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Can I use a topcoat as a basecoat or vice versa?

It is best not to use them interchangeably. Although they look similar, these two products are designed to do different things. Base coats are usually thicker and stickier, which helps the nail polish adhere better. They contain more resins to give the nail added strength. Topcoats are thinner and contain more ingredients that create a durable surface on the nail. They are made to add strength, dry quickly and protect the polish from daily wear and tear. There are a few products that offer the convenience of two products in one which combines the bonding power of a basecoat with the protection of a topcoat. ridge-filler base coat
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