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.
Tried this due to the massive recommendations. While I haven't encountered peeling/flaking nails or staining like others have, I don't find it works any better than the cheap base coat I was using before. My manicure chips just as quickly. When I finish this bottle I'm trying out CND Stickey.
This basecoat works horribly on my nails. It makes my polish peel off in a sheet the next day. It reduces my manicure wear. I don't know what it is about my nails and this product, but it is definitely not worth it for me.
"Unsure" is a word batted about in relation to this product, and that's pretty much how I feel about it. It is a really nice, thin base coat- it's a lot thinner and easier to apply than the Sally Hansen base coat polish I used for awhile- but I'm not sure this will make your manicure last longer. I've used this on two manicures and both lasted about as long as they do when I used my old, cheaper base which is about two to three days. I just don't think the higher price is justified, at least not yet. I might change my rating after a few more manicures and some more playing around with the product.
I recently switched from CND Stickey to Orly Bonder because it is cheaper and more readily available and I love it! Its thin, dries quickly and keeps your polish in place! It has not stained my nails or made them peel. I will only use this BC from now on.
Like the reviewer before me, I'm not sure about Bonder, either. I use it in conjunction with Seche Vite as a topcoat, and my polish usually lasts 3-4 days before it starts chipping significantly. So, I can't say that it really holds up to these claims of manicures lasting a week or more, although maybe I'm somehow doing it wrong.
I will say that it hasn't stained my nails at all, and it protects my nails from getting stained by those dark, vampy polishes that I love. My nails look fresh once the polish is removed, not gross or yellow. They have been peeling more than usual, but I'm not sure it's due to the Bonder, and I'm using a strengthening treatment anyway.
I'm on the fence with this one. It's not horrible but it's not the best basecoat I've ever tried. The bottle has lasted for a few months with barely 1/3 of it gone, so I'll probably use what I have left, then make up my mind about buying it again or buying a different basecoat.
First, let me say that im not really sure how i feel about this product even though i've had it for about 5 months. That is why my rating is a 3, not because its bad, just because im unsure:) I think that for what it does, i might of just gotten it at a bad price at cvs, i think that its a bit too pricey though cuz i wasnt too blown away and i think that it was around 7 dollars without tax. I actually do like the packaging because its very convenient, however, to some people the rubber can tend to look a bit cheap.Would i buy this product again? maybe, but i dont think i will because there are so many base coats out there and this one wasnt exactly what im looking for so i dont think i will. hope i helped:)
This is hands down the best base coat I have used..... ever. I have been through my share of base and top coats trying to find the perfect match. For me the match is Orly Rubber Bonder as the base, and Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat. This pairing makes my manicure last longer than ever before.
I notice minimal tip wear, and minor chiping into the 4th day. That is a miracle for me as chiping usually happens by day two for me (I'm rough on my hands and nails) Even though there were chips, they were very small and hardly noticeable when compared to using other base coats like China Glaze, OPI and Zoya.
Application is a breeze, and also leaves my nails super strong. My nails are prone to breakage (probably due to over exposure of Acetone Nail Polish remover) but since using this, my manicure lasts longer, which means I use acetone less, and my nails are very thankful. I don't see this being discontinued anytime soon due to its popularity, so as long as they keep making, I'll keep buying.
A good base coat, I wear it over Nailtrition by Orly as well as I heard here on MUA that it can make your nails brittle. It makes my nail polish last a bit longer than usual, but I suppose that I'll probably never find any better.