Saturday, September 11, 2010

Review: Qtica Solid Gold Anti-Bacterial Cuticle Oil Gel - Very Interesting...

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If you've been reading my other reviews and discussions about my nails then you already know one thing about me: I am not a Cuticle Oil fan. I promise you, I am going to keep that in mind and be as objective as I can when reviewing this product for those of you who are cuticle oil fans.

What's My Issue with Cuticle Oil?
I understand that cuticle oils are meant to hydrate your nails, cuticles, surrounding skin and all that good stuff but do they have to be so slimy? They really get all over everything. I can not type with cuticle oil on my hands without getting a greasy keyboard. My face also feels instantly more oily even though I haven't touched it (that's just my strange thing). And sometimes, quite often actually, my cuticles feel like they are more rough and snag-prone after I use cuticle oil. I don't know why that is. I would love to learn if there are any of you cuticle gurus out there. Please do let me know!

Now that you know the whole story, lets get on with this review!

What Qtica's Website Says
"Apply it as a gel and feel it melt into a super oil that soothes, penetrates and nourishes. This revolutionary, patented compound delivers a unique 12-oil blend in a solid, mess-free formula until it touches the hand. The great-smelling, great-feeling oil brings nails to a high-shine buff in seconds and protects against fungus and bacteria with tea tree and citrus oils. New tube and package design are perfectly portable, too. So, make your cuticles happy and say good bye to messy, greasy and unsanitary cuticle oils forever and say hello to Qtica Solid Gold."

Like most cuticle oils, this one has an oily feel once it "melts". And yes, it does start out slightly more solid that other cuticle oils, then melts as it comes in contact with your skin. After that it's like any other cuticle oil. But you know what? That is a REALLY COOL FEATURE!

Qtica may say that it is "great-smelling" but honestly it's not smelling any different than any other cuticle oil product to me that doesn't have added scent. To me cuticle oils smell slightly musty or woody and this is no exception.  It does faintly have the smell I am becoming familiar with which I would call "the Qtica" scent. I suspect it share fragrance properties with the Qtica Foot Balm, Hand Balm, Cuticle Repair Balm, etc. But the scent isn't strong.

$11 for a 0.5 oz tube, and $19.99 for a 1.7 oz tube. Seriously, I can't imagine purchasing the larger size (I have the 0.5 oz and it's PLENTY).

My Experience
You already know I use the Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm religiously at night. Since Qtica suggests that these are good to use together for home use, I chose to bring Qtica Solid Gold Cuticle Oil to work with me. True to their word, the packaging on this is amazing. You do really only get a drop out at a time - just enough to sit solidly on your cuticle and after a second or two it melts into a pool of oil. I tried to get a picture of it in its' semi-solid state and failed (messily). I absolutely LOVED this aspect of this product. If I were a cuticle oil fan I would be all over this particular product for this reason alone. The squeeze packaging plus the semi-solid nature of product make this unique among the oils I have tried (and I have tried quite a few).

Why is THIS packaging better than a cuticle oil pen?
I find cuticle oil pens very convenient. I know one very lovely nail guru who confided in me that she uses them in her car at stop lights. You really can use them anywhere. But the advantage the Qtica Solid Gold Cuticle Oil packaging has over any pen I have seen is that you can see through it. You know how much product is left. and no silly brush to deal with. Really - the pen brush is good for application but you end up rubbing it in with your fingers anyway. Right?

I used this a few days in a row then realized it just drove me crazy to have oil on my tips and left it on my desk.

I came back to the Qtica Solid Gold Cuticle Oil a could of weeks later (right before writing this review) and was surprised to find that oozed out like an oil normally would. The "solid" in the Solid Gold Cuticle Oil was not what it once was. After the initial ooze, it went back to being the semi-solid. So I think this product has issues with sitting idle, almost like a polish that needs to be agitated  after sitting in your drawer for half a year.

Bottom Line
If you are a cuticle oil user and like cuticle oils then this is a great product for you and I encourage you to try it. The application aspects and packaging are wonderful. I, however, will be sticking to my Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by Zoya for my use, but not specifically for a review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Zoya or Qtica products, nor am I affiliated with Art of Beauty in any way