Hi everyone!! I decided to review my Pro-FX Basecoat, Topcoat, and Nail Strengthener because I know you liked my review of their fast dry topcoat (HERE), so I just thought that I might as well review my other Pro-FX product as well(:
Note From Me: Other than this base coat, my other go-to base coat is the one by Beauty Secrets. But, I am running out of that one and it's kind of gloopy, and sadly, their is no Sally's where I live :(
Bottle/Price: For the price you pay, the bottle is huge. I paid only $4.95 +tax for a 2.5 FL. OZ/ 75 ML bottle. In the second picture you can see how it compares to my Beauty Secret's Base Coat.
Bubbling: To me, the only major downside to this base coat is the bubbling, like it's fast dry top coat, this bubbles easily. To me, that's very annoying but let it sit for a while, the bubbles go away. Also like the fast dry top coat, be careful when applying, cause even if you dip the brush back into the product too fast can result in bubbles.
Brush/Wand: Since I already reviewed the brush/wand on the top coat, I am just going to keep it short and sweet. Ok, both the brush and the wand are giant which isn't necessarily bad. The long wand allows you to get every last bit of product and the big brush fans out perfectly. Even though you would think the large-ness would give you a hard time, it doesn't... which I love! :)
Formula/Smell/Dry Time: Formula is pretty thin.... quite nice. As for the smell... nothing major. Dry time is pretty fast.
Gripping: I think this base coat has a pretty good job of gripping the polish and making sure it stays on. That makes me happy(: Paired with the fast dry top coat, your nails will be invincible!
Anti-Staining: For me personally, the only reason why I use a base coat is so that my nail polish doesn't stain my natural nail. It also helps my natural nail from getting yucky and flimsy... but more on that in a minute. Anyway, I think this base coat does a good job from keeping your nails stain free. My nails will always be a tad bit yellow tinged, but for the most part, good job! Blues usually stain on me and I have been wearing a ton of blues lately and I am super stoked because no staining!! Yay!
Nail Strengthening: I have the flimsiest (is that a word?) nails on the planet and it feels like nothing can make them stronger. I wasn't really expecting anything but I must say that even though my nails still aren't very strong, they seem to be a little bit harder to break which is a miracle! Now, I am not saying my nails are super strong now (which they aren't) but I am just saying they seem.... a bit stronger... just a bit... a pinch? IDK. But what I really wanted to mention was that my nails have been growing incredibly fast and I think it's because of this stuff. It seems like whenever I sit down to do my nails I am always filing or trimming which I think is great because my nails grow so slow!
Top Coat: I actually just bought this for the base coat (they didn't have just a regular one, they had a cuticle oil, nail strengthener, this, and fast dry top coat) so I actually haven't tried it as a top coat at all... so ya... I am going to have to skip this for now. But if I try it in the future, I'll be sure to edit it in(:
Overall: Overall I really love this base coat and I will continue to buy it. To me, the only major downside is the bubbles but that can be fixed. I love the brush, dry time, and the anti-staining. It grips your polish so that it stays on and I just genuinely love the product!! So far I am really liking this brand (despite bubbling) and I kind of want to try their cuticle oil... but that's besides the point, lol.
If you have any questions feel free to ask(: