Barielle Nail Rebuilding Protein

Disclosure: Press sample. See bottom for more.

When I think of Barielle as a brand, I don’t immediately think of Shades nail polish. My mind actually goes to the brand’s nail and hand treatments, because I’ve had much success using them.

I’ve always been partial to Barielle nail treatments, especially after I had much success in nursing my nails along with Nail Camoflage a couple years ago. The only reason I switched from using it is because my nails seem to build some kind of resistence to treatments after a while. 

I notice that after going through a couple bottles of one specific treatment, my nails stop responding to a product’s effects, and I have to search for a new wonder product to help them grow, get tough and stop peeling.

Needless to say, I’ve tried QUITE a few treatments over the years because of this, and I was eager to give another Barielle treatment a go.

Here’s the list of ingredients from the back of the Nail Rebuilding Protein box:

And here’s a swatch:

You can see my nails are stained and not pretty when they’re naked, lol! But you can also see that the Nail Rebuilding Protein is goes on clear. And my index fingernail is the perfect example of why I need a product like this – peeling!

I’ve been using this for about two weeks straight now, and it is working for me. Barielle says it helps bond and strengthen nail layers, and I can say that my nails are growing more solid, although I still have the remanents of peeling on my index finger, and a new, rather large peel on my left thumb. Otherwise, my nails are responding very well to it.

I am not using it as use is directed. Per Barielle, you’re supposed to apply it two to three times a week, and remove at the end of the week with nonacetone polish remover. After three weeks, you can use it as a fortifying base coat.

From the get-go, I’ve been using it as a base coat, and I still think I’m reaping the positive effects. I find it difficult to wear treatments the way they were intended because of the nature of swatching and reviewing nail polish so often. But I have found that my use – which is to apply and reapply nearly daily – of a treatment doesn’t seem to have a negative affect on my experimentation with treatments. I’m sure, however, it has something to do with my ongoing up and down with treatments and every few months having to look for the next one.

Barielle Nail Rebuilding Protein is a bit on the pricey side at $17.50 a .50 fl oz bottle on the Barielle website (here). I know at least one of my local beauty supply shops carries the brand’s treatments and I’ll be more likely to check there first to see if I can get it a bit cheaper.

If cost is not prohibitive to you in choosing this treatment, I recommend giving it a try. It’s got a nice base for polish and I’ve not had any real chipping problems with manicures using my go-to, “they wear well” brands.


Don’t forget to enter Barielle’s Nail It sweepstakes, because you can win THIS treatment, among many OTHER cool prizes.

So, have you tried Nail Rebuilding Protein? Do you think it is something your nails need?! Are you a fellow nail blogger who faces the challenges that I do in maintaining strong, nonpeeling nails? I’d love to hear your thoughts – and whether you have to cycle through treatments like I do! Hopefully, I’ll be using this one for a while!

Disclaimer: I received the Barielle Nail Rebuilding Protein Treatment for review by the PR/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!