In general, I’m fairly skeptical of beauty products that make grandiose promises. Creams that say they will get rid of scars or anti-frizz shampoo never work like they say they will. But I have to say I really misjudged OPI’s nail envy.

I’ve been using it on my nails as a basecoat for the past month and they are harder, healthier and grow twice as long as they used to. Of course, this is mildly annoying because my nails reach the point where they are too clicky for playing piano way too fast. But for those of you non-piano players I will say that it is worth the extra dollars if you want healthy strong nails.

This is about as long as I can stand them, while still being able to play. I chopped them off right after I took this photo. These are the sacrifices you have to make for music, folks.

Basecoat: OPI Nail Envy Matte |Red: Essie Recessionista (Note) it looks way more purple in the bottle than it does on my nails or in this photo)