Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Broke AND FIXED a nail!! Orly Nail Rescue to the Rescue!!!

I broke a nail and I figured it was a good time to do another Orly Nail Rescue Plug. No, I don't work for them or get their products free (I WISH!). I just like to spotlight products or processes that I feel have been a great benefit to me in my nail care routine. This is one of them.

Don't get me wrong. I have my complaints. Like my glue bottle got stuck and I had to exchange my kit. When I got a new one, the cashier at Sally's Beauty Supply told me to put some cuticle oil around the inside of the lid. She said nail glue bottles get stuck if you don't. I did what she said and the new bottle hasn't gotten stuck so far. The last one was stuck like every time I used it. So whether it was the oil in the lid trick, or the fact that it was a new bottle, I haven't had this issue since.

I also think the nail file sucks ass. But any other nail file works just fine. I use a crystal file.

It was also brought to my attention that this kit is simply nail glue and acrylic powder. So instead of buying a kit, I went to Sally's looking for just those two things and came up empty handed because I didn't like the prices. It was cheaper to get this little $6 kit. It's more than enough glue and powder to last me a lifetime.

Here was a previous review I did of the product: My Unsolicited Review of Orly Nail Rescue

Since that review I've become a pro at using this stuff and can patch a nail in 30 seconds flat with barely even filing the area. Like most everything else about nail care: practice makes perfect.

I don't really use the instructions in the kit either. They say to paint the whole nail with glue. I only paint the broken area and dip it in the powder. I use it for splits in two of my right fingernails and for the occasional break. Like this one:

Before Orly Nail Rescue. It's a chip. Darn!

 For chips, since you don't have a nail in the empty area, you have to sort of build the acrylic into the space. I do this by painting the broken area, dipping in the powder and repeating that over and over till the space is filled. Let it dry. 

After Orly Nail Rescue. Buffed and painted with Ridge filler. It's ROCK HARD and has to be soaked in acetone to be removed. AWESOME!!!

Here's what the "patch" looks like polished. 


  1. This is seriously crazy! So, just to clarify, you painted glue on the tip of the broken nail and then dipped in to the powder and repeated that until you got what you wanted? This is so cool. I may have to try this when one of my nails break. I bought the kit because it looked interesting but I haven't opened it yet. My husband's thumbnail split lengthwise and I used it on him, but I must be doing something wrong, because it's worn off the edge and his nail is still splitting. I'm pretty sure it's user error.=) Thanks for a great tip! I'd never thought to use it to fix a chipped nail!