Monday, November 14, 2011

REVIEW -- Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment

Hey everyone! I'm back again today with a review of Sally Hansen's Continuous Treatment. My nails have taken too much abuse from changing my polish multiple times a day and have started to split and peel.. so I knew it was time to start them on a strengthening regimen.

Continuous Treatment is a time-released strengthening formula for fragile nails which delivers targeted and continuous care for stronger, healthy nails. It has patented "Vita-Release Technology" and is formulated with a targeted, time-released Vitamin-Mineral Complex that continuously strengthens and treats nails. The exclusive Pearl Protein Formula creates a powerful support shield that fortifies nails for 10 continuous days to stop severe, problem nails from breaking.

The treatment is meant to be either worn alone or as a base coat under polish. You simply apply 1-2 coats to bare nails and let dry.. and you're good to go.

Sally Hansen's Continuous Treatment is widely available at retailers and goes for about $9-10.

The first thing I noticed about the treatment was the smell. After years of frequent and continuous exposure, polishes no longer bother me. I never smell them or get headaches.. but I certainly smelled this one and it smelled awful! It has a distinctive pungent, sour smell that I didn't find pleasant at all.. and the smell lingered well after the product had dried and I'd applied regular polish on top of it.

The product itself wasn't bad during application. I only used 1 coat. It bubbled a little bit on the nail, but nothing that would be noticeable or concerning to someone who isn't nail-obsessed. I was willing to let that slide.. and drying time was decent. It's no quick-dry treatment, but it doesn't claim to be. No harm, no foul.

The problem started about 8 hours later when the sides of my polish started lifting up and all 10 of my nails had the polish fall off in solid sheets. But I was wearing glitter polish and sometimes that happens. So I went home, cleaned my nails, applied another coat of SH continuous treatment and let it dry before I applied a creme polish that wears very well on me. Within 13 hours, that polish completely came off my nails in sheets as well. Grrrrr..... >:\

I promptly took Continuous Treatment back and got a refund. I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but I don't see how it's supposed to do anything for my nails if it won't even stay ON for 24 hours, let alone "10 continuous days." 

Please note that I didn't try it by itself with no polish on top, but only because I never have naked nails. It might work better that way, but that's only a guess on my part.

Another downfall of this product was the smell. I understand that some nail things (especially treatments) might have a smell.. but this smelled awful and lingered for hours after the product had been applied.

I'm very sad to give Sally Hansen's Continuous Treatment my first ever no-star rating.

RATING: 0 out of 5 STARS
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Have you ever tried Sally Hansen's Continuous Treatment? Or do you have another favorite strengthening treatment? As always, I love to hear your feedback!


  1. Great Honest Review.

  2. Thank you, Judy! ...It's SO weird to call you that, haha. ♥

  3. I've used it before both with and without polish on top and not had any major problems- manis only last a day or two for me anyways (I'm a little rough on my nails).  Also mine just smelled like a slightly more potent polish smell- strong, but not offensive.  That being said, I also didn't see a difference in the health of my nails- It was basically just a clear coat.  I used it to try to get my nails back after a manicurist filed the tops of them to the point you could see through them.  They all ended up breaking and being superweak as they grew out, regardless of the fact that I reapplied this stuff multiple times.   I guess what I'm saying is maybe you got a bad bottle (sat in heat or something) to account for the peeling and the smell,  but I still wouldn't recommend this product.

  4. Yea, that's kind of why I suspect I may have gotten a bad bottle. I was really bummed.. I usually like Sally Hansen stuff. It's pretty decent quality. I'm kind of glad to know that I didn't miss out on much by returning it.. and definitely won't be repurchasing.

    Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad to know that it is supposed to actually behave like a normal treatment!