June 19, 2011
Hi peeps! Sooooo today it’s a review on Revlon’s quick dry base coat. I normally don’t review on nail polish, regardless if it’s top coat, base coat or coloured. But I had to make a special post for this base coat. It’s pretty damn amazing! So I’ve been searching for base coats since I found that polish has been staining my nails. I really just wanted one that would help keep the stain away, but this base coat seems to do a bit more than that. I think I got this for around $4 or so on sale at Rexall, cuz I don’t buy shit at regular price! HAHA. I decided to get the base coat because I liked their quick dry top coat from Revlon. I have been eyeing it for a while too, and it finally went on sale!
The first time I tried the base coat I didn’t think much of it, then later on I found that my polish has been staying a lot nicer a lot longer, so I decided to test it out and see how long exactly can the nail polish stay. Unfortunately, I could only get up to 10 days before I got bored and sick of my nail colour. The first picture was taken right after I put on the polish. Here’s a less blurry one without flash.
So I tried to do a gradient thing because I thought that would help me not be bored with it too soon. The gradient kind of failed, so I guess that didn’t work so well…
Here it is again one week later
looks pretty good doesn’t it?
Here are some close ups
Overall the polish stayed pretty well, except for some minimal tip wear. The index finger is the most obvious. The picture was taken after I push back the cuticles and did some trimming, so there is a gap between the colour and the cuticles since my nails did grow.
ok you might need to click the picture to see a clearer version of this. I wanted to show this because there are obvious cracks on my nail polish (I think the thumb is the most obvious). This always happen to me within a week, because I tend to like bending my nails and biting it now and then. The cracks bugs me a lot, and I usually take off my polish once the crack shows. But I tried to ignore the cracks this time. It’s also less obvious because there’s sparkles in the polish, the cracks are very obvious on cream nail polish (which I have been loving lately).
Anyways…and this is the last picture I am going to show you. This was 10 days after I first applied the polish, I couldn’t stand it longer than that. 10 days and 1 week didn’t look too different. I had tried a friend’s white OPI shatter over top of the polish, I didn’t like the look, and that was partial reason why I had to take off the polish.
And here’s a close up again
The gap between the colour and my cuticles was bugging me A LOT! so I had to remove it…which means I still don’t know how long the base coat would help the polish last, but I know it will be over 10 days.
That was all the pro of this base coat, now for the cons. The base coat is fairly strong scented, and not a good scent either. Of course all nail polishes are pretty smelly, so this is not really a major con. The biggest con I have noticed so far is it is REALLY REALLY REALLY hard to remove. So hard that I almost wanted to dunk my hand into a bowl of acetone and hope that will melt the base coat. But I suppose since it stays so well, it will need to be hard to remove…where there’s a pro there is a con.
I am not sure if I will get another bottle of this just because of the whole hard to remove issue. I am also still testing out it’s ability to prevent staining. I did see some yellowing after I removed the polish colour, but I had yellowing left over from previous manicures where I didn’t use this base coat, so I am not sure how well the base coat works in that department just yet.
That’s it for now, until next time, live well and SHOP lots! 🙂