A while ago I purchased a bottle of Essence Peel Off Base Coat, not fully aware of what it was and how it worked. The first time I tried it out, I remember saying to my boyfriend “this is weird, it looks like glue and smells like glue”. After some research I found out that it basically IS glue!
I’m sure some of you have heard of this PVA glue base coat method before. There’s a ton of blogposts about this already but I decided to share my thoughts on it, and a little step-by-step on how it works. If you don’t have access to Essence, you can very easily make your own glue base using PVA glue, also known as School Glue or Elmer’s glue. You will also need some water to thin the glue slightly, and an empty polish bottle for easy application.
Let me walk you through the steps!
First you start by painting one thick layer of glue on your bare nails. Make sure to NOT use a base coat underneath as this will damage your nails once you peel off the glue. I hate painting in thick layers but make sure to do this, as this will make the removal process a lot easier. If your layer of glue is too thin it might not work as well.
Then you wait for about 10 minutes or so to let the base dry. The glue base will dry completely clear! This is a very useful indicator which tells you when you are ready for the next step.
Apply your polish! Glitter works great with this method. I don’t tend to use glitter a lot on my nails since I hate the removal process. Even the foil method wouldn’t convince me to use glitter on my nails. This glue base method definitely has! Bring on the glitter!!! The polishes I used for this gold to silver gradient are:
- Illamasqua – Swinger
- China Glaze – Lighthouse
- Ludurana – Ouro Puro
- China Glaze – Cheers To You
- A England – Merlin
- Essence – Make It Golden
- China Glaze – Blonde Bombshell
- Catrice – Million Dollar Baby
- Essence – Blair
- Essence – Studio Nails Top Sealer
Now, since glue is water based I feared it would soak off completely after taking a bath. The picture above was taken four days after I applied it. You can see there’s a little tip wear, but for the most part my nails remained chip free for four days! Awesome right?
Once you are bored of your manicure or it has chipped, it’s time to remove it! Grab an orange stick and carefully start lifting the edges, pushing the stick underneath the polish. You’ll be amazed at how easy this is! Your polish will come off quickly and easily without any mess! If you are left with a little bit of glue on your nails simply soak them in acetone for a few seconds and swipe it off with a wipe.
Et voilà! All done! Peeling off your nail polish tends to damage your nails, but using the glue base leaves your nails smooth and undamaged. It’s such a hassle-free method. I’m honestly in love with it! Every fan of glitter polishes needs this in their lives!
Have you ever tried this method? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments!
Posted on: October 12, 2012