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!