I sometimes have problems with the brush on my bottle sticking to the bottle and not the handle - screwing it back on tightly and then removing again seems to do the trick, but it is annoying.
With this plus a good top coat, I get MUCH better wear out of my polishes than with just about any other base coat I've tried. I'm very hard on my nails, so that means something to me. :)
I love bonder, before I started using this my nail polish would peel off in one sheet. Now it will stay on for at least 5-4 days. I'm a cashier and my hands take a beating everyday, bonder has been the only thing that kept my nail polish on.
It does stain your nails yellow, but sense I keep them polished all the time that not really an issue for me. Lately I've been putting a treatment under the bonder, I wasn't sure this would work, but it does. The bonder still keeps my NP on, and my treatment seems too. I will keep buying this as long as they sell it.
I really like Bonder. It definitely makes my manis last longer-this plus Orly No chip is the magic formula to keep my nail polish in place with no chipping. I don't notice it drying my nails because I use a strengthener underneath the Bonder. Definitely interested in trying the sandwich method and applying polish while it is still wet (though I'd have to work fast, this dries so quickly.) Qute pleased with the results and would definitely buy again.
ETA-I am noticing orange staining on my nails from the Bonder. This is a heartbreaker, because it is the best base coat I've found. And I know it's the culprit, because the nails' normal color came back after I stopped using Bonder. Too bad.
ETA2-Staining or no, I can't quit you, Bonder. Nothing else works better. And the stain will go away after a day of leaving your nails bare, FYI.
Didn't make any difference for me. I applied directly to nails. It did a great job of staining them. I think it may also have caused them to peel really badly. It has taken me about a year to grow back decent fingernails.
I've only used this twice, so I will have to come back and update, but so far I'm in love! I used the sandwich technique (bonder, 2 coats of polish, bonder, top coat). However, I did put Poshe base coat underneath the bonder, as I've heard it is known to yellow nails. So far, my nails have survived yard work, washing the dog, dishes, and even 2 hrs of bowling! Normally, my mani lasts a day, 2 at max, but with this stuff, itís @ 4 days & counting!
I took off one lippie because of the smell, but it's def not the worst smelling nail polish i've used.
For a while, I was totally in love with this product. It does extend the life of my polish, but after a few weeks of continuous use, I noticed that it was severely drying out my nails. I have strong, healthy natural nails and normally have no issues of breaking or peeling. I use Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil nightly and constantly put hand cream on. However, Orly Bonder has caused the layers of my nails to peel. I really wanted to love this :(
This base coat did nothing for nails. This was a disappointment. It was a complete waste of money and time.
FINALLY! A base coat that feels like it's actually working. For being such a popular, "high end" nail polish brand, OPI effing sucks when it comes to top and base coats. I gave up on their top coat but continued with the base coat as I had no alternative. Until this! I did my first manicure with this on Thursday...it's now Monday night, and my mani looks as flawless as it did when I first did it (with the exception of very minimal tip wear). This NEVER happens; my nail polish is usually chipped, cracked or peeling off within two or three days. I noticed the difference right away when I used this base coat - the nail polish 'dragged' a bit because this was so rubbery. Topped it off with Seche Vite and, like other reviews here stated, it's a flawless, long-lasting manicure. This is only my first time using it so I have nothing to say re: nails peeling and being dry, but I will update with that if I experience any of it (I already do so it's going to be hard to know if this is the culprit). I absolutely love the packaging! I will be buying this again and again and again!
When I used Bonder directly on my nails, they looked dry. Isopropyl alcohol, which is drying, is first on the ingredient list, so that's the likely reason.
I'm surprised to see some of the comments on here. Using this with Seche Vite gives me manicures that last and last. I haven't kept it on long enough to see how long it takes to chip, given that I change my nails all the time, but I did make it a week once using those two products and I had no chips, not even tipwear. Perhaps one day I'll find a colour I love enough to wear long enough to test these two out fully, haha!
What I love is that this dries so quickly. Only a couple of minutes and you can apply your polish. The previous base coat I tried (I don't even remember the brand of it) had me waiting half an hour for it to dry before I could start applying polish! It prevents yellowing of my nails which is a bonus too. I'm also quite fond of the bottle. As with several others, I've noticed using this with Seche Vite is the magic combination for manis that last. They're both dirt cheap, even with shipping, so I'll stick with these two from now on.