Ask the Lacquerheads: What are the best top and base coats?

By | April 11, 2013


We recently surveyed 40 of Australia’s most obsessed nail polish fiends – here’s what we voted for as our favourite top and base coats (most of us selected a range of products for different uses).

Top Coats:


Seche Vite took out top honours as a wonderfully thick and quick drying top coat, although many of us complained about its tendency to shrink. Other quick-dryers Poshe, INM Out the Door and Cult Nails Wicked Fast all fared well, as did Essence Gel Look, which was by far the most popular “glitter food” for giving glitter polishes a smooth-as-glass finish.

Base Coats:


The ever-popular strengthener Duri Rejuvacote predictably swept the field (check out our nail care routines for more evidence of our love for this miracle product). PVA-containing base coats were popular for glitter polishes, with DIY formulas dominating, although Innisfree’s Peel Off base was recommended for people who had problems with DIY versions. Glitter Gripper, from Aussie indie brand Peita’s Polish, performed well against a field of commercial options – as well as helping difficult glitter formulas spread easily across the nail, it’s an anti-chip base par excellence.

What would be your picks for the best top and base coats? Leave your vote in the comments!

Michelle has *almost* finished her PhD in chemistry. When she’s not busy slogging away at her thesis or in the pole dance studio, she’s blogging at Lab Muffin and Polish or Perish, or buying too many beauty products. 

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