

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PINK?  Yes, the skin under my nails looked like it was turning pink!  I did a french mani a few days after usage and my natural nails that poked through looked so funny and bright pink!  Especially my left-hand ring finger.  Look at the ‘AFTER LEFT’ pic in the above collage and you’ll see what I mean.   Thank goodness that my nails went back to normal a week later (after I stopped using duri).

BUMPY? After about 5 days or so I noticed that my nails looked like they had a lot of ridges on them.  Now I’m not sure if the surface of my nail actually got bumpy, or if it’s just the way Duri’s finish appears on the nail, or maybe my imagination?  But I am not a fan.

PEELING?  Yup, my nails started peeling.  I haven’t had peely nails for a few years now since I take really good care of them (with the exception of my naughty middle finger on my dominant hand that often peels or breaks).  But some of my nails are always perfect like my pointer/index fingers… and even they started to peel!  I didn’t notice the peeling ’til near the very end of the trial though. They seemed ok for the first week, but after about day 8 I noticed the tips looked like layers were lifting up a teeny bit, but I ignored it and kept doing what I was doing.  Until the last day….

JUDGEMENT DAY- After ten full days of usage (technically 11 days) I took my ‘after’ pics.  This is how it went down- I removed my nail color with nail polish remover, moisturized, got my camera out, and then I noticed that one of my nails was broken!  Yup, right in time for the photography portion of the review.  Oh duri, sorry to do this to you, but a picture says a thousand words!

It’s also important to know that I continued to use the product for another five days and managed to break two more nails in that time.  So that means I broke a total of 3 nails in a week.  That is so unlike me!  I never break that many in a week.  Boo.

Here’s a left-hand pic of day 10 right before my last duri application.  Not lookin too good. 😦

duri day 10


I used this product for 15 days straight and I can say for sure that it had a negative impact on my nail health. So there ya have it.  I think Duri Rejuvacote is one of my least favorite nail strengtheners.  It’s right up there with Nail Tek (uck).  After using Duri I was forced to file my nails down to eliminate my peeling tips.  That’s $8 bucks down the drain!  I have gone right back to my Sally Hansen Maximum Growth and I feel better now.

But please remember that everyone’s nails are different, so it’s very possible that this product may work for you.  I’ve read a slew of blog posts stating that this stuff is phenomenal and they use it daily.   I have also heard from others that Duri can sometimes make your nailbed burn and sting like crazy?  What??  I’d like to know what the stinging is all about!?!  If this has happened to you, I’d like to hear about it!

If you’ve used duri before I’d like to know what you think!  Thank you for reading! And if you’re looking to grow your nails long here are my favorite strengtheners and some tips n tricks: Craftynail’s Nail Tips.

*This product was purchased by me.

34 thoughts on “Duri Rejuvacote Review (before and after)

  1. sadface! my nails ALWAYS peel at the free edge like that. i like to think that my OPI Sensitive and Peeling is helping, but I just don’t know. i hope your nails heal up fast!

  2. Oh darling! I am so sad to read that Duri isn’t helping for you. For me it did the opposite. Finaly my nails are getting better. I had splits and peels and with Duri they disapeared. Maybe it’s juist the reason why you shouln’t use it, your nails where healthy already. I recognize de sting feeling with other brands of nailstrengthers. Luckly for me I did not had that expirience with Duri at all. When a nailstrenghtners starts stinging it’s a allergic reaction. I gues the pink color on your ring finger also is a allergic reaction on Duri. Hope you nails are getting healthy and back on track soon. Huggs V.

  3. Eh, wow.
    I’ve heard so many great things about Rejuvacote, but when I started looking for more in-depth reviews I read some horrible things too, like the burning and stinging. I don’t think I’d be comfortable trying it after seeing your review! And I know everyone can react differently to certain products/ingredients, but anything that can cause a reaction like this is a no-go for me.

    Hope your nails will go back to normal soon!

  4. Oh wow, that sucks. I am glad that your nails are better now, after you stopped using it.
    I haven’t used this one but I can totally relate that some things work on some people and others just don’t. I’ve tried 2 strengtheners so far, first one I used made my nail beds slightly more pink than they should be, although that might have been from extensive polishing and acetone also.
    I probably need to find something new though, cause my Orly Tough Cookie is finishing up and it’s too expensive to order alone for me 😛

  5. Sad. 😦 have you tried this German nail hardener? http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00126IXLO?cache=99df3d8fe48eb33b3e4a696dcd5c9328&pi=SY200_QL40#ref=mp_s_a_1_1&qid=1391785452&sr=8-1 I don’t know if you’ve tried it, but this stuff worked great for me, granted it stings a little on some people. I lived in Spain for a year and a half and when I returned to America, I found that my nails had weakened while living in Spain. I grew up with VERY strong, hard and healthy nails so I was shocked when they turned brittle. I used this stuff and my nails went back to normal in 2 weeks. 🙂 I wouldn’t re-apply it daily like you did, though… I just kept on the base coat and would reapply a little when my nails grew out half way through the treatment.

  6. i’ve been using it for about a month, after i got a horrible break. well, my nails grew like crazy but have 2 really horrible breaks! so i’m right back to wear i started

    i have now started applying my favorite base coat and then applying duri over it. hopefully that will help because i loved how long my nails got

  7. Eeeeek! This is not good. I’m sorry to hear that Rejuvacote did not work for you. As you may remember, it did wonders for my nails and I haven’t had a real break in months (except when I slammed the car door on my thumb…lol). You are so right in that not everything is going to work for everyone in the same way. It just sucks that it caused such a bad result with your nails. I am now trying out a Jessica treatment to see how it works. I hope it doesn’t do this to me cause I’ll be a sad panda.

  8. Oh, bummer. I just started using Rejuvacote and have not had a problem. It’s only been about a week and I haven’t changed my polish, yet. I hate to waste money!

  9. I have been using Duri as a base every day since the start of the year, and my experience has been pretty much the opposite of yours, it hasn’t burnt or stung at all, or changed the colour of my nail bed. In fact, I haven’t had a single break since starting it, and I have about 8mm of tip length – I have bent a few by accident, but they came out unscathed. Just goes to show how different it can be on different people!

    • Thank you for chiming in! I had a feeling my results are different than most. There must be science to it… someday maybe they’ll discover that there are different nail ‘types’ and then we’ll know exactly which products to use!

  10. The same thing happened to mine!! I feel like they made my nails grow but the peeling is unreal! I tried this after trying Nail Magic and have it peel my mani less than 24 hours later. I had been using just regular ol’ Revlon base coat and it was doing alright but after a couple weeks I’d get a bad side nail break. I’m so at a loss as to what I should try next. My nails are weird. When I get gel manis, they peel before a week has passed and it’s supposed to last 2 weeks so I think my nails have some kind of thing where they don’t like certain polishes. The search continues!!

  11. Judging by your third left finger in the pic, it looks like you might have developed an allergy to whatever is in the Rejuvacote (most likely the traces of formaldehyde..) Give them a rest from any hardeners or treatments and don’t leave them naked, use any regular base coat, at least two coats of it, until your nails get to looking better. Leaving them naked will result in loss of your nail’s natural oils, and that is one of the main causes of peeling and splitting. And definitely keep the shape either rounded off or flat top with round edges. Crazy shapes will catch and cause the nail to split/crack easily. IF YOU WANT TO USE REJUVACOTE AGAIN, be sure to only use it once a week (don’t listen to what the bottle says, they only want you to use it up faster) because the more you harden the nail, the more the new growth will come out brittle and dry from the chemicals. I use this stuff all the time and I swear on my life by it to my clients. Used moderately, it makes miracles on even the tiniest of nubs! P.S.~ I work at a natural nail salon, and have been doing nails professionally for more than 6 years 🙂

  12. I’ve just started using Duri Rejuvacote after taking off my acrylic nails that I’ve had for 23 years. It stings like hell, I’m on the 5 days and each time I apply it really hurts and my nails feel bruised. I doubt if this is normal. I will give it another few days and if the stinging persists I will try something else.

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