Formula X Base Coat Essence Gel Nail Polish Top Coat Mavala Mavadry

3 Fantastic Finds, Vol. 3: The Nail Edition

Formula X Prime Base Coat, Mavala Mavadry, Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

The Fantastic Finds series features products that are meant to help prevent, or fight, those little beauty annoyances that sooner or later occur to most of us. You know, like, pesky zits, cracked lips, sun spots, straw-like hair, chipped nail polish… The list is endless.

What’s even more annoying than these annoyances themselves is the fact that the chances of them occurring are usually directly proportional to the importance of what we have planned for the day.

It’s an unwritten cosmic law.

But recently, I’ve found three products so effective they defy the cosmic laws and universal order of things, and today I’m here to share them with you.

Mavala Mavadry Top Coat (£10 on Look Fantastic)

You know that cheesy saying that goes something like: “A woman is only helpless while she’s waiting for her nail polish to dry”? Well, if you want to reduce your helplessness to the bare minimum, you need the Mavala Mavadry top coat in your life.

3-4 minutes and you’ll be good to go conquer the world!

Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat ($3.99 on Ulta)

If you don’t mind waiting a little longer for your nail polish to dry (about 15 minutes in total), then it’s the Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat you should check out. It’s cheap as chips and makes your manicure last SO. MUCH. LONGER.

Seriously, if you wear nail polish, you need this, like, yesterday.

Formula X Prime Base Coat ($10.50 on Sephora)

I’ve always relied on top coats to extend the longevity of my nail polish, but I’ve recently realized that the Formula X Prime Base Coat lends a very welcome hand in that department, too, by creating the perfect sticky base for your  polish to adhere to.

Pair it with the Essence top coat and you’ll get an everlasting manicure.

Well, almost. 😉

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    September 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I’m such a fan of Essence Cosmetics nail polishes they are super affordable and quality is great

    Beauty Candy Loves

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    Caked To The Nines
    September 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I totally need to get that top coat because I hate waiting for my nails to try lol! I always end up messing something up because I can’t sit still when my nails are wet.

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    September 5, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I need to try the Essence one. I have not tried any of their nail products yet. :]

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    September 6, 2016 at 1:54 am

    My favorite top coat is the Sally Hansen Insta Dry, it’s not as thick as some other fast dry top coats (like Seche, I hated that one) and it really makes my mani dry within 5 minutes!


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    September 6, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I need the Essence Gel Nail Polish Top Coat! I need it!!!!! I am a fan of Essence and how could I miss this? I left my nails without nail polish for almost a month, I wanted to give them some time to heal and breath and it would be the perfect product when I start painting my nails again with plum/berry fall shades!


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    September 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I’m not just into these things. I wish . . .

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    Shireen L. Platt
    September 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I am about to run out of my Seche Vite so I’ll be picking up the Essence Top coat to try! Essence surprisingly has great nail products, I love the quick dry drops and the nail polish too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    September 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I wish I could get Formula X products in New Zealand because I have heard they are amazing! Love this post Carol x

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    Fashionably Idu
    September 7, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I have to try the Essence top coat, sounds like a great product.

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    September 7, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Oh I’ll have to check out those top coats! The Formula X base coat sounds nice too.

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    September 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I would like the Essence Top coat! I’m pretty patient, anything to keep my nail polish chip proof is perfectly A-ok in my book!


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    September 7, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I haven’t tried any Essence nail products. I’ll have to look for that top coat next time I’m at the store. My nail polish is always chipping.

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    September 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I have an essence gel top coat too but the packaging looks a bit different (pr does it, I can’t remember now); but I love it! I usually use a base coat that has vitamins or something to strengthen the nails because my nails are really brittle after painting them over and over again 🙁

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    wendee isaacs
    September 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I would love to try the base coat. My nail polish always seem to come off too fast.


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    September 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    The Top Coat by Mavala sounds very appealing! It can be so frustrating waiting for nails to dry and so anything that speeds up the process is good in my book 😉

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    September 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I love the Mavala Mavadry Top Coat as well, the Essence top coat sounds lovely, but I’m not sure about X Formula though: I’ve been quite disappointed by the brand in the past!

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    September 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Oh, I have the formula X base coat and my mother owns the Essence top coat, so I will give that combo a go once I am back home.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    H A Parker
    September 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one that has annoying beauty problems happen to me, just when I have something planned! Ever since I saw Patrick Starrrs’ collaboration with Formula X, I’ve really wanted to try their products. My favourite base and top coat at the moment is from Nails inc. But I definitely feel like I need to try out some of your recommendations, as my nails still chip after maybe a week.xx – Urban Chic – My Top 5 Highlighters

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    September 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I like the sound of the Mavala Top Coat. I’ve tried Seche Vite and it really doesn’t dry as quickly as I expected…

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    September 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I have been using Sephora Formula X Top Coat for years now and it’s my favorite one- you should try it if you get a chance! I will have to try their base coat!

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    September 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Carol! I am in need for a new good base code so might check this one out! I have used Essences nail range and I think they are amazing especially for the price tag!! great choices 🙂

    Have a great Friday!
    ♥ Josune @ Your Beauty Script

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    Nora Gouma
    September 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Amazing post, I love it, thank you for sharing!!!


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    September 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I often times forget to add a top coat once I’m done adding colour onto my nails. In past I had a bad experience with any top coat, they tend to dry 100 years later. I’m going to haunt for these products and try it out. Thank you for sharing.

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