I enjoy working for Starbucks 99% of the time. They give me a lot of freedom with how I look. There are very few restrictions on how I can color my hair, tattoos, or the makeup I can wear. Except nail polish. Apparently it’s a no no in the food service industry. No one wants a giant nail polish flake on top of their peppermint mocha. And since I only ever get one or two days off at a time it hardly seems worth it to do my nails. Manicures are expensive and nail polish remover is super drying. As a result it has been about a year and a half since I’ve had my nails done.
Then not too long ago someone showed me a peel off base coat. It seemed really promising! All the fun of doing my nails and none of the hassle that comes with taking off the polish with harsh solvents later. But is it worth it? Does it really work like it promises it will?
So I picked up the Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat to try out. At $5.44 on Amazon.com I could afford for it to suck. Starbucks doesn’t pay that well y’all.
Note the Starbucks in the background, because I’m basic AF.
It’s simple enough to use. The instructions say to paint on a thick coat, wait until it’s fully dry (it turns clear, kind of like glue), and paint on your nail polish as you normally would. I was surprised at how quickly it dried (literally within three minutes) and I only needed one thick coat of regular polish (black, like my soul) to cover. It gets an A+ for ease of use.
There are some downsides though. Now I don’t know about you but I’m no nail artist. When I paint my nails it gets sloppy. Nail polish all over my cuticles. You know how it goes. And with normal nail polish it’s not a big deal. Wash your hands a couple times when the polish dries and you’re good to go. But when the polish on my cuticles started to flake off it started peeling polish from the edges of my nails. This happened within 12 hours of them being painted. I glued down a really big chip with a thin coat of nail polish and it seems to be holding, but 24 hours later other little chips are forming. It’s also started kind of bubbling up around the edges.
Note the sloppy ass paint job.
The upside is that it’s really easy to peel off. It reminds me of the rubbery nail polish I had as a kid. You paint it on, peel it off, and your mom never gets mad at you for going in her makeup (…not that I ever did that). If you need your nails painted for a short period of time and you can be neater than me it’s worth picking up. I absolutely recommend it if you can’t have your nails painted for work. I give it an A- overall. If you pick it up or have any similar products you recommend let me know in the comments!