Saturday, 26 January 2013

Nunale Nail Strengthening Cream Review

Hi everyone!

Here we are at the weekend again, hooray!  It has been an up and down week for me this week, somehow I feel like I've been affected greatly by not very much happening, most strange! 

Although one thing did happen.  It had been snowing heavily yesterday, on the way home I VERY narrowly avoided sliding straight into the back of a 3-car pileup, new pants please!  It wasn't actually snowing at the time, but the snow was blowing off the fields onto the road, and it had caught some drivers unawares.  Just around a bend a car had slid off the road, and I think someone had stopped to help, and then someone had slid into the back of the good samaritans van.

So around the corner I came, not actually going that fast, and YOWSERS, sooo nearly piled into them all!  ABS kicked in, I went sliding sideways, just missed them by the skin of my teeth, and managed to control the slide enough that I managed to get back straight and back on my way.  So lucky that nothing was coming the other way, the road was just like a lake of compacted ice.  I think the car (a long way) behind me wasn't so lucky, as in my rearview mirror I could see the traffic all backed up.

I was pretty shook up when I got home, but it also made me realise how lucky I actually was, and how easy it is for your life to change on the flip of a coin.  I also felt so sorry for the people who had actually been in the accident, but the ones I passed were all out of their vehicles talking to each other, and cars can be mended much more easily than people can, so mixed blessings I suppose.

Anyway, on to the actual point of this post haha!  I still have the slice on the cuticle of my middle finger, so am undecided whether to do any swatching/polish reviews this weekend.  I suppose if the sun comes out I won't be able to resist doing the rest of those holo's I bought, but I have so many other reviews I want to do anyway, from head to toe, that I won't be stuck for posts!

Todays review is for Nunale Nail Strengthening Cream.  My nails have been in a bad mood, peeling and cracking, since before Christmas, and I decided it was time to try something new.  I had heard great things about Hard As Hoof nail strengthening cream, and I had tried that a while back, but apart from smelling like Bakewell Tart (lovely!) I couldn't actually see any difference in my nails.  I know lots of people swear by it though, so it may just work for some people and not others. 

But I wasn't about to give up on nail strengthening creams just because one hadn't worked for me, so I was browsing around Amazon (my favourite online shop), and I came across this one: NUNALE CREAM ON AMAZON (LINK)

It wasn't too expensive at £4.39 with free shipping, and it had good reviews, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Here's what I recieved:
Firstly I'd like to say, that I'm completely smitten with this packaging!  It's so delightfully kitsch!  The tube is perfectly handbag sized for me at 11cm's long.  It's also tough enough that you don't have to worry about it bursting open in your bag.

The instructions are on the box:
Pretty straightforward, right?  So that's what I've been doing.  Here's what it looks like out of the tube:
Just a pretty pale pink colour, and this is waaay more than you would need for all ten fingers.  Consistency wise, it's like a thin cream, it's pleasant and is easily absorbed.  A very similar consistency to Sally Hansen's Healthy Cuticles Now Cream at a fraction of the price.  It has a light smell, a bit like talcum powder, but there is an undercurrent of lanolin (or maybe glycerin) smell, so if you don't like that smell you may well pick up on it.  I personally found it ok, and I'm pretty particular about scents as you probably know.  Please excuse the, errrr, slightly amusing shape the cream splodged out in, I promise it was completely accidental!!! 

The ingredients are listed on the box, along with the advertising spiel:
Now I was intrigued by seeing cholesterol in the ingredients, so I emailed the makers or Nunale to ask them what it was for.  I also asked them a couple of other questions, and was delighted that they replied quickly, courteously, and they answered all my questions.  Great customer service!

In their reply they told me that cholesterol is used because it acts as a moisturiser to revitalise the nails - who knew?!

I also asked them how long they'd been making Nunale, and if they made any other nail products, they told me they don't make any others, but they have been making Nunale for over 50 years, so it has definitely stood the test of time!

I also asked them if it is cruelty free, and importantly they tell me that it is - the glycerine is vegetable derived for anyone who's wondering.  So, guilt free moisturing, always a good thing.

So.... does it work?  I would say yes it does!  I've been using this in conjunction with a couple of other products, and I've had no peeling ever since - NONE.  The one nail that was worst affected, my left index, is surviving, although I do have to keep buffing it and filing it short, as it was a really bad peel and I'm hoping it will grow out before it pings off.

As you can probably tell, I've been super impressed by this cream.  It's reasonably priced, the packaging is super sweet, it's cruelty free, and it works!  I have no hesitations in recommending it to you, I hope it works as well for you as it has done for me.

Until next time...



  1. Great informative review, really enjoyed it. I need a product like this, as my nails do flake quite often. So to hear about your near miss crash, atleast you're safe :D

    1. Thank you so much! We're back to rain now instead of snow, a bit safer but still a pain! x x x

  2. So this is the famous stuff!
    Will order some this week for sure, thanks!

  3. I have been using the cream for the past two/months (still on the first tube), and it's amazing!! Nails were so broken and peeling because I have to wear disposable gloves all day in work. Nails are now so much stronger and look great, they have grown so much longer too. I love the smell of the cream, and I find that once I notice it in my bag (it is the perfect size to carry around) I can't resist putting some on!! Totally recommend!!

  4. I used this in the 80s and am amazed they still make it. Same packaging design too. It worked back then - only way my nails ever grew. I'm getting some :)


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