Saturday, September 08, 2012

Demo & Tutorial - Peel-Off Base Coat

Hi everyone!

The blogging community has been abuzz lately with talks of an even easier way to remove glitter nail polish (the typical go-to method was the foil method, which I did a tutorial for a long time ago).

You see, Essence recently released a peel-off base coat that allows you to completely remove a manicure without the use of any nail polish remover, acetone, or foil. Instead, you literally just peel the manicure right off when you want to remove it. This was revolutionary since many of us (myself included) often avoid glitter bomb manicures simply because removal is such a pain.

Someone (I'm not sure who, but if you know, tell me in the comments) then brilliantly discovered that the ingredients within this new base coat are basically the same ingredients found in regular old school glue.

So, bloggers and nail polish enthusiasts alike went to work experimenting with school glue to see if it had the same effect. Turns out, it does! So below I've done up a tutorial on how to use school glue to create your own peel-off base coat!


Keep reading for the instructions and a demo!


What you'll need:

- Elmer's School Glue (the bottle I bought included a bonus glue stick, but you don't need that)
- Empty polish bottle (I had a near empty bottle of Seche Vite, so I cleaned it out, rubbed the label off with acetone, and added my own label)
- Cuticle stick (I actually recommend a rubber-tipped one as it's a lot easier on your nails and it still does the trick)
- A super glittery manicure (I used Candeo Melonball over Essence Exits On Your Right)




Step 1:
Fill your empty polish bottle with the Elmer's School Glue.


Step 2:
Instead of your normal base coat, apply the glue instead. Wait for this to dry completely (it will turn clear, but will have a flat finish).

The following photo was taken about 3 minutes after applying the glue. You can see that it's mostly dry (given the flat finish), but there's some at the tips of my nails that hasn't fully dried at this point.

Oh and please forgive the staining!


Step 3:
Paint your nails with a glitter nail polish.


Step 6:
You'll be excited to try out the peeling for yourself, but don't get too impatient. Leave your mani on for at least a day before peeling it off. I made this mistake the first time I tried this technique and my manicure did not peel very well. Instead of peeling off in sheets, it instead came off in little bits and pieces.

So when you're ready to remove your polish, start at the base of your nail and use your cuticle pusher to gently lift the edge of the polish.


Step 7:
Once you've lifted enough of the polish for you to get a good grip on it, peel the remaining polish off with your fingers. The polish should come off in single sheets.


Step 8:
To ensure that you've removed all of the glue residue, be sure to wash your hands when you're finished removing all of the polish.
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And there you have it! The easiest method yet for removing glitter polish!

Now, before anyone asks or comments about it, I'm really not sure about how safe this is. The bottle claims that the glue is safe and non-toxic, and that's about enough for me. But if you're really concerned, I suggest you do some research on the ingredients beforehand.

My big concern about this was that it would be damaging to the natural nail to push at the edges with a cuticle stick. My advice is to just be gentle and try to use a rubber cuticle pusher if you can. A glittery manicure is not worth damaging your nail plate.

My other concern was the wear time. Would this last as long as a regular manicure? I only left my mani on for about a day, but I didn't have any lifting, peeling or chipping before I removed it. It also lasted through a shower, so contact with water shouldn't be a concern.

So have you all tried the peel-off base coat yet?

36 comments:

  1. I think it was Lab Muffin :) http://www.labmuffin.com/2012/08/notes-on-essence-peel-off-base-coat-and.html

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    1. Yes I've seen that on Lab Muffin's page to

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  2. I use Orly Tough Cookie as my base coat, and it has the same effect. Kind of annoying though.:D

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  3. I mage one for myself a weeke ago, works perfectly!

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  4. If the tips are wrapped, it will last for upto a week

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  5. Essence does state on the bottle you should avoid hot water for 3 hours after application. I guess it's because otherwise the glue will get soft again. I had some awesome wear with the official basecoat, 3 days including washing my hair!

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    1. That makes sense. I would normally wait at least that long before showering after a manicure anyways, so that's no problem.

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  6. I've tried this myself a couple of times and the first time it worked really well. Except then the brush in the bottle I was using got all hard from sitting in the glue for so long, and when it came time to paint my nails with the glue for my second mani the brush made application very streaky, and so the glue dried in lumpy ridges. Is this normal? Does anyone know of a way to prevent this?

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    1. Yes this happened to my brush the first time as well, but I just washed it off under some warm running water and it's been fine since then!

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    2. Oh haha it's funny that I never even thought to do that! Thank you!

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  7. So THAT'S the glue method. I am keeping this in mind. As soon as I empty a bottle of polish =D

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  8. Triceratops - try washing the brush off with water (or soaking it).

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  9. Anutka from Wacki Laki did this same tutorial last week, but she doesn't claim to be the original source. I haven't tried it yet, but I did wash out an empty mini bottle yesterday to put glue in. Thanks for all your inspiration, Kayla!

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  10. Thanks for sharing. I really have to try this.

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  11. Any of you have an ide if this will work the same way on gel nails?

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    1. I'm wondering the same I just did mine yesterday but next time I am going to try it on one nail and see how the wear is ...

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    2. Probably will not since gel tends to be harder and obviously more difficult to remove...:)

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  12. Holy schnickies!! This is awesome. I wish i knew about it before putting on DL's Let's go crazy! :(

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  13. This is so awesome!!! I AM SO DOING THIS!!! I love some of the chunkier glitter top coats and they're SO HARD to remove and when you do, you still have glitter on your fingers, table, etc.. lol love this! thank you!

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  14. Um...is it weird that when I wear polish, it always peels off like this, even with a regular base coat? This is really cool, but I've never had a problem with glitter bombs because that is how my polish comes off. hmm...

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    1. When I wear thick topcoat mine do too! (otherwise it tends to come off in small pieces)

      Peeling off your polish is supposed to be bad for your nails so this is a safer alternative. But I do it anyway - I usually wear my manicures for about a week and haven't noticed any bad effects from peeling it off that infrequently.

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  15. I did this as my mani lasted for 3 days with no chips :D (that's as much as I could avoid the temptation to pick pick pick lol)

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  16. I wouldn't worry about safety, this is glue designed for young children to use frequently, and it often ends up in their mouths LOL I very much doubt it's unsafe on the fingernails. How many times as a kid did you get bits of glue stuck on your hands? I really want to try this now!

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  17. No matter what brand of base coat or polish I wear, my polish ALWAYS peels off right like this after a day or two... I think it might have something to do with having oilier nails, it that is even a thing? Anyway I get chips and lifting REALLY easily :) But it also makes removing nail polish much easier.

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    1. Polish won't adhere well to oily nails, so that might be it. Have you tried something like OPI Chip Skip? It's designed to remove oil from your nails right before a manicure!

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  18. I actually tried this today too and when it came time to peel it off it peeled off in little bits. I only had it on for half a day though so now I know why. It held up for me pretty well though. Only a bit of tip wear after a day of me being super hard on my nails!

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  19. I tried this and it fell off the next morning from heat on my fingers. I have to wear gloves at work (I work stock at a retail store) and I guess they got warm then the elmer's glue melted, lol.

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  20. I've got an empty polish bottle waiting. I just need to buy some elmer's school glue. Is it sad that I am super excited about this (ha!)

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  21. OOoooo what a great idea! I'm so trying this next time I do a glitter mani. I just linked you on my blog so that my friends can benefit from this too :D

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  22. this is a really awesome and cheap base coat alternative... i already tried it and my glitter manicure lasted for 5 days with no chips. Thanks for this Kayla! ;D

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  23. Can't wait to try this! I wish I had found it before doing my last manicure, I spent almost half an hour getting sparkles off yesterday, I still have a couple floating around. Not only will it (hopefully) be super easy to take off, the mess that comes with removing glitter polish will be no more (:

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  24. I did a similar mani just last week! A apple green shimmer base from Ulta3 with Candeo Melonball!

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  25. I am so trying this! I've been waiting to put my empty bottles to use :)

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  26. I tried this and it was working great until I got in the shower :( although I just read the comments and saw that you should wait at least 3 hours before showering/contact with water after u apply the base coat....so i will have to try that.
    Thanks Kayla for the awesome tutorial!

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