When I decided to start doing this manicure thing regularly, I figured a proper basecoat and topcoat would be a good investment. After a lot of reading around on various blogs, I went for Orly Bonder as a basecoat and Seche Vite as a topcoat. I've been using them for a few weeks so here are my thoughts.
Orly Bonder is marketed as a
rubberized basecoat that helps grip lacquer to its surface, making your
manicure last longer. It goes on easily and it isn’t smooth to touch -
it really does feel slightly rubbery. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I haven't had chips like I normally do, just a little tip wear. It's also prevented any staining.
Seche Vite has quite
a strong smell but it applies well, dries quickly and has a good shine
to it, so it’s already miles ahead of the non-branded topcoat I was
using before! A daily coat of this has kept manicures going a little longer, but I have noticed pullback at the tips with non-creme polishes. This might just be my application but it's happened when I've wrapped colour over tips too. Overall, I'm open to trying other brands but I have no major problems with Seche.
In other news, my cuticles are
marginally better but still a massive work in progress - it’s going to
be a lot of intensive care until I get them sorted!