Tried & Tested: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat & Top Coat

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat & Top Coat Duo (2 x 15ml, £11, link)

I received this OPI duo for xmas and have been testing them out over the last few weeks.  As much as I love OPI's nail colours, I haven't experimented much with their manicure range (though I can say that their Nail Envy is pretty damn good!).  

I'm impressed with OPI's Natural Nail Base Coat because it simply does everything I want a base coat to do.  The formula is thin, dries quickly, doesn't have an offensive too-chemically smell, and it just makes a good, smooth base for your nail polish.  I've worn it under a few dark reds and blacks, and haven't had any major issues with staining either.  I wouldn't go as far as saying it's the holy grail of base coats yet, but it's certainly one I'd recommend trying out.

OPI's Top Coat on the other hand was rather disappointing.  It takes forever to dry and then proceeds to smudge badly if it isn't completely dry.  Plus it didn't help to prolong the wear of my nail polish either.  Skip it and buy Seche Vite instead.

Have you tried either of these?

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22 comments

  1. I've been using the Sally Hasen base and top coat non-stop recently but it's starting to run low - these seem great and I'm tempted to try them!x

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    1. Let me know what you think if you try them Abbi :) x

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  2. I've used Nail envy and the Top Coat. I didn't have a problem with drying though because I also use the OPI by Sephora drying drops. I've never tried Seche Vite, I don't know where to get it in the states? I've read a lot of good reviews about it.
    ❤ www.sonandstar.blogspot.com

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    1. Are those drying drops really good? I've heard that you can get Seche Vite in lots of places like Sally's etc as it's made in the US but if you want to buy it online, Feel Unique stock it and do free international shipping :)

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  3. I agree about the top coat. I had a mini of it but it took so long to dry and didn't seem to completely dry.
    xo

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    1. Yeah it seemed to take like an hour to get even close to being dry :( xx

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  4. I've been wanting to try Nail Envy for ages as my nails are pretty bad at the moment, I normally use a Sally Hansen base coat as they're pretty cheap and work reasonably well. I'll be sure to buy seche vite instead of the top coat though!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Nail Envy is brilliant, I'd definitely recommend it!

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  5. I have a mini of their Rapidry top coat and I think it's terrible! It's so difficult to spread over the nail and doesn't leave a very nice finish at all. I absolutely love their colour range though, they're top notch! xx

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    1. I've used a mini of that in the past too - completely agree that it's terrible! xx

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  6. I love OPI's base coat :) completely agree with you about the Top Coat, it's awful I found it picked up colour off the nail and dyed the product inside the bottle which was annoying so I stick with China Glaze's top coat xx

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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    1. Yeah that's one of the problems I had with the Top Coat too, it's just rubbish! xx

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  7. I'm really bad with using base and top coats, I usually can't be bothered although I've been getting better recently! I really need to try Seche Vite out actually I've never used it! I had Nail Envy for about a month then the bottle smashed :(

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    1. Oh no, poor bottle of Nail Envy! :(
      I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to using base and top coats but once you get into the habit, you find that you end up always using them! x

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  8. Such a shame the base coat wasn't that great. I'll know to give this a miss. x

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    1. Yeah save your money and buy something else x

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  9. That's disappointing about the top coat! My favourite one is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. For some reason Seche Vite looks slightly yellow on my nails and the smell is much stronger (chemical-wise) than the Insta-Dri. Good to know the base coat (and Nail Envy) work well though :)

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    1. I've never experienced that with Seche Vite but agree that it smells SO bad! I might have to give the SH one a go when I finish my current bottle :)

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  10. Ooh the base coat sounds good! My friend said that the top coat sucks, so I'm glad you've confirmed her thoughts!
    x

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    1. Yep your friend is completely right! x

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  11. is nail envy a better base coat??

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    1. It is if you have weak nails because it strengthens them, but it doesn't prevent staining as much as the OPI Natural Base Coat does so it depends on what your needs are? x

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