I recently got a chance to test drive this brand new item from (new-to-me brand) IT Cosmetics. It's a two-in-one nail care pen; twist the base to dispense a hydrating cuticle gel or use the cap to push back cuticles with a gentle rubber cuticle pusher.
This is a click-pen style packaging, similar to a Stila Lip Glaze. You twist the base, it clicks, and eventually the product will be dispensed through the brush on the opposite end. The cap features a soft, rubbery cuticle pusher tip. It is removable in case you don't like how it looks. The label peels back to reveal an ingredients list and a little more information on the product.
(That shiny plastic part is just the safety seal that comes on the pen.)
The brush end.
The texture of the cuticle treatment is rather gel-like. The closest thing I can compare it to is warm or room temperature CND Solar Balm. It melts on contact with skin.
For the cuticle pusher end, start with moisturized or damp cuticles and gently push them back with the tip of the rubber cuticle pusher. Be careful not to push too hard or you could hurt yourself.
INGREDIENTS: Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax, Tocopherol Acetate, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Retinyl Palmitate and Tocopherol, Flavor, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Inositol, Panthenol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Collagen.
What I liked:
- Pen-style dispenser is convenient, non-messy and portable. It won't leak in your purse!
- Cuticle treatment inside is effective. It has a good lineup of ingredients and it feels and acts very similar to my favorite oil, CND Solar Oil.
- Has a very pleasant light scent. It smells fresh and sweet but I can't put my finger on what exactly it smells like.
- The rubbery cuticle pusher is gentle, you won't cut yourself or scratch your nails with it. Just be careful not to push too hard and accidentally ram it under your cuticle- ow.
- If you dispense too much, you don't have to use it all. Just leave it on the brush and put the cap back on. The gel-like texture keeps it from running or dripping.
What I didn't like:
- The packaging looks a little cheap. It's not too bad, but it's not something I'd be showing off/applying in public.
- This is an oil so it can leave an oily coating on your fingertips until it fully absorbs. Be careful not to handle paperwork immediately after applying!
- There's not much product in here, and with daily use you'll finish it in no time. I used mine 2-3 times a day and it was gone in a week.
- It's expensive for the amount of product you get ($12.50 for 0.05oz)
- Once you peel back the label to view the ingredients, it never sits completely flat again and you'll eventually need to remove it completely.
- The cuticle pusher end will fall off if you're not careful, but can easily be put back on.
Overall, the product performs very well. I liked the formula of the cuticle oil and I had good results from it, and the soft cuticle pusher is a nice touch. It's convenient to carry since it won't leak. However, it contains very little product and won't last very long. You can purchase an entire 0.5 oz bottle of most salon brands of cuticle oil for around $5-$10 (depending on where you shop), so the Nail Love pen at $12.50 for only 0.05 oz is not a very good value. It is nice and portable, ideal for keeping in your desk or purse for moisturizing emergencies, and it does work well, but it's pretty expensive for regular/daily use.
This is available directly from IT Cosmetics, $12.50 for 0.05oz.
(This was sent for review.)