The Best Drugstore Base & Top Coat Combination.

Most of you know that nail polishes make very little appearance on the blog. Once in a while I will review it, only if it has a good enough formula that I can be bothered to using. I’m a pretty low-maintenance person so spending 15+ minutes staying in a fixed spot while waiting for my nails to dry is a big no-no. Plus, I always, and without fail, will manage to smudge my nails irrespective of how much time I’ve allowed for the polish to set.

When I received the Dior Milky Dots Nail Polish Collection about several months ago, the colours were so perfect for the summer season and they were just begging to be worn. I knew I had to do something about it…

I haven’t had a very good experience at the drugstore when it comes to base/top coats. The ones I’ve tried from Essie chipped so easily and peeled within a day of wearing it. I’ve tried OPI and Revlon’s offerings but those didn’t really live up to what I need. Fortunately, I came across essence cosmetics’ offering which not only surpassed all of my expectations but also was a bargain compared to other options! To save you the trial and error as well as spending unnecessarily on high end brands when these are highly comparable, keep reading!

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Essence Cosmetics The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat & Essence Cosmestics Express Dry Drops

The Essence Cosmetics The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat ($4.49, available here) is one of the best base coats I’ve come across. I’m not sure whether it was because it was specifically designed for gel nail polishes or because of a superior formula, but there’s no peeling at all! It easily lasts at least 7 full days (I chose to take it off myself) and the best part is that it dries fast during application. On days when I don’t feel like wearing any colours on my nails, I like wearing the base coat by itself. For this price, the base coat has truly exceeded my expectation and you can’t go wrong!

The Essence Cosmestics Express Dry Drops ($3.49, available here) is probably my favourite of the two as it makes any nail polish application a total breeze! A quick drop on each nail dries the polish in 60 seconds. I’ve been scouring salons, Sephora and the drugstore for a reasonably priced top coat that promises instant dryness (including the super popular Seche Vite) and spent a bit of money here and there without finding the right product. This one has completely been a game-changer and I will continue to repurchase – it’s so cheap afterall!

This combination base and top coat that costs less than a latte definitely makes every nail polish application a breeze and makes the effort worthwhile! Every nail polish colour I’m wearing looks that much better – I love it! If you have been on the lookout for a bargain-priced, high quality nail polish base and top coats, give the Essence ones a try because they won’t disappoint!

Have you tried Essence Cosmetics’ base or top coats?

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