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Nail Polish Canada is a Canadian online store that was started in 2011 to bring the most popular nail polish brands to Canada, and since then they have expanded into haircare, skincare, beauty tools, and makeup. Quite recently they introduced Vitry brand to their online store, and they’ve contacted me to test one of the products the brand is know for.
From the website: Vitry began in 1795 and has grown into one of the world’s favorite nail care brands, available in over 30 countries. They’ve become known both for their treatments such as the famous nail repair treatment and their wide array of high quality tools and implements.
Vitry nail repair treatment comes in two formulas – the original and the sensitive. I decided to try the original formula, since I don’t have any skin sensitivities (usually), but I’ve been sent a sample of the sensitive formula, too, for comparison. These treatments are formulated to make the nails stronger and more resistant, allowing you to gain length and have beautiful natural nails. The treatment takes two weeks, and it’s very easy to use. Please note: the original formula contains formaldehyde, while the sensitive formula is enriched with 74% of bio-sourced, active ingredients (Vitamin E, Keratin, Arginine, Tea Tree) and no formaldehyde.
Ingredients (original): Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Acetyl Tributyl, Citrate, Aqua, Acrylates Copolymer, Isopropyl, Alcohol, Formaldehyde, Sucrose Acetate, Isobutyrate, Stearalkonium, Hectorite, Benzophenone-1.
Ingredients (sensitive): Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isosorbide, Dicaprylate/Caprate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Alcohol, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Benzophenone-1, N-Butyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Sorbitan Stereate, Cetyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hexenal, Fluorescent Brightener 367, Lecithin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Arginine, CI 60725 (Violet 2)
Whichever treatment you decide to go with, the process is the same. You start with clean, bare nails, apply any cuticle oil around the nail and apply the treatment. Cuticle oil will help lessen any sensitivities. I followed the instructions and applied a cuticle oil every time, and didn’t feel any pain or sensitivity.
The product is easy to apply and feels and looks like clear nail polish. It goes on fast, and dries fast, too. You need to repeat the treatment every 2 days for 2 weeks (so, 7 applications in total), removing the previous treatment with a non-acetone nail polish remover before the new application. You can apply other nail polish on top if you choose to do so, but I went 2 weeks with nothing except the treatment, because I didn’t want to have to remove pretty fresh nail polish every 2 days.
My nails don’t have huge issues, but they are soft and break easily, especially as soon as they reach a nice length. This is partly because I don’t use gloves when I do the dishes and clean around the house. I started with my nails cut completely short, and let them grow throughout the treatment, and then two more weeks after, to see if the treatment actually worked. I didn’t change my routine at all – I was still doing dishes my usual way.
The treatment stayed put for two days until I have to remove it for reapplication, and there were no chips. My nails grew nicely with no breakage, and definitely feel harder. I think the results are quite great considering that I always had thin nails, and it was so easy to use the treatment.
The sensitive formula is great for use between the original formula treatments, or if you simply have sensitive skin. Considering the ingredients, I wish I had chosen the sensitive formula to test, because I do prefer more natural ingredients, but this is on me (I should’ve compared them better before choosing). That being said, the original formula definitely works great, and I can’t say if the sensitive formula is more or less effective.
I really loved the treatment. It was easy to use, and most importantly, it dries fast. It feels like my nails are harder and they didn’t break for 4 weeks straight, which is an accomplishment on its own. Nailpolishcanada.com carries both the original and the sensitive formula. They contain 10 ml each and sell for $23 and $26 CAD, respectively. You can also check out all the Vitry products, there are so many that I find interesting.
If you order from nailpolishcanada.com they have quite a low free shipping threshold – orders over $19 ship free, while shipping for orders under $19 is only $4.
Do you have any nail problems? Did you ever try to treat them? What do you think about this product?