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I bought this top coat after having a bad experience with another Sally Hansen product. I had heard the were meant to be very good so I decided to give the anther go. Here are my thoughts.
This comes as you would expect in a glass bottle with navy blue writing on the front describing what it is and white lettering on the back explaining ingredients etc. All of the different varieties of nail care and topcoat products from Sally Hansen have different coloured lids and this is navy blue.
What it is meant to do
This should provide both a base and top coat for the nail added a shine to the top and also make the nail varnish last longer.
Does it do this?
Yes it does, this does genuinely stop the nail varnish going bubbly when painted on top and the varnish can last up to 5 days before it needs to be changed but there is one thing about this product that really annoys me. The drying time. As a base coat this needs atleast five minutes, this is fine as although I do not like to miss it out it is not an essential step, but a top coat is.
As a top coat it needs even longer to dry if I go near my nails within the first 10 minutes applying this it will smudge the varnish off the nails and make them look awful. And even up to the 15 minutes mark I have to be careful not to get an itch as just scratching my head can ruin it to. This makes this mega inconvenient.
This does make my nail varnish last longer, this does create a shine but due to the awfully long drying the the polish is almost all ruined by then.
Price and Availability
As will all Sally Hansen products this is available in all good supermarkets and chemist and dozens of stores online. This cost me £4 and for what it does this is great but I am going to have to make it down for the drying time as this is a big issue for me.
I will not be buying this again but I did used it until the bitter end, I have just started using another one of Sally Hansen's top coats and finges crossed this is perfect.
I have been using double duty for quite a few years now and really should've reviewed it earlier as I cannot sing it's praises highly enough. Double duty is a clear polish which can be used as a base coat, top coat and it also strengthen your nails preventing peeling and tearing which can be a real pain. The polish is contained in a glass bottle which holds 13.3mL of the product and the brush it comes with is just the right size for the typical 3 stroke application of polish. Boots currently sell Double Duty at £5.25 but it is quite frequently on offer as a 3-4-2 which is when I purchase it.
My nails have an annoying habit of peeling on my middle and fore-finger when left without any varnish which is irritating as they snap off leaving me with nails of various lengths which ultimately all have to be cut to the same length. Since I started using this product my nails are all of the same length and it works brilliantly as a base coat preventing staining as I tend to use bright colours and have made the mistake of missing the base coat step and ended up with bright green nail beds which is never a good look.
The application of this top/base coat is really easy provided you have cleaned your nails properly beforehand with nail polish remover, the result is smooth and shiny with the brush covering the whole nail in 3 strokes and only one coat is required. The polish takes approximately 2-3 minutes to totally dry and I like to ensure it is totally dry before applying my coloured polish as the results last longer. Unlike other varnishes of this type e.g. OPI, Jessica etc the scent isn't very strong and is not at all noticeable after the polish has dried.
I must admit that as a top coat I really find it too time consuming to dry as it takes approximately 10-15 minutes to dry on top of 2 coats of polish and a base coat so just use it as a basecoat/varnish alone. I generally tend to use Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Anti-chip Topcoat (Red Bottle) which is excellent and leaves the polish shiny for days without any chips for at least 2-3 days and considering I type on a daily basis and really put my hands through a lot that's not a bad result.
I really recommend Sally Hansen's Double Duty for anyone with nails that have a tendency to chip/peel and have found it to be as good if not better than OPI which is much more expensive and smelly. The bottle lasts me about 4.5 months without becoming gloopy and considering I like to change my polish 2-3 times a week that really isn't bad.
Sally Hansen are a leading name in nail-care products, and with their Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat they promise 'Strong, Shiny, Chip-Resistant Nails!'. I have used Double Duty for a few years now, and would definitely agree with this claim. I am writing this review today in preparation for a gorgeous new nail varnish that has just arrived in this morning's post, and which I hope to review once I've put it through its paces.
Double Duty comes packaged in a strong plastic 'bubble' on a backing of firm card, and if, like me, you don't want to risk your nails in trying to peel the product away, I would advise that you cut it out carefully with a pair of scissors (the packaging can be recycled). The bottle of Double Duty is contained within this hard plastic bubble, and the side of the card features an orange flash with 'Sally Hansen' written in white letters. The front also shows an illustration of two nails - one is clear, with the base coat having just been applied, and the other nail is a deep red, looking beautifully shiny after the application of the top coat. On the back of the card, you are shown the five steps necessary to give you the perfect manicure:
Step 1 - shape nails;
Step 2 - cuticle care [I can recommend Boots Expert Cuticle and Nail Moisturiser - subject of a separate review];
Step 3 - Strengthen and Grow [with the application of the base coat];
Step 4 - apply your chosen nail varnish;
Step 5 - Protect and Shine [using the product again, this time as a top coat].
The information on the pack also goes on to say that if you suffer from nails that chip or break, or from manicures where the nail varnish fades after time, then Double Duty will provide you with a long-lasting manicure with 'brilliant, high-gloss shine'. I do like to take care of my nails, and because I always keep them fairly short, I think they look better with nail varnish (in my case this is usually a nice deep red). The bottle itself is clear, with a pale blue lid that contains an excellent brush. I apply the product with the same three-stroke technique - centre of the nail, then each side - as I do when I am applying nail varnish.
You can wear the base coat on its own, as a clear nail varnish, although I find it has a softer sheen than an actual nail varnish would give.
Boots' website gives the following product information: 'As a base coat, Double Duty, with moisturising and nourishing Pro-vitamin B5, smoothes the nail surface and helps grip nail colour for longer wear. As a top coat, Double Duty protects manicures with Nylon - nails are shielded with a hard, shiny, chip-resistant finish.'
I love Sally Hansen's Double Duty! Because I always apply both a base coat and a top coat to my nails when wearing nail varnish - which is something I wear almost constantly - it is so easy to have just one product that will perform both functions. For me, a base coat is about adding some form of conditioning care to my nails, as well as protecting them from any staining that might come from wearing dark polish nearly all the time. However, I have to say at this point that I have never suffered from any staining - possibly because I take great care to avoid it. I like to wear a top coat because it prevents my nail varnish from chipping, and it does indeed add a lovely shine to the finished manicure. After applying a base coat, two coats of nail varnish and then a top coat, I find that I do like to wait a while after finishing my manicure for everything to dry properly, so a little patience is required. However, this patience is always rewarded.
Because my manicures tend to last a long time, my bottle of Double Duty also lasts for ages, and I consider it to be a brilliant investment for my nails and their care. My nails are usually in tip-top condition, for which I give Sally Hansen's Double Duty many thanks.
However, there are two things about Double Duty that I think are worth mentioning. The first is that with regular use, I have found that the liquid in my bottle changes from clear to a very light pink. This is because when applying the top coat, the brush obviously picks up a tiny amount of red nail varnish which then seeps into the liquid inside the bottle. It is only a faint tinge of colour, though, and it does not affect future manicures. The other thing I find, after the bottle has been open and used for some time, is that the liquid might start to get 'gloopy'. One effect this has for me is that I need to wait a little while longer for my nails to dry completely before I start dashing about doing lots of hand-centred activity like dusting or washing-up. The other effect is that I tend to buy a new bottle before the old one is completely empty. In spite of these two quibbles, I still think that Double Duty is definitely worth buying - it's good value, and does an excellent job.
Although wearing two coats of nail varnish, as well as both base and top coats, gives my manicure a fairly healthy start, sometimes it is inevitable that a small chip may appear - in my case because I am often clumsy and bash my hands against doors etc. If this happens, I do not panic! I simply apply the tiniest bit of nail varnish to 'patch-up' the damaged area, wait a couple of minutes and then apply another layer of top coat. It would then require the services of someone with a very good microscope to spot the previously damaged area, and I feel secure in the knowledge that it is safe to leave the house without expecting people to point at my nails and shy away in horror at my carelessness.
When I am ready to remove my nail varnish, I find that - even after four coats of product - it wipes away easily. I use Sally Hansen's Acetone Free Polish Remover, currently £2.45 in Boots, and have found this to be excellent (see separate review). Even four coats of nail product are removed quickly and gently, and this remover also contains the ubiquitous Pro-vitamin B5.
I've been looking at prices and availability online today, and Double Duty costs £4.95 at Boots, who currently have an offer of 'Buy 1 get 2nd half price on selected Sally Hansen products'. I have always found this product to be easily available in Boots stores, as well as online (although of course Boots now charge £1.95 for delivery to your local store, unless your order is for £20 or more). The best deal I could find on Amazon was £3.29 plus £2.00 shipping. It's available for £3.52 with free shipping from One Click Pharmacy, but I've never used them, so am not able to give a recommendation. Ebay has Double Duty available from a top-rated seller at £4.95 with free shipping, and there is also a 6-day auction (as at time of writing, 9th January), with bids starting at £0.99.
I have been happily using Double Duty for a long time now, and can highly recommend it if you've had trouble in the past with nail varnish either chipping or fading. I have no hesitation in awarding it five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I love having a fresh manicure as much as the next girl but I'm often put off by how annoying I find it when it starts to chip. I've tried lots of different nail polishes, some with more success than others, but generally speaking I find that I am getting chips after a day or two even with the more expensive brands, and honestly I just can't be bothered to take the whole lot off and start again that quickly!
My mum recommended I try Double Duty, and I picked this up quite a while ago but wasn't all that impressed. For some reason I am always more moved to paint my nails in the winter, so I decided to give this another shot and now I'm not exactly sure what I didn't like about it in the first place!
Double Duty as the name suggests is a two-in-one nail product from Sally Hansen, who are pretty much the leading name in nail care. It works as a base and top coat, and contains nourishing ingredients such as vitamin B5 to help care for the nail. I'l be honest, I really don't think that one little vitamin is going to make a nail healthier when you consider everything else that goes into a nail polish, not to mention removing it again, so whenever anything claims to be "strengthening" I simply don't believe it. I prefer to think of it as "less potentially damaging".
The first times I used this product, and hated it, I was applying simply as a top coat as I'm pretty lazy and don't like to wait around waiting for base coat, 1-2 coats of polish and top coat dry. I almost always smudge my manicures, so for me one extra coat is just asking for trouble.
I was wrong! If you use this just as a top coat, you must wait a LONG time for your polish to dry. As in absolutely-not-a-single-chance-of-it-smudging-ever before you apply the top coat. Being lazy, as mentioned, I waited until my nails were dry to the light touch and applied the top coat. This makes it incredibly difficult for the top coat to dry and as such the polish becomes a kind of sludge which will smush (technical word) right off the nail and look awful. I was always finding that my nails would have the imprint of whatever fabric I was wearing, and be a weird texture, and it was so awful I'd have to remove it immediately - which in itself was more difficult because the whole shebang had never thoroughly dried and was sticky goo.
Lesson learned: either be patient or use as top and base coat. Now, as you can imagine I was kind of skeptical when I first used this as a base and top coat, because if I needed to wait that long for one coat, how long would I be waiting for two? Well, actually, not that long. If you don't mess with it, a thin layer of base coat dries within a pretty reasonable time. It also makes the nail feel more matte and as such quite a sticky base for polish to cling to. I would not say that this is one you could wear as a clear polish, because it's not high gloss on its own and feels weird, but it does provide a nice base for the polish.
As the base it leaves is not slick, it can make polishes apply a tad less smoothly than they would on their own. Personally I don't mind this, as I find thinner layers tend to wear better anyway as they are less prone to peeling. The polish itself dries pretty quickly over the base coat.
Once it is completely dry, the Double Duty becomes super glossy as a top coat. I have no idea how it can manage to be matte on the bare nail, and glossy on top, but it does! I like to leave this really quite a while to dry as I am wary of getting those awful imprints again, but once dry it really does feel hard as (pardon the pun) nails. It is slick so that if you accidentally bump your nail it kind of repels the impact rather than chipping. The gloss effect does look nice although at first after applying I find that it feels absolutely awful to touch things that are plastic, especially cling film. I've had this a lot with certain nail polishes, and it totally makes me cringe, although fortunately it does seem to wear off after a few hours, maybe some kind of strange static thing?
I've had my current manicure on for three days now and have only chipped one nail, the rest are looking perfect so I'm absolutely thrilled. Touching up one nail, that I don't mind. What I will say, though, is that with one layer of base coat, in this case one of polish, and one of top coat is really quite thick. I've found that when the nail chips, which generally happens right at the bottom if you catch it and lift up the entire layer, a huge chunk will peel away. In fact, it is really easy to peel the entire nail's colour off cleanly if you wanted to. This means that one little chip normally leads to an entire ruined nail, as it is either left flapping around or will come off by itself. Still not the end of the world if there are so few chips anyway, but a little annoying.
Removal-wise, though, this does mean that everything comes off very cleanly. In fact, dare I say too easily - I have just redone my chipped nail, smudged it (told you I'm useless!), used nail varnish remover to try get the offending stain off my duvet, and ended up with two nails on the hand I was wiping with missing their tips of colour and with cotton wool stuck to them! Definitely no staining of brighter colours and effortless removal.
A bottle of this costs £4.95 and I think that is pretty decent value if it will prolong wear so much. My mum swears she can get a week's wear from manis done with this. The brush is a really nice size and it is very easy to paint on, although it tends to load up with a lot of product so you have to be careful not to overdo it.
I will continue to use this now that my patience has proved to me how good it is, but would definitely recommend that you do use it for both its roles intended!
I actually have applied a coat of this product earlier this morning, I can't get enough of it.
A lot of base/top coats I have tried and tested tend to leave my nails dry, brittle and they even seem to peel with some brands, I thought this must just be a reaction my nails had to polish, however, I spotted Sally Hansen Double Duty whilst shopping in Asda about 3 years back and decided to give it a go, in those 3 years I've only ever once tried another brand and surprise surprise, my nails broke again, sorry Sally I will never stray from you again!
Sally Hansen Double Duty it easy to apply, gliding on easily and drying quickly (none of this sticky business you get with some competing brands).
As a base coat it really does stop nail staining for those of us who like to wear dark or bold colours, for those not worried about nail staining (e.g. with a french manicure) it provides a nice smooth base for your polish, helping you get an accurate and professional finish.
As a stand alone coat you could use it as a clear nail polish - I often do, it is strong and resists chips well, I've worn it for up to 8 days before and it was still shiney!
I also find it strengthens my nails, I sometimes use this product whyen I want to grow my nails as I have very brittle nails that break easily, this product makes them look shiney and lets them grow so I can pop on bolder shades later on.
As a top coat it adds strength, protects against chipping, dries quickly and provides a professional shine, adding longer wear to your look.
As for removing it, it comes off very easily with a cotton bud and nail polish remover and doesn't appear to leave and residue or ruin your nail condition, it is light wearing too so if you are not too used to the feel of nail varnish - this is the way to go for starters.
I really love this product and would never use another base coat now, I really hope you try it.
When I apply nail polish, I often find it chips quite easily. I had a manicure recently and the lady used both a base coat and a top coat, explaining this helps the polish last longer. I don't know why I didn't know this already but never mind. So I set off to find a base coat and top coat in Boots. I came across this product in the Sally Hansen range and thought a 2 in 1 product would be less hassle so I took it home to give it a try.
Price - £4.95, very reasonable for a 2 in 1 product.
Packaging - Typical of the Sally Hansen range, there is lots of information on the packaging about what the product does, how to use it and the ingredients. Bottle itself is basic and will stand out from actual polish bottles, which I think is a plus as it will be easy to find.
Application - Goes on really easily, brush is a decent size and it dries relatively quickly, I'd say it took about 2 minutes.
Performance - I used this for the first time with a 'Models Own' nail polish, which I find are the worst for chipping (but that's another review). So far I have been wearing the polish for 4 days and it still looks perfect, no chipping or scratching and my nails still have shine! I'm really impressed.
I would recommend this if you find your nail polish doesn't last as well as you'd like. For the low price you've nothing to lose!
It was not until after I had first bought this product that I realised that Sally Hansen offered quite a large range of products in most drug stores. I have only heard good thing about the brand, particularly the products that claim to strengthen / harden your nails.
The bottle is pretty simple, a clear bottle with the name of the product written on in pale blue writing with a pale blue lid. I like the fact the bottle is clear as you can see how much of the product is left.
Simply unscrew the lid and apply one coat of the product to your nails as a base coat. I have quite small nails, when shopping for false nails, I always had to look for ones labelled "petite". Therefore if you have average size to larger nails then you may require a couple of brush strokes. It does not take long to dry, I usually do all my nails leave them a couple of minutes and then I am ready to put a coloured coat over the time. Once the coloured coat has been applied, I leave it to dry and reapply this product as a top coat. It leaves my nail lovely and glossy.
The best thing about this product is the fact that is strengthens my nails, my nails bend when I do not have the product applied. Another good thing about this product is that I can peel off my nail varnish as opposed to using nail varnish remover, when I wear highly pigmented polishes and remove it with nail varnish remover it smudges around the finger.
I am currently onto my second bottle of the product, I needed to buy a new bottle for two reasons:
1) The product had started to go gloopy, this both made it more difficult to apply and it took significantly longer to try. Whether this is a fault with the product or I had not put the lid on tight enough, I am not sure.
2) The bottle still had a fair amount left in the bottom, but the brush is not long enough to reach all the way to the bottom when unscrewed and I do not have the patience to screw the lid back on between each nail application.