6 Base Coats Every Nail Aficionado Needs in Their Collection
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6 Base Coats Every Nail Aficionado Needs in Their Collection

Chipped nails are a thing of the past! 💅🏽

Does your polish chip after only a few days from the initial application? Do you find that your nails are starting to get stained? Believe it or not, all of these nail concerns can easily be solved by incorporating a nail base into your at-home nail routine. Base coats not only resist chipping, they also add a barrier that helps protect your nails from staining caused by certain polishes. Whether you're looking to extend the life of your manicure or are in the market for a new base coat, we've rounded six base coats that help create a foundation for your favorite colored nail polish.

What is your go-to base coat to prep your nails for polish? Let us know by leaving a comment down below! 

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wet n wild Wild Shine Nail Color-Protective Base Coat
BY WET N WILD
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars51%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars15%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.2 / 5 (1,939 reviews)
wet n wild Wild Shine Nail Color-Protective Base CoatInfluenster Beauty Awards Winner 2019
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Andrea B.Andrea B. said...
My number one fave base coat on a budget! 🙌 It’s a pretty thick formula, which in my opinion is the best to have before applying nail polish, especially on long natural nails. It protects my natural nails from breaking. 👍 it’s a must have in my collection! ...read more
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wet n wild Wild Shine Nail Color-Protective Base Coat uploaded by Smh 4.
wet n wild Wild Shine Nail Color-Protective Base Coat uploaded by MK R.
wet n wild Wild Shine Nail Color-Protective Base Coat uploaded by Lori L.
wet n wild Wild Shine Nail Color-Protective Base Coat uploaded by Lori L.
M.A.C Cosmetics Underlacquer
BY M.A.C. COSMETICS
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (96 reviews)
M.A.C Cosmetics Underlacquer
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Aly O.Aly O. said...
This product is super helpful in the nail polish chipping department! It kept my nails looking freshly painted for at least a few more days longer than usual. Definitely worth it to me, as I’m someone who usually paints my own nails (this will save me so much time and effort). Great product! ...read more
Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat, 0.5 oz
BY SECHE
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars69%
  • 4 Stars19%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (1,186 reviews)
Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat, 0.5 oz
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Kelsey E.Kelsey E. said...
I use this base coat with the Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat and my nails last longer than they ever have! I started using the top coat first and loved the results, but when I added this base coat to my routine it really made a huge difference. I love how fast this dries and it’s totally worth the extra step! ...read more
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Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat, 0.5 oz uploaded by Lisa T.
Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat, 0.5 oz uploaded by Ashley O.
Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat, 0.5 oz uploaded by Isabel A.
Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat, 0.5 oz uploaded by katie T.
Cnd Shellac CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat .33 fl oz
BY CND
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars69%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star2%
4.6 / 5 (197 reviews)
Cnd Shellac CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat .33 fl oz
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chu Y.chu Y. said...
My favorite base coat for my vinylux polishes. I love the brush first off all. Very easy to brush on and it dries quickly leaving a tacky residue to attach itself to the polish as a barrier between your nail and the color. Definitely recommend! ...read more
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Cnd Shellac CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat .33 fl oz uploaded by Sheliza S.
Cnd Shellac CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat .33 fl oz uploaded by Zenobia R.
Cnd Shellac CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat .33 fl oz uploaded by Katie M.
Cnd Shellac CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat .33 fl oz uploaded by Holly B.
Essie First Base Base Coat
BY ESSIE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (1,614 reviews)
Essie First Base Base Coat
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Laura R.Laura R. said...
I bought this because Ulta was out of my usual Opi base coat. I went into using this with extremely low expectations because, for me, the Essie brand typically chips quickly. This base coat blew me away with how well it holds up. It applies smoothly, dries quickly, and ensures a lot of abuse. My manicures hold up for 5-7 days with this base coat and endure tons of abuse such as grooming horses, sewing, dish washing, and other hands on projects. The small size allows me to fit it easily in my purse for lunch time manicures! I would happily buy this again for use with Opi, Essie, China Glaze, and other nicer nail polish brands! ...read more
Quick Dry Base Coat
BY REVLON
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (1,660 reviews)
Quick Dry Base Coat
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Berneta A.Berneta A. said...
You just can’t do nails without having the base coat. I normally use OPI products however when that’s not available Revlon is my go to for anything nails. The price point on these bottles are very reasonable at around five dollars at my local Walmart and it's always easily available everywhere. This makes my polish adhere to my nails for a longer period of time and I also think that it helps to bring out the color. Do not put polish on to your nails without a proper base coat, take the time to use this! ...read more
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Quick Dry Base Coat uploaded by Liz H.
Quick Dry Base Coat uploaded by Nichaela Y.
Quick Dry Base Coat uploaded by Arrianne J.
Quick Dry Base Coat uploaded by Tiffany (knick name) *.

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