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Orly Basics: Bonder and Won't Chip


Today's post may not be the most glamorous I've ever written, but it's a necessary one. I've been enjoying wearing nail polish this summer (I can't wear it at work during the school year), and I've been loving all the blog reviews I've been reading on various colors and formulas. But the one thing I read over and over are comments like, "I get 3-4 days wear before it chips." Really? Only 3-4 days? That's just shameful, in my opinion. I don't know about you, but it takes me a long time to get the perfect manicure, and I don't want to re-do it every few days. I want at least a week of wear for my fingertips, even after doing stupid things like opening soda cans. So I went in search of a solution...enter Orly Bonder and Won't Chip. 

Orly Bonder Base Coat and Won't Chip Top Coat

Orly makes some great colors, which is why I was drawn to the line. I recently reviewed a current favorite, Space Cadet Cosmic FX Nail Lacquer, a multichromatic marvel if there ever was one. So it wasn't much of a jump for me to look to Orly for a quality base coat and top coat. 

Bonder is a rubberized base coat. I'm not sure how they rubberized it, but I can tell you it literally grabs your polish and won't let go. Application is smooth and easy, and polish applies on top with no dragging or bubbling. There's also no extended drying time, which in my experience is sometimes the case with base coats. Simply put, Bonder does what it claims to do: it allows your polish to adhere to your nail, minimizing the likelihood of chips. 

Then there's Won't Chip Polish Shield, which creates a "protective polymer shield" for the nails. With another brand's top coat my Space Cadet chipped in 2 days, with Orly's Won't Chip I got 7 full days of wear, and even then it wasn't chips that got me. Rather, the polish began wearing off the tips of my nails and I had to reapply. The shine is amazing, and my nails were hard as, well, nails. Now, your mileage may vary based on your application techniques, the quality of the actual polish you are using, and just how many soda cans you're opening each day! I personally let each coat of polish dry completely before applying the next coat and practiced minimally evasive maneuvers when it came to nail-destroying actions all week. 

I know these aren't exciting products, but in my experience beauty isn't just about how you look when you walk out the door...it's about how you look hours (or in this case, days) later. For that, I highly recommend both of these products to extend the life of your manicure (and your sanity!)

Grade: A-

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