Review: Essence Peel Off Base Coat


Hi, girls! Today I have for you a review of Essence peel off base coat. I bought it immediatelly as it was available in stores and now I'm using it for over 2 months. I read so many positive reviews about it, the girls are impressed with it, but from my experiences I wouldn't gave it a mark great. To me this is a good product, but not great. If you want to know why, read my review.


The base coat comes in a round 10 ml bottle and wrapped in a paper with instructions. Essence says about it: "Fast and easy change of colour and effect nail polish. This innovate, solvent-free peel off base coat allows you to peel off your nail polish whenever you want, wherever you are! No remover needed!"


The base coat is white and it smells like a glue. The brush is normal round and it allows easy application. 


Instructions (with photos):
Step 1: Apply a generous layer of the peel off base coat to your nails. Allow appr. 10 minutes to dry until the white base coat becomes transparent. 


 After appr. 10 min of drying it becomes transparent. 


Step 2: Paint your favourite colour nail polish and/or effect nail polih over it and let it dry. 

I decided to use Essence Confetteria from Crazy Good Times TE to test this base coat, because I haven't wore this polish before and this was a great chance. This polish has thicker formula and application is real PITA. But colour is amazing. I used 2 coats. 


Step 3: Simply peel off to remove. Does not harm your nails.

This simply peel off does not work as they say. Removal can be very easy or also impossible. Confetteria was mix between those two. It wasn't hard to remove, but I had to remove it in more pieces. This is how it looked, when I removed it from one finger. I was helping myself with a wooden stick.


This is how it looked polish, when I removed it on one hand. It didn't go down in one piece. I had to help myself with wooden stick to lift polish up and then I could peel it off. Without stick peeling off wouldn't be easy.


My left hand after removing nail polish. 


I did need acetone to remove the dirt, that was left on my hands after peeling off. Removal didn't harm my nails, the only 2 things peeling off were a nail polish and a base coat.


Peeling off the polish can also be very easy. This is how it looked, when I wore Catrice No Snow Patrol and Essence Mrs and Mr Glitter. It went off in one piece. But unfortatelly it went off on the same day I painted my nails.


My experience and advices:
When Essence says, apply a generous layer of BC, do it. Base coat starts shrinking on your nails and if you aplly thin coat, it disappears on certain parts of the nail (it shrinks together). No matter how thick the layer will be, it will dry. After few minutes it'll become transparent. 
Essence advice you to avoid hot water for 3 hours after application. If you do that, the manicure will peel off. I advice you to avoid any water, if you're wearing only base coat, because it will become sticky and white. This base coat reacts strange with water, until you don't apply polish over it. I wore only this base coat during the night, because I wanted to do my manicure in the morning, and in the morning, when I was washing my face, base coat started melting on nails and it became sticky and white. Like it would never dry. But if I used polish and top coat over it, that didn't happen. 
I read many reviews, when girls said, that it's very easy to peel off the manicure with it. Well, I have different experiences. It can be very easy to simply peel it off, but that usually happend on the same day, which means, I couldn't wear the manicure very long. The polish chips on my nails very fast, but with this base coat even faster. I also had experience, that I couldn't peel the manicure off (I was wearing this manicure), so I had to use foil tehnique. Very big plus here is, that foil tehnique and peel off base coat work great together. I removed polish without any tiny glitter staying on it (which sometimes can happen with this tehnique). 

I'm not as satisfied with this product as other girls are, but it's great, that Essence released it, because now I can wear glitters more often and I know, that there won't be any problem to remove it (even if I'll have to use foil tehnique). I don't wear this polish with creme or shimmery nail polishes, only with glitter.

If woudl have to give this base coat a mark, I would probably gave it 3/5. It's cheap (between 2-3 €, I don't remember exactly) and it can saves problems with wearing glitter, but it doesn not work as it should. 

Did you try peel off base coat? What do you think about it? Are you satisfied with it or are you dissapointed?

26 komentarjev

  1. I bought two bottles of this, one as a small gift for my mum (who rarely polishes her nails and hates the smell of acetone and removers in general) and the other one for my sister and I to test.
    I've read mixed reviews about this: some people love it while others hate it like crazy.

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    1. I'm in between, I don't hate it, but also don't like it. I'll use it, when I'll wore glitter, but for everything else I'm staying with my regular base coat.
      I hope you'll write a post about your opinion, I would love to read it.

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  2. I've just bought it yesterday and haven't tried it yet, but when it came out, I saw a blog post which claims that the ingredients are actually the same as in glue so they just made a peel off base coat themselves at home: http://www.overpolished.com/diy-peel-off-base-coat-perfect-for-glitter/ The first link on this post explains the ingredients ;)

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    1. Thank you for the link. I've read too, that it's very similar to a glue.

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  3. Ne morem se v bistvu odločit, a bi ga kupila ali ne. Berem dobre in slabe reviewe. Ampak res je PITA odstranjevat glitterje, nosim jih pa zelo rada, tako da morda ne bi bila slaba ideja poskusit, saj ni drag.

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    1. Cena ni slaba in po moje se ti ga splača kupiti, lahko pa tudi probaš z lepilom. No, mogoče bo s tvojimi nohti deloval bolje, je zelo odvisno, izkušnje so različne.

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  4. Hm ... zanimivo. Jaz sem ga že nameravala kupiti, vendar bom najprej poskusila z lepilom, ki ga že imam doma. Če mi bo ok, bom mogoče kupila Essence, ker je že zapakiran s čopičem in vsem. Čeprav lakov z bleščicami ne nosim pogosto, bi mi verjetno prišel prav. :)

    Hvala za test in podrobno oceno. :)

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    1. Saj jaz ga tudi ne uporabljam pogosto, tu in tam, ko nosim bleščice. Na srečo ni drag, tako da to ni bil stran vržen denar. Če boš poskusila z lepilom, napiši post, kako se obnese.

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  5. Meni je super, zdaj končo lahko nosim glitterje tudi na nogah hehe :D Ne bi pa smela videti kombinacije Catrice No Snow Patrol in Essence Mrs and Mr Glitter <3 Čudovita je, jaz pa nimam nobenega doma :D

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    1. Jaz pa na nogah še nisem probala, hvala za idejo. :)
      Enkrat ta mesec pridejo boljše fotke te kombinacije na blog, mogoče bosta takrat že tvoja. :)

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  6. Hvala za iskrenost! :) Super review.

    Deja Zu

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  7. ja jos nisam sigurna sto da mislim o ovome, imala sam raznih iskustava i da se super skida i da ga treba grebat malo po malo, moram jos koji put ga koristit prije nego sto donesem konacni zakljucak. a sto se trajnosti tice meni je dobra, ja doduse ni ne drzim lak dulje od dva dana na noktima, ali me zadivilo da je prezivio kupanje u moru, a inace mi se svaki lak chippa na kupanju tako da mu je to plus

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    1. Mogoče so samo moji nohti taki, ampak res mi ne zdrži dolgo. Saj jaz tudi menjam manikuro vsak drug dan, ampak da se mi začne krušiti že isti dan, mi pa ni najbolj všeč. Imajo pa ljudje različno mnenje o njem.

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  8. Ako ništa ideja je pravo dobra. Nije mi nikad bio problem skinuti lak acetonom ali ovo bi moglo biti korisno za one šljokičave lakove koji su pain in the ass za skinuti :)

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    1. Ideja je super, vsekakor podpiram. Se pa različno obnese pri različnih ljudeh, je pač res, da nimamo vse istih nohtov. Na srečo vsaj ni drag. :)

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  9. Bom nabavila, da preizkusim. Full rada nosim bleščice in če je vsaj 50% lažje odstranjevanje, je to čista zmaga :D Hvala za review!

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    1. Ni za kaj. Upam, da se bo zate boljše obnesel.:)

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  10. Ja mislim da neću kupiti ovu bazu, i onako mi se lak skine prebrzo tako da mi ne treba još i ovo :)

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    1. Zna se zgoditi tudi, da odstranjevanje z njim ni najbolj preprosto. Sicer te pa popolnoma razumem, tudi na mojih nohtih laki ne zdrćijo dolgo.

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  11. I read about it on other blogs, but it is not something I would buy, dont really need it. I read somewhere about home recipe for something like this.

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    1. Yes, it's the same as a glue. But I'm not really sure, if I would use glue on my nails.

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  12. Interesting review, thanks for sharing! Right now I'm using an Essence whitening base together with glitters, because they fall of by themselves after 3 days :) When it finishes, I'll get the Peel Off base, just to experiment with. I really wonder how it will work on my nails :)

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    1. Thank you. It can happen, that it'll work great with your nails. For me it just doesn't work as it should.

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  13. ne znam što bih rekla... nosila sam ga već par puta, i bez obzira što bih i po 4-5 sati ruke držala suhe, nakon prvog močenja lak bi se sam gulio... ali za svatchanje ću ga nastaviti koristiti :D

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  14. Szper review! Mene tale lak še sicer ni prepričal. Čeprav za tale Essence lak bi bil očitno kar uporaben, ker meni ga je grozno težko odstranjevati. Mogoče kdaj poskusim. :)

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