I have crap nails, but I am an OPI convert! Love the base/top coat - it does make it last so much better, and I have a couple of colours, but I am itching to buy more. Where are you ordering from, mirai?
I wear OPI Nail Envy when I'm not at work (I can't wear any nail product, wear latex/vinyl gloves and wash my hands 35-40 times a day at work) so my nails have a rough life
I'm at home with the DC this week, so the NE has been doing it's job but next week I'll need to remove it and file my nails. It'll go back on with a passion before I go on holiday (yes) . I want to paint my own nails rather than use falsies.
I use Avoplex oil I've tried NE Matte but I found that peeled.
Colours- I love "Aphrodites Pink Nightie" (it's on my toenails at the moment) The Minnie Mouse ones are nice.
And if you are ever tempted by the glitter ones- they are fine as a top layer over colour. But I wore the Rainbow (from the Muppets Collection). A 3-4 layer coat looked fantastic. But it peeled off in chunks. Then was almost impossible to remove.
Buying a buffer worked for me, just use it when watching tv at nights. I had terrible nails - they're not perfect, but are unbelievably better. I've spent a fortune in my time, and this is the only thing that has worked. Also, always have an emery board handy, or you'll bite snagged nails and then carry on. I also rub on a bit of baby oil before sleep. Buffer and wax - £7 in larger Boots and M&S, £5 in Superdrug.
I'm a couple of weeks into Nail Envy treatment, having read this thread. It certainly seems to be helping a little, but I'm very bad at remembering to reapply every two days (and if you don't, it starts to peel off from the base of the nail). I guess it works by preventing/overpainting any peeling/flaking bits, and making the tip of the nail thicker/stronger, so I'm probably not getting the best out of it if I keep forgetting to reapply.
I love the thick/shiny finish, though.
I'll give it a few more weeks, then I might try the Mavala if it's good. Sally Hansen did nothing.