Although I often shine the spotlight on nail-polish colours as they tap dance across the stage with their top hat and cane, it’s important to remember that wearing a good base coat is vital for any manicure to go the distance. And what works for one person could be Chip City for another.
Over the years, I’ve worn many different base coats, and since I’m reaching the bottom of my OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, I thought I’d better review it now while you can still see a bit of product left in the bottle!
If you’re a regular Swatch And Learn reader, you may have noticed that I like to rotate the base coat I use. For this reason, it’ll probably take me forever to finish all the bottles I’ve accumulated. (Hehe, when I first started collecting polish more seriously in 2008, I also started collecting base coats!)
So did the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat impress me? Let me go into further details!
OPI Natural Nail Base Coat Pictures
(In case you’re curious, click here to see my SpaRitual Earth Matters Swatches & Review. It’s what I was wearing in the above photo.)
OPI Natural Nail Base Coat Ingredients
√ Prevents staining of natural nails
? Promotes a long-lasting manicure
- Name: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4.25 USD (bought on eBay years ago)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & NailPolishCanada
OPI Natural Nail Base Coat Review
The Natural Nail Base Coat by OPI goes on flawlessly. It’s thin and watery enough so it flows onto your nails with minimal effort. Just keep in mind that because the formula has that consistency, you have to take care so it doesn’t flood your cuticles.
You’ll notice that in the bottle, the liquid is a translucent pink. When I used this on my nails, I didn’t notice any significant change in the colour of my nails, so I don’t think the pink is enough to alter any colour of lacquer you paint on top.
For me to score a base coat high, it must have a fast dry time. If I have to wait forever for it to dry and it’s just the first step in the manicure process, that’s a no go!
I’m pleased to report that the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat dries quickly. By the time I finished painting the last finger on my second hand, the first finger on my other hand was dry enough to paint my first coat of colour.
While a lot of base coats dry with a tacky finish or a matte finish, the Natural Nail Base Coat by OPI dried shiny and smooth. It wasn’t tacky to the touch at all.
I’ve worn this under tons of OPI lacquers as well as nail polishes by other brands. Even when I wore blues, yellows, or reds, I didn’t notice any major nail staining, so that’s a good sign that this base coat is doing its job at protecting my nails.
My manicures usually last quite a long time. (I hardly have issues of polishes chipping in a day or two. Before I started blogging, I could easily wear the same polish without re-touching it for 5 days straight, and I type on the keyboard daily at work!)
With this base coat, I didn’t notice any reduction in my manicure mileage. But, I also can’t say that this increased the wear time because ever since I started blogging, I began painting my nails more often – typically 2 times per week or so. And I don’t consider wear time of 3-4 days to be outstanding in my specific case.
Final Verdict: 10/10
I’m very pleased with the Natural Nail Base Coat by OPI. Haha, and you can tell that it’s been working well for me by the bottle pictures, which show it as being nearly done!
That being said, I probably won’t repurchase this, but only because I have a ton of other base coats to finish first before buying anything new.
Also important to note is that even if you try a base coat that doesn’t extend your manicure mileage, you should consider playing around with a different top coat. Sometimes a base coat and top coat that don’t play well together can make your manicure chip a lot faster. You have to experiment to see what works for you. It seems to be different for different people.
What is your trusted base coat that never lets you down? Have you discovered your winning base-and-top-coat combination?
Edit: Yay! OPI retweeted my blog post to their Twitter followers!