OPI Nail Envy Review

*This product was purchased by me.

I’m so excited to finally share the results of my 10 day trial of OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (complete with before and after pics)!  You see, lately my dominant right-hand nails have been breaking a lot and I wanted to test out this popular product and hopefully whip them back into shape!


The best-selling variety of Nail Envy is the original formula, but OPI also opi_envycarries an array of other formulas to target specific nail problems.  I chose the moisturizing formula of Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails (in the red bottle).  Even though my nails seem pretty strong and grow at a decent rate, I do experience a lot of breakage.  If I accidentally bang my hand on something-  my nail will typically break or crack.   I hoped that the moisturizing formula for Dry & Brittle Nails would restore flexibility.  My results are to follow…but let’s check out my before and after pics first!!

OPI Nail Envy Review

And here’s my poor right hand which experienced some serious breakage right before I started using Nail Envy….

Nail Envy Before and After


The instructions say to apply two coats, and then an additional coat every other day.  After a week you must remove it all and start the process over again.  Since I change my nail color often, I was unable to follow their plan to a tee… so I applied two coats, then my nail color- and left that on through the next day.  Then on the third day I removed all polish and applied two more coats of Nail Envy and then my nail color, etc…  So basically, I was still able to apply the strengthener every other day as directed, but I didn’t get to build up the layers over a week’s time as recommended.  I decided to test the product out this way over a 10 day period…


From looking at the pics my nails look somewhat the same, just longer.  But here’s how I know this product really, really works….

Day 2- I banged my hand really hard on a metal fixture and experienced a minor snafu on my right-hand middle finger.  The impact to the nail caused the top layer to peel off on my tip.  Boo.  Very typical of my usual, “MAN, I broke a nail!”….. but remember, I only had one application of the product on at this time.  After I tore the peeled layer off I decided not to file or buff it, I just applied more Nail Envy.  I was impressed how the raw peeled area smoothed over and healed over time!  Within a few days the surface of that area seemed very even and almost like the peely layers were fusing back together!

Day 8- I whacked my hand on the wall while half asleep.  Not sure what happened exactly, but I know it involved my naughty cat Fergie.  My whole finger and nail bed hurt, so I flipped on the lights to assess the nail damage (this was the same nail that was impacted on day 2).  To my surprise- there was no damage!  My nail must’ve bent and absorbed the shock without breaking or cracking!  I left a pink nail polish mark on the wall, and my finger hurt like heck, but my nails were just fine.  I went back to bed with a smile on my face.

Day 9- Ok, I’m starting to sound like a major klutz- but I picked something up and it slipped out of my hand…and my left-hand middle finger nail bent backwards!  Ouch- don’t you hate when that happens?  It gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it.   But I’m so glad that my nail didn’t snap!  It simply bent backwards, and then went back to normal. Very impressive.

By day 10 I can attest that this product made my nails much more flexible and resistant to breakage!  It seems to have restored hydration and made my nails less fragile.  I would definitely recommend this product!  The key may be to find the formula that would work best for you.  You can research the different formulas here on the OPI website.

Ten days was a long time… and my nails just kept growing and growing!  I cannot wait to file and shape my nails now!  Til next time…….