Ever since I discovered peel off base coats about a year ago, my swatch life changed. When I was asked to review a new one, I was excited to for several reasons which we’ll get into in a moment. Tonight we’re looking at Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel Peel Off Basecoat.
So what is a peel off base coat? It’s a base coat that allows you to peel off your polish instead of using nail polish remover. There are a few types out there, most commonly they are latex based and don’t last a long time. For a swatcher like me, they are heaven and help cut down on remover, which can also prevent your skin and nails from drying out. You apply a thin layer and let dry – then paint as normal, photograph and peel off.
While I like the latex based peel off base coats for swatching, they aren’t a long term deal. Plus, if you are allergic to latex (which is fairly common) then they are out of the question.
Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel is a latex free, water based peel off base that’s meant for longer wear. If you are familiar with UNT, this is a similar feel but not as harsh for me. I have tried UNT and it was fairly thin and I needed 2 coats to be able to peel it properly. It also lifted pieces of my nail a little, so I won’t use it any longer.
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If you’ve used UNT before, Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel feels like a thicker version of UNT so only 1 coat is required. It applies clear and takes approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds to fully dry. Once dry, apply polish and top coat (remember to wrap your nails and extend the top coat beyond the base coat to “seal” it to your nail even more)
Most commonly, people ask for peel off base coats to combat glitter bombs. Removing them is a PAIN – so this is a great way to do it without the removal process. I picked out Different Dimension Ariel to do my test on. It’s a microglitter bomb that generally requires a little work to remove.
I applied 1 coat of Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel, 2 coats of Different Dimension Ariel and top coat. My wear test lasted 3 days and was still going well, but I had blogging obligations so I did remove it after 3 days.
Using the sealing method, I got 3 days of wear without issue and none of my polish popped off. They weren’t lazy days either – my work is moving offices so I was packing files in boxes for storage, plus I did dishes, laundry and other house stuff (not cooking though – that’s Nick’s job) and Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel held up beautifully.
When it was time to peel off, I used an orange stick/cuticle stick and gently lifted around the cuticle and peeled off. None of my nails had lifted bits and it was a pretty clean peel.
Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel | Peel Off Basecoat
My honest opinion? Will it replace my normal swatching latex? No. Latex is quicker for my swatching. However, Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel is a MUCH better longer term peel off base for a glittery night out, several days of wear or for those that are allergic to latex.
I also found this was better for nail art. If you do a lot of stamping or nail vinyl work – you know that latex peel off base will lift easily and it’s not a very good option for it. Hit The Bottle Keepin’ It Peel adheres to the nail better and will withstand stamping and vinyls without lifting off your nail.
Is it worth getting? Absolutely. It has a place on my nail supply caddy that sits on my desk. I will be using it still and will be ordering a backup bottle of it.
Price: $12.50 AUS | $7.99 US
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I have more Hit The Bottle goodies from Lantern & Wren I’ll be posting soon, both review samples as well as personal purchases – so keep an eye out.
What are your thoughts? Will you be picking up a bottle of Keepin’ It Peel? If you have a question that I didn’t answer, feel free to ask in the comments!