I love Essie nail polish and the Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat is no exception. As a nail art fanatic (I literally paint my nails on a daily basis) I am constantly looking for the next "big and best thing" in nail art. I have a hard time finding a base coat I like because I find that base coats tends to leave my mani chipped a lot more quickly. I also feel like many of the more "generic" brands are just clear polish put into special packaging... they don''t really do their job. The first thing I love about this polish is the consistency. It isn''t super runny or too gooey... just a perfect in between which is important for a ridge filler. Because the consistency is a little thicker the drying time is also a little longer, but it''s worth it for beautiful healthy nails. In terms of the consistency, I love the fact that once dried it is sort of sticky still, it won''t smudge or anything, but it holds onto whatever nail polish is applied on top of it so guess what! No quick chipping! Over using this product for about a week, I have noticed a difference in my nail strength, coloring, and smoothness. My nails are no longer yellow tinted and feel a lot less brittle. I am in love with my nails now! I will never go back to any other base coat. The bottle itself is excellent for me because I struggle with opening up nail polish lids, don''t ask me why, but I can never seem to open them. This one, on the other hand, is contained in a square shaped container as opposed to a cylinder container which makes gripping the bottle to open a heck of a lot easier. All in all I love this product and recommend it to everyone!
I first bought this base coat a year ago, just on a whim. I'm now on my 3rd bottle! Essie is known for being a high-end good quality brand and this base coat doesn't let that down.
I've found this to be a great all-rounder and use it practically every time I paint my nails. In the bottle it looks a very light pink milky colour but is sheer when applied - giving nails a natural shine when worn alone. This base coat really does what it says on the tin - smoothing out any lines/ridges so when colour is applied on top it has nice even, shiny finish, as well as preventing any colour staining on the nail.
The formulation is quite thick, meaning you have to be careful to just get a small amount on the brush at a time, too much and it smudges or slides off the nail! Drying time is quick at around 5 minutes and colour can be applied almost straight away, perfect for a quick manicure.
This is a 15ml bottle and I personally think for the price it is good value for money. This is the best basecoat I've used and a bottle lasts me at least 3-6 months, based on 2-3 manicures a week, which I think gives great value for money.
I'd recommend this to anyone who paints their nails on a weekly basis and is looking for a new basecoat.
The ultimate nail foundation for nails with ridges / Gives natural nails with ridges or discoloration a smooth, even base / Its ingredients leave a translucent finish, the perfect base for manicures / Directions for use: Apply as a base coat, and then apply two coats of essie nail polish / Finish by applying an Essie top coat /