The base coat is supposed to make it easy to remove glitters and other special effect polishes in a single step.
On the back of the bottle the directions read: apply a thick layer to clean, dry nails. Let dry completely. Easy enough. The back of the bottle also recommends avoiding hot water for 3 hours after application.
I’ve used this base coat several times. The first time I used it under deborah lippmann Can’t Be Tamed. I went to the beach and wore my manicure several days and could’t believe how well my manicure was wearing. Then it came time to take my polish off and this happened. Um, fail.
So, I figured I didn’t apply a thick enough coat of the base coat. I did my manicure again this time using a thicker coat of the Big Peel Off Base Coat. It took quite awhile the base coat to dry but when it finally did I continued as normal. I even made sure to avoid hot water for 3 hours.
Over the next 24 hours randomly my nail polish would just disappear. Straight up disappear.
As with other peel off base coats this is great for a night out. Or, for me, swatching glitter polishes. But you’re not going to get a long wearing manicure out of a peel off base coat.
With that being said, I do think a peel off base coat is a necessity in any nail polish lovers collection. And the Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat has the same positives and negatives of the other peel off base coats I have tried. This one does have an advantage though, it is easy to find! You can find the Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat at Ulta or even on Amazon.
Under the jump there is a photo of what this base coat looks like before it dries.
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