There is very little worse – from a beauty bloggers point of view – than a nail varnish that lasts around 30 seconds on the nails. It’s heartbreaking to discover that thebeautiful shade you’ve just splashed out on has all the lasting power of a soap bubble. Especially if it’s an £18 soap bubble …
Anyway, there is help, and you can make those ephemeral polishes last longer. It’s a technique called the “Sticky Sandwich”, and it’s very simple. I didn’t originate this technique, btw, but I use it all the time, because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered doing my nails more than once (twice if it’s a special occasion), in a week.
Anyway, here goes, you need a sticky basecoat, and the irritating polish of your choice, I chose these:
Orly Bonder, which is a rubberised basecoat, and Chanel Le Vernis in Barcelona Red.
You must make sure that whichever basecoat you use is a STICKY one, ie, one that feels tacky to the touch no matter how long you leave it to dry. A couple of brands make them, make sure they say something like “high adhesion” or something on the label. Orly Bonder just happens to be the best one I’ve found, and this is my second bottle. The first bottle lasted over a year of more than regular usage and cost me about a tenner from eBay – nowadays you can get it from the newly-revamped BeautyBay for a more bargain-friendly price of £7.95.
Do not be tempted, whatever you do, to use one of those two-in-one Top and Basecoat jobbies, as they dry too shiny for this technique to work. Normal basecoats won’t work either, you need something that gives a texture to your base to give your chippy-polish something to grip to. This is the only time you’ll be told that a nail product being stick is a good thing, by the way … anyhoo, I’m digressing.
Okay, let’s make a “Sticky Sandwich”
Apply a coat of your sticky basecoat, and leave it to dry.
Apply a coat of polish, leave to dry for a couple of minutes
Repeat steps 1 & 2.
Step four (optional):
Seal with glossy topcoat.
It’s not a complicated technique, admittedly, but it’s one that does work. The sticky basecoat allows both coats of polish to have something to cling to, and this means it takes longer for the colour to chip off the nails. Even the chippiest of polishes will last at least two-to-three days after this treatment, and if you try it with better polishes, you should get at least a week of wear. (Ignore anything you read about Orly Bonder giving you up to two weeks of wear, btw, it’s total marketing guff).
So, what do you think? A £7.95 investment that can give your crappy old polishes a new lease of life? Would it be worth it?
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