"daniPro was originally created to provide a more health conscious manicure or pedicure at the nail salon or even from the comfort of home. It was created by Manhattan Podiatrist, Dr. Gary Evans. A graduate of NYU and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Evans is a board certified podiatrist and surgeon who has been practicing in New York City for over 30 years. Following extensive surgical training, he began his private practice. He specializes in all aspects of podiatry including: podiatric medicine, corrective foot surgery, and sports medicine, and is a pioneer in treating nail fungus. daniPro nail polish is the first and only toxin-free infused nail polish containing the active ingredient Undecylenic Acid."
So, I took these babies for a test drive to see how they stood up, and if I saw any noticeable difference in my nail health after using them. I swatched each one and wore it for about 3 days, so I had them on for 9 days total. The first thing I noticed was that they did not stand up well at all. They were all chipped by day 2, many of them on day one. Now, I am rough on my hands, but no more than any normal person, doing dishes, laundry, taking care of my home, etc. I wasn't doing anything completely crazy. It was actually really hard to keep each one on for three days because the chips were driving me nuts. Now, normally, I only wear a polish for about 1-2 days, so if you don't intend to wear them very long, you have nothing to worry about. Also, there is always the possibility that the base coat I used was the issue. Sometimes certain basecoats don't play well with certain polishes, so we can't rule that out, since I did not receive the daniPro basecoat to try. Looking beyond the chips, this polish formula was decent. It painted on super smooth, but a little uneven. They all felt like the needed at least two coats, and the red and darker pink, had a better formula than the light pink. The other thing I wanted to address was nail health. I did not notice any difference, however, I take very good care of my nails as a result of this blog, and I have never had any issues with nail fungus, so I don't think this polish being infused with Undecyclenic acid really does anything for me. That being said, you always hear horror stories about nail fungus from salons, so I think this is a super cool idea for salons where there is much more coming and going, and the risk of getting nail fungus is much higher.
So, here we go with the polish. :D The first one I swatched is Forever Girl Perfect Pink. This is a very pale baby pink that looks great as a summer color for toes or fingers. I got a lot of compliments on this one even though it is quite plain. It is just a really great shade - one of those that instantly makes you look sunkissed even though you are most certainly not. :P The formula was nice on this one, but it did require multiple coats to even out. I did three coats here, and one coat of the daniPro Peace Clear Topcover. I should mention here, too, that this topcoat is fast drying. It isn't labeled that way, but it was nearly dry within about 5 minutes, and totally ding proof within about 10. So, it dries about as fast as Seche Vite or Out The Door.
Next, we have My Girl Pure Pink. This is a darker, brighter magenta shade. It's a very classic shade, and had the same great formula. This is two coats with one coat of daniPro topcoat.
And last, but not least is First Kiss Red. This one is another classic color. The formula is super nice on this one, but I had really bad staining (which is super common with reds) despite the fact that I wore my go-to basecoat that usually shields me from anything. This is two coats plus one coat of the daniPro topcoat.
If you'd like to purchase these polishes, you can find them here for $18 a piece. The top coat is $20. I feel like this price is a bit on the high side considering they are just cream polishes. I imagine that it is due to the Undecyclenic acid, but I'm not sure. There are plenty of other 5 free polishes out there for less than half this price, so I feel like the only real need for this would be in a salon setting where fungus is a concern. Thank you so much for stopping by - have a great day!
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