We have a client who comes in for manicures on her natural nails weekly. Recently though, her polish bubbles. We’ve tried new polish, different brands, and different types of base coat. We’re very careful not to shake the bottles and have even tried to wait longer between coats. Nothing seems to make a difference.
First, you will want to make sure that you are thoroughly removing any oily residue before applying your base coat. This can be accomplished by using a cleanser that is formulated for nails. If that doesn’t seem to make a difference, you may want to check to see if the base coat you are using is formaldehyde-free. I have noticed a bubbling when I use a formaldehyde-free base coat with polishes containing toluene or toluenesulfomanide resin. Since these two ingredients are found in almost every nail enamel on the market, you may want to try a different base coat. -- Melissa Carlini is an educator for Creative Nail Design based in Colorado Springs, Colo.