Hi loves! So everyone that has a bit interest in nails probably already heard of this and tried the store version or craft version, but I still wanted to show this product because I just LOVE it. I never loved something like I love this. This review is about the Essence Peel Off basecoat, which was first introduced as part of a Trend Edition, but luckily has also made its way to the core segment meaning it's always easily available.
The basecoat was advertised as an easy way to wear and remove polish while on the go, but us lacquerheads recognized it for what it really was: a cure to the unhappy cuticles after removing glitter polishes. The foil method looks fun and all, but seriously, drowning your nails in pure acetone for minutes? No happy nails!
What I really love about the basecoat is that it really, REALLY, doesn't damage your nail. No peeling, chipping or any other damage is done. I do have to add I never have any issue slike peeling so it might be different if your nailbeds aren't as easy in maintenance.
The use of the basecoat does need some extra time and effort. I found it to be really necissary to have clean nails. Any bit of oil or something and the basecoat doesn't stick where it should. You paint on quite a thick coat, making it look like you have an almost opaque white polish on. After a few minutes it dries and leaves you with a clear coat of basecoat. Make sure you wait long enough, as it has to be totally dry before applying your polish. You can apply polish like you are used too, also I found it to keep polishes from flooding, somehow it holds on more to the edges of your basecoat. Weird. When you are done with your manicure please keep away from really hot water for 2-3 hours. It'll soften the base again and you'll dent your polish!
Removal? I usually put an orange stick underneath the edge at my cuticles or (don't judge me for this) use my teeth to pop off the polish in one whole sheet. Gross, I know. But the sheets of polish look awesome! And after removal you are left with little to no polish to get rid of!