OPI Glitter Off Base Coat vs DIY peel off base coat
June 10, 2016
I bought the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat a few months ago and even though I really liked it I couldn't help think that it reminded me a lot of PVA glue. When I did a quick Google search and realised that PVA glue is often used as a DIY peel off base coat then I had to get my scientist hat on (I can say that because I used to be a scientist... but didn't have a hat) and test the two out.
The OPI Glitter Off Base Coat retails for $19.95 for 15ml in Australia (you can order it from Adore Beauty which has free shipping) and PVA glue is super cheap - I bought this 37ml non-toxic bottle for $4.20.
It is recommended to dispense the PVA glue into a clean nail polish bottle for ease of use. As I don't have a clean nail polish bottle I just used a synthetic brush to apply the glue, and to be honest I actually preferred using a makeup brush to apply my nail polish over a nail polish brush. The PVA glue washes off the brush easily and if nail polish was the same then I would use a makeup brush to do my nails all the time. The glitter nail polish I used to test this out was the Kester Black nail polish in Sugar Daddy.
A quite note about the application of each of these base coats - the OPI was a lot thinner, applied more of an opaque white and then dried down to a clear almost matte feeling base coat within 5 minutes. The glue was a lot thicker, it look a lot longer to try (over 10 min) and it dried to more of a shiny finish. I did film a video of this experiment and you can check out how these apply in that video.
I thought this experiment was going to take days to see a difference but all it took was 24 hours.
Here is how the hand with the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat went...
Ok there is some major chipping... I think I was being more hands on in that 24 hour than normal. Usually I find that this base coat lets me wear glitter polish comfortably for around 3-4 days until the chipping gets to annoying that I want to peel it off.
When it came to removing the polish it did peel off with very little effort and I noticed that the nail polish was completely dry.
Now for the PVA glue hand...
Within around 4 hours of wearing the polish one of the nails just popped off... it was there one minute and gone the next. This proceeded to happen to three other fingers within the next day.
When I removed the one remaining nail it was wet underneath. It was very easy to remove but I felt like that the glue never actually sets and when you have a shower or wash your hands then the glue absorbs the water... which might also explain why the polish kept falling off.
Overall I think the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat is the hands down winner! It does chip, but it also lasts until you are ready to peel it off. A peel off base coat has completely changed my nail life as I can confidently wear glitter without worrying about the hours it will take to remove.... I can literally remove all my polish within a few short minutes. I recommend the OPI Glitter Base Coat to any glitter nail polish lovers and would only ever recommend using PVA glue if you wanted glittery nails for a night, or if you did nail art and wanted to remove the polish shortly after taking photos. For day to day wear it just doesn't cut it and the wetness under the polish concerns me.