Review: Essence Base Coats and Top Coats

Hi, girls! Today I though I would share with you my opinion about Essence base coats and top coats I've tried. As you'll see, I'm using promo photos for 2 products, but I already throw them away, so I can't use my own photos.

Let's start with Studio Nails 24/7 nail base. As much as I read reviews, girls were in love with this BC, but to me it was average. When it drys, it becomes matt, it prevents staining, it drys fast. But I had big problems with bubbles, when I was using it regular. No mather which polish I used with it, no mather what I did, nail polishes bubbled. Some girls say, that with this BC their manicure last longer, but I didn't notice that (although on my nails is a miracle, if manicure stays on for a whole 2 days). As I said, to me this is an average BC and I won't buy it again.


My all time favourite base coat is Nail Art Protecting base coat. It drya to more glossy finish than 24/7 nail base, it prevents staining, it drys fast, it smooths the surface of my nails, when it drys. I also don't have problems with bubbles, when I'm using it. They do appear here and there, but not so often as by 24/7 nail base. I also love, that when I'm using only this BC, it gaves my nails natural look. I don't have anything bad to say about this BC and I repurchased it many times. Essence is changing the look of this BC this Spring. New BC will have a transparent bottle. I just hope, they' won't change the formula on worse.


Next 2 products I'm going to talk about, actually aren't base coats, they're nail fixing system products, but I used them many times as a base coat. If you used this products, then you know, that first you have to apply first product with fibres and then second product to seal the first one and give it a shine. I used them as base coat a lot, although they alone came out pretty thick and are not the best as BC because of that. Sometimes I noticed, that my manicure lasted longer, when I wore them as a BC. Once I wore one Avon nail polish for 4 days with only tip wear and no chipping. That's a big thing for me. I also noticed, that my nails were more healthy, when I used those products, they didn't flake. Although they were still brittle, because they were breaking. And of course they worked only, if I used them every second or third day, so in the end I started to use them only here and there, not anymore with every manicure. I think they'll be discontinued this Spring.

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Now let's go to top coats. I tried only 2 Essence TC from regular assortment. First is Nail Art sealing top coat. It gaves very nice glossy finish, but it drys pretty long. It also smudged my manicures often, specially stamping. I bought only one bottle of it and I didn't even finish it, because I didn't like it that much. This one will also get a new packaging, in new assortment will be in a transparent bottle.

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My all time favourite base coat is Studio Nails Better Than Gel Nails top sealer. It's fast drying top coat, which drys my manicures in few minutes and I adore it because of that. I remember I didn't like it at the beginning, because it shrinked my manicures, but then someone told me, that I should apply it every time over wet nail polish, not when it already drys a bit, and it actually helped. It has a glossy finish, it doesn't change the color of nail polish, it doesn't smudge stamping. The only thing I hate is, that it becomes very thick, when the bottle is a half empty. I'm also noticing lately, that it causes bubbles on my manicures. But that's probably because of thick coats (When TC becomes thicker, I'm using thick coats with my nail art and nail polishes, because it's easier to apply in thick coats than thin coats then). But I can forgive it all that, because I love, that it drys my manicures so fast. It's a life saviour. :P I'll definitively never stop buying it.


Essence has some great base coats and top coats, which aren't expensive (I think most of them is around 3 €) and that's always a big plus to me. Which are your favourite Essence base coat and top coat? Thank you for reading!

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  1. For base coat I use 24/7 and I love it, I don't have problems with bubbles. It's a shame that you do but at least you found the one that works on you. My favorite top coat is Studio Nails but at the moment I'm using Nail Art Sealing top coat and so far it was good :)

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    1. I've heard so many good things about 24/7, but for me it just doesn't work.

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  2. dobro, naslednjič vem, kateri base coat moram kupiti :D
    Super post!

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    1. Najboljše je, da probaš različne in potem sama najdeš tistega, ki bo tebi najbolj ustrezal. Tako sem jaz našla svoja najljubša. :)

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  3. Hi Taya, I so agree with you! Nail Art Protecting base coat is the best base coat and Better Than Gel Nails top coat is the best top coat! Love them both, hope as well that the new base coat won't have a different formula!
    xoxo
    Blusherine

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    1. I'm glad, we have the same favourites. :) I hope so too, because they usually chang it on worse. :(

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  4. Nisam probala njihove baze ali ovaj Top Sealer je cudo, mogu samo da placem posto ga kod nas vise nema :(

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    1. Saj sem brala, da ga nekatere države ne prodajajo več. Če želiš, ti jih lahko nekaj pošljem za rezervo. ;)

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  5. Great post! I used all of them apart from the 2 steps fixing system. This is very usefull!

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    1. Thank you. I think they'll release new product in their fixing system line, I have to check their assortiment, when new stuff arrives here.

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  6. I love the Better than gel nails topcoat. I bought the basecoat from that range when it was discontinued (and on clearance), but I haven't used it yet.

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    1. I haven't try this base coat, but this top coat is the best. :)

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  7. Better than gel top coat je top top, ampak tudi jaz opažam, da se ful hitro zgosti in dela mehurčke... Za to ceno in za efekt, ki ga ima, mu odpustim te pomanjkljivosti! Nisem pa dobro razumela, ko se zgosti ga uporabiš za nail art, ker se ga lepše nanaša?

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    1. Ne, ko se zgosti, ka za nail art uporabljam v debelejši slojih, ker se tako lažje nanaša in zaradi tega se verjetno delajo mehurčki. To sem mislila. :) Zdaj vidim, da sem res malo nerazumljivo napisala. Bom popravila. :)

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    2. Btw, če še vedno ni dobro, me lahko seveda popraviš, moja angleščina ni bog ve kaj.

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  8. Zadnji nadlak je najboljši! <3

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  9. btgn je definitivno moj najdraži nadlak svih vremena :D
    prije njega sam koristila poshe, seche ali niti su tako dostupni niti tako jeftini, a zgusnuli bi se relativno rano... kod btgn nisam primjetila ovo zgušnjavanje (valjda ga prebrzo potrošim), jedino mi smeta crna bočica jer ne vidim koliko ga još ima

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    1. Saj tale črna barva se da s škarjami zluščiti dol, da se potem vidi, koliko nadlaka je še noter. ;)

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  10. koristila sam vecinu ovoga, 24/7 base coat je meni bio bas los, a BTGN top coat mi je definitivno holy grail proizvod i ne mogu vise zivjet bez njega :D

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    1. No, potem se glede 24/7 strinjave. Brez BTGN nadlaka pa tudi jaz ne morem več živeti. ;)

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  11. čitam i post i komentare i ne mogu vjerovat - bit će da sam je tudum! vidjela sam da svi naveliko hvale ovaj zadnji BTGN TC i naravno da sam ga kupila. otkako ga koristim događaju mi se čudne stvari, samo dan nakon što napravim manikuru, kompletan dizajn mi samo sklizne s nokta bez da ostavi ikakvu mrvicu! događa li se to još kome ili sam samo ja luda? :D inače sam uvijek koristila Yolizul prozirni lak kao TC i taj je vrh! sve drži na okupu po 5-6 dana i da ne govorim da nema teorije da cirkončići poispadaju!

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    1. Zanimivo. Ti si prva, ki to pravi, meni se to še ni zgodilo. Kateri podlak pa uporabljaš? Mogoče se ta nadlak in tvoj podlak ne razumeta dobro in se ti zato tako hitro odstrani manikura.

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    2. zadnjih godinu dana koristim eveline bazu, a ako stavljam šljokičavi lak onda peel off! ne znam, kad sam ga već kupila, onda ću bit uporna i natjerat ga da mi paše :D ako ni to ne bude išlo, neću ga više kupiti i dobro!

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  12. The white bottle base coat is also a big favourite of mine when I don't use a strengthener!

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Thank you for all your sweet comments, I appreciate every one of them. <3