Recently I had the opportunity to try out Knockout Nails. I had never used a UV hardening system for my nails in my home before. I’d also never had my nails done in this style at a salon, ever! So when I first opened the kit up, I was almost overwhelmed by everything! The kit comes with the UV ‘oven,’ the 4 uv bulbs, 1 bottle of cleaner, 1 bottle of hardener, 1 bottle of bonder, 3 different types of files (file, smooth and remove), lint free cleaner pads, orangewood cutile sticks (wish I knew why these were always orangewood, btw), 3 bottles of their 2 minute drying polish, cuticle oil and topcoat. It’s a LOT of stuff!


Now, I’m ‘challenged’ when it comes to polishing my tips. I can never do it neat enough. I’ve worked hard and practiced to try and get minimal amounts on my skin. I’ve finally learned the trick of dipping a stiff brush into polish remover to remove the excess polish from my skin. So when I first went to try out this system, I read through the instructions three times to make sure I had everything down pat. Then I applied everything very, very SLOWLY so as to not get any on my skin.

Here are the steps you need to take with this system (per the instructions that come with it)
1. File your nails to your desired shape.
2. Gently push back your cuticles with the orangewood stick.
3. Smooth your nail with the Smooth file.
4. Use a lint free cleaning pad with the Cleaner to remove dust and oil from the nail. This is very important. You need to spend about ten seconds per nail.
5. Apply Bonder to the entire nail surface, including the nail tip, basically wrapping the bonder around the nail.
6. Apply the thinnest coat of Hardener that you can manage, about 1/8 of an inch from the cuticle. You need to wrap this around the nail tip as well.
7. Inspect the nails to make sure they’re smooth.
8. Put your hand into the UV Lamp and press the red button. It will turn off when the Hardener is dry.
9. You now need to apply a second thin coat of Hardener.
10. Dry your nails in the UV Lamp again.
11. Use the lint free pad and cleaner to clean the surface of each nail.
12. Now it’s time for Color! While your nails will be lovely and shiny from the UV treatment, you can still add Polish. I did 2 coats of polish each time, letting each coat dry in between.
13. I topped with a top coat.

Now, I changed my polish several times in between, and the really great thing about this kit is that the UV hardener stayed on my nails! So you can change polish as often as you’d like. Your nails stay strong, and I felt like colors applied smoother than before!

This is China Glaze Techno Teal and a lovely purple shade that my friend Jessi whipped up.

Look how gorgeous these colors look!!!

This is Illamasqua Bacterium & Baptiste with Jessi’s sheer red sparkle on top.

This is Illamasqua Baptiste and Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie!

Price:
$89.97 for the entire UV nail hardening system.
$47.99 for the refill kit
I do hope they add an option to purchase the cleaner, hardener, bonder, and files separately.

I love this kit so much, I even tried it out on my toes :) I’m in love with this system.

Would I purchase?
Heck yes! After using this for a few weeks, I don’t think I can go back to doing polish without it. I’ll be purchasing my refill kit when mine runs out. I’ve found the UV hardener to wear very well. Even if I don’t have time to apply polish after I remove polish, my nails are still shiny from the UV treatment. They look great. Plus, they’re harder and less likely to split and peel, which I’ve unfortunately been experiencing. I also love that you can use this with polish that you already own. I’ve got a LOT of polish to go through!

I’ve got a promo code for you if you’re interested in trying out Knockout Nails.
Promo Code: KONPH, which will give you $10 off the retail price of $89.97

What do you think of Knockout Nails? What do you think of UV Hardeners? I’m curious, those of you who get your nails professionally done, what do you pay? Do you think a system like this would save you money?

I know I’m hooked!

Product sent for consideration. All opinions my own.

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