Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Elmer's Glue-All: Multi-Purpose Glue, Alright.

Hi, Ladies!

I have been out during the holidays, and then internet went bonkers on us, but now I'm back.

So pre-holiday, I was complaining to my friend, Mae (yes, the famous lady behind www.artofnail.blogspot.com), about my weak nails and she suggested I try using Elmer's Glue as base.  This way I won't have to excessively use polish remover which weakens the nails. I will only need to peel off the glue and polish comes off with it.  She actually wanted me to try out the Gel kind, but I was only able to get hold of the Glue-All.  They sell for cheap, around Php20 to Php25 per 40g sizes in all bookstores and department stores in the Philippines.

I took an empty bottle of polish and placed the glue in, and used as I would a regular polish.

(Excuse my nails, they're really yellowish and gross from all the nail art I've been doing)
On my first application, I was kind of worried the glue might alter the color of the polish (but really, a white base only enhances colors, what was I thinking?)  because it was a really milky white color.  And then it dried and looked like this:
 Except for the middle finger which had to dry longer because I apparently applied too thick, you can see that the rest of them dried into a clear coat.
I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Coral Reef to achieve my desired opacity and, voila! Worked really well, like a normal base coat.
 And then I peeled them off just like that.  I felt like a snake afterwards, but hellzyeahhhh I found a new and effective way to protect my nails!
Here are the Pros and Cons:
  • Protects your nails from weakening from excessive use of polish remover / acetone
  • Cheap alternative to base coat and acetone
  • Peels off really easily
  • Readily available anywhere 
  • When the glue dries, you will know because from milky white, it becomes clear 
  • After 24 hours more or less of wearing your mani, you can take it off as a whole and keep it for catalogue-ing. LOL.
  • Need at least a couple of minutes to dry than your regular base coat
  • Polish doesn't last as long because it can be easily peeled off
  • Sometimes it takes one push on your nail and the whole thing comes off.  
All-in-all, I would recommend using this if you have a lot of time in your hands, a lot of patience, and aren't looking to wear your polish for days.  
*I will update if I think of any more pros and cons.  I am at a blank right now.
Lastly, I hope you enjoyed your holidays!
Catch you later,


  1. Hi there! Just getting back to you about doing a bestie/mani swap! I couldn't find an email for you and I realize this isn't the best place to contact you, but I just set up an email for my nails so when you have a chance shoot me a line there! simplynailogical@gmail.com
    Thanks lady, keep on polishing :)

  2. wow, i gave it a try and it works wonders! It's going to be my favorite base for glitters from now on :) I love the color of that polish too... so lovely!!!

    1. awww, thank you :) And yes, I usually use this as base for glitters, and/or during "pictorials". Lol :)