Shout out to my #1 enabler, Lily Pebbles, for getting me hooked on the Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Miracle Cure for Severe Nail Problems. This can be used every other day as a treatment, or as a base coat under regular polish. I've been using it more the latter reason, and have been seeing incredible results.
My nails have been a lot stronger, which has in turn, helped my polish last much longer. I hardly every have the flaking/splitting problem that I did in the past, and I am so pleased with how well this stuff works.
On the other side of the coin, I have a massive love (as you can see in the picture) for the Essie Gel Setter Top Coat. This top coat isn't actually part of a gel system as the name would suggest, but it gives your self-manicure, the appearance of a gel finish. This equals super shiny and professional looking nails.
Every time I have used this top coat, I have gotten compliments on how great my nails look, as well as people inquiring if they are gel nails from a salon! This is by far the best top coat I have ever tried, and in conjunction with the nail treatment as a base coat, I have never been happier with my nails, and it's even better that these both come at drugstore prices.
What are your favorite nail base & top coats?