Saturday, 4 January 2014

British Nail Bloggers discuss.. Favourite Top and Base coats

Hey all!

So here is the post I was ACTUALLY supposed to do. If you want to read the 'accidental' mistake post of hand and nail care faves, you can read it here.

I am a creature of habit, so when I find something that works, I stick with it. I feel I am 'adventurous' when I order 1 of 3 dishes I have approved at the local indian takeaway, or the chinese takeaway - I am that boring. But if its not broke, don't try and fix it!

So here are my base and topcoat loves:

Base - OPI Nail Envy

I wear this for strenghtening my nails. It works fantastically as a base and only needs doubling up for extreme stainers. I did try a stint with Seche Clear, and although it did lengthen my mani life, it was only extended until my nails started breaking left right and centre. So I decided that OPI Nail Envy was the wiser choice - I would rather have nice length nails and change my mani more often than have longer wear but uneven and forever breaking nails. It makes me go cold just thinking about it! I have tried the original and the matte and I am actually veering towards liking the matte more, but in all honesty, I buy whatever is cheapest when I restock!

Top - Seche Vite

I LOVE ITS GLOOPINESS! I am probably the only person who does, but it just envelops everything and smoothes and glosses over any imperfection. It also dries super fast and I weirdly love the smell of it. Don't get me wrong, I don't like it super duper gloopy, but I like how after you've used it twice or thrice it's thicker than any other topcoat. It's also the only topcoat I know that doesn't smudge my nail art. I sacrificed a whole bottle of OPI topcoat for a franken because it was about as much use as a chocolate teapot when it came to not smudging things. It was also a slow drier. OPI, your topcoat stinks! The only thing I don't like about Seche Vite is that it contains Toulene, and most polishes are free of that now. 

And thats it! Simples!

Don't forget to check out everyone else's choices for this! I am excited to see what everyone else thinks!

Rachael xxx


  1. One Seche top to rule them all, that's all I gotta say in the Top Coat district :D
    As for base, I use either SpaRituals x2 coats of their Protein Boost (miraculous) or , funny enough, Revlon Base coat. The one that's milky white. I've discovered that it protects my nails from stains like nothing else!
    I've tried OPI a few years back, but top coats suck and the ENVY line does nothing on my nails, just waist of money.

  2. Mmmh, I don't like the Seche vite top coat, because of its ingredients... There is toluene inside... It's very toxic and there are so many fast drying top coats without it that I really don't like it. I prefer the Nutra Nails speed dry that I buy on iherb. And it's only £2.15, so I truly think it's worth it.

  3. Scehe Vite is the best, I hate how every other topcoat smudges my nail art!!


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