I recently went on the hunt for a long lasting top and base coat. I was just really tired of my nail polish chipping in one day and knew there had to be better alternatives than what I was using. I do realize that a lot of it has to do with body chemistry and what job you work, if you use your hands a lot, etc., etc. However I wanted to branch out and try something different. I frequently hear people say, try (insert name here) brand they last the longest, but for me, nothing worked.
While browsing Sally's website I came across a product that I had seen in the store many times, but never bothered to pick up. I read the reviews and decided to give it a shot. It is Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat. This is marketed as a top coat, however I use it as both a base and top coat. It is very thick, almost a gel and can be difficult to dry if you use it alone as a top coat, so I suggest using a quick drying top coat on top. I tried it on many looks but decided to take a picture of my recent manicure which I actually still have on today, 9 days later. The picture consist of:
1. base coat of Gelous -
2. Orly's Life's A Peach (2 coats) -
3. Hare Polish Own Your Opulence (1 coat) -
4. one coat of Gelous -
5. one coat of Seche Vite top coat.
This product actually works at maintaining your manicure, the picture below is after 7 days with barely any shrinkage or chipping.
This product is relatively cheap at under $4.00 and in my opinion well worth a try.