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Orly Nail Rescue Saved Me. It Can Save Your Nails Too!

I’ve told you about my DDS (Danny Devito Syndrome) in the past and it reared its ugly head just before my trip to Vegas. You see, my thumb nail split and peeled which fed into my tendency to pick at things. So of course I peeled back the split layer and made things worse. Even with a ridge filling base coat I could see the unevenness in my thumb nail. Not to mention the fact that one wrong move would have just torn that piece off. That’s when Orly Nail Rescue came into my life.

I met with a rep from Orly at Cosmoprof and we were discussing treatment products. She told me of her love for Tough Cookie (I’ll be testing it soon) and I told her about my nail issue. She immediately grabbed for a Nail Rescue kit, saying it would literally save my nail. Considering that I get these kinds of splits often, I figured it was worth a shot. See the results, after the jump!

As you can see in the “before” pic (left), the tear was pretty big and left me with a flimsy piece of nail that was barely hanging on. I know a lot of people use nail glue and patches or pieces of tea bag to fix breaks but Orly Nail Rescue seems much simpler to me.

It’s an easy 3 step system that left my nail with a flawless surface. Included in the kit is a bottle of Nail Glue, Nail Repair Powder and a Buffer. As demonstrated in the image below you just Brush, Dip and Smooth!

Step 1: Clean the nail bed and brush the nail glue over the entire nail, avoiding cuticles. Tip - If you are fixing an uneven area, like I did, you’ll want to repeat this process using the glue on the lower section ONLY to even the nail surface.

Step 2: Immediately dip your nail into the Nail Repair Powder.
Make sure you brush off the excess powder.
Step 3: Buff the nail surface smooth. This was my first attempt and I did repeat the steps to even out the broken layer. As you can see, it’s not a beautiful look but it’s smooth, even and ready for polish while you grow out the breakage.
You can’t even tell my nail is broken!
Removal: Soaking in acetone will remove the hardened powder which means you MUST use a non-acetone remover when taking off your polish.

Orly’s Nail Rescue Kit is available online at ($9) or ($4.95) and in stores at Sally Beauty Supply ($6.99).

What’s your favorite method for repairing broken nails? Have you tried Nail Rescue? Share!

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  1. Nail Rescue, Orly « Le Vernis | June 7, 2011
  1. Suzanne says:

    Wow, this sounds & looks amazing! When my nail is splitting I also pick at it. Normally i'd just file my nails short, but this saves my other long nails!

    Thank you SO much for sharing!

  2. Mama Jen says:

    i am going to sallys and buying this..i have the EXACT same problem. I really hope this works me as well.

  3. KatJobson says:

    I'm going out and buying that TODAY!!! Thank you for posting that, I have the same problem.

  4. Caramel Diva says:

    Absolutely amazing thanks for sharing this awesome product

  5. Danica says:

    Oh man, I get these all the time and just tear them off! I like picking at my nails, I know it's awful!

  6. Milan Angel says:

    Thanks for the in-depth review! The result is awesome. I'm definitely getting this because I have a problem with splitting nails from time to time.

  7. Susanna says:

    This sounds great. Definitely going to be part of my next head2toe order.

  8. paintedladyfingers says:

    This looks like a great little addition to my emergency kit! I definitely will pick one up to have ready.

  9. loungie says:

    I wish I would have known this a few weeks earlier, because I had the problem with 3 nails, Itried the teabag method, but it didn't work, so I got myself acrylics. I'm definately gonna get this kit!

  10. Selina says:

    Oh I'm definitely getting some of that!

  11. ashleydanielle says:

    this looks really cool but i keep my nails below/right at my finger tips so i don't have a problem with them breaking or splitting.

  12. Helen (Nice Things) says:

    That looks really good. I'm struggling at the moment with silk wraps (the powdered kind) on three of my nails and I haven't been able to buff them anywhere near as smooth.

    I'm also a massive fan of the teabag method – it worked really well for me and I'm wishing I'd stuck with it rather than going down the wrap route.

  13. kitty says:

    this is awesome because my nails are prone to chipping off likes yours did. I'm going to pick this up next time! Do they have this at Ulta?

  14. Deb says:

    I saw this kit somewhere once, and I wondered if it worked. Thanks for sharing your experience with it. I think I need it.

  15. Rebecca says:

    I am getting this kit. Thanks for sharing your demo of it.

  16. yummy411 says:

    wow amazing! it sounds like an 'almost acrylic repair' without the crazy damage! i love it. thanks for the introduction!!

  17. Stef says:

    Thank you so much!!! I'm totally going to my local Sally's and buying this kit! I always end up just filing my nails short, but this sounds like it's going to be a total nail saver! Thank you Michelle!

  18. Lucy says:

    That is what wxactly my nail are doing? I use Zoya's Ridge Filler. This seems like amiracle. Michelle, do you have any idea what cause that? I've been using Biotin 100 mg and my nails are growing finally. I still have splits on my nails. It's so frustrating. I could never have bare nails, they'd all break of in layers.

  19. Solveig says:

    Great tip! My nails are prone to flaking, so I think I need to get one of these kits when my gel nails have grown out. :)

  20. Debbie says:

    See, this is the reason yours is everyone's fave nail blog – you have issues like we have issues! If you could see my thumbs right now you would faint, the flake/peel on yours is tiny, mine goes right down over the nail bed – the whole surface of my nail just bubbles up and flakes off (then I pick – hideous) leaving me with the thinnest layer imaginable, even wearing my nails below finger tip length doesn't really help, this product would be an absolute godsend, am going to hunt it down, that's if its available in the UK. Sure all this peeling and flaking is a pay back for our years of biting our nails, I am sure that serious biting damages the nail bed in ways that just wont ever fully recover.

  21. Ms Meghan says:

    My nails peel ALL THE TIME. I just had to file them way down because of it. Of course the filing made them peel worse. :(

    But either way this stuff looks awesome! Next time I'm by Sally's I'm going to try to pick it up.

  22. Sanna says:

    That's awesome!

  23. Allison says:

    I am so excited to get this when I return home. Every once in a while I have really bad problems with peeling. I love Orly products in general! I forgot to pack Tough Cookie but I brought along the Bonder base coat on a whim and have now fallen in love with it. Plus the Smudge Fixer is a very unique product.

  24. emy says:

    I am so happy to stumble upon your post!

    I have a huge crack on my thumb and I have just cut my nail really short to minimize the damage!

    This can really solve my problem.

  25. Heather says:

    Okay I bought the package. It worked well, but I had difficulties buffing it down.

    Now another nail emergency and I can't get the lid off the glue bottle!

    • Elizabeth says:

      I don’t use the buffer pad provided, I use one of those 4 sided buffers and use 1, then 2 and then 3.
      Clean the bottle neck really well with polish remover before you close the bottle. And tighten the cap as tight as you can. It’s pretty much “super glue”

  26. Selina says:

    What's really interesting is that since you posted about this product it has turned up in the haul photos of virtually every nail polish blog I follow. See the influence you have Michelle!

    Heather, I'm thinking a little bit of acetone should loosen your bottle lid.

  27. Gel Nails says:

    It is a very nice and good post. Keep up the good work.

  28. delirious says: carries this also – $4.59. I think I might NEED it.

  29. Trish says:

    I just had a set of solar nails removed. I finally kept them on long enough that my natural nail grew out. I wanted to remove the nails and just keep my natural long nails but I knew it would be next to impossible because they would be so week and flemsy. After reading this blog, I ran out and bought this set at Sally Beauty Supply……IT'S THE GREATEST THING I COULD HAVE USED. I applied it to my nails, and buffed and was able to keep my natural nails. There was one draw back. Because I had just had the solar nails removed, my natural nails were not only thin, but extremely sensitive. When I applied the glue, I was ok, but putting it into the powder made it feel like it was on fire. That was my fault for not giving my nails a couple of days to heal. But it only lasted a couple of seconds and I was able to finish my nails and now, for the first time in my life, I have a set of long, strong, gourgeous, natural nails and this product is the only reason why. I'll always keep some on hand.

  30. Katherine says:

    I’ve tried and tested it out! It really work wonders, amazing product I must say… This is a must-have for me now…

  31. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE THIS STUFF!! A few added tips: you CAN use acetone based remover, you’ll just have to redo the fix a few mani’s down the road. TIGHTEN THE CAP ON THE GLUE HARDER THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED TO! I’ve heard over and over how it dries out so I do that…have had mine for 6+ months now and still the glue is good after many uses.
    Great stuff and super easy!

  32. Maureen says:

    Thanks for the review on this! Does it work well for broken nails? My nail split horizontally about halfway across. Of course, it broke on an angle so it’s really down there on the nail bed. I’m trying to save the nail long enough for it to grow out a bit so it won’t be horribly painful. Would love any input!


  33. Lisa Mc says:

    OMG. Had I only read about this a few days ago, I wouldn’t have had to file down all ten of my nails. I’m growing out the ridges from my acrylics after removing them (never again), and one of my nails has a crack (and I mean crack) right at the stress line… So I filed it as short as I could and then proceeded to file my other nails to match. I was sad at the shortness, but now I know that I don’t have to go the drastic route again. Thanks Michelle!

  34. candace says:

    ahh i really need this! some of my nails keep splitting even though i take nail and hair vitamins!

  35. Francesca says:

    I have really bad ridges on my thumb nails, I think due to tearing off artificial nails years and years ago. I do not use them anymore but the ridges are still apparent. Do you think I could use this treatment on my whole nail rather than a ridge filler? Loving your blog! Thanks!

  36. Cleo says:

    Awesome!!!! I HATE when that happens, i just might have to invest in this product

  37. Karen says:

    That looks fantastic! I definitely need it! My nails keep chipping and breaking and sometimes I put a layer of clear polish on it to try and ‘seal’ the chip to stop it from chipping further.. but don’t know if that stuff works. This looks fantastic though!