Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Review & Pictures

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Review & PicturesA good base coat sets the stage for nail polish to give a performance of a lifetime and to receive a standing ovation.

A bad base coat has you booing, throwing rotten tomatoes at it, and heckling even though you know it can’t hear you.

I’ve put the Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat through a manicure marathon.

For the most part, it held up well under pressure despite having some performance anxiety. And it gave all the right answers to the cute reporter:

“At the end of the day,” Orly Bonder said with sweat dripping down its brows, “if I’ve done my best, I can sleep at night.”

So how did Orly Bonder fare? Am I handing it a medal or heading to the store for juicy tomatoes? You’re about to find out in seconds…

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Pictures

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Pictures

Just in case you’re wondering, I have a step-by-step Ladybug nail art tutorial if you’re interested.

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Review & Pictures

Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat Review & Pictures

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Ingredients

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Ingredients


    Rubberized base coat
    Grips lacquer to the nail surface for lasting adhesion
    ? Prevents nail lacquer from wearing off up to 2 weeks

Key Notes

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Review


The formula is thin and very watery, so it glides onto the nail effortlessly. The only thing is that it’s so liquidy that you have to be careful not to flood your cuticles with it because it runs. (That should come as no surprise since I did say in the intro that Orly Bonder was put in a manicure marathon, right? :P)

Also, despite it being orange in the bottle, I didn’t notice it depositing any actual colour on my nails.

Dry Time

I expect every base coat to dry quickly. After all, who wants to wait for their base coat to dry before applying their polish?

The Orly Bonder Rubberized base coat dries very quickly. By the time I finished putting it on the last finger of my second hand, the first finger on my first hand was pretty much dry. Good! Or else! Grrr! (I’m not very intimidating actually…)


It dries with a tacky feeling. This is the ‘rubberized’ feature that helps grip your nail polish onto your nail. I actually think it feels pretty darn cool.


Every single time I wore this base coat under any polish (except for Zoya polish), the polish lasted me a long time and didn’t chip.

I didn’t notice anything exceptional about it, though. It worked just like most of the base coats I’ve tried.


A good base coat not only helps your manicure mileage, but it should also protect your natural nails against ugly staining. I’ve tried this under a bunch of colours from various brands of polish, and it worked like a charm.

However…(and this is pretty important), one time, it failed to prevent staining! *Gasp* I was not a happy camper, but it’s a good thing that I always have my nails painted or this would be embarrassing.

For the record, I wore Orly Bonder under Orly Spark, which is a springy mellow yellow. This surprised me more that Orly Bonder couldn’t even prevent staining from an Orly polish!

But that was just an isolated incident, so I’m willing to still give it a high score since it never let me down before.


The Orly Bonder Rubberized base coat is free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP, which makes it a Big-3-Free base coat.


I really like the bottle design. The glass is frosted, which just feels cool. And the handle is rubberized, so you have a lot of control. Plus cracking open the bottle is always a cinch. No need to wrap an elastic band around the handle for leverage to bust it open. And no need to use it as an excuse to chat up the guy with the bulging biceps. Oh wait…oh no!

The bottle comes in a box. I think that this is unnecessary and very wasteful. Maybe Orly’s trying to make their product look fancier, but to me, it’s just annoying. I don’t need to have to throw away extra garbage. Mother Nature’s already nagging me to clean up my planet.

They could just sell this bottle without the box, and I’d still like it just as much. Plus without that packaging, maybe they could lower the price. Win-win in my book.


There’s a little rabbit logo on the back of the bottle, so that means it’s cruelty-free. Good news for animal lovers! 🙂


  • Cruelty-free
  • Dries quickly
  • Dries with a rubberized finish that helps polish adhere
  • Big-3-Free
  • Prevents staining of most polishes (see Cons for exception)

  • Doesn’t prevent staining from all polishes (My nails stained badly when using this under Orly Spark – a mellow yellow)
  • Excessive packaging means more waste

Final Verdict: 9/10

Overall, I’m pleased with Orly Bonder’s performance. Sure, it missed the mark big time once, but hey, nobody’s perfect. I will continue to use this product and will repurchase (well, not for a long time, though, because I have tons of other base coats to finish up first).

If you wear a lot of yellow polishes (you’re awesome!), you probably should avoid using this base coat. If, however, you only wear yellows occasionally, then this is a pretty good base coat.

And after reading this post’s intro, in case you were wondering if I talk with my polishes, I don’t. They talk to me! *Makes a crazy face* 😛

Have you tried any Orly base coats before? What was your experience with them like? Do you have a Holy Grail base coat?


14 thoughts on “Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat Review & Pictures

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Krista!

      You’re so welcome! Glad you found my review helpful. 🙂 I was itching to write this review earlier, but I needed to test it out for several months to get a good idea of how well it works. 🙂

  1. Carmela

    I’m definitely picking this up when I run out of Nailtek. 🙂 I totally understand that polish talks to you. They usually scream at me (to get them or wear them). Nice to know yours are more polite. 😉

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Hahahahaha, I’ll have mine go speak to yours.

      Of course you understand. We are all in it together…and by in it, I mean in a room with padded walls. 😛

  2. Katie

    I just bought Orly Bonder! Thanks for the review! I’ve heard great things about it so I thought I would give it a try. Hope it doesn’t stain on me! 🙂

    I thought the same thing about the packaging. Polishes don’t usually come in boxes so I don’t think treatments have to.

    By the way, love the intro of this post! I”ll be sure to put my Orly up to a manicure marathon!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katie!

      That’s good timing – I hope it doesn’t stain your nails, either. Maybe for polishes that are more prone to staining, it might be a good idea to apply two layers. (That’s actually something I haven’t tried with this base coat…Should’ve…)

      Glad you liked the intro! 😀 I always have so much fun personifying inanimate objects! A little too much fun. 😛

      After you’ve tried it for a while, let me know how you like it. And if a colour stains, please warn me.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Krissy!

      Anytime! 🙂

      On the whole, I do think it’s good for preventing staining, but that one polish (Orly Spark) did a number on my nails. Nail Tek Foundation II is a base coat that I’ve never had any staining issues with, but it’s also not big-3-free, if that matters to you.

      I’m also testing out several other base coats, but the verdict’s not out yet. Need to experiment more and then I’ll report my findings. 🙂

  3. Amber

    I really like this base coat, I have had a few problems though. Sometimes my entire nail will peel off in one big chunk (only if I use this base coat) Maybe I am applying to thick. I do like how it usually helps polish last longer though.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amber!

      Wow, the entire nail peeling off in one big chunk? I have never had that happen to me. I’ve heard this happening to a lot of people who use the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (but that has never happened to me, either). Maybe it doesn’t play well with some combinations of coloured polish and top coat? That must be annoying though to see your polish come right off like that.

    2. Karen

      Hey Amber,

      I’ve had that exact same thing with this Orly base coat where my entire polish just comes off in one big piece! It’s kind of fun (although my nails feel a bit sensitive afterwards) but not good if it tempts me to pick off my lovely mani like it’s a scab. But other than that, the fact that it really seems to create a whole other surface above your nail, I feel like it’s more prone to chipping at the tips and coming off in little flakes, so I just have to use lots of top coat whenever I use this bonder. After hearing so many good things about this base coat, it was a bit disappointing 🙁


      1. Mary Post author

        Karen, sorry to hear that you didn’t have much luck with this base coat. Hope you’re able to find one that works much better for you!


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