I love this stuff. I had fallen in love with shellac manicures because I love having my natural nails, but being a teacher meant that my nails were always chipping so shellac was a great option. But with my schedule and budget, shellac became a pain the behind. I picked up the smaller bottle of bonder at Ulta on one of my many polish sprees because it sounded interesting. Gotta say, I really love it. I can do my own nails again and my polish lasts 2 weeks and a few days with no chipping. You do have to make sure it finishes drying before applying your color. If you don't, you won't allow the rubberized finish to set and the color has nothing to grab on to. Definitely try this stuff out!
This stuff was useless for me. I have fairly strong nails with the occasional peeling/breaking occurence but I'm always looking for something to make my polish last longer. This stuff a. Did not make my polish last more than any other base coat and b. WRECKED my nails! After one or two uses my nails peeled like crazy and became super brittle. Waste of money.
I decided to purchase the small bottle with a big online order I made a few months ago, because I wanted to see about the big hype I have heard over this product. I have been doing my nails myself for the past 3years & I can say this product doesn't act any better than any other base coat that I have tried. Before trying this I have been using Orly Top 2 Bottom & it works just as well in my opinion. I almost feel like when using this base it makes the polish above it chip off in sheets, or peel off. I will use the whole bottle, but wouldn't rush back to purchase again.
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.
ETA3-I went on a Bonder break to try some new BCs and suddenly my peeling-prone nails were not so peely. I strongly suspect that Bonder is the culprit and will have to look for another HG. Boo. :(
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.