I received butter LONDON's Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat and Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat to test out and after using both products for several weeks have a quite thorough review to share with you.
Quick note: When it comes to finding the "best" base and top coat, there are individual differences in everyone's nails that affect how well the products work for us. Think of hair products! Your favorite shampoo might not work as well for your friend :)
The Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat dries to a silky smooth almost matte base. This reminds me of Orly Ridgefiller which also evens out my nails, except Ridgefiller is milky white and Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat is nude. I think Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat is very versatile because of the nude shade.
Wear TestI chose butter LONDON Wallis for the wear test, which I actually won from fellow New Yorker Carly aka Lacquered Lover :) Worth mentioning - I didn't do anything that would cause more or less wear to my nails than usual.
In the first 48 hours, wear was basically unnoticeable. Tip wear set in after three days, and after four days some chips started showing up. Really, nothing too dramatic. The tip wear could easily have been filed down a little if I wanted to stretch this manicure a day or two longer.
the end of day 4
Both products are 17.5 ml/0.6 fl oz. A butter LONDON nail polish is 11 ml/0.4 fl oz.
Comes Without a Warning Label
butter LONDON's products are made without Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens.
Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat does not shrink up around your cuticle. Google image search "Seche shrinkage" if you're not sure what this is.
No Sheet Marks
I've tried other top coats that claim to be fast drying, but in the morning I wake up with my sheets imprinted on my nails. I didn't get any sheet marks while using Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.
Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat gives your nails just a little - but enough - color to even out and prepare your nails for a manicure.
Both products had an even consistency that was easy to work with.
ConsTopcoat Doesn't Self-Level
The Hardwear P.D.Quick Topcoat dries fast, however I noticed some streaking up close and could feel tiny ridges. Doubtful, though, that anyone other than you would be able to detect this.
This may be due to my personal chemistry, but I experienced a little more tip wear than usual (yes, I do wear one nail polish for 4 sometimes 5 days!) Possibly though the Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat is designed to wear down instead of chip off?
Hardwear P.D.Quick Topcoat isn't quite as glossy as Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
butter LONDON's Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat and Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat retail for $18.00 each. *Tomorrow, 03/26/12, you can pick up both products (Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat and Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat) at Ulta for $19 as a promotion for the 21 Days of Beauty*
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