Duri's Maximum Strength Nail Growth System Gave Me Stronger Nails in One Week

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duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat

Duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat

Byrdie / Khera Alexander

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Easy to use

  • Dries quickly

  • Nails felt much stronger and healthier within days

What We Don't Like
  • Product can chip

  • Requires daily application

The Duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat is great for weak nails in need of some serious TLC.

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duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat

Duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat

Byrdie / Khera Alexander

It seems like such a long time ago now, but when we were still in the throes of the pandemic, one act of self-care I missed the most was consistently getting my nails done. And as I avoided nail salons, taking matters into my own hands seemed to be the only way to keep my routine alive. With this in mind, I decided to give the duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat a try. The brand claimed to strengthen nails while stimulating nail growth. Would this treatment make my nails stronger and give me the polished look I was going for?  

Keep reading for my full review.

Duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat

Best for: Protecting, strengthening, and lengthening nails  

Uses: On natural nails as a treatment, or as a base and top coat

Potential allergens: Citric acid, formaldehyde

Active ingredients: Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, calcium pantothenate

Byrdie Clean?: No

Price: $14 

About the brand: Duri is a family-owned nail and body care brand that has been in the beauty business since 1990. The brand creates vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free products.

About My Nails: Healthy, but could be stronger

My nails are pretty healthy, but from time to time, they feel a little soft. Unless I’m paying for a manicure that’s professionally done, I have a simple nail care routine: I keep my nails short and neat by cutting them and filing them, and I don’t usually wear any color on them. My nails don’t get brittle or break easily, but I still think they could be a little stronger, which is why I thought trying the duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System might be a good idea.

How to Apply: To clean nails for one week

Considered to be a multipurpose nail product, duri’s nail growth system can be used alone on natural nails to strengthen and protect them while promoting growth, or as a base and top coat for anyone that wears nail polish regularly. After cutting and filing my nails, I followed duri’s instructions for how to use the product. I applied the Nail Growth System polish on my dry, clean nails, and then applied one coat of polish on them for the week. I then reapplied the nail growth system once a day for the remainder of the week.

The Feel: Lightweight, comfortable

The duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System has the typical feel you would expect from just about any nail polish. When I applied it, it felt pretty lightweight and comfortable on my nails. I didn’t feel like my hands were being weighed down by the product while I was waiting for it to dry, and I was able to get back to checking things off of my to-do list in under 10 minutes—the polish dried incredibly quickly.

When I applied it, it felt pretty lightweight and comfortable on my nails.

The Ingredients: Three major players

The strengthening formula includes hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, and calcium pantothenate. The brand says these three ingredients help to promote nail growth.

While this product is designed to be strengthening and nourishing, it’s worth noting that it’s not free of toluene or formaldehyde. So if using a 10-free nail product is important to you, you might want to skip this treatment.

The Results: Noticeably stronger nails

Using the duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System for seven days was a total breeze. After my first initial use, my natural nails had a nice sheen to them and they seemed to look healthier and more put together. After using the treatment for about four days, I began to notice that my nails felt stronger—I used pressure from one hand to bend my nails on my other, and my nails didn’t bend with the same ease as they usually do. I felt much more resistance to the pressure I put on my nails, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting that at all. I assumed that the polish would act more like a base and top coat and less like a strengthening polish, but I was pleasantly surprised that the product was able to successfully do both.

A person's nails before and after applying Duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat

Byrdie / Khera Alexander

I did notice that the nail polish chipped here and there, but I was able to fix that pretty easily considering that I used the product once daily for a week. The nail growth system doesn’t chip any more than other brands I’ve tried in the past, and since it’s clear, I don’t think it’s too big of an issue. If this product wasn’t considered a treatment, having to apply it everyday would be too much of a commitment for me. Thankfully—if you’re anything like me—I was glad to know that you can use this nail polish on an as-needed basis once your nails improve.

I assumed that the polish would act more like a base and top coat and less like a strengthening polish, but I was pleasantly surprised that the product was able to successfully do both.

While the brand claims the product can stimulate nail growth, I personally didn’t see any drastic changes to the length of my nails over the course of the week. My nails seemed to grow at the same rate that they normally do, but I’m interested to see what kinds of results I could have if I use the product for an extended period of time. I don’t think that the product helps accelerate nail growth, based on my experience, but I do think that the Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System would definitely keep someone’s nails nourished, strengthened, and protected enough for them to actually grow without having to worry about breakage

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience using this product. Each coat I applied to my nails made them feel stronger, and I loved the look my nails had with a clear, shiny coat of nail polish on them—exactly the type of DIY manicure I can get behind.

The Value: Reasonable for a multi-use product

Retailing at around $14, I think that the duri Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System is priced well. Based on the results I saw with my nails, this product has at least three different uses: you can use it as a treatment and as a base or top coat. Three uses in one product for $14 is fair, in my opinion. At 0.45 fl. oz. per bottle, you get a decent amount of product in the bottle as well. I never use an entire bottle of nail polish —even base or top coats—before the product expires or dries out anyway.

Similar Products: You've got options

OPI Natural Nail Strengthener ($16): If you’re looking for a product that can be used to strengthen your nails, the Natural Nail Strengthener gives your nails room to repair themselves. Also used as a base coat, this product can help prevent your natural nails from yellowing if you wear nail polish regularly while also extending the wear of your color. This product is a great option if you don’t have too many nail concerns; if your nails are weaker and more brittle, the Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System from Duri is a better choice.

Sally Hansen Mega Strength Hardener ($5): If you have dry, brittle, or weak nails that break constantly and barely grow, the Mega Strength Hardener is a highly sought-after drugstore option. Used alone as a treatment or base coat, this polish may be right for you if you’re looking for an accessible product that can give your nails similar results as Duri for less than half the price.

Final Verdict

duri’s Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System is a powerful treatment that will protect your nails and help strengthen them in as little as a week.

Specs

  • Product Name Rejuvacote 1 Original Maximum Strength Nail Growth System, Base and Top Coat
  • Product Brand duri
  • Price $14.00
  • Weight 0.45 oz.

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