China Glaze • Strong Adhesion Base Coat • Top/Base Coats

rated 4.1(60 reviews)

Average Rating.4.1
Would buy this product again.80%

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rated 1 of 5 kristnn on 2/20/2014 9:28:00 AM more reviews by kristnn

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

didn't work. my nails started chipping the next day. I wouldn't recommend this!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* squiggles37 on 2/4/2014 5:06:00 PM more reviews by squiggles37

Age: 25-29   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

Does the job nicely and is also super affordable. I used to use CND's super stickey base coat until I realized the green tint of the CND base coat would actually show through my manis where I used sheer light colors. No good! Unfortunately for me, Strong Adhesion doesn't prevent yellow nails but I have yet to try a base coat that does (might just be my own nail chemistry). You can get this for uber cheap from multiple sellers on Amazon.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* nata779 on 1/16/2014 4:27:00 PM more reviews by nata779

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

This is great stuff. Like somebody recommended below, I use it after 1 layer of base, 2 layers of polish. It's my 4th layer. I use Sache Vite dryer on the top of it. The main trick here is to let CG Adhesion Base Coat sit and dry for 3-5 min before the dryer coat. The staying power of your manicure then is AMAZING.

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rated 4 of 5 IzzyGon on 12/27/2013 7:26:00 PM more reviews by IzzyGon

Age: 25-29   Skin: Dry, Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I've been using this base coat for quite some time. I am currently on my second bottle. When I first began to use it, I had read it was best to apply your color when the base coat was semi fresh. Well I tried it like that for the first time and I hated it. I now put the coat on all of my nails, then I apply my nail color (2coats) on top of it. I use this in combination of the gelous top coat I purchased at Sally's (green top) and I LOVE IT! I did my nails on Christmas Eve (Tuesday) it is now Friday and my nails have not chipped at all. This was after 2 showers and some light dish washing. I also use a cheaper color nail polish (ICE from Walmart). This coat definitely helps the polish stay on longer. By now I would have done my nails a second or maybe even third time. I recommended in combination with the Gelous top coat.

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* bonniherself on 11/17/2013 9:34:00 AM more reviews by bonniherself

Age: 44-55   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brown, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

I got this because I generally like China Glaze, and I thought I might as well try it. The polish is reasonably thick, glossy, and shiny. It self-levels really well. It also looks pretty nice on its own. Unfortunately, as a base coat, this doesn't work well for me, and that's an understatement.

It took me a while to work out what was going on, but it seems almost as if this base coat either doesn't dry completely, or it fails to adhere to the surface of the nail properly, and that can lead to a weird kind of peeling and "wrinkling" of the polish on the nail.

What I mean is that I put on the base coat, let it dry completely (as far as I can tell), and then two coats of polish, then a quick dry top coat. What happens is that the polish layers appear to bind (as they do in response to a quick dry top coat), but the base coat is either not fully dry, or binds to the other layers but not to the nail, at least until it cures completely, which can take quite a while. So, in response to any sort of pressure (washing hands, for example), the polish is subject not to dents or smudges, but to wrinkling (which is, I guess, a kind of smudging). The entire thing, all the layers bound together, can get pushed some direction on my nail, like some sort of cellophane bunching up or something. Sometimes it pulls off the tips, sometimes from the sides. Sometimes it doesn't happen, sometimes it happens on several fingers.

This weirdness happened with several different top coats, and with speed drying drops, and with several different kinds of polish. I don't know, it's just weird, and it ONLY happens with this base coat. Something about it doesn't like to adhere to my nails or something (other base coats are fine). And when I stopped using this completely, the problem totally disappeared (I'd never had it before I tried this base coat).

So, while I'm happy that some people get good results from this, I really can't recommend it, except perhaps as a clear coat worn on its own. I'm pretty disappointed, actually. I really do like China Glaze, and this base coat had promise, being so nice, thick, and glossy. But, no. Just no.

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rated 4 of 5 oceanbubbles on 11/2/2013 11:46:00 PM more reviews by oceanbubbles

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Other    

Overall, this is a good base coat. It is a bit expensive considering other better options that cost the same or a tad more. It does prolong the life of my manicure by a 2 to 4 days, and it goes on smoothly, evenly, and it leaves a tacky finish, which will help "grip" the polish to the nail. The brush is easy to work with because it's width is just right, so application was quick, precise, and easy. However, the smell is really strong, and if you're looking to even out the ridges in your nails, look somewhere else.

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rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* missmanic on 8/25/2013 7:56:00 PM more reviews by missmanic

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Black, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

This doesn't prolong the life of my manicure whatsoever. I notice my polish applies strangely when I use this. This almost acts like a magnet, sucking my polish onto the nail and making for a not so smooth application - making the brush skip. No go for me.

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rated 4 of 5 LaLa6699 on 8/25/2013 7:45:00 PM more reviews by LaLa6699

Age: 25-29   Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I did love this product, it did the job and did it well. The only reason that I would not repurchase is becasue a little less than half way through the bottle, the product turned really jelly like and VERY difficult to use. I did not have the product for a super long time so the reason is not because it was old, it simply must have been the formula. The price I paid (I think $8 or$9) is a little much if half of the bottle is just going to gel up on you.
My new favorite product is "Bridge the ridge" from Sally's!!

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rated 5 of 5 cetoyant23 on 8/25/2013 7:22:00 PM more reviews by cetoyant23

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal, Olive, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Black    

Everyone has already said what needs to be said. I've done the notorious technique with layering this base coat after color, & give credit where credit is due (if you're reading this, you rock!) I absolutely love this base coat, I've used quite a bit of it to where I really gotta dip the brush far into the bottle to & yet it still applies quite smoothly. I haven't found my nails getting stained anymore, even with those few difficult colors that we can encounter from time to time. The smell is no where near as pungent and offensive as Seche VIte, IMO that is, but HEY it's nail polish silly rabbits! I think everyone should try out this base coat. Unfortunately I'm finding it difficult to get a hold of now (more people are discovering this wonderful little treasure). The next time I can find some I'm definitely stocking up, it's officially my favorite!

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rated 4 of 5 wallflower22 on 7/5/2013 2:56:00 PM more reviews by wallflower22

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Olive   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I'm on my second bottle of this product because although I think it's a good product I'm scared of trying something else and not liking it and just wasting money. This base coat is thin but not too watery and I like how I can get an easy even application. Near the end of the bottle it gets thick, but not that goopy kind of thick that makes it hard to apply but I wish it didn't because I like how it is when its new. My routine is this as my base coat, usually 2 coats any brand nail polish from wet n wild to china glaze, and sally hansen insta dri anti chip top coat. This works pretty well for me. My manicure last a good amount of days, which is fine with me since I like to change it weekly. There is no lifting or peeling.

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