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. Megan says:

    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. caspad says:

    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. Elizabeth Diaz says:

    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?