Essie First Base Base Coat Review

This post may contain affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase through these links, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. I do not promote anything I do not believe in or stand behind. Click here to read my disclosure.

Before applying any nail color, I always put a base coat on my nails. Over the years, I’ve tried many different kinds – from nail strengtheners to ridge fillers. I’ve never found one that I’ve been overly impressed with, so I keep picking up new ones! My latest try is this Essie First Base Base Coat.

Essie First Base Base Coat Review

This base coat claims to smooth and protect the nails, while helping to bond the polish to the nail surface to resist chipping. It has a green tint, but applies completely clear. One of the first things I noticed was how runny the consistency was compared to other polishes I’ve been using. When applying to the nails, it is extremely thin and spreads out over the nail quickly. It dries down within about 30 seconds, and doesn’t leave any tackiness. Unfortunately, I don’t find that it actually smooths out the nail at all – you can still feel and see any ridges that were on the nail.

When using this as a base coat, I don’t notice much of a difference with my nails. Like any base coat, I think the polish does apply a little better with a layer under it. However, I don’t think this helps the staying power of the polish. The formula doesn’t do a great job at bonding with the polish, and it ends up chipping very easily. I almost wonder if it had a more tacky feeling (thinking of Orly Bonder), if it would bond to the polish a little better and keep it chip resistant.

In all, I don’t love this base coat. The overall formula feels a little too thin to smooth out the nail, which causes ridges to show through the polish. I like how it adds an extra layer to the nail, but I don’t find that it does a great job at making my polish look any better or make it more long-lasting.

Have you tried Essie’s First Base Base Coat? What are some of your other favorite base coats? Let me know in the comments below! 😊


Continue the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

The products included above were purchased by MacyxMakeup.

MacyxMakeup is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

VigLink badge