sally_hansen
staying on topic at the moment i bought this out in new york as i was looking for a top coat and base coat to use when applying nail varnish to help it last longer and prevent that dreaded two day chipping. i thought this would be perfect as its a 2 in 1. what more could i want!? this advertises itself as the ultimate shield protecting nail colour from chipping, peeling and fading. perfect right?
sally_hansen
it even says on the back it is fast drying

HA

as you can mostly likely tell from my lovely sarcastic undertone i did not have much luck. i applied this as a base coat. let it dry (and by dry i mean stare at the wall for like 8 minutes) then applied two coats of my chosen nail polish and then used this as a top coat. after the final coat i waited another 10 mins (something good came on telly) before declaring manicure time over. my nails were looking lovely, shiny and i was safe in the knowledge i had this ultimate shield working away as well. cue to 5 minutes later me screaming at my nails. smudges galore. the polish could even be rubbed away by my fingers. this is also not the first time this happened i persevered thinking i wasnt waiting long enough or that i was apply each layer to thick. no such luck. every time the polish would just rub away or even nicer peal off

so after all my fights and tantrums me and sally hansen are not friends. who knew this little bottle could cause so much trouble
sally_hansen
has anyone else used this and had the same problems? what would you recommend for a good top and base coat?