Which Top Coat Should I Be Using?
Posted by Stephanie Orr in Tried & Tested, Hands & Feet
Top coats are largely known for their longevity claims which aim put the P into polished finish, for manicured hands which look like they’ve just stepped out of a salon come rain or shine.
From plumping gel effect top coats to high shine and quick dry effects, there’s a top coat for all desired finishes, but can they all live up to their name? We put 5 to the test to find out.
Famed for their existing range of nail polishes and gel colours, OPI also have their own Plumping Volumizing Top Coat, £14.50 which is designed to give the illusion of thicker, stronger nails, whilst providing a high-gloss and protective shine.
The verdict: This top coat worked really well and glided on to my nails so easily without any hassle, it also helped to keep my nails in prestige condition for 7 days before I noticed any sign of chipping.
Butter London’s Hardwear Shine UV Topcoat, £15 prides itself as a chip-resistant and high-shine all rounder which helps to strengthen the the nail bed and leave an at home mani protected and smudge resistant.
The verdict: After a couple of tries with this top coat I’m definitely sold on the shine it delivers along with the staying power it provides, giving it a winning spot in my nail collection.
Mavala happens to be the nail brand our beauty director swears by using and with that there was no option but to try out their Colorfix Top Coat, £11.50 in a bid to lengthen our at home mani and see if the ‘colourfix’ aspect could do anything for our nails.
The verdict: After following the guide to this top coat I applied this top coat to my nails once they were dry and immediately noticed brighter appearance to my nails, which livened up the colour and gave them a more salon professional appearance that lasted 6 days.
Leighton Denny are another one of our go to nail brands and with this we were eager to find out whether their Leighton Denny Crystal Finish Top Coat, £12 could stand the test of time.
The verdict: Just a thin coat of the Crystal Finish Top Coat worked well on my nails and dried at super speed, I like that this top coat leaves nails feeling protected with a hard shield for a professional finish which lasted 6 days before chipping.
Essie are one of our favoured frontrunners when it comes to nails and with that in mind we were eagerly excited to try their Good To Go Top Coat, £8.99 due to its drying agents promises which are said to set nail colour in seconds.
The verdict: This top coat certainly lived up to to its name and dried my nails in approximately 4 minutes which is exactly what a mani mad lover requires when they’re on the go. As for the shine we would have loved a little bit more gloss but overall this a great top coat contender.