Guest Review by Aakanksha Varma

The number one reason I don’t regularly keep my nails looking sharp is that nail paint chips more often than I have patience to keep up with. And now that winter is upon us and we turn to darker shades, chipping will become even more of a problem. After indulging in laziness for most of my life, I have decided to take the plunge and start wearing a base coat on my nails. One of my friends was flying back from the US and I asked her to get me Essie’s First Base Base Coat because I had heard rave reviews, but she ended up getting the All In One Base.


Essie makes a variety of base coats and the All in One Base Coat is meant for healthy, strong nails and combines all the concerns (brittle nails, slow growth) into one base and claims to make nails feel stronger and smoother. Essie All In One Base is DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free.


So, how did it fare? The All in One Base definitely extended my mani for 1.5-2 days. With a top coat, my nail polish lasted from Monday to Friday with tip wear. Needless to say, I’m quite impressed. In addition to extending the endurance of nail polish, a base coat helps prevent nails from staining the ugly yellow they tend to, especially at this time of the year with all the dark, vampy colours. And most surprisingly, after using the base coat for a few weeks, I can say that it did make my nails seem stronger and less prone to splitting and peeling. I was not expecting anything but a cuticle oil to achieve that. I like to put it on bare nails also sometimes, just to make them a little more polished – especially when I have neglected to use base coat in the first place and my nails have become yellow (ahem, lazy).


If you’ve been debating using a base coat, winter is the best time to take the plunge! It’s well worth the extra 5 minutes you’ll spend on your manicure. Essie has certainly not disappointed and they cater to a range of nail problems with their endless list of products that includes a cuticle oil, a grow faster base, a grow stronger base, a ridge filling base and other treatments. Essie is available here in India on some websites and at places like Kunchal’s in GK if you’re in Delhi. So if you get your hands on any of these, buy it; it’s well worth the money. Otherwise, Revlon Colorstay has a base coat I’ve had my eyes on for a while and Sally Hansen base coats are available online and at New U.



  • Extends manicure by an extra 1.5 days at least
  • Prevents yellowing
  • Prevents splitting and peeling
  • DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free


  •  Expensive


Verdict : A

Price : $10 for 13.5 ml (Rs. 500 on

Recommendation : Although it is expensive for a product you wouldn’t care to spend this kind of money on, Essie’s All In One Base extends the life of manicure and prevents yellowing, splitting and peeling. I will definitely be buying this again.

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