There is a famous quote "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" and this is true of nails too. Applying polish to nails that have not been prepped is a chipped nail waiting to happen! In the past I thought that a good quality basecoat would be an adequate foundation for a lasting paint job.
This was until I was presented with Orly's new product Primetime. It is a primer for natural nails that balances out the ph levels of the nail and removes any oil or moisture for maximum adhesion. Now a primer has been used in nail extension process for years and it only makes sense that this product will help to make polish last longer. I will give it a go and report back.
Orly Primetime is available for £6.24 inc vat.
Orly have also introduced a new 3 in 1 topcoat called Polishield. Polishield provides UV protection, a high shine protective chip - proof finish and is also a quick dry treatment. I did have a sneaky try of this topcoat on my nails and it is really nice. It is a slightly thinner topcoat and goes on really smoothly, it has a nice high gloss and dry really quickly. It could become one of my hero products!
Orly Polishield is available for £6.24 inc vat.
I am going to have to try each product separately, to see how well each product works (in it's own right) but if you did want both products it is available in a Mini Mani Treatment Trio for £10.80 inc vat