I received this as part of the nail care set that also comes with the cuticle remover, oil pen, and latex barrier. I loved the other 3 items so I've come over to the webpage for this tool only as to not ding the good reviews on the nail care set.
I admittedly did not use this tool properly the first time - I applied cuticle remover to all 10 nails as instructed and let it sit for about 30 seconds before I started working at the cuticles. As I got to my fifth digit the remover had dried up to a very thick paste, so as I was going in with the tool at a 45-degree angle, I thought I was pushing away the remover and dead skin, but I was actually scoring each of my nails with this tool. It forced me to buff each nail down and wait for the regrowth - thankfully I had my Bliss Kiss cuticle oil to help out! I've never buffed my nails in my life until this mistake necessitated it!
Fast forward to my 5th or 6th time using it now, I will definitely say it is a heavy, sturdy tool that MUST be used properly as to not damage the natural nail. The caveats of using metal tools as opposed to gentler wooden tools are valid. Because of this experience I've learned to change a few things when I do my cuticle care:
1. Apply the cuticle remover to one hand at a time instead of both. Allow 30 seconds as opposed to the instructed minute before going in with this tool.
2. Lie the tool FLAT along the nail plate. I cannot stess this enough! Start with the cuticle near the eponychium, and lift and place the tool as you move to each sidewall.
Tip number 2 is why I rate 3 stars. The curve of the tool is great for all my nails except the thumb, where I experienced the most damage and to this day have to be extra careful with. I am tending to lean towards my orangewood sticks for the thumb specifically. Otherwise, I do feel this tool is of good quality and others with different natural C-curves may have opposing opinions - this one is just mine.