You’re used to seeing me review various nail-polish shades and dabble into the fun world of nail art, but it’s always important to remember that what you use to prime your nails is what can make or break your manicure.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I like to try different base coats, but I prefer to use each one for a long while (until I use it up) before I move on and try another.
This time, I have a review on the impressive Nubar Foundation Base Coat! While I literally have dozens of different base coats, this one is my new top pick.
Let me tell you more about it!
Nubar Foundation Base Coat Pictures
In case you’re curious to see the skull manicure I’m wearing in full, you can click on the link. In that post, there’s also a link to a step-by-step tutorial on how you can easily and quickly recreate it.
Claims: TRUSTED, plus HOLY-GRAIL STATUS!
√ Helps colour to bond to the nail
√ Prevents staining
√ Ultimate nail protection
- Name: Nubar Foundation Nail Base Coat
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4.25 CAD (Bought on a special discounted price years ago when I ordered with several of my co-workers & lumped together a $100 CAD order with tons of polishes! )
- Where to Buy: Nubar website & NailPolishCanada
Nubar Foundation Base Coat Review
The Nubar Foundation Base Coat has a great consistency because it’s not too thin and watery, but it’s also not thick like dried glue. It’s just right, and it’s easy to apply. However, I did notice that when I was very close to finishing the bottle, the formula thickened up a little.
Some base coats dry with a ‘rubberized’ or matte finish to make it easier for your coloured polish to get a good grip. But this one actually dries shiny, which surprised me. I thought, “How is a shiny finish going to help a polish adhere better?”
Every single time I’ve used this (I’ve actually went through more than one bottle of this, by the way), I’ve never had major polish problems.
For a base coat, super-fast drying time is a must. You already have to wait for each coat of coloured polish to dry before adding a top coat, and if you also have to wait for your base coat to dry, that only prolongs the painting process. (Yeah, I am extremely demanding on a base coat’s dry time.)
Nubar Foundation Base Coat dries extremely quickly, so I was pleased with that. By the time I finished painting all my nails, the first finger was already dry, and I was ready to start slapping on some colour. Hells yeah!
This base coat is tinted pink, which is cute. I didn’t notice the colour altering the colour of my finished manicure. It’s so sheer that it pretty much goes on clear.
I believe that the true test of a base coat isn’t just how long it makes your manicure last, but how it also leaves your nails. Some dry out your nails and make them more prone to peeling.
I have strong nails (thanks to just my genetics), but some base coats can leave my nails feeling drier. Thankfully, Nubar Foundation Base Coat doesn’t do that. My nails were left in great condition. And I think it’s because it’s fortified with calcium.
As you know, I’m not afraid of trying out new colours. Some polish colours have the potential to stain more than others. E.g. Blues and reds are more prone to staining.
In the many months that I’ve went through bottles of Nubar Foundation Base Coat, I’ve noticed that it stood up to the challenge for the most part. I can’t remember now which ones managed to get past the Nubar soldier, but for the vast majority of the time I used it, it really prevented staining.
Stained nails aren’t really a huge concern for me because I nearly always have my nails covered with polish anyway. But for those of you who wear polish occasionally, it’s probably a major selling point.
Nubar Is a Brand That’s Tough to Get Hold Of
Unfortunately, even though I love Nubar (in general) and this base coat, I have to admit that it’s a difficult brand to get hold of. Yes, they have an official website, but they don’t ship to Canada. NailPolishCanada.com sells it (see the link to the product in my Where to Buy section), but not everyone is comfortable ordering online.
I’ve only ever seen Nubars sold at one beauty-supply store and randomly at Winners.
All the Nubar polishes I’m pleased to own have been either purchased from that one beauty-supply store or on eBay.
Nubar is a brand that’s worth tracking down. If it was more easily accessible, I think it would be right up there giving OPI and China Glaze a run for their money. (Just check out any of the awesome Nubar duochromes!)
Although I didn’t see any ingredients listed on the bottle or label, on the Nubar website, they say that it’s free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP. If you’re trying to avoid those, you’re in luck!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Considering that I’ve tried so many base coats since I first got into polish in 2008 and I realllly love Nubar Foundation Base Coat, that’s really saying something. It’s my Holy Grail base coat!
Hehe, the only reason why I’m still using different base coats now is because when I first started collected polish, I also started collecting base coats. I need to use them up – it’ll literally take years! After I’m done, I’ll be only purchasing Nubar Foundation Base Coat.
Do you have a favourite base coat? What do you look for in a base coat? What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a base coat?