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essie First Base Base Coat Polish, Multicolor
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on 4/22/2016 11:11:00 PM
More reviews by MsAzNqTpRiNcEsS
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse
Terrible! It takes longer than my other base coats to dry and my nails chip within 3 days
on 11/24/2015 2:57:00 PM
More reviews by hbomb29
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I used this as a base coat; the worst I've ever tried. My polish never dried properly, it stayed kind of tacky for hours afterward. Also, the polish I used (OPI Live And Let Die) is very dark and normally has kind of a satin finish with subtle sparkles, but with this as a base coat, it was much shinier and just looked black. Needless to say, I won't use it again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.
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on 10/23/2015 6:12:00 PM
More reviews by philosophin
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse
I'm reviewing this as a base coat only. I prefer quick-dry top coats. This is my HG basecoat. I've tried all the popular basecoats like Orly Bonder and CND Stickey and find them to not perform as well as the Essie in terms of maximizing the amount of time my mani or pedi stays in good shape. I apply All in One, then let it dry for 5 minutes before applying color. It does a really good job of preventing staining--I've used it for four years and can recall three instances of staining. I don't fault the Essie for that because I know some polishes will stain unless you use multiple layers of basecoat. So if you have tried the popular basecoats and find them to underperform, give this a shot!
on 9/16/2015 5:27:00 PM
More reviews by Nancygia
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I have very little storage space in our current house, so I bought this to use as both a base coat and a top coat. It worked fine as a base coat, but it dried much too slowly to work as a top coat. I used this, waited 45 minutes, then put on a coat of drying oil just to be safe, and the polish on a couple of my nails still got mushed!
on 7/9/2015 5:21:00 PM
More reviews by mousquerader
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Coarse
Updated review 09/22/15: This is a manicure ruiner. Air bubbles galore!
on 7/5/2015 2:21:00 PM
More reviews by donnattila
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Silver, Straight, Coarse
This is a good product. It goes on thinner than many base coats and takes a little longer to dry. The color layer stays on longer than with other base coats except Maxus, which is better on dry time. I do not use this as a topcoat.
on 7/5/2014 1:49:00 PM
More reviews by zee140
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I've had this for almost a year and to be honest.. It's always on my nails whether I have nail polish on or not.. Why? Because when i remove it.. My nails chip and break.. This is by far the BEST thing I've ever had... The only thing I don't like is that then it's about to finish the nail polish brush doesn't get to the bottom so :/.
on 3/20/2014 12:46:00 PM
More reviews by AasaLinnea
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
I actually think this one works pretty well for being an "all in one". I use it as base and top coat. For example today I used it with Chanel Le Vernis Taboo in between and for me it dried quickly, around 15 minutes later I could do whatever I wanted. The only problem is if i touch the nail polish with a nail it might make a scratch an hour later or so.
on 3/22/2014 1:55:00 AM
More reviews by Midtownmagic
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
I really like the texture the base coat leaves my nails to then paint with polish. It's smooth yet there is a slight tackiness. I've also noticed upon applying, then leaving ten minutes to dry, I get a 4-5 day manicure wear by the very least with some tip wear. I don't find it strengthens my nails, but then again my diet isn't perfect plus I smoke so I find that my nails are yellowed. My only gripe is that half way down the bottle is really hard to reach the base coat due to its packaging.
on 2/14/2015 8:41:00 PM
More reviews by JRRN
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
I have been using this product for years and loving it. Now that the formula has the blueish tint, it is even better! Goes on very smooth, gives great shine as a top coat. It does take a bit to dry, but then again, you are putting 4 layers of product on (this for base, 2 coats of polish, and this as top coat), so you will need to give it time to dry.
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