I'm not a fan of Acrylics, I've tried them before. I just hated it when I'd look down and realise "Oh crap I only have 8 nails, where did he suckers get to?" I wore some over Xmas but even now when I look at my natural nails and they're ruined. They're getting better though.
I'd suggest buffing your nails, not too often or you'll make them thin but buffing really makes them shine and use regular hand cream or oil specifically designed for nails and they'll improve. Keep your little manicure kit near by so when your simply watchimg telly you can pamper them.