Duri Rejuvacote Review

Nail Polish Canada sent me a bottle of Duri’s Rejuvacote 1 to review on NailTheLook.ca. I have never heard of this product which is from a Brooklyn, New York based company. It is a nail growth system and according to the packaging Rejuvacote is the “Nail Doctor” that will “heal and cure your split, cracked and acrylic eaten nails.”

I am testing out a nail strengthener by Duri.

The nail polish bottle it comes in is actually quite large and holds .61 fl. oz of pink filmy treatment. It has a strong scent when you open it that reminds me of the wart remover I had to use when I was a kid. FYI: nails don’t smell after it dries.

The smell encouraged me to take a closer look at the ingredients and if you are a 3-free or 5-free proponent then this product is probably not for you. Here is the ingredient list on my bottle:

Ethyl Acetate, n-butyl acetate, nytrocellulose [sic], formaldehyde resin, isopropyl alcohol, camphor, calcium pantothenate, gelatin, hydrolyzed keratin protein, formaldehyde, vitamin a, vitamin e.

This bottle of Rejuvacote is not formaldehyde free.

Update: Duri’s Rejuvacote 2 is Toluene, formaldyhide, and DBP free.

In the first part of my test I started with one coat and let it go alone just to see what its longevity was like with no follow up coats and noticed it peels off quite easily within a few days.

Testing Duri Rejuvacoate nail strengthener.

I started over again with fresh nails and didn’t use any regular nail polish for seven days. I noticed some drying at the cuticle edge but not really any other changes. The formula has a nice consistency and applies nicely. It stings if you get it on a hangnail so precision is important.

Hard on cuticles and hang nails.

It does peel but instead of starting fresh again I scraped off loose edges and continued with the next day’s coat trying to keep with the directions of applying for seven days and then removing and starting again. I didn’t use any color polish this first week even though the directions said I could on the second day.

Week two something weird started happening. My nails split like crazy. I almost stopped using the Duri but decided to trim things up and keep going for the three weeks I had committed to using it. As the week continued I contributed the splitting to the nail buffer I used a few months back before using a chrome polish — I actually think this splitting was the outgrowth from that — only because I have had none happen since.

I tried a few color polishes with the Duri in weeks three and four and as far as top coats go, it’s super shiny. As someone who has been wearing a lot of polish the last year I really found myself enjoying the pink tint of the Duri but I was still happy to get back to using some bright colors like this Punch Drunk Pink:

My first polish to use with Duri was Sally Hansen's Punch Drunk.

Last week I jammed my pinky in the vent of the oven door when I was opening it and while I didn’t snap off the whole nail I did damage a few millimetres from the tip. It hung on for another day before I had to trim it back. Normally, when this happens it’s an immediate funeral for the whole tip. But at this point they are starting to grow out nicely and I like the pink glow it gives my nail beds and surprisingly it doesn’t discolor the white tips. Here they are without anything on them:

My nails look good without the Duri too.

Then the other day I jammed my middle finger into the vacuum and snapped off a chip. It’s quite a large chip but I think it would have broken or cracked right down to the nail bed had I not been using this top coat — a broken nail at some point is unavoidable in my opinion but it is always a bonus if you don’t have to trim all the way down to start from scratch.

Broken nails are bound to happen no matter what product you use.

And my favorite part, it dries soooo fast. Super fast. I can put a coat on and do anything within three minutes. This includes when using it as a top coat over nail polish — which really surprised me and made me quite happy. Up to this point I’ve been in love with Julep’s Freedom Polymer Topcoat because it dries so fast and is durable but it is such a small bottle compared to this.

A bottle of Duri costs $12.95 from Nail Polish Canada. I have been using it once a day for over four weeks and I am still not a quarter of the way through the bottle.

I hate how some products disappear like you are burning through them. Even on daily use this bottle will last a few months.

I thought my nails looked good before and while I definitely think they look better, I don’t feel like they are “nails to die for”. I will definitely continue to happily use this product until completion.

I will definitely keep this treatment as an ongoing part of my current nail regiment.

Recommendations: If you are going to try it, commit to it and use it every day for at least three weeks before you decide whether or not it is for you. Continue to condition your cuticles every night and you still need to file your nails regularly to keep rough edges at bay.

Update: I am about three quarters of the way through my Duri bottle and I noticed, like most nail polish, the formula is a bit sticky than when I started. I have emailed the company to ask if I can add a few drops of thinner without affecting the formula and am waiting to hear back. In the meantime, I posted a video on instagram the other day about a crack I suffered in my thumb nail but if you check out my nails they otherwise look pretty good and I’m quite happy with them.

Have you tried Duri Rejuvacote?

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DIY Elmers Glue Base Coat

I ordered some clear empty nail polish bottles on Etsy so I could make a glue base coat. If you haven’t already heard what that is, basically it’s mixing glue with water and applying it like a base coat. It was initially used underneath difficult to remove glitter nail polishes so they can be peeled off instead of soaking fingertips in acetone.

Empty nail polish bottles I purchased on Etsy from CremeDeLaChroma.

Generally I wear my nail polish for about four days. Mostly because I get bored but also because I am a picker. It doesn’t matter that I know it’s bad for my nails — I have some deep neurological deviation that forces me to do it. Before I started wearing nail polish on a regular basis it was my nails and cuticles — it was more unsightly and painful but I digress. When I first heard of the peal off glue base coat I knew I had to try it.

Most of the videos I’ve seen are about a third of a bottle glue with a teaspoon of water or more to get the right consistency. My Elmers glue bottle was a pain in the ass. Seriously, it almost hit the wall at one point.

Trying to get glue in tiny bottle.

First I couldn’t get it to squeeze glue out (yes it was open), then it was squeezing too much out, then the glue was clogging the entry hole of the nail polish bottle. I made a mess. Thank goodness I put down paper towel before starting. I finally finished with the glue, cleaned up the mess, and added some warm water from the tap and shook that baby.

Making a mess with glue.

I applied one coat and it dried within two minutes. I decided to apply another coat and a real base coat (just in case because I am so paranoid about color bleeding these days).

My nails with two coats of DIY glue base coat.

It works. You can’t fiddle with it or wash your hands until you have applied nail polish otherwise it will be washed away. It definitely stays in place for a few days until polish started to lift around the edges. I have tried it a few times so far but am not sure if it is something I’ll make part of my routine.

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* Get empty nail polish bottles on Etsy

Zoya Anchor Base Coat

For the longest time I was using Revlon’s basecoat but then someone said I had to try Zoya’s basecoat so I picked up a bottle. I am quite fond of it. It is a bit watery and spreads on in a thin coat. I found myself just wearing it alone a lot over the last few months. It has a nice natural nail finish.

I quite like the consistency of Zoya's Anchor Base Coat

After a few days I find it starts to peel off from wear but I have just been painting on another coat on top — and I can’t tell afterwards. It dries super fast. I am almost halfway through the bottle and it hasn’t gotten gunky like some other top coats (and nail color) do when it starts to get low.

My nails and cuticles are going through a good phase that I have been happy just wearing the base coat quite often.

I would put this on my list of keepers and will probably buy another bottle at some point. Does anyone else have any recommendations for top coats? I’d like to try Butter London’s Horse Power next — it’s a strengthener that can be used as a base coat.

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