Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat

4.0

302 reviews

75% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Heptane, Ethyl Acetate, Trimethyl Pentyl Diisobutyrate, Tosylamide/Epoxy resin, Polyvinyl Butyral, Nitrocellulose, Benzophenone-1, Cl 26100 (Red 17), Cl 60725 (Violet 2), Cl 47000 (Yellow 11).

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

My favorite base coat so far, especially as it really does seem to make manicures last longer and prevent nail color from staining the nail... and the colors I favor are bright reds, vampy reds, and dark-almost-blacks, so this is saying something. I used to get really bad stains in my nails whenever I wore nail color, but this seems to keep it almost entirely at bay.

However, the orange staining from the base coat itself, that other people here have mentioned, is definitely there. I’m lucky, though, in that that isn't a problem for me: my nails have a perpetual blue tint in the nail bed that almost looks like cyanosis (but it's not, they're like that even directly after an intense workout) and this actually corrects for some of that, especially if I use a light sheer "My Nails But Better" kind of polish over them.

As for weakening the nails, I guess I haven't used this long enough to be a good judge of that. I will say, however, that after using this base coat for about a month, I'm actually able to have long-ish nails for the first time in my life... and the nails are even LESS prone to chipping and splitting and flaking than they used to be. This is the case even though I do a fair bit of cooking and cleaning and washing up at home, and often dispense with gloves out of laziness. I guess that might just be because I've been more aware of my nails since I've started giving myself regular manicures, and started using my hands in a way as to stress the nails less. I've also been applying cuticle oil regularly, which I didn't really do before.

But I also think having to remove my polish less (because the manicure isn't getting destroyed on a regular basis, just wearing down a bit so touch-ups are all that's needed) and therefore having to handle acetone less frequently is also helping the strength of my nails a lot. I can go longer without having to expose my nails to the harsh chemicals, and that’s partly thanks to this base coat. I've noticed especially with Bonder that there isn't even a need to "strip" the nails with alcohol or acetone before applying the polish. I simply wipe off any residual oils with a cotton towel or a buffing cloth, and I believe this is also what helps my nails stay strong and flexible and flake-free from the inside out.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I will definitely buy when this runs out With this base coat, I've been able to get 6 days before a manicure deteriorates past minor tip wear. This is a record for me and the best success I've had with a base coat.

The trick for me has been to use *two* coats of the bonder before moving on to the color. I typically do two coats of bonder, two coats of color, and a quick dry top coat (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri).

Using this method, I've gotten 6 days of "looking good" with the following brands/types of polishe so far: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel, and Sinful Colors. I've gotten 5ish days with Wet n Wild MegaLast.

I really like the rubbery cap on the bottle.

For reference, I have thin, bendy nails usually just barely past the ends of my finger tips. I spend most of my workday typing. My regular tasks that are hardest on my nails are washing dishes, scrubbing at home, opening boxes, and changing sheets (for some reason).

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I do my own manicures so often (roughly every 4-6 days) and I find myself leaning towards Orly Bonder often as my nails do not need any strengthening treatments since they’re pretty strong on their own. For staining, this won’t help to keep stains away. Since I keep my nails polished regularly and give myself some polish free nails from time to time, when I need a manicure to stay, this is what I love to use. Pro Tip: make sure your nails are clean from oils before starting any manicure as that keeps from having a long lasting manicure.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Warm

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

During the months leading up to my wedding, I had my nails done every two weeks at a salon. My nail tech used Orly Bonder, and the salon had a three-day no chip guarantee (or they'd do your nails again for free). The week of my wedding, I had my nails done on Tuesday and other than an accident when I scuffed my nail while attempting to close a window, my nails were still perfect by my wedding day on Saturday. However, I noticed that after two months of regular manicures, my nails started peeling and the nail beds started to turn yellow, which I attributed to the constant manicures. I stopped painting my nails and they're now back to normal, so I agree with the other reviewers who suggested alternating base coats. I'll keep Orly Bonder in my rotation, along with Butter London and Nails Inc. base coats.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is the most effective base coat I have used for extending the life of a manicure. However, a few months of regular use caused my nails to peel. I'm taking a break for a few weeks and my nails have thankfully stopped peeling.

It stains, too. My nails developed an orange/yellow coating over time. Unfortunately, the stains cannot be buffed away. I even tried some hydrogen peroxide whitening treatments to no avail. I'll just need to let the nails grow out and take a breather.

It's a shame because Orly Bonder does help my manicures last longer. I would recommend it for occasional use only. Please avoid using it too regularly.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I used this bonder base coat for about a year. During that course of time, my nails became noticeably weaker, and would chip, peel, and break more easily. It took some time for me to figure out what the culprit was, and it was this base coat.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I had high hopes due to the positive rating, but this just did not work for me. It made all of my manicures chip or peel within a few days, even with polish that last 7+ days with the Revlon gel basecoat.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Well, I wish I could say something nice, but I can't.
This base coat doesn't stick to my nails, it peels off like a bad gel-cream. On top of the peeling it helps colorful polishes to get into my nails and make them extremely yellow. I have never experienced that with any other base coats. Perhaps some ingredient is incompatible with my nails.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This is the best basecoat I have ever used. I agree it does feel slightly rubbery when it dries, but after you apply the nail polish, it's covered up. We all know that typically dark polishes last a day or 2 but with this bonder, you can even wear dark colors for a week and that is without taking extra care with gloves, etc. It's the best and I highly recommend it!

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I absolutely love and adore this basecoat. If I never have to use any other basecoat than this ever again I'd be a happy girl.

I have no bad things to say about it but I do wish it was easier to get here in Australia. My Local beauty shop and some chemists used to sell it but are selling out of all orly products in store and so now I have to resort to purchasing online as there seems to be nowhere I can go personally to purchase it. So one lippie off for the price because we are now at the mercy of online sellers and having to pay postage makes it more pricey.

But despite that huge disappointment I absolutely recommend you try it.

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