Raise your hand if you bite your nails, or ever used to! I used to belong to that category, until marriage dates were fixed, and then I was trying to correct every flaw about me for that big day! But even when you put in all restraint and control to grow your nails, their brittleness becomes a big impediment. I tried drug store base coats, nail paints with base coats, nail stickers- what not! Further, I also wanted a cost effective solution and not indulge in those expensive nail brands. Then one day while browsing through the cosmetic section of Parcos, I came across this specific product from Rimmel. And I found the answer to my misery!
What the brand says about the product:
- Double duty base coat: strengthens and protects.
- Enriched with calcium and Keratin. Adds strength to weak nails.
- Increases the shield against damage.
- Use as a base and top coat, or alone for a naturally shiny finish.
INR 265 for 12 ml. Online sites usually provide discount on this during sale time.
My Experience with Rimmel London Stronger Try Harder Double Duty Base Coat:
I have been using this product for almost 2 years and it has become a staple in my nail products kitty. I use it as a base coat, top coat, and it helps splendidly in providing the required strength to my nails. The product looks pinkish in the bottle; however, rest assured, it comes out absolutely transparent when applied on the nails. It doesn’t alter the colour of the nail paint as a base coat or as a top coat. When used as a top coat, it helps provide an additional sheen to the nails. The consistency is fluid, not as thick as a nail paint, but not runny as water.
The brush is also adequate – flat and wide enough to cover each nail in two swipes. Also, it dries up pretty quick. Under the fan, by the time I finish applying it over all my fingers, I can move on to the next coat or nail paint without fear of smudging. It smells like any typical nail paint, and I don’t have any issues with it. Another thing that I have noticed is that when worn on its own, it doesn’t chip. It will last you through the week too. However, with a nail paint and as top coat over a nail paint, I don’t get the same effect.
I want you to check out my nail pic and see the hair line crack there. I get these kinds of nail splits often and this product rescues me every time. Also, as my nail grows, they are stronger – they don’t bend or snap easily. If topped with 2-3 coats, I have realized it prevents staining also, prevents but not stops completely. The bottle and brush are to my liking, so if a little product is leftover, I usually add my favourite colour to fill it up again and continue using the bottle.
I am very impressed with this product and would continue to use it. It has helped me achieve long nails, which a lot of my friends asked if were fake! I have started using nail cutter for my nails and this is the only product which helped me achieve it.
Pros of Rimmel London Stronger Try Harder Double Duty Base Coat:
- Does what it claims! Full marks for the stronger nails claim.
- Product consistency is more of fluid-like quality.
- Affordable and you can get additional discount on it during online time!
- Adds sheen to the nail as top coat, can easily substitute nail buffing.
- Brush is good and convenient to use.
Cons of Rimmel London Stronger Try Harder Double Duty Base Coat:
- Not available across drug stores.
- Requires continual usage, cannot be a start stop product.
Would I Recommend/Repurchase Rimmel London Stronger Try Harder Double Duty Base Coat?
I would recommend it to everyone. I have found this to be one of the most versatile nail products that deliver what it claims. I am already on my third bottle, and not planning to move to anything else. I haven’t tried more expensive brands yet, but with this, I may just never have too!
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