May 13, 2016

First Impression Friday: UNT

Happy Friday everyone! Today for First Impression Friday I have something from UNT to share with you. I've been wanting to try their peel off base coat for a while since I had  heard great things about it. After stalking the Live Love Polish site for what felt like forever I finally gave up and ordered direct from UNT. The pricing was the same as Live Love Polish but shipping was free so I saved a few dollars. The shipping does take longer if you order direct but if you don't mind waiting it's a better deal if UNT is all you are looking for.

Aside from the peel off base coat UNT also offers a wide range of regular polishes on their site, none really stood out enough for me to buy though. Their website also sells a range of makeup and skin care. I placed my order on 2/1 and received it on 2/16, so really it wasn't that long considering it shipped to California from overseas (I think they are based in Taiwan but I'm not 100% sure). It arrived really well packed in a plastic mailer, the actual polish was inside a plastic bubble type of thing...I can't think of any other way to describe it haha.

Check out all my thoughts on the Ready for Takeoff Peelable Base Coat after the jump

Alright so lets just get real right away here, this product did not work for me. I tried it several different ways, using different polish finishes and different top coats, different methods etc. I know it works wonderfully for other people but for me this was a big old fail product.

My first attempt with this I applied 1 coat and let it dry for aprox. 4 minutes. I used a creme over top and Glossy Glam from Rica as my top coat. It did not peel off, at all. I ended up having to use regular remover to get it off.

My second attempt I applied a thicker coat of the base coat and let it dry for approx. 7 minutes. I used it with a glitter polish and Nine Zero Lacquer's quick dry top coat. Again it did not peel off at all, not even a little, even when I tried to scrape it off with an orange stick. I had to use regular remover to remove this mani also.

For my third attempt I used 2 coats of the base coat and let it dry for about 5 minutes. I used a shimmery polish and KBShimmer Clearly On Top as my top coat. This try had spots that peeled off but overall most would not peel and I had to use regular remover to get it off. Below is a photo of what I managed to peel off. 

Please excuse the horrid kitchen lighting in the photo below :P

For my fourth and final try I used 2 coats of base coat and let it dry for 5 minutes. I used a jelly based glitter and CND Super Shiny as my top coat. I managed to get most of this one to peel off, you can see the peelies below. Most did not come off in 1 sheet as advertised by both the brand and a lot of people I've seen promote the product. Though I did manage to peel off this mani it felt like there was a film on my nails so I ended up having to use remover anyway.

Overall like I said, this was a fail for me. Would I purchase it again? NOPE, 4 tries is enough for me to know that is just not going to work with my body chemistry. I already gifted my bottle to a friend in the hopes that maybe it works better for her. Unfortunately not everything that works well for 1 person will work for another which is the case here.

For me a better and much much cheaper alternative to a normal glue based peel off and this UNT product is clear liquid latex. It doesn't have crazy staying power (lasts for a couple of days depending on how rough you are on your hands) but it is incredibly easy to peel off and it dries fast. Clear liquid latex has also been great for me when I'm doing a lot of swatching, which is what I intended to use the UNT for.I picked up a tub of it for around $9 on Amazon and decanted it into nail polish bottles, out of that tub I got almost 8 full nail polish bottles.

UNT is available direct at you can also get the peelable base coat at, it retails for $10 on both websites.


  1. Four tries? You have the patience of a saint! I would've given up after 2!

  2. Its too bad this peel off base coat didn't work out for you.

  3. I have a bottle of that, and my results were not unlike yours, until water came into the equation. If I washed the dishes, took a shower, whatever. I found my nail polish popped off soon afterwards.

  4. Sharon Parayos MerrittMay 13, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    What a shame! I have it and used it once and my polish started popping off after one day so I would 'glue' them back on by putting a coat of top coat on my naked nail and putting the popped portion back on. Then I ended up getting 5 days out of it. My problem is the opposite of yours! I'm trying to get it to stay on longer! LOL

  5. My experience was the opposite. I put it on same thickness I would for regular basecoat. It peeled off too easily! Woke up to a 'nail' in my sheets. Put my hand in my pocket? There goes another two nails. You get the idea. One thing though, my nails looked and felt healthier, if that makes sense.

    Next I tried using it much thinner than I normally put on a basecoat. Perfect ... except now a few small areas of several nails also came up. Grrrrr!

    I am on my summer hiatus (gardening and camping are really incompatible with nice nails), but I am determined to figure it out in the fall. Actually, given my experience with nail damage when I used a super thin coat, maybe I'll do the experiments now :P

  6. I wouldn't buy it again either, but for a different reason. I used it three times and each time all of the polish popped off within 8 to 12 hours. Waste of money for me.

  7. Oh that is too bad. I haven't used it yet but I still want to give it a try. I am in the Yellow Stopper camp for swatching base coats. It works well for me.

  8. It continues to amaze me how nail products can work so drastically diverse on different people! I love using this product. I like to do a new mani every day or at most every other day. I didn't like using acetone as much as I was so I gave this a try. I use thin coats and then the next day easily peel off the polish for a new mani. So sorry this didn't work for you but it sounds like you have a product that works fine, and is much cheaper! Anything that will quickly take off your polish without having to use acetone is a blessing for a nail blogger!

  9. Peel off base coats don't work well for me either which is why I haven't bothered with UNTs version. It helps a lot to have lotion or oil rubbed into my nails before I apply it and slightly buffed out ridges which are strong on my nails. When I do that the polish peels off relatively easily within a couple of days. It does nothing for me when swatching which others have talked about it peeling right off when it's dry...Only in unicorn land. Liquid latex is also my savior! I bought a tub too and filled empty polish bottles.

  10. Yeah I think I would have given up after two tries, lol.

  11. I have a hard time peeling off the polish unless I let it dry for about a day. Then it will pop right off. But like some other commenters, I will occasionally lose all the polish on a nail without realizing it. Generally I use this when I know I'll be changing my polish within the next two days. If I want a mani to last any longer, I use regular basecoat, even when I know I'll have to soak off glitter polish.

  12. Isn't that bubble mailer thing the coolest ever? Never seen anything like it.
    Anyway, same problem here. Just got TWO bottles, grrr. And not only is it a TOTAL fail for me but it also won't even come off with acetone! I'm mad... at my weird body, at nail fails... something, LOL! I have diabetes and some other health issues so I'll blame that☺

  13. I had the exact same problem! My nail polish would come off within a few hours. Needless to say, I'm not going to recommend this product to anyone!


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