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!