Sunday, January 19, 2014

Chrome Check

After I posted my review of OPI's Push and Shove I heard a rumor that Lay Down That Base, the base coat that comes with the polish will turn any metallic polish into an ultra-chrome so I had to try it out. I picked out a few metallic polishes, painted on a coat of Lay Down That Base and took a few photos. It looked chromey enough, but I didn't have anything to compare it with. I took off all the polish, put on my regular base coat and polished all the nails again to get my control group. Let me just say that it's really hard to do the same hand pose half an hour apart to get an accurate comparison. I have a renewed admiration for ladies like Sarah at Chalkboard Nails who somehow manages to nail the exact same hand pose in every picture. 

I'm not sure that the difference was big enough to support the claim that Lay Down That Base can make a metallic into an ultra-chrome. Take a look and see if you can tell which is which.

 The top picture is with the special base and the bottom is my regular base coat. Both pictures show two coats of polish. From index to pinkie I used: LA Colors- Dazzle, Orly- Rage, Zoya- Richelle and Maybelline Color Show- Bold Gold. One thing to note is that the first three polishes might be too foil-like for this experiment. Bold Gold was the smoothest and actually applied the most like Push and Shove. My overall opinion is that Lay Down That Base may have added a little extra shine and smoothed out a few more imperfections on my nails, but it wasn't a big enough difference from regular base coat for me to say that it made the polishes ultra-chrome.


  1. Disappointing, that could have been do USEFUL if that were true. Meh. Thanks for the review!

    1. I may try again with different polishes to make sure. Someone else suggested trying darker colors so I'll have to dig through my stash to see if I have some others to test.