Still trialing this one but thus far i am a pretty happy customer. So far im finding that as a base coat alone its nothing too special but in a sandwhich method its pretty spectacular! It lasts longest when used with matte polishes (i top coat it to make them glossy) second best are shimmers and cremes are third in staying power.
My matte mani (sinful rie and shine) 7 days minimal tip wear and one big chip (i'll explain in the con's section).
Shimmer mani 5 days some chipping on corners minimal chip wear.
Creme i had bad luck with but that one i didnt sandwhich, two days till it bubbled and peeled badly at the tips.
To me this one was worth the investment considering i am brutal to my nail when it comes to water damage and i can rarely get a polish to lst more than 2 days. So the 7 day matte mani was a miricle to me by then i was bored of it covered it in black crackle and went another two days before i decided i wanted to take it off.
Ok the con's. This stuff when used in a sandwhich has given me unheard of staying power but it does have a kryptonite....Score damage :(. If you are prone to lleaving score marks in your polish you might be setting yourself up for dissapointment here.
On my matte mani that lasted the longest i probably could have gone ten days if i hadnt reached into a bag after my shower and nicked my polish on my cuticle nippers. The next day the chunk on the side of my nail the polish peeled right off after doing the dishes. Same happened to my shimmer mani when i hit my nail on my keys digging through my purse. I dont normally get that kind of damage so to me bonder is worth the extra time it takes to sandwhich it.
After proper nail filing and buffing of course, this product is key in prolonging my manicure. This base coat works best with higher end polishes, but it will definitely extend the wear of the cheapie polishes too. This is a relatively quick drying formula that does feel rubbery to the touch when applied to the nail. I will definitely be keeping this product around.
I love the way a fresh mani looks, but don't have the time to do it every day or two. I would always have to touch up extensive tip wear and large chips within a day of painting my nails until I started using Orly Bonder.
I can get through minimum of 2 days with very minor tip wear using this stuff, and it leaves a nice smooth, rubberized foundation for polish to go over.
Highly recommend! I am heading on a weeks vacation soon and I think I could trust this base coat to give me a mani that will last that long with minimal touch ups!! :)
I don't know why, but this product does not help me with keeping my nail polish from clipping. I use top of the line nail polish but I can chip my nail polish the same exact day I put it on! I have never found a product that helps with chipping. My search continues.
I have never had my own manicure last more than 2 days without chipping.
This stuff is incredible! I'm on my fourth full day and my nails are still PERFECT. And I'm a 2nd grade teacher.
I've been asked by two of my coworkers if I got a manicure done. Nope. Just my amazing new discovery of Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat!!!
The nail color goes on so nicely on top of this base coat. And it stays there. I top it with Seche Vita and BINGO. I've hit the jackpot!!
I've used Orly Bonder several times and have kind of a mixed opinion about it. The first time I used it, nails didn't dry. Three hours after application, my nails were still smudging. I then reapplied again with a fast dry nail polish by Revlon rather than the Essie I had just used, and with Seche as my top coat (I used that first time around as well) and nails were perfect. They didn't chip for 5 days, I've never had an average mani last so long. So I tried with a few more polishes since then and nails chip or smudge very easily. I've even let it dry for 10-15 minutes between coats and I still can't get it to dry. The reason why I'm giving it a 5 is because, when used with my fast dry polishes, it seems like it has no problems. When I have lots of extra time this weekend, I'm going to update with the latest - I'm letting it sit for as long as possible between coats of my favorite Essie polish and see if it produces a better result.
Best base coat by far. The price makes me cringe, and I'll but something else hoping it will be as good as Bonder. Then my manicure will chip instantly and I'll buy the Bonder and kick myself for second guessing.
This stuff grips your nail polish. Paired with a decent top coat, you get a week out of your manicure with just tip wear (and I'm a mom who does dishes without gloves, and I bake like crazy). Without Bonder, forget about it. This is a total HG product.
My Aunt recommended this base coat to me and let me tell you, I LOVE IT! :) It helps polish go on smoother, stay on for at least a week if not 10 days, and is just overall amazing! I've never really thought base coats did much until I tried this one. It rocks :)
I have been using this basecoat for the past month, and my nails are so much stronger now! They were so thin and very quick to peel. I still have one nail that tends to split, but the others are uniform and much thicker.
I have been using the Bonder as a basecoat only, not as a topcoat. I change my polish every 2 days as my polish tends to chip badly. I'm in health care and wash my hands often. When this bottle is gone, I'll switch to a different basecoat to see if I get fewer chips. (To note, I always use either Poshe or Seche as a topcoat.)
The formula also is very smooth and easy to put on, and dries quickly. Don't count on protection from staining, however! My nails have stained yellow, and not slightly!!! I do use dark colors most of the time...
Best base coat ever? This is certainly the best I've tried and I'll probably stick with it. It dries almost instantaneously and its rubbery texture makes polish go on amazingly smoothly, which makes it worth it alone. I generally change my nail color every other day or so, so I can't comment much on how well it holds a manicure, suffice to say that I haven't had any serious chipping problems other than minor tip wear. Love it.