Thursday, 7 June 2012
BECCA 2-in-1 Base/Top Coat
Although probably not as exciting to look at as colour products, BECCA 2-in-1 Base Coat/Top Coat is a staple in my grooming arsenal. Because nail colour chips so quickly on my nails, I don't wear colour when I'm working as it looks shabby very quickly. However, my nails do look better and seem less prone to damage when I wear a coat of clear polish. Of course, this is meant to be used as a base or top coat but I see no problem with using it as a clear polish, plus it has the advantage of being Formaldehyde, Toluene, Camphor and Di-Butyl Phthalate free.
My nails are still in poor shape and although I'm not strict about it, I do find they fare better with the 3/4-free formulas. Quite a lot of nail polish brands are at least 3-free now and, anecdotally, 3-free colours have better lasting power when used in conjunction with base and top coats of the same formula. I have used this successfully as a base coat works under HIPP x RGB Nail Foundations, Butter London and BECCA nail colours. I haven't used it much as a top coat as, unless I'm using a fast drying top coat, I tend to skip this step.
Ingredients (from the BECCA website)
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer, CI 60725 (Violet 2).
The BECCA 2-in-1 Base/Top Coat costs £12 and is available from BECCA Cosmetics and Zuneta. I got mine as a gift with purchase, you gotta love a good GWP!