Favorite base & top coat?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Favorite base & top coat?
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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 7:23am

I have such a hard time with base coats and top coats. I rarely use a top coat. (More because of time constraints and waiting...)

I'm trying a new all-in-one today: Essie 3-Way Glaze. I've only got the base on right now. But I can tell it smoothed out my nails without having to buff them to shreds. I think I'd wear two coats if I were wearing it on it's own. 

Normally I use Orly Sec 'N Dry as my top coat. I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. The base dried fast, but I don't know how it's going to do over polish.

What do you guys use?

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Registered: 10-05-2000
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 9:03am

I always use a base and topcoat (OPI). The base coat helps the polish glide on smoothly and the topcoat protects the nail color. I just take the time to do my nails with all the steps. 

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 10:40am

For me, it peels either way I do it, lol. Moreso if I have all the layers on (base/polish/top). My nailbeds are just too oily. Shoot, a professional gel manicure only lasts about a week and a half. The CND Stickey helps but again, if I go just one too many layers, it peels. :/

I was always in awe of people who could wear polish until it wore off. They'd have little patches of worn down polish. Not me! LOL Mine peels off like the Tinkerbelle stuff. ;)

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:54am

Awww, I'm sorry Erin. My manicures last 5-7 days!!!

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 1:26pm

No go on that all-in-one. I tried two different polishes, both brand new, different brands. It went on streaky and clumpy. Bleh. I took it off and tried the polish on bare nail and it was fine. Bummer.

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Wed, 06-12-2013 - 4:50am

I used to use the base coat and then found I had the same problem you do with the nail polish just peeling off. Now I nix the bottom coat and put the color directly on my nail. I have a 4-in-1 nail file that I use (Avon carries a similar one on Amazon for $2.50). Once I buff my nails I wash my hands like the nail techs make you do, then I shine them and put the color on. I don't use any other color polish but Essie, it stays on the longest. My top coat is a Sally Hanson gel type I found at CVS and it works really well until the scrubber on my dish sponge gets to it. Nothing else seems to chip the polish for at least a week.

I find that making sure your nails are freshly clean and dry when the first coat goes directly on the nail makes ALL the difference.

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Mon, 06-17-2013 - 3:58pm

I use Essie Ridge Filler as a base coat and Essie Good to Go as a top coat.

I've tried other base coats and found that the polish peeled off in sheets (so why would that make for a good base coat?!).  Essie and OPI have good base coats, but I like Ridge Filler because it is a sheer white, which makes the nail lacquer look better, especially if it's a light color.

I used to use OPI Start to Finish as a top coat.  It wears very well and makes a manicure last longer, but it takes hours to set. Essie Good to Go hardens the whole manicure in about 15 minutes.  It keeps its shine longer but doesn't do as good a job preventing chips as OPI Start to Finish.  However, since I never have enough time to let my nails dry, I'm sticking with Good to Go for the time being.

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Tue, 06-18-2013 - 9:46am

Have you tried  a quick dry product?  I use a quick dry as my last step when doing my nails. It's a Mary Kay brand but I believe Sally Hansen also has a quick dry. It dries really fast.

mahopac wrote:
<p>I use Essie Ridge Filler as a base coat and Essie Good to Go as a top coat.</p><p>I've tried other base coats and found that the polish peeled off in sheets (so why would that make for a good base coat?!).  Essie and OPI have good base coats, but I like Ridge Filler because it is a sheer white, which makes the nail lacquer look better, especially if it's a light color.</p><p>I used to use OPI Start to Finish as a top coat.  It wears very well and makes a manicure last longer, but it takes hours to set. Essie Good to Go hardens the whole manicure in about 15 minutes.  It keeps its shine longer but doesn't do as good a job preventing chips as OPI Start to Finish.  However, since I never have enough time to let my nails dry, I'm sticking with Good to Go for the time being.</p>

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Wed, 06-19-2013 - 10:27am

I used the Sally Hansen quick-dry for years.  It's just mineral oil.  It's good for preventing smudges by creating a slick surface, but it doesn't seem to harden the manicure.  I'd do my nails and go to bed an hour later, and if I forgot to keep my hands outside the sheets, I would literally have sheet-prints on my nails!  With Essie Good to Go, I really am "good to go" do anything 15 minutes later.  Since my manicure is usually something I end up doing at 9:30pm, this works out well.  In fact, I can't believe it didn't occur to me to try to find a real quick-dry years ago.

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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 9:54am

That surprises me because the MK quick dry works great for me. My nails are dry within 5-10 minutes. But then I don't do my nails too close to bed time LOL