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I’ve heard amazing things about Trind’s Nail Balsam, so I was elated when I was contacted to review their Keratin Treatment. Along with their treatment, they also included their acetone-free nail polish remover and three Caring Colors.
Burst My Bubble is a bright Barbie pink crème.
Mellow Yellow is a primary yellow.
Surf’s Up is a metallic blue-green shimmer.
The crème polishes are a pain to apply…I’m not sure if it was the humidity in my apartment, but the formula is streaky and thick after three coats. A coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat evened it all out, but I wouldn’t grab these shades. Surf’s Up, however, has a great, evenly applying formula. While it takes three coats, there are no leveling issues.
While the colors are hit-and-miss, Trind’s Keratin Treatment is a solid performer.
Disclaimer: I’m not a scientist by any means, so I honestly do not know the science behind the ingredients. Loodieloodieloodie is a one-stop shop for impeccably detailed explanations behind the science of nail treatments. On top of being a nail blogger, Anna is a scientist with a Ph.D.
There are two bottles in the treatment: the Keratin Nail Restorer and the Keratin Nail Protector. The Keratin Nail Restorer, like Trind’s Nail Balsam, is a moisturizer applied to the nails prior to polish application. The main difference is the addition of keratin. After a minute of application to the bare nail, the product is rubbed in then followed by application of the Nail Protector, a clear base coat also containing keratin.
According to the instructions, you need to remove the treatment with Trind’s acetone free remover and reapply every day for 4 weeks. Needless to say, I didn’t do that. Instead, I have applied both before every manicure for the last month. I don’t think the Nail Protector was meant to be a full-blown base coat judging from the lack of wear I’ve experienced using it. As for the acetone-free remover…I just have zero patience when it comes to removing polish. While it well for removing the Nail Protector, I can’t see myself using it as a workhorse.
While many people are skeptical by nail treatments, this DOES work. My nails have been in fantastic condition…I’ve had to file them down significantly twice since using the product. However, like all good things, it must come to an end.
The problem with protein-based hardening treatments is the risk of making your nails too hard thus making them brittle. Last week I discontinued using the product because it worked TOO well…I now have cracks on one side of three different nails below the quick. But don’t fret! Luckily, they were all salvageable and lived to see another day (Stay tuned for my nail repair post!).
Due to my experience, while the Keratin Treatment works well, it’s not for the long run. I’d recommend using it for a maximum of three weeks, then using it as needed. If you already have hard, strong nails, take a pass or else you may encounter the same problem as I did. However, if you have flimsy, weak nails, this may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Despite the cracking, I’m impressed by Trind’s Keratin Treatment. I plan on trying their Nail Balsam to supplement my nail moisturizing routine since it does not contain keratin. I wasn’t so crazy about the Caring Colors I received, but I’ll definitely be back for more of their products.
Trind products are sold at better drugstores, perfumeries, spa’s and salons. Use Trind’s store locator to find products near you.