Saturday, July 16, 2011

REVIEW -- e.l.f. Nourishing Cuticle Pen

I think I've been using too much acetone on my nails. My cuticles (which I never have a problem with) have become dry and unsightly as of late. Yuck, right? So while the bestie and I were at Target, I decided to grab e.l.f.'s Nourishing Cuticle Pen to see if I could get a $1 fix for my issue.

Like other e.l.f.'s products, this one is available at Target and retails for $1. Unfortunately, neither the packaging nor the pen itself state how much actual oil is in the pen, but I can tell you that it is a cruelty free product. As you can see in the picture above, the pen has a maker-type chisel tip. The pen itself is sleek and compact and would be great to throw in a purse.

The packaging says:
Relieve dry nails and flaky cuticles. The unique pen delivery system moisturizes cuticles effectively, and the quick dry formula allows for a no mess application. Fortified with Vitamins E, A, C, Pro-Vitamin B5 and Aloe, this fast-acting complex deeply hydrates, nourishes and seals in moisture. The result is softer, easy to manage cuticles and healthy hydrated nails.
DIRECTIONS: Remove cap. Brush onto cuticles and bare nails as often as needed. 
The chisel tip is exactly how you'd expect it to be: hard. However, I thought the oil in the product would also make it moist. Eh, not so much. Granted, you can see the oil on your skin, but very little is actually dispensed at a time. And I've tried everything.. shaking the pen, pressing down on the tip, storing the pen upside down.. nothing seems to create a better product flow.

I use the pen my cuticles and the sides and free edge of my nails. You can also use it on your actual nails, but since I have acrylics that wouldn't do me much good. I suspect that the firm tip would also be convenient for pushing your cuticles back, but I haven't used it to do so.

Even though the pen lacks the moisture pay-off I was expecting, I can say a few positive things about the formula. It's non-greasy, absorbs almost instantly, and has no scent. And I suppose it has improved the condition of my cuticles somewhat.

For a dollar, I can't completely begrudge this product, but I'll be honest and say it's not one of my personal favorites from e.l.f. I'll probably end up throwing this pen in my purse for quick on-the-go touch ups, as the formula is no-mess and quick to absorb, but I don't think I will repurchase it. I'm also going to look for another "main" product to use at home to fully repair my cuticles.


And now.. I have a new rating system for products I review! I give this one.. 3 out of 5 stars.

♥ M


  1. I just purchased this and so far i really like it! I love ELF products, and for 1 dollars its hard to beat that! Great review!

  2. Thanks! I know.. I don't know how they do it for $1, but I sure love it anyways!