Since getting into polish more seriously in 2008, I not only built my collection of colours, but also of base coats!
(I have way too many, but I’m determined to work through them all before I buy any new ones.)
The CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat was the first base coat I ever used. Believe it or not, it wasn’t until 2008 that I began painting my nails properly with a base coat and top coat.
Prior to that, not only did I not bother with them, but I also used to paint over old manicures with new polish. *Shivers* (Not sure what I was thinking! Oh yeah, and I used to think myself to be very clever by peeling polish off my nails instead of using remover – really bad for the nails!)
Now, I never paint without using base and top coats. Talk about 180 degrees!
CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat Pictures
CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat Ingredients
Alcohol Denat., Ethyl Acetate, Heptane, Butyl Acetate, Polyvinyl Butyral, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Nitrocellulose, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Ispropyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 47000 (Yellow 11), CI 60725 (Violet 2).
√ Soft & stickey base coat
√ Helps anchor polish to the nail
√ Helps prevent peeling & chipping
- Name: CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Bought this a long time ago, so I can only give the approximate price I paid. Think it was around $2.50 CAD back then.
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Trans Design, SpaBoutique.ca, Nailsupplies & Victoria Nail Supply
CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat Review
Aside from how well a base coat works, the other major factor I always take into consideration is how fast it dries. After all, I don’t want to have to wait a long time for it to dry before I can even begin painting my nails.
CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat dries very fast, so after you finish painting the last finger on your second hand, you can pretty much go straight in with the colour.
It certainly lives up to the name. The finish of this base coat is tacky. If you touch it with your finger, it feels a bit sticky. This supposedly helps polish get a better grip and helps to prevent chipping and peeling.
This base coat works pretty well. Considering that I’m still using it today after discovering it in 2008, that should tell you right there that it does what it says it will.
No, I don’t use this base coat exclusively. I’m going through my collection of base coats, so you’ll notice that for swatch and nail-art posts, I’ll list the same base coat for a long while. Then, when I finish a bottle, I’ll move on to the next bottle from another brand (that’s already in my stash. I don’t buy base coats anymore. Haha, I have way too many to finish as it is!).
When I use CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat, I rarely have problems with chipping or peeling. However, I rarely have that problem in general.
What I notice the most is how this polish prevents staining. I’ve used some base coats that don’t protect your nail at all and just help your manicure last longer.
Stickey seems to do a moderate job at protecting your nails against staining, even though I didn’t see anywhere on the bottle any claims about that. (However, if you’re going to wear a major stain-prone polish, I suggest doubling up on your base coat.)
My bottle of CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat has a long and thin brush. Maybe the new packaging has a new brush, but if you get this older version, it’ll take you longer to apply the base coat. (It doesn’t bother me because my nails are small and narrow, so whether I use a narrow or regular brush, it’s fine by me.)
The bottle you see in my photos is the old design. Now, CND has small bottles (around 9.6 mL or so), and the shape is rectangular instead of oval like this.
As far as I know, the formula is exactly the same, and the company just changed the packaging. You get less product now, but the price is higher than it used to be.
Is the New, Higher Price Worth It?
If you can purchase this for less than $5, yes, it’s worth it! However, if you have to pay more than that, I don’t think this base coat is that amazing that you can justify it.
Final Verdict: 8/10
This is a great base coat, and I have no major complaints. It has worked well for me all these years, so recommend it if you’re looking to try a different base coat.
What base coat is your favourite? Do you switch the base coat you use, or do you stick to your favourite?