I picked this up back in July, but am just getting around to reviewing it now – sorry! I wanted to be sure of its efficacy (or non-efficacy) and I didn’t feel comfortable reviewing it until recently.
There are some definite pros to this formula…and also some cons. First of all, the good stuff. This is by far the nicest looking base coat on the nails I have ever used. I mean, really. Behold:Now, ignore the yellowness of my nails, of course. These photos were taken back in July before I buffed the S*^t outta them :P And my cuticles are looking better these days too. Just sayin’!
In any case, I just find that this base coat alone makes the nails look GOOOOD. It leaves a satin finish, and even with my nails being yellow-ish, it makes them look classy and relatively clean. Quite spiffy, I might say! Edit: Another benefit to this product is that because its not clear like most base coats, it helps to conceal VNL (visible nail line) – so if that’s a pet peeve of yours, this might just be perfect for you!
However, there is a downside. Unfortunately, I don’t find that this bonds my polish to the nail as well as I’d like. I notice a lot more chipping than usual since I’ve been using this, and let’s be real – I change my mani every three days (sometimes even less! I did my polish yesterday AM and tonight I’m changing it again already) – so there really shouldn’t be any chipping at all in that short a time frame. But, alas, there is. Also, I find that even though I’m only through maybe a 5th of the bottle – another pro: it does go a long way! – its getting a tad goopy and collects around the rim of the bottle, which annoys me somewhat. It occasionally flakes off into my polish, so that’s just not on. So…yeah. There’s that.
Overall, I’m just not totally sold on this base coat, unless you wanna spend $22CDN just to make your nails look pretty. I’m pretty sure you could get a similar effect by just buffing your nails! I’ll continue to use it because it’s not TERRIBLE, but I definitely wouldn’t repurchase. Even though I only wear my polish for a brief few days, I still want my *underwear* (and *outerwear*!) to work as it should.
Speaking of outerwear, I picked up a new fast drying top coat today by Revlon, just to check it out. Seche Vite has TOTALLY pissed me off with the insane thickness of it – I tried regular polish thinner to no avail, and I’ll be damned if I pick up Seche Restore, that just makes me crazy! Buying two products just to get one to work effectively? HELL to the No. I’ll find something else that works (though admittedly never as good Seche does in the first 1/4 of the bottle ~grumble~
….So, this post ended up not being so ‘quick’ afterall, eh? LOL
Please, tell me: What’s your favorite base and/or top coat!? I clearly need some help, guys!