In one of my previous ASOS hauls, I managed to pick myself up a Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top and Base Coat for less than the cost of one bottle! It was a huge bargain and I was feeling pretty pleased with myself.
The Kensington Caviar Base Coat (left) was one that I had never tried before. It is a pink base coat, which dries semi matte with a pink sheen...yep, a pink sheen. It's such a shame, because the caviar extract in the base coat is both strengthening and nourishing, and I did notice some strengthening to my horrendously weak nails. But the sheer pink can alter the shades of some of my lighter nail polishes, which I've been reaching for more now it's getting into the warmer months. I don't think you could even get away with wearing just the base coat either, because the colouring applies quite unevenly and is obvious against the natural nail.
I'd tried the Kensington Caviar Top Coat (right) before, as I had a small sample in a Glossybox and really liked it. I do still love the top coat, and it gives a really nice, high gloss finish and dries to touch dry quite quickly! I have found that, like the base coat, if you apply this in too thick of a layer there is a pink tinge to lighter shades so thin coats are the way to go. I feel like this works better without the base coat. Since using the base coat alongside the top coat, my nail polish chips really easily in large chunks, or just peels up completely. It's almost like the base coat is a bit like PVA glue, and it just peels up in one big sheet of nail polish which is actually damaging my weak nails and leaving them flakey and peeling. Wearing the top coat without the matching base coat, I found that my nail polish lasted really well!
I think that next time, I'll just repurchase the top coat as a single, unless I can get the duo for cheaper than one like this time! But I still don't think I can beat my Nail Envy...
Have you tried the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set?