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RUFFIAN Gesso Base Coat

We hate polish chips almost as much as we love painting our nails (and that’s saying a lot). Through (lots of) trial and error, we’ve found that the key to long-lasting wear is actually pretty simple: a strong foundation. Without it, nail polish chips and flakes in record time. This top quality lacquer by the pros at NYC-based Ruffian sets a solid base to ensure smooth application and long-lasting wear. Goodbye chips, hello color.

RUFFIAN Gesso Base Coat
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Doesn't work
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Used this and the same brand top coat and it didn't work well I had my nail polish on for one day and the whole polish peeled off my finger like a sticker. My cheap base works better then this

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Polish peels off like a sticker. Don't buy!
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This base coat makes your polish peel off like a sticker. I love my other Ruffian polishes (including the top coat) but I'd skip this one if I had it to do over. I use the Ruffian top coat for both a base and a top now.

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this is a terrible base coat.
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Every time I've used this base coat, my nail polish has peeled off - Like, the polish from the entire nail, in one big flake. I've tried it under different polishes, and always seen the same result, naked nails by the end of the next day. I actually threw it away so I wouldn't be tempted to try it again. I am so disappointed, and also surprised, as I've has great luck with the polishes from this brand.

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Gesso base coat
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I am a big fan of the Ruffian brand since I first received a sample and have a few of the polishes which are terrific. As a base coat this is ok but not better than any other I've used and less value for money as it's a much smaller size than others.

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Disappointing
Purchased

The sample color seemed to last so I was expecting the basecoat to be great. It's not. I don't get a days wear out of it.

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agreed with the other reviews

While I love their actual colors, the base coat really isn't great. My polish also chipped when I used the base coat while using other bases/top coats, the polish lasted a week. Skip this and buy a color you love!

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polish comes off immediately!

I have now used this base coat for two at-home mani's and for both, I had nail chips within 2 hours. In some cases, even, the entire nail of polish will come off! I still love the ruffian packaging, but I'd go for a different base coat.

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Not Impressed
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I had really high hopes for this base coat. I tried it out one evening by itself and by the next morning it was flaking off all over the place. So then I tried it again when I gave myself a fresh mani and pedi, and it caused the polish to also flake off after only a day. I'll try to use it up, but won't be purchasing again...nothing so far beats Butter London's base coat.

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need this
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i have been looking for a good base coat hoping this will help with the problems i have with nail polish rolling off

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Does not owrk
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I used this as a base coat and the next day the polish pealed off. On some of my nails the entire application of nail polish pealed off. I'm very disappointed and want to return this product.

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