China Glaze • Strong Adhesion Base Coat • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||80%|
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).
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.
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
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.
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!!
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!
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.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This has become my absolute favourite basecoat and I will be repurchasing very shortly. It's fast drying and leaves a slight tacky feel on the nails once dry. It grabs onto polish very well and does an excellent job at prolonging the wear of my manicures. Staining is next too none and I love to wear lots of deep blues, which are notorious for staining! I use Seche Vite as my topcoat and these two together make a deadly combination. I've tried several other basecoats over the years and none are anywhere near as good as this one. I like it even better than the NailTek Foundation basecoats which formerly were my favourite.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I usually use this on my toes. My toe polish lasts forever anyway but I think it helps last even longer.
I have used it on my fingers but I use nail magic as my first base and the stickier bases after.
I would def buy again when i run out
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Currently my HG base coat. A little about my nails: I'm a regular painter; no peelies or ridges (pretty healthy); I'm not that conscious about my hand activity though I keep my nails at an average length, so they're not high maintenance.
I've been through a couple bottles. Seems to do what it's supposed to do. If I ever have any problems with a particular polish, I usually end up switching the top coat and that usually solves the issue. Base seems to dry fast and I haven't had staining since I've used this!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Another vote for EternityintheRain's method! Use Strong Adhesion as a base coat, then polish, then use again as a first top coat followed by Seche Vite. This is hands down my HG base coat/top coat combo! Wears like iron! Around day 5 I will see some tip wear....but I don't even wrap my tips and I am super hard on my nails. Before I was getting so frustrated with chips after only 2-3 days, but not any more! I can now count on a mani to easily last an entire work week...amazing! Definitely give it a try!