Putting the ridge filler to the test…

*This post contains products received for testing and reviewing purposes. Views and opinions about the product are my own*

Many months back…(wow…months…)
I received a box of goodies…this box to be precise.

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Today I will be focusing on the Nail HQ part of the box :)

Nail HQ was recently brought in by FarleyCo Beauty. A product of the UK, Nail HQ is all about treatment of the nails.

Retailing from $7.99-$11.99CAN, they might seem pricey but treatments work to help with issues down the road. So an amount invested now, will pay off later on.

I received the Ridge Filler, and the Growth for Brittle Nails. But that one went to my friend, as she has trouble with weak nails that break often.

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Nail HQ Ridge Filler

According to the blurb on the website…

Specifically formulated for weak, damaged and thin ridged nails. This smoothing Ridge Filler gives a subtle sheen finish that revitalizes the nail. The formulation gives it unique hydrating, moisturizing and conditioning attributes which will help nails become more flexible, help regulate nail growth and improve the wear of nail enamel by providing adhesion properties.via Farley Co Beauty

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Flows nicely, and isn’t hard to work with.

So what did I think?
First off, when I come across something as a ridge filler, I want to immediately take to my holos and mattes to test them out. That is what I did with this one.

(Oh! Sorry about the dryness. I always forget to oil it up before taking pictures >_<)

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
(This was a Revlon LE Matte Polish from a Christmas collection a few years back)
On the left we have the nail without Ridge Filler, on the right we have a layer of Ridge Filler. If you look at the nail on the left, you can see that there are fine vertical lines. It breaks up the reflection of light. So, generally the one on the right looks more uniform in terms of application.

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
(This was a holo from the Nabi line)
Again, on the left we have the nail without Ridge Filler, and on the right a layer with Ridge Filler. The difference between these two are a little harder. The one on the right does have a fine line running through it, but it isn’t as prominent as the one on the left. That one, you can see several lines running through the nail. If I applied a second thin layer of Ridge Filler, I’m sure I would have avoided any ridges, but…wanted to stick with one.

As a side note, the Ridge Filler makes the finish of the next immediate coat a tad on the matte side. Not a huge deal, as most of us use more than one coat of colour, but thought I would note that.

One thing I really liked about the ridge filler, was the way it could easily smooth out the new growth and my gel polish. By using a bit of this, I would layer on top a regular polish, and it still looked pretty decent.

The lovely Ottawa based makeup artist Melody Iafelice shared her before and after pictures on Instgram. I basically did what she did, then added a colour layer over it. A way to extend the gel polish, as it does get annoying to remove.

 

Like I said in the beginning, I also received Growth. Since I don’t really have troubles with breakage (at least with the new shape), I passed it along to my friend J to help test it out. I usually hear her complain how she hates that her nails don’t grow and keep its length, so I figured it was perfect for her.

Trying out #nailHQ #growth.. thanks to @rasilla. Hope to see great results. :)

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With Pentavitin “Moisture Magnet” and a unique nail strengthening complex including Biotin. These replenishing ingredients help provide the moisture balance necessary to have flexible nails and prevent brittleness and breakage. This formula also contains a unique complex designed to help moisturise, condition and strengthen nails. Acqua-Biomin/Calcium Y3 Complex and Vitamins A and D as well as Nonychosine E – to help normalize nail growth. Via – Farley Co Beauty

So what did J have to say?

  • she applied every other day
  • helped to grow out her nails for sure, that was the difference she saw for the first while
  • unfortunately for her, as her nails grew, she noticed peeling
  • peeling led to tip breakage

Not sure what to do there. But, it did help for growth for the first bit. Wondering if maybe with continued use it would have strengthened it a bit more? Kind of like how using oils at the cuticle help to grow stronger nails from the base of the nail…just a pondering thought though.

Anyway, these guys are available on the FarleyCo Beauty Website, as well at the following retailers:

  • NailPolishCanada.com
    obsessedlook.com
    Select Guardian
    Select IDA
    Select Pharmasave
    Select Proxim
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