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Smith & Cult Basis of Everything Base Coat

The foundation of every good manicure is a great base coat. This translucent formula protects nails while helping polish adhere for smooth, even, chip-free color. What’s more, this formula is 5-free—so you can feel even better about that long-lasting manicure.

Smith & Cult Basis of Everything Base Coat
4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 22 Reviews 22 Reviews
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I wish the brush were better
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I admit it: I bought this because of the pretty packaging. The bottle is beautiful - and hefty. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the brush. The bristles are too soft or something, so they clump together and don't evenly apply the base coat to my nails. I would not purchase this base coat again.

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the cap
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Great product. But the cap keeps falling off the brush and it is impossible to apply. Gorgeous bottle though... seems very high-end... until you use it and it breaks. Then it seems like a drugstore product would work better.

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Birch box nails
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Smith and cult nail polishes are great. I also purchased base coat but base coat didn't help. I noticed my nail peeled with base coat on. With just nail polishes applied I don't have that problem of nails peeling.

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Great Product - Faulty Batch of Lids
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The base coat itself is fantastic. It helps polish last for any normal days of wear, or two and a half of remodeling and swimming in chlorinated water. Worth every penny.

I am a super fan of everything I've bought from Smith & Cult so far, except...

The lid on this bottle came apart the second time I used it. Not just the decorative part, but everything. To use it I have to pop the tiny nub that holds the brush off of the rim of the bottle. It's nearly impossible to use, and I'm sure as time goes on it will be harder to pop that part up.

Birchbox, of course, replaced it because they are awesome. Unfortunately, the replacement did the exact same thing. It has to just be a bad batch because I have three other Smith & Cult products that have not done this. Nonetheless, I would hope that the MOST EXPENSIVE nail polish I've ever purchased in my LIFE would not do this :-/

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Great base coat
Purchased

Went on really well, and wasn't too thick like the ones I've normally used. Have to see how it effects my nails in the long time though and the top of the applicator is bulky and heavy.

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Nice base coat
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I like this base coat. It is easy to apply and dries pretty quickly. I took off one star because the brush and cap will not stay attached to each other. I have three other Smith & Cult products and did not have that problem with them. Most likely just this one.

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Quick-drying and strong
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Nice, smoothing base coat, and dries almost immediately after applying. It IS helpful to buff your nails first.

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Love it
Purchased

Goes on smooth, dries quickly. Helps keep polish chip free for days.

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Great base coat

I use this base coat in combination with the Smith & Cult top coat and it helps my manicures last a full week. I never really was a base coat convert until recently, and it definitely makes a huge difference on the wear of a manicure. This one is super smooth to apply and dries almost instantly. A little goes a long way so it's worth the price!

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Terrific Base Coat
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I was reluctant to order this, because I thought it was a little expensive, but it's a huge bottle an d worth the price. It made my polish last twice as long as it normally does. It also made the polish go on much smoother than without it.

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