This has been my favourite basecoat for the longest time! With this basecoat and my Seche Vite or Poshe topcoats on, my nails can remain chip-free for 5 days (: It is a great basecoat!
I'm not sure that this base coat really helps keep my nail polish on, but I haven't used it with Orly nail polish at all, and I think that's a small factor in how it works. I find that it doesn't keep my nail polish on for as long as it promises, which is two weeks, no matter which top coat I use or anything. Sometimes the polish even peels off, as some other reviewers have said. One thing I really like about it is the texture of the cap: it's very easy to open, and I have lots of problems opening nail polishes. That is my favorite thing about Orly nail polish!
UPDATE: This has actually become my favorite base coat!
OMG I dont know what is wrong with this. If I put this bonder on my nail polish just peels off in a sheet. what the heck What a waste of money. i would only recommend this if you would like to have polish peel off Think of the money you'll save on nail polish remover update: Ive had some success if I mix with Seche Vite top coat. If I wear either one with out the other my nail polish peels with in 1 hr however if I use the 2 together I get 4 days wear
Orly Bonder Rubberized Formula - $5.99 at SBS.
This product is the worst base coat I have ever used. I have had better results from .99 KISS.
First of all, it stained my nails and that was only after 2 days of use. My polish did not grip the way the product claims it will. For reference, I used China Glaze "For Audrey" on top.
Since I got them both at the same time and did my manicure right away there is a possibility that the China Glaze and Orly Bonder just didn't vibe together, but just looking at my stained nails makes me not want to find out.
I would not repurchase, but I will be taking it back!
EDIT: Returned it with reciept to SBS - the lady who recommended it was the one who had to give me the refund. Hassle free experience.
I like this but I don't love it. Its a fine basecoat but not a miracle. I like that is dries really fast but I have not noticed my nail polish staying on better or being chip free longer than usual. That said, I dont leave polish on for very long anyway. I didnt however get the staining that some are complaining of. I might buy again, I might not.
i don't have the best nails, but i am fairly sure that bonder made them worse. before bonder, i'd get some splits and peels, but after bonder, i got a significant amount more. once i stopped using bonder, the problems went back to the way they were before.
bonder did do it's job in making polish last longer, but i'm certain that with continued use my nails would've really been in horrible shape. i much prefer china glaze's strong adhesion base coat or CND stickey.
This is a great base coat! I've been using it for a couple of years now and really like it.
Itís rubberized so itís sticky and thus helps the polish stick to it and stay on better for longer wear. I generally use it on top of some kind of treatment/hardener and it seems to work well with all of them (Iíve used duri rejuvacote, nailtek foundation, opi nail envy, sh quencher). I also think it helps the polish go on smooth and makes for easier application.
There is really nothing negative to say about this stuff, itís a wonderful product!
I wouldn't buy this again. It does provide grip for polish but the polish did not last any longer. My main complaint with this product is that it stains your nails horribly.
I tried this after reading glowing reviews. I don't know if it's because my nails tend to be dry and brittle, or because I work a lot with my hands (sewing, housework, etc.), but I didn't find that it helped any with extending the life of my polish. In fact, I felt that it chipped *more* when I used it than times I did not use a base coat! Case in point: I painted my nails a few weeks ago with a bright pink polish, using this base coat. Within 24 hours it had started to chip visibly (even after applying a top coat). This week I used a red polish, sans this base coat, and one top coat. The result is that after 24 hours my nails have faded a bit at the ends (typical for me), but it's not chipping too much. Perhaps it's just my nails, but this rubberized base coat did not work great for me!
I bought this base coat after reading many glowing reviews here, and once again, MUA has not let me down. This base coat replaces my former HG, Zoya Anchor, because Orly Bonder seems to work with just about any brand of nail polish. I found that Zoya tends to work best with its own brand of polishes, which doesn't work so well with my ever expanding nail polish collection consisting of many different brands...
I like Bonder's quick dry formula, it applies thinly, and creates a sticky smooth surface for the nail polish to adhere to. In particular, I have found that a layer of the Bonder with 2 coats of polish, sealed with a coat of Poshe top coat, makes my manicure chip and peel free for 7 whole days. I'm not exaggerating. Last week I wore Essie Jelly Apple (bright red creme) and on day 7 (today) I only had slight tip wear and I could easily have gone into work tomorrow without changing my polish. Like all of Orly's nail polishes, this comes in a bottle with a rubberized handle which makes it super easy to twist off the cap. I've been using my full sized bottle for about 3 months with weekly manicures, and I've only used 1/4 of the bottle. This cost me $6 CAD at Sally Beauty Supply with the club card. Definitely will repurchase, and I highly recommend!