THIS is working so wonderfuly for me, that I am irrationaly afraid that I will JINX it with this glowing review.
My nails are brittle, forever splitting, forever snagging, and nailpolish lasts on me for less than a day. No matter what. IT TAKES HOURS to chip and start looking horrible.
I AM ON DAY THREE. my polish looks great, and the only wear is visible at the very tips where it basically rubbs off from all the typing/touching/hair washing/whatever i do daily, which from arm's lenght I can't notice.
I initially tried this with a fast drying top coat (hard as nails brand), which as I finally realized is extremely DRYING in itself, and it makes the polish crack off, I tossed that, used a regular top coat, and I am truly amazed
another good thing about this product is that it's gel-like, and it fills in the surface of ur nails, as if you buffed/shined them.
I am in love. highly recommend. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE
I have the newer version called "Gel Smooth". After seeing approx. 100 people here on MUA talking about how awesome this base coat is I had to try it. I got it on sale for $4.99 cdn and that was $4 off reg price (cosmetics in Canada are WAY more expensive here). Usually my manicures last about 2 days without chips or peeling...with the gel-smooth base coat I got FIVE DAYS....it might have lasted longer, but I got bored of the colour and took it off. I only used one coat and applied my polish almost immedietly..then aplied Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat.
This is a review of Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel 005 Base Coat. I painted my right hand's nails with this base coat, two coats of Sally Hansen's Insta-Dry color, and one coat of Revlon ColorStay Sealing Shine 2. I did my left hand the same except I did not use this base coat (or any base coat).
4 days later, there was a marked difference between hands: the base coat hand (right hand, and I am right-handed) had NO CHIPS whatsoever! The non-base-coat hand (left hand) had tons of chips.
So I am now in love with this base coat! (as well as the Revlon ColorStay Sealing Shine and the Sally Hansen Insta-Dry color). I've never had my nail polish last for more than 2 days (usually only 1) without chips. Yay!!
This is a great base coat. Keeps my at home mani perfect for about 3 days before I start to see any type of wear on the tips and I type all day so I think that is pretty good. Also it makes taking dark colors off sooo much easier!
love this base and the corresponding top coat! my nails looked perfect (essie's bahama mama) for an entire week. i was shocked. i usually use OPI's top and base coats, or essies's, or other salon recommended brands. but they all chip within 2-3 days. this just works! but i hate the brush
This is a very good basecoat. I used to love Orly Bonder, but this one is even better. I've noticed that it adds 2-3 chip free days beyond what Bonder used to do. It will look perfect for 2 days, I'll start to see tip wear on the third day and small chips by day 4-5. That's pretty good wear for me.
I don't use this alone, I use a strengthening basecoat first like Duri Rejuvacote or Essie's protein one. My topcoat of choice has been Seche Vite for years.
Also, I gave packaging 2 lippies, because the whole confusion of one version of this having the word 'gel' on it and the other one not is annoying and Revlon needs to be consistent with labeling. From what I understand both are the exact same thing. The bottle and everything else is actually fine.
I usually use Essie First Base with Out the Door top coat and get 5-6 days chip-free, though I'm looking for alternatives as I think the First Base is contributing to drying my nails out. I got the Gel-smooth version to check out the hype. I think this base coat is just incompatible with my nails. I typically wipe my nails with polish remover before painting, to make sure I don't have any oil/lotion/whatever on them. Even after doing that with this base coat, my polish would peel off in sheets within 3-4 days.
I tried rubbing in coconut oil as well. After rubbing it in and wiping away the excess, my polish took hours to cure. If it did cure before I gave up and removed the manicure, my polish still peeled away within days.
Believe the hype! When I do my nails myself it never lasts longer than 2 days, I have tried all base coat/ top coat combos you could think of. I have had REALLY good luck with this base coat. I plan to pick up the top coat soon, but in the meantime I have been using Essies 3 in 1 base/top coat as the top coat which seems to work well with revlon gel coat.
The new No.5 in town! This stuff is great. Really makes my polish stay on for days. No chips. Its the best basecoat I have tried so far. And I have tried many..Posche, Essie, Orly, Sally Hansen, OPI, and even the expensive pink Gelcoat stuff. This outperforms them all. I have back up bottles. The price is great. Easy to find and often times its on sale. Awesome product. I am so glad I saw some of you girls talking about it here and gave it a shot. MUA rocks! Thanks guys!
Really worth a try at such a good price...easy to find on sale. I have experienced longer wear with this base coat under any brand. In fact it is the best base coat I have found and I have tried many. I have used it as a clear coat one day and then painted right over it the next with color and it just lasts and lasts. I guess there is something different in it...it does smell different. Two coats works best for me.