I definitely like this base coat- but it does cause a bit of yellowing if I use it for a long period of time (more than 3 or 4 days in a row).
It provides for a nice surface to polish on and dries quickly.
I do buy this when it is onsale, just to have on hand....but I prefer Stickey or SH Nail Quencher.
Before I started using Orly Bonder I had problems with my nail polish peeling off. Not anymore! This (along with a base coat and top coat) creates the perfect "layer cake" for beautiful nails.
It has a strong scent ( like rubber cement almost) but it's worth it!
I am using Bonder now, I like it well enough. I have not tried Creative Stickey, yet.
I like this stuff a lot. I haven't had a lot of the problems mentioned here - it dries within a minute or so on me and I haven't had any staining. In fact, you can see from my nail growth exactly when I started using this because my nails are half yellow (from the old base coat). I can get four or five days of wear out of this, which is good enough for me since I am bored of my color by then anyway. I'd by this again as soon as I run out!
I decided to add this to my nail regiment after reading about it on the Nail Board. I heard that it caused staining if used on its own, so I used it over my NailTek II Foundation that I had been using for a few months previously without staining. I am not pleased with this product. It stained my nails even when used over the NailTek (I never used it on its own) and didn't seem to significantly help with chipping, which I had little of just using NailTek. After two weeks of trying, I'm done with Orly Bonder.
HOLY CRAP! This stuff is the BOMB!!!
Honestly, I've never bothered using a base coat before I decided one day on a whim to pick this up; guess I must've been tired of my mani/pedi-cures not lasting as long as I wanted. But now, I don't ever have to worry about that any more!
I can't remember what I paid, but I do know it wasn't cheap...it was more than $5, I know that.
But after using this product I would have paid even more than whatever the price was! Because it's that effective. It applies super easily and dries VERY quickly. The consistency is more liquid-y than a typical polish. I love the 'rubberized' grip handle, too. Nice touch.
Anyway, GET THIS ASAP! You won't regret it. My current pedicure is now going on its 11th day, with not a single nick, chip, blemish or imperfection to be seen.
EDIT on 2/25/2011 (2yrs after original review): Still using this base coat exclusively. Nothing works like this stuff, it's awesome. In the 2 yrs I've been using it, not once have I ever experienced any staining of my nails (been reading through the other reviews and noticed that many complain about staining). So I'm not sure what that's all about to be honest. I go through nail polish phases where I'll paint my nails a new color ever 6 days, and then I'll go long stretches of time (talking months here, like, 2, 3, 4 at a time!) where I won't polish my nails at all and either leave them bare (just grooming them, filing/buffing, but no polish) or put clear on w/out anything else (no base). The only exception is my toes, because no matter what I always like to have a pedicure (which I do myself); just makes me feel nice, even in the winter months when I'm the only one who sees them. Anyway, during the times when I don't "do" my nails, like I said, I've never had any staining issues whatsoever from the Orly Bonder. I doubt I'll ever find another base coat that surpasses this one. In fact I can't see myself even having the need to look elsewhere for one, since I've found my HG in this product already. By the way - currently about 1/3 of the way through my 3rd bottle; again, in approx. 2 yrs time. Still highly, highly recommend.
I guess I'm the only person on the planet that doesn't like this stuff! My nailpolish peeled right off!
Maybe I wasn't using it right. I guess I'll have to try again. Not sure why I want to, because SH Nail Quencher is treating me very well!
This is the first base coat I have really used, never used them until you guys told me this is what I was missing, I got mine at CVS and Yes your polish isn't going anywhere with this on. Love this and will continue to use this for every manicure I give myself. Its a little pricy but well worth it..
This is the best, I baught this some years ago in a sale bin, it was the first base coat I ever used so didnt appreciate how great it was. evidently I gave it away when went on holiday one time, I just thought all base coats would be as good. HOW WROG WAS I! anyway tried so many other base coats and they are crap! but the problem was I actually couldnt buy bonder anywhere!!! so was so excited to see bonder in the orly french manicure set on sale in the local chemist. But its only a little bottle so will be looking for a new big one when it runs out, yes I will repurchase!
I luv my Bonder! I use 1 coat of this over my Nailtek Foundation II and it really makes a huge difference in the wear of my mani! I recently experimented with Barielle Nail Camo as a b/c and for whatever reason, the Camo + Bonder was a disaster. I had horrible tip wear, peeling and chipping within hours after my mani dried! I think I am done experimenting with different combos, since I found what works for me! So if you try Bonder & it doesn't work...experiment with different combinations of b/c's before you declare it unworthy! What works for one person may not work on someone else.