January 3, 2012

Knockout Nails System -- pics, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I have the hardest time keeping my nails at one length; they're always breaking. I'm not gentle with my nails, so I know it's my own fault that they break so much, but I'm not going to adjust my lifestyle just to have nice nails. My nails often break whenever I'm cleaning up my son's toys, playing with my dogs, or moving the house around. They also seem to break for no reason at all -- especially in the winter when they become very brittle. I've been on the search for a good way to get the nail length I prefer (which is short, but not nubs) and still be able to do what I normally do without my nails breaking. I found a way: using the Knockout Nails System! I am so in love with this system; it's just what my nails needed and what your nails may benefit from too. My nails have never grown so quickly and stayed so strong. I'm really happy with this and I'm excited to share with you my experience using this system.

Check out my pics, swatches, stats, and review...

Knockout Nails System


The Knockout Nails UV Lamp:

The Knockout Nails System, steps 1 through 4:

Included Knockout Nails Files:

Included Knockout Nails Orangewood Cuticle Sticks:

Included Knockout Nails Lint Free Cleaner Pads:

Bonus Free Gift:

After my first use with the Knockout Nails System:


Knockout Nails System PRO's & CON's:
PRO's: quick & easy to use, makes my nails strong, long lasting, can use any polish with this system
CON's: may be too costly for some but remember it is an investment; the Knockout Nails kit will last about 1 year, based on an application every two weeks (the bulbs in the lamp will last over 25 years)

Basic stats for Knockout Nails System:
What It Is: A system designed to give you strong nails using a UV lamp and UV lamp-specific products.
Cost/Availability: One payment of $89.97 (giving you free shipping, which saves you $14.95), or three payments of $39.99 (plus shipping & handling). My readers get $10 off through the rest of 2012! Coupon code details listed below. Available on the Knockout Nails website - www.knockoutnails.com  
Packaging: Comes with a whole bunch of products - including a UV lamp, polishes, and more. Everything included is listed below.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

One payment of $89.97 (giving you free shipping, which saves you $14.95), or three payments of $39.99 (plus shipping & handling). My readers get $10 off through the rest of 2012 when they use the coupon code koncvb
Available on the Knockout Nails websitewww.knockoutnails.com

This system includes:

  • Knockout Nails UV Nail Lamp (the bulbs in the lamp will last over 100 hours, which equals over 25 years when using them twice a month)
  • Knockout  Nails Cleaner
  • Knockout Nails Bonder
  • Knockout Nails Hardener
  • 3 Knockout Nails Files (file, smooth, remove)
  • 3 Orangewood Cuticle Sticks
  • 24 Lint Free Cleaner Pads
  • PLUS (the next three items are considered your free gifts)...
  • Knockout Nails Cuticle Oil
  • 3 Bottles of Knockout Nails 2-Minute Drying Polish
  • Knockout Nails Topcoat
You can purchase a refill kit when you need it, which costs $47.99 and includes the Knockout Nails Cleaner, Bonder, Hardener, 24 Lint Free Cleaner Pads, 3 Orangewood Cuticle Sticks, and 3 Knockout Nails Files (file, smooth, remove).

Knockout Nails System Review:
This product was sent down from the nail heaven to answer my prayers, lol! I've been on the search for something, anything, to help my nails. Year round I have issues with breakage, but in the winter they get especially weak and brittle.

I even went as far as investing $30 into a bottle of Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat in hopes it would solve my problems. It worked great, but only the first day or two that it was applied. Having to apply it every 2 days to get the most benefits was using up a lot of product, meaning I would likely have to replace that bottle every month or two. Not to mention that it wasn't an ideal solution because I would often forget to re-apply it and my nails would break. What I should have done is taken that $30 and invested in the Knockout Nails System!

The Knockout Nails System is so easy to use. I was worried I would do it wrong and the results would be less than favorable, but the first time I used it I had great results and my nails felt instantly strong. It's been a breeze to use ever since. My nails are actually growing and I've barely have any breaks! I've actually had to file my nails down because they were getting too long, and it happened in just over two weeks! I'm really happy with my naked nails, I've even gone a day or two without polish.

This system doesn't smell awful either; sometimes gel systems can have a really harsh, eye-stinging, smell (like that horrible Nutra Nail Gel Perfect). This wasn't irritating at all. Don't get me wrong, it's not beautifully scented or anything but it won't irritate your eyes or require you to wear a mask, lol.

Another thing I want to point out, because I was a little skeptical, is that you really can change your polish without disturbing the Knockout Nails base! I thought for sure the minute I removed my polish the Knockout Nails gel base would dissolve, but guess what? It didn't! I even used 100% pure acetone and soaked my nails to get glitter off and after the polish came off my nails were still super shiny just as they were after I first applied the Knockout Nails system! It seemed completely untouched! After that test I confidentially changed my polish as much as I normally do. Now I will say that the more you soak your nails to remove polish the more it will wear down the Knockout Nails base. For polish-aholics like myself, you may find you need to re-do your Knockout Nails every 2 weeks but for others you may only need to re-do your Knockout Nails every 3 or 4 weeks!

You don't need to completely remove the Knockout Nails base, you can just slightly file it down and re-do them like that. Or you can completely remove them and start over. I like to completely remove them and start over. In the Knockout Nails kit you will get a 'Remove' file, which you'll use to file away the gel coating. If you're inpatient like me, I use an electric nail file (which I've had for over 12 years and it works great still). I never ruin my real nail, and when I'm almost down to my nail bed I will use the Knockout Nails Remove file to finish it off, then smooth them over, file the tips, and start the quick & easy process all over again.

And yes, it really is fast. After your nails are filed and smoothed, here's what you do (complete instructions are included in the Knockout Nails kit and also available on their website)
  • Work one hand at a time (there really is no benefit to doing both hands at once)
  • Use the Cleaner to clean each nail thoroughly.
  • Apply the Bonder to the entire nail surface, including the tip edge.
  • Apply the Hardener. You'll want to apply it slightly away from the cuticle and don't forget to wrap your tips! The Hardener won't dry until it cures in the UV lamp, so take your time applying this and make sure there are no air bubbles. Oh, and make sure it's a thin layer. You don't need to lay it on thick (it will waste product and may cause a flash of heat to the nail when under the UV lamp).
  • Once you've double check your nails to make sure they are good to go (no air bubbles, etc.), place your hand in the UV lamp. The lamp is set to turn off on its own after 2 minutes.
  • When the 2 minutes are over you'll remove your hand, and without touching your nails, apply another thin coat of Hardener. 
  • Again, make sure there are no air bubbles, then put your hand back in the UV lamp for another 2 minutes.
  • This time, when your hand comes out of the lamp you'll use the Cleaner. Your nails will feel sticky/tacky to the touch. That's just left over residue and the Cleaner will easily and quickly clean that off.
  • NOTE: If your nails are really thin, or if you just want an extra layer of protection, after the second go in the UV lamp remove your hand and again, don't touch your nails, and apply a third coat of Hardener. Make sure there are no air bubbles, put back in lamp for 2 minutes, and then use the Cleaner.
  • Then guess what? Your nails are DONE! They'll be rock hard and super shiny.
  • Repeat the same steps on your other hand.
See how easy that is? It may seem like a lot, but trust me, it's super easy.

From there you can leave your nails as they are (they'll look fantastic on their own), or you can apply polish. You can use one of the included Knockout Nails 2-Minute Drying Polish, which require 2 minutes under the UV lamp, or you can use any regular polish you have. You can even use other UV Gel Polishes.

You can also use any base coat you normally would over top the Knockout Nails base, and apply your polishes like normal. Just pretend your don't have the Knockout Nails base and polish as normal. The Knockout Nails base looks very natural, isn't thick yet still makes your nails feel incredibly strong.

Overall, if you couldn't already tell, I highly recommend this! It's been a savior for my nails.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this product? Do you own this already, or is this on your must-try list? Discuss in the comments below.


  1. It sounds really great for people with soft, breakable nails! :) And your nails look in really good shape.

  2. Verrry interesting. Don't think I need it yet, though. I'm trying Qtica stuff which appears to be working. =)
    It's a great feeling to find "the thing" that works for you, though, isn't it?

  3. @ LauraLeia: It's perfect for those with soft, breakable nails! :) My nails only look great now because I use the Knockout Nails System. I love that they don't look thick or fake, they just look healthy.

    @ Rochelle: It is absolutely wonderful to find the one thing that works for my nails. I have been so frustrated trying to find a solution and now I have it. I never tried the Qtica line of products yet, but I may have to give it a try in the future!

  4. I'm sold!! Ok this will go on my MUST GET for 2012 list! I wasn't sure when I first started hearing about it, but now that I know you can use your own polishes--and I've been fighting breakage--this sounds perfect and really not a bad price (thanks for the code!)

    Awesome review!

  5. This is one of the best reviews! Good enough that I will be getting this on payday! I've been looking for something like this, I can never keep my nails long because I'm always breaking them, can't wait to try!

  6. @ The Crafty Angel: Yes, I wasn't sure if I could use my own polishes either, but was happy that I can apply any polish on top just like I have nothing on underneath of them. Knockout Nails is coming out with 15 new 2-minute colors, so I'll be reviewing some of them in the near future.

    @ glitznglam: Thanks and yay that you're going to join in on the awesomeness that is Knockout Nails! You will love how easy this system is and how much stronger your nails will feel. And it truly is easy to use. I can't wait to hear what you think of it; please do update me once you try it! :)

  7. This is something I'll definitely keep in mind I miss going to the salon but just don't have the time I used to for it. Great review!

  8. definitely going on my birthday wishlist :)

  9. seems like they don't send anywhere besides US(.

  10. I purchased this in February 2014 at the Clevend Home and Garden show. Was skeptical, but bought it anyway. I am a nurse and we are not allowed to have acrylics, so I thought I would give this a try since I wash my hand about 100+ times a night, in a 12 hour shift. This is a FANTASTIC system. Love it! My nails are longer and stronger than ever. I tend to wear them natural because they look so good, but have used normal nail polish over them at times. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the system!

  11. This system is FANTASTIC! I am a nurse and wash my hands 100+ times per night. My nails suffer because of this and I cannot seem to keep them long. I bought this system after seeing a demonstration at the Cleveland Home and Garden Show. I was skeptical, but bought it anyway. So happy I did. My nails have never been longer!! I just LOVE it. The cuticle oil smells wonderful, and the system is so easy to use. I can do both hands in 15 mins. We cannot wear acrylics at the hospital so I was ecstatic to find something that allowed me to have long and strong nails.


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