I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of filing my nails. I love the process of painting, but any prep work is less than appealing to me. I have tons of those 4-in-1 buffers that guarantee smooth and shiny nails, but do you think I enjoy using them? Not really. I’ll buff my nails if there are some serious ridges, but other than that, I can’t be bothered.
Remember how much I raved about the MICRO Pedi in the summer (review)? Say hello to the MICRO Nail ($59.99 CDN)*, an electric nail polisher that buffs and shines your nails in literally seconds! Each MICRO Nail comes with two patented rollers: the MICRO Smooth and the MICRO Shine rotating 360 degrees and up to 1800 times/minute.
Like the MICRO Pedi, the MICRO Nail is battery-operated (2 AAs).
The MICRO Smooth roller buffs away ridges and gives the nail a smoother and more even appearance. I tend to get some crazy ridges on my thumb and once buffed, nail polish application looks so much more even. This machine rotates FAST, so I never leave the roller buffing in the same spot for more than a split second because your nail bed will hurt from the heat generated by the MICRO Nail’s rotations. Buffing both hands doesn’t take more than 15-20 seconds! I have no excuses now to have perfectly buffed nails.
The MICRO Shine roller (white roller shown in first photo) is what provides your nails with that irresistible shine. When I was kid, I was obsessed with the white side of the buffer. I rarely leave my nails naked, so I usually just buff out the ridges and stop there. I DID use the MICRO Shine roller on my husband who even complained that his nails were TOO shiny which I will take as a good sign. This process took another 15 seconds so in under a minute, you have smooth and naturally shiny nails!
Final Verdict: As for performance, the MICRO Nail does work and it works FAST, but at the regular price of $60, the MICRO Nail is the luxe version of your $5 buffing block. If you don’t mind the few extra minutes you need with the $5 version, just stick with that because unlike the MICRO Pedi, the amount of time taken to get smooth feet with a file or pumice stone is A LOT longer and a bit more troublesome (bending over/balancing on one foot in the shower). On the other hand, this is actually a great tool for buffing toe nails as it saves me all that back pain! I hate painting my toes, so a lot of the time I just want them to look healthy.
Don’t get me wrong, the MICRO Nail is very convenient and fast, but it is quite pricey for a tool that can give you the same results as a much cheaper buffing block. The nail aficionado will probably be THE person to truly understand the value of a product like this so if you have a nail lover in your life, the MICRO Nail might be the perfect stocking stuffer!