Today I tried out this OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle replenishing oil and thought I’d write a post about my first impressions.
I can do some very basic nail care, but honestly my cuticles are a pain and I never quite know how to deal with them. I sometimes go to a salon to get my nails tidied up, mostly because I can never get my cuticles to look half decent.
Recently I’ve had very dry nails and dry cuticles and somehow, my normal remedies of using the All That Jazz Cuticle balm or the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream was just not doing anything. I have previously used the Sally Hansen Cuticle oil but never repurchased that since it never did much to my nails. I decided to look for something better and came across this OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil.
I gave it a go a few hours before taking this picture and honestly as a first impression, I’m quite impressed. I’ve never used something on my cuticles that has worked like this, gave me the faith I had lost in cuticle oils.
I applied a small amount of this cuticle oil over my two day old manicure and I let it sit on my nails for a couple of minutes before I massaged it in. It absorbed very quickly and it left my cuticles looking moisturised and presentable. I’m impressed! Other than the Sally Hansen cuticle oil and olive oil, I haven’t used any other oils on my cuticles so I can’t compare it to other brands or salon products.
I can say that my cuticles were replenished very quickly and without much effort (especially in comparison to using the cuticle balm and the 8 hour cream which usually need regular applications over a few days to achieve the same result). It is very heavily scented. It smells flowery and citrusy, I’m not quite sure what the scent is. It is a pleasant scent but it is quite strong and I can imagine that its a scent that might bother some people.
It comes in a 15ml bottle in the same shape as most OPI nail polish bottles and it comes with a brush. I would imagine that this bottle lasts for at least a year since I only needed to use very little of it. It is an oil, so while applying it I was cautious about not tipping the bottle over and getting it everywhere. I must say, that I prefer the Sally Hansen cuticle oil pen for application over this bottle and brush style product, but this OPI bottle contains 15ml of product while the nail pen comes with a mere 1.5ml. So with this OPI Avoplex, I got 10 times the amount of product and it worked much better on me. I’ve never got similar results with the Sally Hansen pen.
All in all, I’m looking forward to continuing to use this and I’m hoping that I can finally handle my own cuticles.