Essie • First Base Basecoat • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||90%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
My nails are naturally strong and grow very fast but after years of wearing nail polish constantly and using pure acetone as a remover they would start peeling from time to time. I decided to try First Base in order to help reduce and prevent peeling as well as staining after reading all the great reviews here on MakeupAlley.
The brush is adequate, and the formula has a nice consistency. I'm nearly halfway down the bottle and it hasn't thickened much yet. It appears to be a turquoise color but actually the bottle is tinted turquoise, the product itself is clear. It dries pretty fast. Sometimes when I unscrew the top, the white cap comes off separated from the brush, which is a bit annoying so I knocked a couple of lippies off the Packaging rating.
Unfortunately this didn't help extend my manicure. Usually with no base coat/top coat most polishes will last at least 3-4 days with minimal tipwear for me, but with First Base combined with Essie's Good to Go as my top coat my manicures chip after just 1-2 days. This might work better with non-fast dry top coats but I haven't tried any yet.
But the reason why this gets just 2 stars is because I still get staining all the time plus my nails still peel, even though I switched to Zoya Remove Plus which is much gentler than straight-up acetone. First Base doesn't do its job as a base coat whatsoever, I might as well skip it since my nails aren't truly protected with this! I hate to give it a bad review because of all the raves but it simply just didn't work for me. I'm going to finish my bottle since it was a little pricey at $8 but will not repurchase.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is really, what I would believe, to be one of the best basecoat around.
I remembered my manicure CHIPPING always, and it wouldn't last more than 2-3 days with daily light work... The frustration of changing my manicure that every few days is just, urgh!
But after using this basecoat, it performs so well that the difference is very noticeable. No longer my manicure chips, and I mean completely it doesn't chip at all. Even during a particular week when I worked at a warehouse temporarily, picking and packing clothes, lots of hands-on work, it did not chip at all. It just wore off at the tips more than usual which was perfectly normal.
Also, the basecoat itself is very lasting. Unlike colour nail polishes, it does not turn thick and gooey. I mean it DOESN'T. I have this bottle which I have used for few months now (+-weekly manicure), and the solution is still as good as new, and it still has 1/4 of it left. Very long lasting and therefore worth the price paid.
This basecoat has a tint of turqoise but goes on transparent. Application is heaven, goes on smoothly and dries fast. And ofc, prevents staining.
Have been using this basecoat for months now, and it has become my HG. Don't wanna do any manicure without it! :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I ordered this from amazon because it was a lot cheaper then in the stores, I think it's like $10 at Ulta & I just spent $10 on Essie Good To Go from there so I wanted a lil savings on my base coat. I love this base coat! Its the best I've ever used! I used this with 3 coats of Turquious & Caicos & GTG both by essie & got almost a full week with only a lil tiny chip! Which is totally a first for me! My nails chip like crazy after 2 days no matter base/top coat situation or the quailty of the polish.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is the first base coat I've ever tried and I have to say, I am impressed. I didn't think base coats were necessary before and thought it was part of a marketing scheme to get consumers to buy unnecessary products.
The application is smooth, goes on very easily and dries super quick. Makes the application of my nail polish a lot nicer. It also aids in protecting my nails since the colour doesn't bleed through onto my actual nails. It makes removing nail polish a breeze and it doesn't stain my nails at all even when using pigmented colours like red.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I've used this several times, and the polish has been peeling off in sheets after 2 or 3 days. Same thing when used without topcoat, so it has to be the base. Good thing I still have my receipt, but the search for a good base coat continues. :(
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Black
I am super impressed with this! I thought I had found my HG base coat with China Glaze, but I think Essie just booted it to the curb.
The first thing I love about this base coat is how quickly it dries. By the time you finish applying it to your second hand, the first hand is dry and ready for polish (no tackiness to speak of).
The second thing I love is the beautiful texture. It is very thin and easy to apply. The brush is also perfect.
Finally, this had made my manicures last longer than any other base coats. I don't know what Essie puts in this, but it really adheres polish and keeps staining at bay. This combined with two coats of polish and Seche Vite's top coat usually gives me a solid week before ANY chippage (with only very minimal tip wear). This says a lot since I cook, clean, and work with my hands at my job.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
Best base coat I've ever tried. I scrub for surgery with heavy-duty soaps multiple times a day, and somehow this stayed on 5 days without a chip. Unheard of. I combined it with Essie Good To Go & a Sinful Colors (cheap) polish, and I've never had a homemade mani last so long. I apply & wait 10 minutes between each coat.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Brown
I don't know what to say about this that hasn't been said. Its a basic first step but unlike others out on the market this truly does what it is suppose to! I'm really impressed and so happy I've finally found a base coat that works. The only problem was getting my hands on it. Haha idk y I had such a hard time finding it but it was well worth the aggravation.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is my first review on MUAbut this is seriously the best base coat ever! It makes such a difference in making my manicure last longer. I compared different base coats and when I use this one it takes atleast 4 days before I even see a chip in my nail polish. Go out and buy this!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Prevents staining for all my lights AND darks!
Dries super fast!
Prolongs the life of my manicure!
ESSIE FIRST BASE TOP COAT WINS!