One of the biggest problems I have with my nails is peeling.
Because they peel, they are weak. And once they start peeling, I can’t seem to stop them! I’ve cycled through different base coats and treatments that are meant to help weak and peeling nails, and they do help sometimes, but I think my body adjusts to certain things and I have to find that new miracle worker every so many months.
While I know there are strengthening nail polishes available – Sally Hansen has made Hard as Nails for years – I have never purchased a nail color with the intent of strengthening my nails.
These new lacquers are the first peptide-infused color treatments for fragile, weak nails. It’s a range of six creme shades that include a pure protein peptide, ProSina Protein Peptide, extracted from New Zealand sheep’s wool. Dermelect promises that these lacqueres deliver a fast-drying, high-gloss formula while also providing strength for nails and more resistance against chipping, peeling and splitting than other lacquers. The shades include Persuasive (peach), Provocative (fuchsia), Above It (sky blue), Head Turner (orange), Luxurious (lilac) and Power Trip (red with pink undertone).
So how does it work?
Dermelect describes its polish as “the ‘cure’ in your ‘mani’.” The company says the first coat instantly bonds to the nail, which I would agree with. I applied my first coat to bare nails, and it dried very quickly. The second coat is supposed to fuse with the base to resist chipping and improve brittle nails. The polish provides not only the peptide protein, but vitamins and moisture. Here’s a list of ingredients:
The ingredients for the polish I wear tested, Above It (the baby blue one): Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol, adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimelltic anhydride copolymer, nitrocellulose, triphenyl phosphate, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, stearalkonium bentonite, ethyl tosylamide/epozy resin, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, benzophenone-1, stearalkonium hectorite, diacetone alcohol, citric acid, water (and) hydrolyzed keratin, dimethicone. May contain: blue #1 lake (CI 42090), ultramarines (CI 77007), mica (CI 77019), bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), red iron oxide (CI 77491), black iron oxide (CI 77499), ferric ammonium ferrocyanide (CI 77510), yellow #5 lake (CI 19140), red #6 lake (CI15850), red #7 lake (CI 15850), red #30 lake (CI 77360), red #34 lake (CI 15880), aluminum powder (CI 77000), polyethylene terephthalate.
So how did it hold up?
Day 1, Above It:
Above It is a gorgeous sky blue that was opaque in two coats. The formula was a bit thick, and there was some streaking resulting in slight irregular opacity that is apparent in my photos. However, it is not as noticeable in regular lighting (first photo is flash) and I received many compliments on my nails the four days that I wore this polish!
Here’s the brush, by the way:
It’s a short handle that allows for easy control. The brush is thin to medium in thickness, good for smaller nail beds.
Here’s how Above It looked on day 2:
No chipping! Not even tip wear!
Minimal tip wear on my swatch hand (aka, my left hand).
Minimal tip wear, and a chip in my index finger on my right hand.
Not bad wear. Although I didn’t use a base coat, I did use a top coat.
I wasn’t even ready to give up on the mani on the fourth day of wear, so I did a water marble over top, and it looked great (I posted a photo on Instagram- you’ll have to go to the right hand sidebar and follow my Instagram….*she says, shamelessly plugging herself*).
After wearing this formula for a few days I can definitely say that for me, this didn’t chip easily. It looked great after days of wear, making it a good choice for me on trips where polish changes don’t make sense.
But did it help my nails?
From what I gather reading the press release and the website, this is supposed to work as soon as you’ve got the second coat on. My nails were certainly stronger yet flexible, and like I demonstrated, I had minimal chipping/tip wear. When I removed the polish, my nails were not as peely as they usually are after polish removal (I’ll sit there and peel layers of my nails off sometimes, which is gross and I hate it) but within a day I had a couple peels. It’s been a couple days since I wore a Dermelect ME polish, and I still have minimal – yet some – peeling.
I would bet this formula would help best (in other words, do more to fight peeling) if you wear it consistently.
Here’s swatches of Head Turner:
Head Turner is a gorgeous bright orange shade. This is two coats. It had no streaking issues, although the formula was the same consistency as Above It.
My final verdict? I’d purchase these polishes. Maybe not for the colors - because while they are on par with trends, they are not unique – but definitely for the strong wear I get from the formula. I may purchase the Persuasive color – it’s the perfect work-appropriate color for work travel, which I may have later this summer/early fall.
I look forward to seeing if they release different shades, too.
Dermelect ME Anti-Aging Color Nail Lacquers (made in London) are available via Dermelect’s website (linked to on the first mention of the product) for $14 a piece. They contain .4 fl. oz. of product. They are also sold at C.O. Bigelow in NYC.
So what do you think of this new type of nail polish? Does it pique your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
EDIT – 6/13 7:07 a.m.: I have to say that I went four days with it on, and it’s been four days since I took it off, and my nails are still peeling, in fact, one broke last night. There hasn’t been a real change in the health of my nails since taking this polish off. I plan to inquire with the company to see if there’s a certain time period you need to leave ME on your nails so that it will work. As I mentioned in my post, perhaps if you use it consistently. Just wanted to post an update, as I schedule my posts and wanted to include this information!
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