The reviewer with the gorg mani above said their nails stayed perfect after a long day of gardening and housework! I personally am an Orly devotee as well — I love pretty much all their products that I’ve tried, and their polish bottles have an excellent grippy handle. After seeing the amazing reviews for the base coat, I tried it too, and I’m blown away. The product calls itself “rubberized,” which is a great way to describe the not unpleasantly sticky way it leaves your nails ready to better stick to polish. The major bonus is that with this, my clumsy self is able to do a better job painting my nails to begin with. Because of said rubbery stickiness, my polish brush doesn’t slip all over the place or over the edges of my super-short nails. I’m able to do a way cleaner, more precise job, which then lasts longer too. I’m six days into my current mani and most nails still look great, with a few chips on the others. That’s way longer than usual for me, so TL;DR, this is an all-around win-win and a *must*-buy.
Promising review: “JUST BUY IT. This stuff is amazing. Prior to using this, my nails would last two, AT MOST three days without chipping. Now that I use this as a base coat, my manicures last at least a week with no major chipping. The very edge or tip might become worn down a little, but it’s definitely not noticeable. I could probably keep them looking decent for two weeks if I added another coat of topcoat and was a little more careful with them. I was skeptical about buying this at first because I wasn’t sure that a base coat would make much of a difference in the longevity of my manicure. I thought the secret to lasting nails mostly depended on the topcoat used, but I was wrong. Doing my nails is a lot more fun now that I don’t have to worry about chipping after two days!” —Elizabeth
Get it from Amazon for $8.95.