Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat

Orly Bonder Rubberized BasecoatI am constantly trying new top coats but when it comes to base coats I’ve been going steady with Amour Sticky Base for ages now.

But, I had 2 problems with Sticky Base. 1. It can only be ordered on the web and 2. the bottle is HUGE. I was heading to Wilmington for a conference and couldn’t just let my nails go so I needed something a bit more travel friendly.

Enter Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. I have a thing for sticky style base coats and I found this nifty .3 fl oz bottle perfect for travel.

While Bonder looks orange in the bottle it applies clear and dries to a sticky finish. Orly claims this base coat grips lacquer for lasting adhesion up to two weeks.

I’ve never had any manicure last two weeks. I do, however, think Bonder does a good job extending the life of my manicure while preventing staining.

The formula itself is pretty thin and runny. The first time I used it I had some cuticle flooding problems because I didn’t know what to expect. But, as I continued using it, this happened less and less. Just make sure not to have too much product on the brush.

Overall, I’m a fan of this base coat but it’s not necessarily superior to other sticky style base coats (except CND…that was a disaster). It is easy to get your hands on, though. Which is a bonus! Orly Bonder can be found at mass retailers, Sally Beauty Supply and even Amazon.

Orly Bonder is 3 free. You can find a full list of ingredients under the jump.


Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Heptane, Ethyl Acetate, Trimethyl Pentyl Diisobutyrate, Tosylamide/Epoxy resin, Polyvinyl Butyral, Nitrocellulose, Benzophenone-1, Cl 26100 (Red 17), Cl 60725 (Violet 2), Cl 47000 (Yellow 11).


  1. I used Bonder for a while, and while it did a good job of making my polish stick, it also made my nails peel. So watch out for that if you use Bonder a lot.

  2. Orly Bonder is my go-to base coat.
    I do get 10-14 days of wear without chipping when I use it.
    I use OPI and Julep polish and either Seche Vite or Julep Freedom as a top coat.

  3. This has been my favorite base coat for years. I have tried others and keep going back. I can get 2 weeks out of a mani with usual wear at tips, but overall, I love it. I also use Sec n Dry as a top coat which is my favorite nail product of all time. As always, WAR EAGLE!

What do you think?