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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
Yeah I'm a dude and I bought a manicure kit. Wanna make somethin' of it?

I'm a nail biter. I'm doing pretty well at avoiding it these days, but I still deal with nails and cuticles that are now trained to be brittle and misshapen, both a source of some embarrassment and both constantly tempt me into a backslide.

I got this buffer, along with Revlon 10-pack coarse nail files and Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

If you're getting this for my reasons, I do recommend buying a set of cheap nail files like the Revlons, since between the hardcore manicures you'll want to file down the tempting nicks and hangnails often (I find myself having to do that many times per day), which would wear out the file on the comparatively expensive buffers.

So, on to the buffer.

Firstly, it feels like a quality product that's worth more than the 4 bucks I paid for it, and it even comes with an additional travel-size version. So I was impressed by the value.

The full-size gizmo has 7 different files/buffers which are labeled as "steps" and get progressively less coarse. Yes, for a guy who isn't used to spending time on nails, this is a tedious process. 7 steps x 10 nails x 10 seconds per step = 11 minutes and some repeating decimal remainder that I didn't bother to convert into seconds, but suffice it to say, it feels like an eternity. I've tried skipping steps but the results are better when I don't.

In the end, my nails are shinier than I've ever seen them, almost as though there's clear nail polish on them. Not that I care about shiny nails per se, but the pristine look and feel leaves much less temptation (no excuse to "just even that out a little" *nibble nibble*). And it's less embarrassing to have nails that are too shiny than too funky (but only slightly so). Massaging in some of that Burt's Bees lemon butter stuff and tucking the cuticles back into my fingers (tip found online) also helps keep those cuticles from presenting their devilish allure.

The printed labels on each zone of the buffer do rub off with use, which sucks, since there's no separate printed documentation. Here's a legend, for your convenience:

Side #1 BLUE - Coarse grit to shape nail
Side #2 LIGHT BLUE - Medium Grit to refine the shape of your nail
Side #3 PINK - Fine grit to smooth the edges of your nail
Side #4 CYAN - Condition Nail
Side #5 YELLOW - Smooth Nail
Side #6 WHITE - Nail Buffer
Side #7 GREEN - Polish and Shine

All those explanations next to the steps and colors really are extraneous though. Is there really a difference between a "condition", "smooth", and "polish and shine"? No, by all linguistic standards, these are flowery synonyms with the same damn meaning. Sorry, I don't mean to fly off the handle, but... ok, anyway. Listen, there are 7 progressive steps from very coarse to very fine, and that's that. Don't look for any deeper artistic truth than that. You're filing your nails, not oil painting. Okay, okay, I'll move on. It's just so frustrating when... yeah I know...

Oh and another reviewer complained about labels being in some other language on the smaller buffer. All the labels on mine are in English though. Just saying.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
Ok the large buffer is great! My nail is super smooth it's amazing! BUT I don't know what the smaller buffer says on the labels because it's not in English and when I used google translater it didn't find a match for the "Nagel Fil" and "Nagel Polerare". Though it did say it was Italian but refused to translate it properly.

So I have no use apparently for the little one but the big one is perfect for my needs. Just follow the labels and you will have beautifully shined natural nails in no time!

EDIT: Ah somehow google translate misinterpreted the language as Italian. I google searched "nagel fil" and found it was actually Swedish, so I went back to google translator and manually chose swedish and input those terms and it came out to "Naile file" and "nail polisher". Just to let you all know. :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
I am a man and recently started clear-coating or painting my nails black. This 7-way buffer and manicure set is great and I can see how it's a well-designed product for people with long nails. However, I keep my nails short. So I would have been better off with a buffer that is very thin and flat rather than the thick, square cross-section of this one. If you have short nails, get a flat buffer, because one like this will be very difficult to use.

If you've got long nails, I have no doubt that this is a fantastic product. Giving this 5 stars because I just chose the wrong one, but wanted short-nailed people to know!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
Great product. You can 'service' your nails in your own home to the standard of a nail salon. Great price. Delivered in a timely manner. Each section of the file tells you what is does eg buffing, polishing etc along with a number - so you know which to use in which order. VERY good product.
Only limitation is that it's slightly too thick to use on corners of nails, but totally possible - just need a bit more time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
This is a very nice tool for nails and toes. I use it on myself and my husband (as I am trying to keep his nails smooth so he stops biting them). It's very comfortable to hold because of the size/thickness. I find it much nicer than very thin emory boards. We have been using it for a while now and find that we don't use the #1 or #2 side much because it is too rough for nails that are already fairly smooth. After frequent use the item seems to hold up quite well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2012
This does exactly what I was hoping, which is make my nails incredibly shiny without nail polish. It takes a few seconds per nail per step, and you only need to use steps 4-7 on the surface of the nail (the rest are for shaping the edge of the nail).

Unlike another review here, I found that my buffers were both correctly labelled in English, so hopefully that was just one misplaced package with the wrong language!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
I got these for my girlfriend for christmas and she likes them and they are useful. can't beat it for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
This really is a great product. It really reduces the frequency i need to go have my nails professionally done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2012
I've only had this nail buffer for two weeks and have used it twice. Already there are several spots on each side that have been worn smooth and are therefore completely useless for shaping nails. I'm on to something better...probably a glass nail file that will actually last through more than two uses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
Although these are nice, the file part of them is set back from the edge making it difficult to use.
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