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I really enjoy this strengthener! It reminds me of Tough Cookie from Orly (which I do like), but I find LL to be better, in my opinion.
For starters, LL doesn't peel within a few days; I tested this on my toes and the Orly one peels up and discolours, but LightsLacquer's remains in good condition and doesn't get a filmy discolouration (10/10 right there!).
Second, the Orly one asks that you use it every other day to be effective, I prefer one I can just pop on under every polish change regardless of the timing. Likewise, I've used LL's *over* polish as well and it's just as effective. In fact, it helped save a breaking nail (I used nail glue + a layer of this and it's working a rescue for a small break!).
The LL also doesn't make the nails too hard either, some really make them rock hard which can actually cause easier snapping due to lack of flexibility, but I haven't noticed that at all with this strengthener! I find that after a really rough week on my nails it can be a little weak to use only 1 coat of it, but I'd rather have it be less potent than over the top, since I can always add layers to get more effect!
I’ve seen such a different in my nails since using this strengthener. My nails were very weak from using acetone to remove my nail polish for years, this is a game changer.
I have to admit, when I first saw this polish after it arrived, that I wasn’t sure it would look good. I was afraid it would be too drab. I was completely wrong. It’s a beautiful shiny color that can look blue if you wear a blue outfit, or lilac/periwinkle if you wear gray. It’s very versatile. Definitely happy I bought Cancer from the Zodiac collection!
i love magic strengthener and i've been using it ever since it came out. it helps my nails heal from damage and it also makes a great base coat! one thing i've noticed though is it smells like maple syrup once it dries and it's so strong. i mean no matter what if i have this on, even with nail polish and top coat on, my hands smell SO strongly of maple syrup, it's so weird and i've experienced anything else like it. that's the one downside.
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