I suspect that most people have a vanity. For me, it’s my nails. I love pretty nails and have enough nail polish to start my own salon. No joke. So, of course, I’m always looking to try new nail and hand products, especially in the winter. Today’s review is the first in a new series to feed my obsession… er, I mean to share what I’ve learned about various hand and nail products.
I’m always on the lookout for products that make my nails (and hands) look and feel great. That last part – the ‘feeling great’ part – refers more to my hands than my nails, especially in the winter when my skin gets dry because of the weather and the cold. It can also being the hardest part to do which is why I was so excited when I first saw the Milk Calcium Nail Pack in my Advent calendar from The Face Shop. (Yes, this review is a little late but I finally got around to using it.)
Looking at the package
It says on the front that it’s for “dry rough fingernails”. Hm, my nails themselves are neither dry nor rough but the skin around them is a bit. And it’s always good to moisturize one’s cuticles so…
The back of the package explains how to use them in Korean, English and French (the one I used was sold in Canada which means it must have English and French). Interestingly, the English and French font was smaller than the Korean one which made it a little difficult to read.
How to use it
Basically, you open the package and take out the 10 little sleeves soaked in the ‘milk calcium’ cream. There are 5 sleeves on each side of the package and one of the five is a little bigger, it goes on your thumb. I recommend opening both sides and taking out all 10 before you start putting them on but otherwise, they are pretty easy to tug and wiggle on, even after you’ve covered one hand.
Once you get them all on, wait 10-15 minutes (I waited the full 15). While it doesn’t say to do so, I gently massaged my fingernails, cuticles and the part of my finger covered by the little sleeves a couple of times during the 15 minutes to try to encourage more product being absorbed by my nails and skin. After the time is up, remove them and massage the remaining product into your hands. Wait a minute or two while it is absorbed.
I also squeezed the remaining cream/product from the packaging and used it like hand cream so not to waste anything. It absorbs pretty fast.
While I was hoping for something a little more dramatic, more like when I use a moisturizing mask sheet on my face, it did seem to do a good job with my cuticles. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if used weekly or every other week, I might notice a little more difference. But there was no indication of that on the packaging. My fingernails feel fine but I’m not sure there was any difference to them. The most visible difference was to my cuticles.
Something I would suggest, do the treatment while watching TV or listening to music – something that doesn’t require you to use your hands. I stupidly was going to read a book on my tablet which led to a messy screen but I’m not good at doing nothing (and couldn’t operate the TV remote after applying the finger sleeves). Just saying, set up something hands free to do for 15 minutes… or meditate.
Another thing I didn’t expect, but should have, was that they made my fingers cold. Which is refreshing on my face when I use a sheet mask but I hate cold hands.
Scent – Mild, hand cream like scent.
Feel – They felt fine at first, but quickly got cold which in turn, made my fingers cold. Not a fan of that.
Would I use it again? Probably not, but not because they didn’t work – I liked how my nails and cuticles felt afterwards – but because they made my hands cold and I hate that. It’s a personal thing but my fingers/fingernails feeling and looking a little more hydrated afterwards wasn’t worth having cold hands for 15 minutes.
I love sheet masks, I was thinking that this was the version for the fingers… and it kind of was. They work well, especially on my cuticles and I would recommend them to people with dry and/or brittle nails and cuticles. However, be warned that they will probably make your fingers cold which was the deciding factor me is not wanting to try them again.
That being said, I have two more products for fingernails/hands from The Face Shop to review… hopefully, I’ll like one of them better.
Have you used the Milk Calcium Nail Pack? What did you think of it?