I'm quite the nail care fanatic, or at least I used to be. I took care of my nails like it was a religion at one point, constantly checking, filing, and maintaining them. As things got busier I didn't take care of them as much as I used to, and I didn't get to replacing my nail tools until recently. I got a few nail care tools for my birthday and decided I should review one of my favorites. So let's get on to the review!
Etude House's Sweet Seven Way Buffer
(4 out of 5)
If you've never heard of or used a nail buffer, it's the perfect way to give yourself a manicure without painting your nails. Basically you file out all the rough edges and finish by adding some shine so your nails look - and feel - healthy and smooth. Constantly painting your nails can make them brittle, unhealthy, and sometimes can even leave permanent stains. (I'm speaking from experience...) Which is why you should give your nails a break from time to time from polish. But no one wants their nails to look boring or plain, or maybe you think your nails are ugly without some polish on them? That's the reason I like using buffers at least. I use them for maintenance between painting, or even before painting for a smoother surface to work with. Think of it like sanding, you can simply make it smooth on it's own or use it to prime before painting.
This isn't the first time I've used a nail buffer, but the one I used before only had four sides while this one has seven. This is mainly because it also has sides for filing your nails. Now, overall this product was made really well. It's compact, color-coded on each side, and labeled with every step you need. (In multiple languages!) I love the detail of the cartoon nail and the expressions they added to it, this makes it extra cute! Since this is a step-by-step product I'm going to go over each side, what it does, and if it does what it says it does.
First, we're looking at steps one and two, which are the first couple steps for generally filing your nails. Since emery surfaces dull faster there are quite a few steps for filing. Step one is for the tip of your nails, to make them even and get rid of any roughness. Next, you do the same to the sides. The sides will take less effort because they usually don't get as tattered. I thought it was interesting that they made the effort to put something for the sides because most people tend to ignore the sides of their nails.
(Also, a random tip. It's best if you only file one way when using an emery board, because if you go back and forth too much it can make your nail more brittle.)
Next you need to smooth out the sides. While the rest of the buffer has two steps on each side, this one just has one. The first step takes the most space because it covers the whole nail and not just one part. This side is for you to choose which shape you want your nails. Personally, I go for the second one in the photo because if my nails are squared off they tend to catch on things more, but I like the to look longer as well. Once the sides of your nails are shaped to your liking you can move on to the rest of the steps.
Now that everything shaped out it's time to smooth your nails! You nail may feel smoother after you filed them but buffing them is what will make them really smooth. Step four you use on the sides of your nails to even out what you just shaped. After that you smooth the sides and the top of your nails gently. This may seem like overkill to have so many steps, and I sort of agree with that. The material on some of the steps are really similar and I think they were mainly separated to keep each part from dulling quickly, and also so they could write each step down.
Finally there's the last two steps, which are both for the top of your nails. Step six is to buff your nails. This is basically just evening out the top of the surface, making your nails much smoother to the touch. Your nails will look matte at this point as if they've just been sanded, which is why there's one more step. (When you do the buff step make sure not to go too far because it is slowly thinning your nails and if you do it too much they'll break much more easily.) The last step is to make your nails shine! Use this part all over the top of your nail until there's a nice healthy gleam to them and they don't look matte anymore.
So are there any problems with this buffer? Well, yes, there are, which is why I only gave it 4 out of 5. First of all it can be difficult to get the right angle when doing your nails, especially the sides, because it's pretty thick. Also, the finish wasn't as shiny as I would have liked compared to others that I've used before. This is mainly because I prefer really shiny nails, so if you want a more subtle look this will work great for you. While it could be a little more efficient it works really well! My nails looked naturally healthy and well-groomed afterwards. It's also simple and easy to do when you're relaxing or watching TV, and only takes about 10-20 minutes at the most.
Do I recommend buying this product then? If you're like me and really like to keep your nails looking nice I think it's definitely worth buying! The best part is that you can use it a lot and it's about $3-$7 for one, and you can do your nails a lot so I think it's a bargain. You can buy it at an Etude House shop, if you have one where you live, or online at Amazon, KPop Town, Yes Style, or any other cosmetic website you might prefer. If you've ever used this before yourself, let me know in the comments! I'm always curious if products work the same way on different people. Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy the feeling of clean, healthy nails!
See you next time you jump down the Rabbit hole,
(It's been a while since I've written reviews and I'm trying to get the hang of it again so I hope this was helpful!)