Friday, August 26, 2011

Nfu-Oh Aqua Base...Worth it? Necessary?

Tonight I was doing swatches of some holographic polishes that I haven't tried yet. Nfu-Oh's, Essences from Europe and BK's from Hong Kong. And the question that keeps coming up, is the Nfu-Oh Aqua Base really necessary? Isn't there a cheaper easier to access brand available? I've seen this asked more than anything else recently and it even came up in our Nail Polish and Gossip Group on Facebook. I'm going to let you answer this question for yourself, here are pictures I took, all using Nfu-Oh #66 Green Holographic polish. On the first picture, on my thumb, middle and pinky finger, I used the Nfu-Oh Aqua base coat, on the ring and pointer finger I used another well known brand of base coat. This is one coat of polish and I didn't clean up since I was taking it right back off. You can click the pictures to enlarge.


I only used one coat, I didn't want to waste any more of this beautiful polish, but you can tell it does not play well with other base coats. The next two pictures I decided to try 10 different base coats. On my pinky (left hand) of the first picture is the Nfu-Oh Aqua Base. Second picture is of my right hand and it's a little blurry, I turned my camera upside down and then had to flip the picture.



In my opinion, none of the other base coats compared to the Nfu-Oh Aqua Base for their holographic polishes and it does make my other holo's look better too. I could have used 3 or 4 coats to make it opaque and cover the bald spots better, but that's kind of defeating the purpose. When I tried the Nfu-Oh #61 Holo Silver with the Aqua Base it also lasted longer, 3 full days. I have had one other suggestion that I haven't tried, and that's LA Girls Base Coat, it has a blue tint, and as soon as I find it, I will try it for you. Several people have said they had success with it and it's found at the dollar stores. If you are going to spend this much money on holographic polishes, I think it's worth the price of the Aqua Base for the coverage and longer wear. What has been your experience? Any suggestions, hints and comments are appreciated and read!

15 comments :

  1. It's L.A. Colors Hardener-Strengthener... and, of course, I'm bias :) I haven't tried holos with any other base.

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  2. I wear them without any basecoat and there is no application issues.

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  3. Thank you for this comparison and all the pictures and leg work! super appreciate it!

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  4. I can't wait to try it Definitely Addicted! I will post an update and thanks so much for your suggestion. I would love to be able to let my readers know there's an alternative.

    Anna, how long is the wear without a base coat?

    You are welcome Manicured Monkey, it's been something I've wondered about for a while, maybe we'll finally get a satisfactory answer with everyone's comments and suggestions. I'll definitely do a follow up.

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  5. Midnight Manicures, It usually chips pretty quick (max 2 days), but that's pretty normal with nfu holo polishes lol I don't mind as I paint my nails every 1-2 days anyway.
    Just clean the nails with alcohol or vinegar before painting and it applies great. I always wear base, but these don't stain so it's all good.
    Love you blog, have a good night :)

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  6. thanks for the really useful post Jeanie!

    I don't have Nfu oh Aqua base, but then again I dont usually experience chipping with SV base when I apply holos (be it ChG or BK holos), so I'll stick to it until chipping becomes a problem!

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  7. I find I don't need the Aqua Base coat personally, I get on fine without it. I don't experience dull holos or bald patches. I just apply carefully, don't use too thin of a coat and I'm good to go!

    xo
    Sara

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  8. Do they still sell the Aqua Base? I didn't see it on their site.

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  9. http://www.fabuloustreet.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_57&products_id=227 Try clicking on their holographic polishes and it should be there.

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  10. YAY! I use the Nfu-Oh Aqua base and have never regretted the purchase. I think it really does make a difference when applying holos. I like to make sure the aqua base is still slightly wet when I apply the Holo. Do you do the same?

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  11. Elvira, I probably do it while it's still just a little tacky or just dried...as soon as I'm finished with the base, I go ahead and do my color, no problems at all with it. :)

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  12. I think the less you use of a precious holo is better, I just ordered some nfu ohs and I could have sworn I ordered this but I didn't, for sure next time.

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  13. Awesome post! I think that lots of people are going to find this very helpful, especially since you included swatches. I'm going to tweet it to my followers now. :)

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  14. The Nfu Oh Aqua Base is awesome. It also works great with matte nail polishes - prevents the dragging and patchiness problems from happening. Now if we could just find a top coat that doesn't diminish the effect of the holos and a way to prevent matte nail polishes from chipping, I'd be a happy camper. ;)

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  15. I agree, Nfu-Oh Aqua Base rocks! Thank you for joining my New Beauty Blogger Link Party!

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