Name: Studio Nails 24/7 Nail Base
From Essence’s website:
This polish can do (almost) anything! Used as an undercoat, it smoothes nails, protects against discolouring and dries instantly. And it ensures that the nail polish applied on top lasts a long time.
What I liked:
- nice texture, goes on smoothly
- dries quickly to a matte finish
- smooths out the nails, allowing a more even nail polish application
- prevents staining
- helps nail polishes last just a little bit longer
What I didn’t like:
- doesn’t make nail polishes last a week
It’s hard for me to get excited about a base coat, but Essence Studio Nails 24/7 Nail Base piqued my interest as soon as I saw it. I had never really seen a base coat that was white in colour before. It really looks as if someone had poured some milk inside the cute little bottle, only this is not meant to be drunk of course but applied on the nails to help nail polishes last longer.
Despite its white colour, the base coat goes on completely transparent. It has a slightly liquidy, but not runny consistency that applies easily and dries very quickly to a matte finish. I was a bit afraid this would make nail polish application more difficult but it doesn’t. Instead, the base coat helps to smooth out any ridges your nails may have, allowing your nail polish to apply more evenly. It avoids nail lacquers from staining your nails too.
So far I was very impressed, but I still needed to test if it really made nail polishes last seven days. On me, it doesn’t. It does make my manicure last one day longer than it normally would, but if I want it to stay put and chip-free for longer than that, then I have to use a top coat as well. I always use one anyway so this is not a problem for me. Overall, I find this is a great base coat for the price, but if you planned to get it solely for its long-lasting effect, then you’d do better to buy a longlasting top coat instead.
Available at: Essence counters
Essence Studio Nails 24/7 Nail Base is a white base coat that applies clear and quickly dries to a matte finish. It smooths out the nails, allowing for a more even nail polish application and prevents staining. However, it doesn’t help nail polishes last seven days as promised.