I 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).