Review of Born Pretty Peel Off Gel Base Coat

As a nail art blogger, I find that it’s hard to commit to wearing the same polish for an extended amount of time. The durability of gel polish is virtually lost on me as I usually end up taking it off within a day or two. And if you like to swatch gel polishes? You’ve got to be kidding me with that removal process!

This handy gel peel off base coat from Born Pretty Store will make you want to use your gels polishes again. Not only does it cure like a regular gel, but it makes removing your polish afterward super easy instead of spending lots of time soaking and scraping!

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On the outside, the bottle looks like a normal soak off gel base coat, but it really does allow you to peel off your polish afterward!

The bottle holds 10 mL as stated on the outside. This is comparable to most gel polish brands, and you only need to apply one coat for it to work its magic.

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The back of the bottle lists the ingredients. Oddly enough, the “instruction paper” from the directions is nowhere to be found.

I used one layer of base coat over clean nails and cured it for 30 seconds with a LED lamp, and this seemed to work. The formula holds up well and isn’t too runny like some other Born Pretty gels, and the brush was easy to manipulate.

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This base coat is crystal clear and applies smoothly.

When I first tried this product, I still had acrylics on with a layer of gel top coat cured over the acrylic, and there were varying degrees of success with the peel off process.

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A layer of the base coat was applied and cured on top of my acrylic nails.

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Review of Born Pretty Store Gold Mirror Pigment and Top Coat Set

Having silver chrome nails wasn’t enough- I wanted to get a gold chrome powder set from Born Pretty Store as well!

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This set comes with a 10 mL bottle of Born Pretty Soak-off Gel Polish top coat, 1 gram of gold chrome powder and a double ended sponge applicator.

What I love about this set is that the top coat coat is really all that is necessary in order to create the chrome mirror look.  You can use this clear gel over any polish you already own provided that you let the regular polish fully dry first and that you already own a UV LED lamp.

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Even though the bottle says that this is a primer, you can use it as a top coat as well. It can also make your natural nails look super shiny and healthy if you use it by itself.

The top coat is a good consistency where the gel is not so thin where it can run into pools on the sides of your nail, and it’s not so thick as to be unmanageable.  Two strokes of top coat is all you need to fully cover your nail, and once it is cured, you don’t even need to wipe it down with alcohol.

There are no instructions on the bottle as to cure times, but I find that one minute seems to work the best for me.  Then again, my lamp is not very powerful and far from professional grade, but you can adjust the time to whatever suits your equipment the best.

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The gold pigment comes in a cute clear plastic faceted container with a screw on lid. There is a Styrofoam seal on top of the opening underneath the lid (shown removed upside down in the background of the picture) that prevents the powder from leaking out of the jar during shipment.

To get those wonderful chrome nails, just follow the steps below.

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Paint your nails with a black polish, and let them dry completely. Then apply Born Pretty Soak-off Gel top coat, and cure your nails under a UV LED lamp for one minute. Pictured here is Johnny by Julep.

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Using the sponge applicator, buff the gold powder onto your nails. They should quickly change from black to gold just like magic!

Note that the pigment is ultra fine, so you can’t see any individual specks of glitter.  This powder practically melts into the top coat with hardly any work, and you don’t need to use much of it to do all of your nails.  Imagine how long a gram of powder will last you!

Some people are curious to know whether or not you need to remove the tacky layer from the gel polish before buffing in the powder.  I find that even after using an alcohol pad over this top coat, there is no difference in texture or appearance.  I can’t say that this will be the case for every gel top coat, but Born Pretty Soak-off Gel Polish top coat appears to be a no-wipe formula.

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Apply another layer of top coat over the pigment, cure your nails for one minute in your lamp, and afterward you can simply wash your hands to get rid of the excess powder on your skin.

Seriously, these nails look amazing in person, and they would make C3PO jealous for sure!

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A tip for easy removal is to use a peel off base coat underneath your regular polish.  It saves so much time when removing gel that it’s insane!  Otherwise to remove the gel, you have a future of filing, aluminum foil, and cotton balls soaked in acetone to look forward to.

No matter if you plan to keep your shiny new gold nails on for a long or short period of time, you will absolutely adore this powder and top coat set.  I just can’t get enough, and based on how much product I used to create these nails, I will be able to keep the chrome magic coming for many years in the future!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this chrome pigment and top coat set (retail price is $14.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/1gbox-mirror-nail-powder-10ml-coat-nail-chrome-pigment-glitters-p-30899.html

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Rhythmic Gymnastics Nails

I’m very fortunate to have made friends with some very talented nail artists on Instagram through the magic of collaborations.  About a month ago, we started a group chat discussing the plan to do an Olympics theme, so each of us picked a sport to represent.  Because of the time differences between us 13 nail artists across the world, I was one of the latecomers to the conversation.  A lot of sports had already been picked, but when I saw that rhythmic gymnastics was available, I jumped on it!  I had visions of the ribbon twirling in my head.

For those who have never seen a routine, you really ought to watch at least a little bit of the video here!  The amount of skill needed for this sport is insane!

For the color palette, I picked the following polishes.

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Pictured from left to right: Bunny by Julep, Only Gold For Me by Sephora by OPI, Folies Bergère by Cupcake Polish, and Copa Girls by Cupcake Polish.

Because the mat in the Olympics is white, I painted all my nails with Bunny to serve as a base.

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Go for the gold! Bunny by Julep has gold micro glitter.

I tried to play up the gold of the micro glitter with Only Gold For Me, which is actually a glitter top coat.  I applied it with a sponge to soak up the extra fluid from the top coat, but it still makes a lovely natural glitter gradient.

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I used different colored acrylic paints by craft smart to paint the Olympic rings which were a required element for all the designs of the collab. I used a striping brush and a dotting tool with holo polishes from Cupcake Polish to paint ribbons and balls soaring through the air.

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You’ll notice that I added more glitter to fill in empty spaces around the Olympic Rings in the bottom left hand picture. I didn’t want any glitter getting in the middle of the rings, which is why I didn’t apply it over my entire nail to start.

I used a striping brush and a detail brush with black acrylic paint to outline the ribbons and the balls so that they would stand out more in the design.

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Five gymnasts usually compete as a team, so I had two ribbons and three balls represented in the design. Coincidentally, there are also five rings in the Olympic symbol.

I imagined that I would have a silhouette of a gymnast twirling a ribbon on my thumb.  I have pretty short nails, so this was the only space where I had room to do this.  I had to sketch this out with pencil and paper first before I tried to paint it.

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I used a detail brush with pink holographic polish to paint in a twirling ribbon, then I painted the silhouette of the gymnast with black acrylic paint and outlined the ribbon. The gray line is the handle of the ribbon.

Here’s the finished look!

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Yay for rhythmic gymnastics!

I had the foresight to use a peel off base coat with this design so that I can keep it forever.  For the record, Ünt peel off base coat really does work well!

 

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It’s sure a lot easier to arrange peelies for a pose than it is to get my hand in the right position!

As for that collab, I think that everyone did a fabulous job!

Best of luck to Team USA in all their events at the Olympics in Rio this year!  Happy polishing!

Review of Temix B49 Peel-Off Base Coat

I’m always trying to find alternatives for acetone nail polish removers.  Anyone who has worn a glittery nail polish knows how painful it is to try to take it off when you’re done with your manicure.  When I saw that Temix had a peel off base coat, I wanted to try it out.  After all, they made such a wonderful stamping nail polish that I thought this base coat could be the answer to my prayers.

The bottle itself reminds me of those little polishes by Ciaté.  It’s only 7 ml, which is about half the amount you would get in a full sized bottle of nail polish, but it looks very cute.

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B49 base coat by Temix.

The actual base coat is a slightly cloudy translucent color that goes on clear.  It smells great, which is a surprise.  I can’t really place the odor, but it has a sweet fruity scent.

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What the base coat looks like over bare nails. Please excuse the slight discoloration on my nails- they got stained from some polish awhile ago and are still growing out.

The sad part is that most of the writing on the bottle is in Chinese, so I don’t know what it says or what the specific instructions for use are.  If anyone else can translate the text, please leave a comment below!

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The backside of the Temix bottle is all in Chinese. This could be a listing of ingredients or the instructions for use, but I have no idea as to what it says.

I proceeded to use the base coat like any normal one- I applied one coat to clean nails prior to painting them with nail color and topcoat.

I found that the base coat had great staying power as I had my manicure on for about a week before attempting to remove the polish.  Anyone who has used Elmer’s School Glue as a base coat knows that you can never tell when your polish might slide off your nail, so this was a pleasant surprise.

To begin the removal process, I took an orange stick and tried to pick at the corner of polish closest to my cuticle until it began to lift.

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Picking at the corner of the polish to try to peel it off.

The polish initially lifted off ok, but things quickly took a turn for the worse as I ran into spots that wouldn’t budge.

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This was all the polish I could peel off, and despite really trying to pick at the center section, I could not remove any more of it.

I tried to do the same thing with my other nails and ran into the same problem where the top middle part would not lift off the nail.  Even worse, when I did get the polish to peel off, layers of my nail bed peeled off with the layer of polish.

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Eek! That damage to the nail on my middle finger was not there before I applied my manicure.

I had to resort to using my usual cotton pads and acetone based remover to get the rest of the polish off my nails.

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After removing all traces of nail polish, you can see that my nails were damaged during the peel off process.

I really wanted this product to work, so despite the nail damage, I decided to give this base coat a second chance.  This time around, I applied two coats of Temix B49 before applying nail color and topcoat.

Again, the polish stayed on my nails very well for the week that I kept the manicure.  I didn’t have any chips or wear on the polish, so it functioned like a regular base coat although it was starting to lift on one of my nails on my dominant hand.

For removal, I did the same thing that I did the last time: I started at the cuticle and pushed at the layer with an orange stick until it lifted from my nail.

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Looks a little more promising this time.

The polish lifted away more easily than the first time, and I almost was able to pull away the entire layer of polish in one piece.

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Peeling off the polish. Note that the layer does not look like a single stiff piece as it does when using school glue as a base coat.  Some sections (the parts that look milky white toward the tip of the nail in the picture) had a bit of stretch to them as the layer peeled off.

I still had difficulty peeling off the polish in some areas.  I can’t figure out why I had this problem.  Maybe the tips of my nails are too dry, so the base coat really adheres to them, but I was really hoping that with two layers of base coat, I wouldn’t have any issues.

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These remnants of polish could not be peeled off. My nails look even more damaged after this round of base coat compared to the first time around.

Again, I had to use acetone to remove the last bits of polish from my nails.

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My nails after using Temix B49 for a second week in a row. I’ve never had so much nail damage in my life!

What was also annoying was that parts of the base coat couldn’t be removed by the acetone that easily, either.  Talk about staying power!  Even though my nails looked free of nail color, the surface of my nails was somewhat sticky in some spots.  I presume this tackiness is also what makes the nail polish last so long without chipping.

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If you look closely at my index fingernail, you can see the remnants of base coat that did not come off with acetone. This part looks shinier toward the tip of the nail. Of course, the nail damage is a horror by itself!

Bottom line: If you want an easy way to remove glitter polishes but don’t mind it lasting a day, try using the school glue method.  If you want to have a longer lasting manicure but don’t mind the risk of damaging your nails, you can use Temix B49 instead.

I was highly disappointed in this product.  I’ve never heard of having to apply two coats of base coat prior to painting my nails, and it still didn’t allow the polish to peel off in one sheet.  The extra time that it took to even try to peel the polish off plus having to clean off the excess with acetone anyway defeated the purpose of buying this base coat.  The damage that my nails suffered as a result is easily covered up by another manicure, but no nail product should ruin your nails as a result of using it.

Diamond rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ (2/5)

The only reason I’m not giving it one diamond is because there is something fun about peeling off your nail polish, and it worked pretty well as a normal base coat.  Plus the smell was nice.

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $7.03 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/transparent-nail-polish-base-coat-healthy-rapid-easy-peel-nail-polish-p-20784.html

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EDIT: 6/25/16:

I’m going to change my rating on my initial review because I have found that if you apply lotion to your hands prior to using this base coat, any nail polish applied afterward does peel off.  In fact, it comes off so well that it only lasts for just over 24 hours before the polish starts falling off during normal activities!  Do exercise caution if you decide to use this base coat because your manicure won’t last, but you will get some very satisfying intact pieces of polish as a souvenir.

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My peelies from this base coat as seen on my Star Wars manicure. Now I can save them forever!

I’m going to upgrade my rating slightly now that I know I have to moisturize my nails prior to using this.  Let me know if this works for you in the comments!  I’m still taking away a star because my manicure didn’t last very long at all.  Happy polishing!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $7.03 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/transparent-nail-polish-base-coat-healthy-rapid-easy-peel-nail-polish-p-20784.html

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