Updated: Caronia Nail Hardener and Basecoat, Fast-Dry Top Coat and Kwik-Dry and Cuticle Conditioner

by - March 30, 2016

Got a problem with easy-chipping nail polishes? All it takes is just one day and there would be cracks and peel on your nail bed already? Say goodbye to them now! Because you can now have that professional-like manis and pedis even while you are in the comfort of your own home!

What I'm going to review today is the Caronia Nail Hardener and Base Coat, Caronia Fast-Dry Top Coat and Caronia Kwik-dry and Cuticle Conditioner.

In 1968, founders of Vibelle Manufacturing Corporation, Don Vicente Ang and his wife Belen introduced the first locally produced nail polish brand in the Philippine market, Caronia.

Caronia, named after the luxury ship, RMS Caronia easily became a popular brand among Filipinas because it provided them an alternative to limitedly available imported nail care brands.


Caronia Nail Hardener and Base Coat (P49)
Caroia Fast-Dry Top Coat (P49)
Caronia Kwik-Dry and Cuticle Conditioner (P39)
Bought from: Watsons

All three are housed in glass packaging with proper labeling and cute differently-colored stickers and brush applicators. I'd say they are travel-friendly, but wait, who brings these to trips? Do you???

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CARONIA NAIL HARDENER AND BASE COAT

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If you want your nail polishes to stay longer on your nails without chipping or anything, I suggest that you use a base coat. To tell you honestly, I don't use any base coat before applying nail polish back when I was elementary neither when I was in high school. But when I became so addicted to nail polishes, that's when I became more aware to things essential for healthier nails such as base coats, top coats and nail polish remover.

Tell you what, this is my first ever brand of base coat that I was able to try. The next one is the San San (I'll be posting a different review for that one). Anyhow, Caronia changed my views when it comes to nail care. Number one rule which I have known: Invest in an efficient base coat prior to using colored polishes. It will prevent stains and will help in making your nails fuller and stronger with every coloring.


What it claims: Protect your nails from breaking and chipping with a base coat that locks on to nail polish color!


What I like:

-does not look cheap
-prolong the life span of polishes
-prevents my nails from yellowing
-retails for only PHP39 for a 15ml bottle
-does what it claims
-makes my nails harder which always weaken when cleaned using cuticle pusher
-dries quickly
-widely available


What I don't like:

-smells like rugby.

-brush is so thin that it takes too much strokes to cover my nails with base coat
-has 30% Toulene, Formaldehyde, and DBP! (For short, it has the Big 3 Toxins we always dreaded and wanted to avoid on products (Anyhow, it doesn't matter if you're not a health conscious. But I am! And as I said, I never care to nail products before as long as there's nail polish. I have already bought it before I discovered that nail polishes also has toxins which might be harmful for the health.)


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CARONIA FAST-DRY TOP COAT
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If you're really into nail polish, without a top coat will definitely make you feel that your manicure isn't done well. Like a house without furniture. While you can top off your polishes with colorless, Caronia Fast-Dry Top Coat assures you to dry your nails even faster and make it last longer. Actually, with base coat and top coat, I noticed that even after a week, there is still very minimal to no chipping which is a lot better than having applied nail polish only.


What it claims: Get durable, glossy finish in express time!

What I like:
-very effective in drying my nail polish faster
-very good in providing your nails that glossy look even after days of handy works
-protects your nails from chipping
-15 ml bottle costs 49php only
-doesn't contain the Big 3 Toxins except I'm using it together with the base coat
-widely available


What I don't like:
-smells like those rubber balloons
-makes me feel dizzy
-the brush is too thin for my nails

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CARONIA KWIK-DRY & CUTICLE CONDITIONER
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While I already topped my nail polish with my preferred top coat, I still apply Kwik-Dry & Cuticle Conditioner. It's not that really necessary (in my own opinion) since my top coat is already fast-drying, I still apply it for conditioning purposes though.

It also prevents my nails from getting smudges, dirt and even light touches--which I always get from certain activities. Anyways, who would want ruined nail polish after an hour of prettifying? You definitely want it to be as perfect as the first time you apply your nail polish! So if you want a well-moisturized, added fast-drying components and smudge-free nails, you must give this a go!



What it claims: Dry your nail polish faster and keep it smudge-free while you condition your cuticles at the same time!


What I like:

-totally Big 3 Toxins-free (but using it together with the Caronia Top Coat does not make any difference at all)
-has mineral oil for further moisturizing effect
-affordable for only 49php for a 15ml bottle
-doesn't smell strong unlike the top coat and base coat
-Widely available


What I don't like:

-None

WOULD I BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN?

As of now, I'm still in the process of trying out new things to find what suits me best. But in any instance I'm not satisfied with any product which offers the same service, well, yes, I am most certain to buy these again!

Have you tried any Caronia product? Feel free ro share it here with me! Happy blogging!

Love,
Hanna

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