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Trib tested: Cutex's Baseworx

| Sunday, July 1, 2012, 9:34 p.m.
Cutex Baseworx

The claim: Baseworx is the first nail polish base coat formula incorporating bio-ceramic technology for longer lasting manicures. Baseworx uses a very fine powder that bonds significantly to proteins, such as keratin in nails. The bio-ceramic powder improves the bond between nail polish and the nail, as it adheres to the keratin, resulting in longer lasting manicures. Baseworx protects nails longer and creates a smoother, stronger nail as it fills in ridges and masks other imperfections. It is effective as a base coat with any type of nail and polish, but can also be worn alone for a clean, natural, shiny look.

Cost: $7.99

Where: www.drugstore.com and www.cutexshop.com

As a lifelong, chronic nail-biter, I'm always hesitant to put anything on my nails. It seems like any nice product would simply be a waste on my cracked, chewed stubs. Cutex Baseworx, a basecoat with a bioceramic additive that fills in nail ridges, of which I have plenty, helped ease my usual polish apprehension. A layer of it applied before a pale pink color coat made my nails looks smooth and healthy.

Before I applied color, I wore the basecoat alone for a few days. It gave my nails a natural shine and seemed to strengthen them. I also used it as part of a pedicure, which I didn't have to touch up for about two weeks.

Baseworx dries quickly, so there's little risk of ruining your work. I won't say it stopped me from biting, but for the brief period before I did, my nails looked as nice as ever.

— Rachel Weaver

I felt like I was maybe doing my nails a favor by applying a coat of Cutex Baseworx given all the touting about its bioceramics and strengthening qualities.

My nails had been at their absolute worst ever. My nails often thrive on neglect and are usually long and strong. Seriously, I use toenail clippers to trim my fingernails because a regular pair of nail clippers won't cut through the nails. Maybe heavy duty spring cleaning took a toll, but unexpectedly my nails were breaking off and even layering apart. I jumped at the chance to try Baseworx.

I can't say I saw immediate improvement, but my nails are on the mend. I really like the natural look the basecoat provides. The sheen makes my nails look like they are cared for even without color.

Kudos to Cutex for sticking to the promise to dry in 5 minutes.

I applied polish over the base to test it for staying power. It passed and my manicure stayed respectable for more than a week. This is a keeper. I can't wait for my nails to return to their usual length so I can go wild with bright colors again - and not worry about discoloring my nails.

— Rebecca Killian

I have mixed feelings about Cutex Baseworx. I thought it worked really well when used just as a clear polish. It made my nails feel smoother and look healthier. I also thought it worked well as a basecoat because it made my nail polish go on smoothly. However, it didn't make my nail polish stay on any longer. I actually think it chipped faster.

— Anna Frey

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