Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat Review

by Parmita Dey on September 2, 2013 · 13 comments

Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat Review

Hi Everyone,

Nice to be writing again after a gap.  My daughter was down with a viral and she demanded a lot of attention, in fact all the attention and by the time she slept, I was too drained to write or click pics and as she is getting better, I too have time now. Today’s review would feature Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat which I got online very recently.

SONY DSC

Product Details:

Protects nail color from chipping, peeling and fading! Use as a base coat to infuse nails with vitamins and moisture, and help stop brittle nails from breaking. Use as a top coat to protect nail color from UV damage, keeping it fresh, bright and incredibly glossy.

SONY DSC

Ingredients:

Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol, nitrocellulose, alcohol denat., phthalic anhydride/trimellitic anhydride/glycols copolymer, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, aqua/water/eau, benzophenone-1, acrylates copolymer, dimethicone, tocopheryl acetate, nylon-12, panthenol, d&c violet no. 2 (CI 60725).

SONY DSC

Price:

INR 575 for 13.3 ml (I got it for INR 460 yippee!!)

My Take on Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat:

I have been searching for a good base coat as I had noticed yellowness in the nails after using dark shades of polish. I was keen on buying the OPI base and top coat, but I was not as lucky, as all the websites said “SOLD OUT!!!” I came across a couple of brands selling top coats and base coats, since I had used Sally Hansen products previously, I was more convinced to buy this. This product does 2 jobs in one go, it can be used as a top coat as well as a base coat too. I have not so strong nails and the product says it is a fortifying base and top coat and especially designed for peeling and chipping manicures, I was excited to try it.  This comes in a box pack, just as a lot of other Sally Hansen products and the liquid inside is an odourless golden fluid, it almost looks like refined sunflower oil :P The bottle is a unique design as the front is curved and the back is flat, the brush is pretty good and covers the entire nail in 3 strokes without brush marks.

SONY DSC

Now, coming to the product, it looks and feels like any other base and top coat polish, but as the box says that it infuses nails with vitamins and moisturises to stop brittle nails and as a top coat it keeps the manicure fresh with UV protection. I applied one coat before applying 2 coats of polish and it dries pretty fast – a very important quality of a base coat, otherwise you would have to wait forever to apply the polish. If you like clean manicure, you could use it just on its own because it gives a very glossy and healthy look to the nails.  It works great as a base coat but when I applied it after 2 coats of polish, it took a lot of time to dry and was a bit soft even after a few good hours and I was a bit disappointed with it, but the other day, I gave my polish a generous amount of time (in the world of today having a lot time is a luxury) and it did not have the bad effect, so I came to the conclusion that during my previous manicure, I might not have given the polish enough time to dry and on top of that, I applied the top coat.

SONY DSC

Finally, I have come to the conclusion that this is overall a good product and has multiple uses, isn’t that great? I would be using this on a regular basis if I don’t feel clumsy.

Pros of Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat:

  • Dries fast.
  • Good amount of product.
  • Does two jobs.

SONY DSC

Cons of Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat:

  • Very thin coat required.
  • Takes a while to dry.

IMBB Rating:

4/5 (-1 for drying time).

Will I Repurchase Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat?

Yes, I would buy this again until I find something even better. I hope you liked the review and please do let me know if there are any other better alternatives.

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hardener
Sally Hansen Cornsilk Skin Brightener
Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover
Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Extreme – Sheer Cherry
Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick – Finale
Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick – Ultimate Blush
Lush Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoo
Colorbar Ultimate Eyeliner
VLCC Strawberry and Cocoa Lip Shield Lip Balm
Lacto Calamine Sun Shield Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 30 PA++
Wet n Wild Mega Shield Lipstick with SPF 15 – Peachy Keen
Sure Women Dry Shield Anti Perspirant Roll-on – Passion
A Review of Revlon Colorstay Top Coat and Bourjois Base Coat
Glossy Top Coat for Nails With Oriflame and Lakme
The Face Shop Base Coat and Top Coat
Caronia Nail Hardener & Base Coat
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth and Strong Base Coat
O.P.I. Matte Top Coat
Colorbar Glitterati Top Coat Disco Gold
Boots 17 Nail Xtras Crackle Top Coat
Manicure of the week – & Win p2 crackling Top Coat & essence Denim Wanted Eyeshadow Duo (Mini Giveaway)

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jyoti September 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

*cry* quite expensive…
looks good though *haan ji* nice review

Reply

parmita September 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

ya jyoti i agree its expensive..but i found no other better ones..I got one revlon top coat too but that one is so crappy i m unable to use that ,this one can be a good option as it eliminates the need to buy 2 separate products *happydance* *haan ji*

Reply

sowmya September 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I so wanted to buy this!! my price put me off!! but your review is making me buy this :P

Reply

parmita September 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

you can buy this sowmya as it will solve your issue of getting a top coat too…i guess that justifies the price *hifive*

Reply

Jyoti September 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

It seems good :) nice review :P *clap*

Reply

parmita September 3, 2013 at 11:49 am
Neetu September 3, 2013 at 6:55 am

looks good though expensive.. *scared*

Reply

parmita September 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

its quite a good one *haan ji*

Reply

Rati September 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

The fact that it does a 2 in one job, I think it is brilliant. I use the one by inglot but that is the basic nail hardener and I dont use a top coat since I tend to change my nail paint quite often. This sounds good. I’d keep this one in mind for sure. :)

Reply

parmita September 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

ya Rati that saves time and money too.. do try it its good *nails* I would love to try the one by inglot *drool* as I have been having weak and peeling nails *cry* ,but there are no inglot stores in Hyderabad yet *cry*

Reply

saloni..!! September 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

wow this sounds great *happy dance* *happy dance* i will want to try this for sure after i am done with all my clear polishes *hihi* 2 in 1 thing is great *happy dance* *happy dance*

Reply

parmita September 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

*thankyou* its a good one may not be the best ,heard a lot of seche vite top coat but we are not blessed with that brand in india yet *headbang*

Reply

parmita September 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

moderation rescue plz

Reply

Leave a Comment

rofl :P :D :) *yawn* *woot* *whistle* *waiting* *waaa* *toothpaste* *thankyou* *specs* *spank* *smug* *smack* *silence* *shy* *shock* *secret* *scared* *puchhi* *preen* *powder* *poop* *pompom* *pigtail* *pan* *oye balle* *nonono* *nails* *nababana* *jogging* *jalwa* *jai ho* *hunterwali* *hihi* *hifive* *headbang* *happydance* *happy dance* *haan ji* *grrr* *green* *ghost* *duh* *duel* *drool* *devil* *cry* *clap* *chudail* *blush* *announce*

Previous post:

Next post: