The base coat appears to be opaque white in the bottle, but it goes on a diluted milky color and dries down to a translucent matte finish. After the manicure was done, it looked like any other manicure and dried just as quickly. I started to notice the difference two days later when I had no chips.
My nails are short and soft and my polish usually starts chipping a day or two after I get a mani. Not this time, though. On day two, I didn't see any wear-and-tear at all. However, the trouble starts when the polish does start to chip, which was on about day four for me. Pieces don't just flake off; they peel. Once the peeling starts, it's all over. I tried to touch up the nails that started peeling on the tips, but it just looked bumpy. So I gave in and yanked.
Now here's the good news. The polish peeled right off without any residue left behind. It was like using those adhesive nail stickers. Miraculous. And because I couldn't stop at just one, I decided to just end my experiment and peel them all off. In less than a minute I had a little stack of oval-shaped mermaid-y nail polish residue. My nails were dull-looking after I pulled the polish off, but they didn't seem weak or soft the way they do after a gel manicure.
Overall, it's a useful product. Two glittery thumbs up.