Thursday, August 16, 2012

Essence Peel Off Base Coat - Review

Yesterday I bought the Essence Peel Off Base Coat from their Ready For Boarding LE (which I'll call POBC from now on). This base coat is also in their new core line, and if you're lucky, you already have the new displays in your store including this base coat. I've read some positive and negative reviews about this, so I wanted to test it myself and show you how it works!

According to the press release, this POBC is handy for when you're in a rush, you won't need remover but can just peel it off. Then reapply the POBC and polish again.
But ehm, I still need remover, I always do a cleanup! And having to wait for 10 minutes before I can start with polishing doesn't sound ideal for when I'm in a rush either, if I slap on a 1-coater and do a cleanup I'm done within that time.

So no, for those reasons I wouldn't use it. But when I heard about this POBC I thought of glitter polish, as many of you did as well. Imagine this would work! I have no problems with having to apply a base coat first and waiting for a bit before applying glitters. The removal of the glitters should be faster like this and hopefully nicer to your nails than using the foil method. So today I'm testing the POBC with 3 different glitter polishes and a flakie, because I can't say I like their removal either (fish scaled fingers, lovely!).


Here are the instructions that are on the bottle:
Step 1 Apply a generous layer of the peel off base coat to your nails. Allow approximately 10 minutes to dry until the white base coat becomes transparent.
Step 2 Paint your favourite colour nail polish and/or effect nail polish over it and let it dry.
Step 3 Simply peel off to remove! Does not harm to your nails.
Advice: Avoid hot water for 3 hours after application.


The POBC is a white polish, and it reminds me of the craft glue I used as a kid! The white goes transparent as well, it's a bit goopy too, and even the smell reminds me of that glue! But I'll just assume this isn't glue mixed with a base coat, haha.


Here's what my nails looked a few minutes after applying the POBC. After the application all nails look white, and you can clearly see where I applied it a bit thicker, those areas are still more white here. The areas that are becoming transparent have dried more. After the 10 minutes all my nails have a glossy, transparent coat.
Essence Peel Off Base Coat

Tip: if you get the POBC on or near your cuticles, do a cleanup straight away. When you wait and do it afterwards, it gets all rubbery (like the glue again, haha) and a bit harder to remove without peeling off the POBC and polish from your nails as well.


I applied the polishes and used 1 layer of top coat on all nails, because that's what I'd usually do as well. From index to pinkie: Color Club Candy Cane, Nfu.Oh 51, Essence Time For Romance, Nubar Hyacinth Sparkle. The little bit of tip wear on my indexfinger was caused by me using my nails, not by the base coat.
Essence Peel Off Base Coat


I've left the polish on for a few hours, to make sure it was fully hardened. Then I started to peel...
Essence Peel Off Base Coat

Essence Peel Off Base Coat


And here's what came off, eek! :)
Essence Peel Off Base Coat


And the result on my nails. Please note the little bits and pieces on my nails are NOT my nails that peeled as well, but tiny bits of rubbery base coat that remained after the peeling!

After this I used some remover to easily wipe off the last bits, and my nails looked smooth like they did before! I just didn't feel the need to add another naked-stained-nails-photo =)


So all in all, I think this works like a charm! Although I'm not sure how long the polish will last, I didn't want to wear the same glitters for several days to test that. What I really liked was the oh so easy removal of the glitters, and the peeling itself (I actually had to resist the urge to start peeling as soon as the polishes were dry, lol). I wouldn't wear this POBC under a normal polish, because it felt like the whole mani gets a tiny bit thicker, and I think it's just too much hassle. But for glitters? Awesome! I do think I'll be wearing glitters more often now ^^


Update: Turns out it's pretty much glue with some preservatives. So I wasn't that far off when I said it reminded me of glue, lol! Several people tried it and you can use pva glue as well, just pour it into an empty bottle and you're good to go!

35 comments:

  1. What a cool review, thanks. :) I'll be looking forward to you testing it on glitter that you'll be wearing for a couple of days :)

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  2. Neat idea esp for those of us that change their polish a lot or are in a rush but waiting 10 minutes to start painting my my nails..probably wouldnt reach for this often enough.

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  3. I hadn't heard of this until now. I hope to find this, I think it will be fun to try this with glitters like you did!

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  4. Wow, I really need to get me a bottle. I avoid wearing glitter polish just because of the removal process. Thanks for the review.

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  5. I hadn't even thought about using this for glitterpolish! Amazing, will keep my eyes open for this! Thanks <3

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  6. never heard of it before..seems interesting
    please check out my last nail art :) http://konadnails.blogspot.ro/

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  7. I'm so glad I have a bottle of this. It's perfect for glitter!

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  8. That does seem like a great idea for glitter. Thanks for the idea!

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  9. ooh.. what an easy way to remove glitter.. this is going on my list! :) Thanks for the review.

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  10. Hm, interessting! Although I don't really have any problems with glitter polishes, since I like to apply a layer of a clear UV gel polish on my nails and then do my mani. But flakies.. aaaarrrggghhh, they seem to nom themself into the UV gel polish like insane -.-!


    Well, thank you Bregje.. sooner or later, I might be broke, haha! (yes I know - Essence costs like nothing ;)

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  11. ive been so excited to try this polish for awhile now. its perfect for glitters and i think in general for us bloggers who do our nails alot! i'm most excited to not have to use so much acetone, especially on my nails with patches!

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  12. Thank you for this review. I gues if you are on a trip, it would be great, but removing glitter can be done quicker than the 10 minutes it has to dry. But of course you do not need any polish remover.... I think I have to try it myself anyway LOL

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  13. What a great idea to use this with glitters! I **HATE** removing them so rarely wear them (I do use foil method but find the acetone makes my skin tingle and burn) I would love to see a further review post with a wear test, I have wondered about wear time since seeing this base coat on blogs, if the base is designed to peel off do you find your mani peeling off after a day?

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  14. Ooh it looks good. I know it says avoid hot water for a few hours but I wider how it fares after that? (e.g in the shower) I really love the idea (massive fan of glitter, not so much of removal - even though TFM revolutionised this :-) ) but I'd be disappointed if it peels off super quick.

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  15. i already have problem with glitters that chip way to fast so I'm not really a fan of this polish. :-D

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  16. Thanks for the review! This looks very interesting.

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  17. Thank you for this great review! I'm going to keep my eyes PEELED for this :P

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  18. Oh gosh, that's amazing! I will need to find a swap buddy for this!

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  19. Emerald CopperspriteAugust 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I have peel-offs from VoV. They definitely work wonders for glitter. Or even polishes that stain!

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  20. Thank you so much for this review ! I need one POBC, as I like using glitter every now and then.

    Yesterday, I used for the first time the foil method and it's very effective but also hard on the nails.

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  21. Wow! Amazing stuff! Think I'll get it too. Thanks for the review

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  22. i've been sooo curious about this stuff for glitter removal.. looks great! theres an asian brand selling something similar on ebay. thanks for the review!! i think the temptation for me to peel it off in class or w.e may be too great though lol

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  23. I'm not sure why I can't comment on your blog regularly... it keeps saying that my browser doesnt support disquis but I do have the most up to date browser...so I don't know. Its frustrating when I want to comment but can't other than on my phone, lol. back to the comment, love these things.so cool.

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  24. i think i need to buy a bunch of this polish! that is awesome!!! i have been using hard as wraps for this very same purpose which only takes 60 sec to dry but i love essence!

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  25. Alice@NailsbyaliceAugust 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I can't wait to try this!! I missed it when it was in the limited edition and I hope to find it on september

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  26. Have to have it!
    I'm curious if you ever tried the glue-method with glitterpolish? Also a peel off, take a look here: http://thriszha.blogspot.nl/2012/03/franken-polish-all-mixed-up.html.
    I did, but I'm not sure which of the 2 methods (glue - foil) is less damaging to the nails. But I think peel off base coat is better.

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  27. This is ingenious!! I cannot wait to try this out. I really hope we get it here in Australia!! Thanks for the fantastic review =)

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  28. After this review I bought it. It seems perfect for glitters and I'll be wearing them a lot more!

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  29. OH! I LOVE this. I enjoy peeling my nail polish off anyways, so something that promotes it would be FABULOUS. If I don't win this in the giveaway, I'm going to have to search for this.

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  30. Great idea! Need to get my hands on this someday :)

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  31. I agree with you on this one, I will wear big, chunky glitters more often from now on ;)

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  33. Am I weird for enjoying the peel-off pictures :D ?

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  34. Never assume anything! This has the same ingredients as PVA glue with a couple of preservatives thrown in! Shocking scam by essence!!!

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