Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Follow up review of the Knockout Nails UV Hardening system

I wanted to write a follow-up review of the Knockout Nails system . Having paid for it with my own money, I feel that is necessary to follow up with a few of the things I noticed about this system,that I didn't find out until after having used it for some time. First of all,I bought the system in early December.The people at Knockout Nails were very good to send me a replacement UV lamp,when I called and alerted them that the lamp I had received was not lighting up properly.They sent me a replacement lamp,without my having to return the whole system,which was very good of them to do. I received my replacement lamp near the end of December,so that delayed the amount time, after I bought it, to actually start using the system.

Please excuse me if my thoughts don't seem quite organized on this issue. I am still on the fence about wether I would actually keep the Knockout Nails system,even though it is too late for me to return it for a refund.

As with all products I will advise "buyer beware." Yes,some of the claims that are made about this system are correct. The product does harden your nails. And yes, you can wear your own polish,and use regular nail polish remover with it. This allows you to have the ease of an at home UV "gel" manicure and not have to invest in polishes that are especially made for the system. I use the term "gel" loosely in this post,because this product is not actually advertised as a gel. The product is a hardener,and as I said before,it does harden the nails. 

On to what I have found that I do not like. I wore glitter nail polish for New Year's Eve.I removed it with the foil method and acetone-based polish remover. The hardener remained on my nail,except for one nail which seemed awkwardly marred by the acetone.By this I mean the hardener seemed to have puckered,and there was also a big space where there was no hardener at all.

Fast forward to Jan 23. I removed the glitter worn in my last post,with the foil method and non-acetone polish remover. Naturally non-acetone takes longer to remove glitter,and as I had to leave the foil on longer,I was shocked to see that on most of my nails half of the nail,from the cuticle forward, the hardener was removed.Big gappage. Something to remember here though, you do have the ability to go back with your system,fill in the gaps with bonder,and fill the gaps also with hardener,so that you get a smooth finish once again.So that is fixable in a sense. 

You also have your REMOVE FILE.Here is another problem. The remove file,no matter how hard I tried,I couldn't remove the rest of the hardener that was left on my nail with the remove file.I filed,and filed,and filed away,or I like to  akin it more to buffing,not filing.  If I polish my nails now,and upload photos,you will see a visible line where there is no hardener, and where the hardener picks up. As I am going naked soon,I will not go back and fill the gaps.However,in order to remove the rest of the hardener,I will probably have to use acetone,because I want my nails to be in their natural condition once I start the Ultimate Bare Naked Nail Challenge mentioned here .

And that brings us to the final point I want to make about removal methods. I haven't tried any other type of in-home system,like Red Carpet or Gelish soak off methods. I know that these systems require you to soak off the gel polish. I didn't like the idea of using that type of system in the first place,because I know any kind of soaking,wether it be in acetone,water,or a special solution,will weaken the nail plate. I believe that Lisa explained it the best when I read her Facebook update here . Essentially, water,and I believe any of these other liquids I mentioned,once they enter the nail tissue,cause your nail to swell,and then as quickly as they go in,they evaporate,causing the tissue to shrink.This is what causes dry,brittle and weak soft nails,like I have had. I did notice that two of my fingernails,felt very weak,not hard,after I used the foil method with non-acetone polish remover. I don't know of any other really reliable method to remove glitter. And the fact that the rest of my nails are still "hard" is due to there still being some hardener left on the nail.

I know this is a long rant,I told myself I would try to make it short,before I wrote it,however,writing it,has made me realize that the Knockout Nails system is just another artificial means to helping you have long "strong" nails that you wouldn't normally have. I wouldn't go back to wearing glue-on nails,for sure,but I still believe there are some epic fails with this system.

In closing,I will say,that if I could return it and get my money back,I might. I am not sure if I am comfortable with having to use this system, the rest of my life,as I  will always have to fill in the gaps once hardener has lifted, and my  natural nail beneath the hardener,and without the hardener, will return to it's weakened state.

This is my honest opinion on the Knockout Nails system,after having used it for a whole month.

After using this system I can no longer recommend it's usage due to the above reasons.