Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat

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What is it: Julep's Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat is a nail-perfecting, hydrating base coat infused with silica minerals.

Who is it for: The DIY manicurist.

Why is it different: The "five-free" formula contains no DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor.

How do I use it: Prep your nail plate with alcohol or acetone to ensure there are no oils or residue on the nail. Apply Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat, and follow with two coats of your favorite nail color (not included). Finish with Julep Oxygen Performance Top Coat (not included) over dry polish.

From Julep.


  • 0.27-fl oz Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat
  • Cannot ship to AK, HI, PR, VI, Guam

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Reviews & Community QA

Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 112.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure what it does I used the base coat for the first time. Not sure what it does exactly.
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good Fills in all the ridges and helps my polish last without wrecking my nails. I do 2 coats and a little under the tip too.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Chips Quickly I bought this and used it with Julep polish and the Go the Distance top coat. It wasn't even a week before my polish started chipping. For the price you pay for these products, they should last a minimum of two week. My cheap Sally Hanson base and top coat last weeks longer than these do and cost a fraction of the price.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick drying It dries to a matte translucent finish pretty quickly. It's a great base even for white nail polish; it feels very smooth.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good at first but doesn’t last long When I first started using this I loved how quickly it dried and how I could tell when my nail looks matte. But by the time I got through half the bottle it started to get thick and clumpy. And there would be dried bits that would get painted on my nail that makes it uneven. Once it got to that point i had to make it my toe nail base coat since I don’t care as much if it’s not as even. I’d say it’s okay to buy if you paint your nails enough, but for my once a week mani and biweekly pedi I’ll stick with something that will have a longer shelf life.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goes on smooth It goes on real smooth and fills in my ridges. I tried it with one of the black metallic polishes and it did NOT stain my nails. Plolish didn't chip like it does sometimes with other polishes.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect first step! This base coat made my nails noticeably smoother, it dried quickly, and prevented any staining from the nail polish color. A super first coat!
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good so far I like this so far - just used it one day ago. Nothing on top of it yet. Don't like the small amount for large amount of $. Also, don't like the reviews that say the product turns thick like so many other products where you only really get half of what you purchase. (NOT just QVC products, but a great many nail polishes) Remains to be seen. The smoothing bit is true in my case, have ridges to be smoothed out. Hope it lasts. Like that some other reviewers state that it makes polish easier to remove.
Date published: 2017-08-29
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