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Dermelect Phyto Strong Nail Care is Photo Worthy

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Yes, you read that correctly! Professional cosmetics brand Dermelect Cosmeceuticals was so kind to reach out to us and offer us a wicked opportunity to try some of their products. We're so excited to share this brand review with you all in which we tried a full at-home manicure trio that included the award-winning Dermelect Phyto Strong nail care line along with fresh nail lacquer.

Despite TFSE being a skin care brand, we also must share good, plant-based products whenever it comes our way.

If you're curious about what we thought, then stick around to learn all about Dermelect, all about the Phyto Strong nail care line and how our experience went using Phyto Strong. We're grateful for this opportunity and are open to more branding opportunities like this.

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Now back to our scheduled broadcasting of Dermelect (TAHH DAHH)!

About Dermelect Cosmeceuticals

New to Dermelect Cosmeceuticals? Here's what you need to know:

Dermelect is a PETA-certified, cruelty-free and ingredient-focused cosmeceutical company based in New York. All their products are sourced globally and proudly made in the USA. So, you can trust the quality of their products.

Many Dermelect products are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, which is excellent for those with sensitivities.

They also have a wide range of products to chose from—skincare to nail care; they've got it all! Some of their best-sellers are:

Dermelect is used and trusted by cosmetic professionals, from aesthetics to manicurists and makeup artists to celebrities. You can find their signature red packaging in many beauty kits.

Plus, If you're a beauty professional or a student enrolled in a certified beauty school, Dermelect has a free professional program membership that offers a 25% discount on their products.

Purchase Dermelect online at QVC, Dermstore, Skinstore, IPSY, and Amazon. Or, you can find their products in doctor's offices, pharmacies, and spas throughout the United States.

Our Review of Dermelect Phyto Strong

The TFSE team has been a proponent of all things self-care. Often, we neglect to include nail care as there aren't many vegan, plant-based products. For the first time, we had the chance to try something we believe is a great alternative to commercial nail products.

We're always giving ourselves manicures at home, so when Dermelect reached out for this opportunity, we were eager to offer our hands. And, of course, we document the whole process to share with you.

The ideal way to get the best results from the Dermelect Phyto Strong collection is to do an easy 3-step application:

  • Step 1: Phyto Strong Plant-Based Nail Hardener Base Coat
  • Step 2: Dermelect 1st Peptide-Infused Color Treatment (Nail Color)
  • Step 3: Phyto Strong Plant-Based Manicure Extender Solar Active Top Coat

Step 1: Phyto Strong Plant-Based Nail Hardener Base Coat

The Phyto Strong Base Coat gives traditional base coats a run for their money. Crafted from an impressive 26 ingredient formulation including:

  • Squalene - moisturizes and conditions
  • Soy Keratin Peptide - strengthens and hardens
  • Bamboo - promotes strength and nail health
  • Bilberry Extract - restorative and rejuvenating
  • Organic Sugar Cane - resurfacing and high shine

This base coat provided an overall healthier and more nourishing feel on the nails compared to other brands. It happened to dry quicker than traditional base coats, which was a bonus cause it allowed us to move onto step 2 rather quickly.

Step 2: Dermelect 1st Peptide-Infused Color Treatment Nail Color

We tried the shade 'ME' Faire Maiden, a fresh desert sage green that is 5-free, meaning it's free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor or Formaldehyde Resin. These yucky ingredients are  associated with commercial paint mixtures which shouldn't be applied to our bodies!

We applied the nail laquer in 2 thin coats, which was enough to give off a solid and true-to-color coverage. Once dried, the nail color has a gel-like texture even though it's not a gel formula. That's because Dermelect formulated the nail laquer as solar active, thus no bubbling, cracking, or shrinking. Wow!

The color dries fast, and we were back to regular business in less than 10 minutes. As for the odour, it was less potent than expected. A pleasant suprise!

The key ingredient in this nail color is keratin peptides, a unique protein that works to help improve skin and nail integrity, moisture and strength. Keratin peptides are a form of protien that strengthens the bond in your nail. It's the same concept as applying a keratin treatment in your hair.

As for the applicator brush, we noticed it was a little shorter than other nail polishes we've used in the past. So, we did a little digging and found some great information on their website.

[The brush is] crafted with an intentionally shorter artist brush to provide a full coverage application and gives you better control over your strokes.

Step 3: Phyto Strong Plant-Based Manicure Extender Solar Active Top Coat

The last step of our Dermelect manicure set was the Phyto Strong Solar Active Top Coat which was the cherry on top of the cake.

Now, it has been five days since we applied the manicure set and the top coat is s definitely keeping the overall appeal of the manicure together!

This glamorous top coat uses powerful ingredients like soy keratin peptide to strengthen and harden the natural nail, Japanese yuzu for a vitamin C boost and to brighten the overall appearance, and finally, squalene helps moisture and conditioning.

Circling back to since we first applied the three coats, the Solar Active Top Coat has kept everything in tact — not a single chip which is a huge relief! The Solar Active component makes a huge difference because it hardens the nail lacquer as if the manicure cured under an UV lamp at a nail salon.

Our nails have never looked shiner!

Overall Impression: The New Gold Standard

Our overall impression of the Dermelect Phyto Strong collection was that the products deliver exactly what they promise: longer, stronger, naturally beautiful nails.

What we love the most is that Dermelect has been transparent in marketing the Phyto Strong collection. They really drove home the values of toxin-free, plant-based, and clean beauty.

We also love how Dermelect has formulated these treatments with a blend of over 85% bio-sourced ingredients, including naturally derived plant proteins and antioxidants from real fruits and vegetables.

One downside we have about the overall product is that for the price point, we hoped the bottles would feel a little heavier and more luxurious. Their competitors in the same price bracket have better packaging and general feel.

We can confirm that Phyto Strong is suitable for all nail types. If you have any of the following type of nail, the Dermelect nail care line is worth checking out:

  • Thin, weak
  • Soft, splitting
  • Chipping, peeling
  • Hard-to-grow
  • Acrylic or gel damaged
  • Short or long
  • Damaged or healthy

In the end, this trial resulted in a long-lasting, chip-free,  brilliantly shiny manicure! We're definetly going for round two with the Dermelect Phyto Strong set!