I cannot be persuaded to use another base coat, ever. The best way to combat this is to use quality products, cap your tips, and reapply a fresh coat of top coat every other day. Top coats are armor for your nail color. Now, years later, their new formula has really stepped it up. No shrinkage and no smudging of nail art.
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It is vegan and also cruelty-free and so no toxic chemicals can come to your nails and make them dry. The matte will last up to 7 days and it will never chip. This product is great for nail lovers and it applies evenly and able to preserve the look and also the texture of your nail color as well as nail art.
You can use it with any shade and you will create the smooth matte finish. Its price is excellent and it glides smoothly. This stuff works well with any nail polish and it dries quickly and leaves your nails looking beautiful and presentable.
The professional strand brush is great for ease of application. You need this product if you want to make your nails longer and stronger. The top coat has been formulated to add strength to nails and make them look brilliant.
The stuff glides smoothly and it last longer. It has been formulated with wear extender and also the color shield which will protect against fading, peeling and also resist chips.
It is great for nail lovers and effortless to apply. Its scent is not overpowering and the matte dries quickly. I think it's helped prolong my manicures the longest. Even when I use peel off basecoat under it the manicures are not super easy to remove, at least not for three days unless my nails are exposed to a lot of moisture.
The only matte I've tried so far is Essie's. I've had great experience with it, though I don't use it a lot. Base coat is Unt - ready for take off, cause it's the best peel off, I use that shit for everything cause it comes off when I want, and not at all before. Top coat is HK girl, or else out the door by essie, it's pretty damn fantastic. Just got the Unt sunglow topcoat too, not tried it but I hear good things. For matte it's Barry M, every time, the consistency is just right, and the brush doesn't drag the design too.
Maybe a dumb question but.. I was under the impression it was more for swatching. It just stays on until you're ready to remove it? I definitely think it's the best peel off, I also reckon there is a sweet spot of how much to use, too much and yeah, the nail just separates from the polish super easy, but too little and it doesn't peel off well at all.
Also, it's Def not for week long manis, day or 2 max. I like it a lot though. My personal favorite top coat is Essie's out the door, or Butter London's top coat. Both perform better to me than the all famous seche vite, and without the known problem of 'shrinkage.
My favorite base is CND Stickey, and I found that seche vite and fingerpaint's basecoat does absolutely nothing for me. Faithful devotee of Poshe top coat here!
The only downside to it is that it will slightly smudge nail art sometimes. However I love it as a quick-dry topcoat- changed my nail-life forever. Would not claim that it is the best because it's about the only one I've used, but it sure has worked for me. No shrinkage and no smudging of nail art.
It's a peel off base coat, and is the only non-glue-based one I've found. It is the best, and I rarely use acetone anymore, which is brutal on your skin and nails. Like I mentioned in a previous reply, I'm too afraid to try Seche Vite, because of the warning on the bottle regarding its effect on the female reproductive system, so I plan on trying Out The Door or the Essie Gel one mentioned in the 2nd top comment.
On a side note, I've seen a few people here mention the need or desire to use nail hardeners, strengtheners, etc. Hard, stiff nails are more likely to break. You actually want your healthy nails to be pliable, causing them to bend instead of break when you hit them on something. And of course lotion Instead of breaking, they'll fracture you'll see a white line on the nail, but it won't break.
I find that Formula X from Sephora base coat and top coat work the best for me. They are kinda exspensive, but I have a pile of bas and top coats that I've used once or twice and haven't used since. Formula X has a nice matte top coat as well, but I haven't decided if it's the greatest top coat Essie Good to Go is my favorite.
It dries as fast as Seche Vite with less shrinkage, and it doesn't get goopy as fast. It never peels and I go a while without chips. It's dimethyl urea based, which I'm told works like formaldehyde based strengtheners without the risk of "over hardening," or making the nail plate too brittle.
I don't like the sound of having to monitor and adjust my usage of nail strengtheners to ensure my nails don't get too brittle. CND Toughen Up seems to work pretty well as a strengthener and I can use it under every mani without worrying. Just my two cents. I already have very strong nails well, when it's not cold and dry so I've been leery to use strengthening base coats, but this sounds promising. I'll have to look into this.
I guess I'll chime in with my faves since no one else mentioned them. Cult Botanical Base Coat the company seems to have suddenly fallen off the radar , and Zoya Armor top coat. Anyone here used Orly Bonder base coat, and what do you think of it?
I'm not looking necessarily for a strengthener in base coat, more of a minor ridge filler and something to keep my polish lasting longer It's my go-to base coat! It's great for keeping the polish on your nails longer than other base coats, and when paired with a good top coat it works wonders! I use it and love it. I don't know that it would go very far toward filling ridges alone, but it's the best base coat I've ever used for preventing chips and keeping polish ON my nails.
I just need the strengthener, mostly. CND vinylux weekly top coat. Best I've used and really shiny. Seche vite is a second. Nail envy by OPI. Keeps my nails from yellowing and helps me actually grow them out a bit mine are super flakey.
I've only used OPIs so far, but I found it worked well excepted if I made a flaw during colouring like slightly less pigment in one spot it really showed up after the top coat was put on. Not sure if that's just true of all matte top coats though. I'll alternate between Seche Vite and Borghese because I feel like the latter has everything the former has without the gunkiness later on.
I definitely recommend y'all try it if you can find it! I hear they sell it at department stores? Forgot to add I'm obsessed with Zoya's Matte Velvet topcoat. Before that I used Wet'n'Wild's matte topcoat and it was a great bang for my buck. I usually just do a quick coat of Seche Vite before I put on the matte just for security purposes haha. Thanks for this thread! I suck at painting my nails and never thought about how the base and top coat might affect the painting. I think getting a good base and top coat has helped me level.
I'm not denting my nails 20 min later but I'm also being really careful I also grabbed the NYC quick dry and the Matte one to see how those work since people spoke so highly of them and they are so dang cheap. Still haven't resolved the streaky splotchy look when I paint but it looks way better than before.
You can still see my brush strokes and where I lift the brush at the cuticle. And the paint squishes out from my decals. Any tips on fixing that? I had seche vite in my Birchbox and sadly it doesn't work for me: The Chanel La Base base coat is really great, it is also nice alone and seems to be pretty good for my nails. Their matte top coat is also nice, but I don't use matte top coats often For a top coat, I have been using Essie Gel Setter which has been great on different brands, no shrinkage and very minimal dry time.
I personally used to use Essie's Matte About You matte top coat,but every time I would paint it on,it looked like I could see the brush strokes. But not only that: I got it for about a dollar and it's great. It dries pretty quickly, too. The only con I have about this, not sure if it happened to anyone else, but I bought two Wet n' Wild polishes, a matte top coat and a coral pink. When I twisted open the top of the two bottles, both of the brushes and the lid were seperated making it really hard to open.
But besides that, it's works wonders. As for the tops, I've noticed this too, but I've always just screwed the top back and and tried reopening it. I always end up getting the brush back into the handle. I have a love hate relationship with Seche Vite.
Love that it dries fast but chips for me within two days, whether I wrap my tips or not. I get a solid 6 to 7 days with Essie plus it's so shiny. I'm not super into matte nail polish, I have a matte topcoat from Barry M which is pretty good and is fairly cheap. I use different base and too coats depending on what brand I am using, but my favorite top coat is Julep Oxygen Performance top coat silver bottle. It's fast drying, ultra shinning and haven't noticed shrinkage.
Chroma has staying power too and is great for preventing edge chipping at the tips of your nails. Gel II polishes, like this pink to purple color changing lacquer , are supposed to be easier to remove and gentler on your nails compared to other gel polishes. Their No Cleanse Top Coat has a high, glossy finish that stays clear and maintains its shine for days longer than other gel top coats. Because the formula is specifically made to work with other Gel II polishes, this one will perform best when used with other Gel II products.
The high gloss really showcases your polish. It is also one of the top coats with the longest curing times. The 15 milliliter bottle will last you a long time, but do be aware that shipping times have been known to also be long. If you love having options, this package set of no wipe top coats is a good place to start.
Besides the fact that no wipe top coats are easier and faster, nail art is the a perfect reason to get these two no wipe top coats together. You can do some really incredible things when you use glossy and matte top coats on the same nail, like a raindrop effect for example.
Check out this YouTube video of Simply Nailogical applying multi-chrome raindrop nails. Another interesting look is creating a French manicure look by using either the contrasting matte or gloss on your tips.
Gellen top coats are a thicker formula which prevents it from running into your cuticles, but you just want to keep an eye on the thickness of your layers. They have fairly standard curing times and good staying power. This one is formaldehyde free and has a much less offensive odor than a lot of the other top coats on here. The formula is easy to work with and finishes with a very high gloss. So if UV light exposure is a concern, stick to a top coat with faster curing times.
This is the no wipe top coat used in the raindrop effect video I mentioned above. It has a foggy, cloudiness to it that is going to make you nervous. On your nail after being cured, this top coat is clear and glossy.
2. Chroma Gel No Wipe Top Coat
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