It’s no secret that I’m kind of addicted to trying different top coats. My all time favorite top coat is Essie Good To Go! though I’m currently using Rush 60 Second High Speed Top Coat. It’s very close to the Essie top coat but much less expensive.
I was browsing the cosmetics aisle at Rite Aid a while ago and saw that NYC had a (very) inexpensive top coat in their Long Wearing nail enamel line. I’ve had extremely good luck with polishes from the Long Wearing line so for less than a buck I figured I’d give the Extra Shiny Top Coat a try.
Initially, I was pretty happy with this top coat. It’s not a thick top coat but it’s not thin either. It goes on smooth and while it’s not a fast drying top coat, it dries fairly quickly to a super shiny finish. I’ve had no trouble with this causing shrinkage or bubbling or any of the other usual top coat issues.
Fast forward to 24 hours later and that’s where the problems begin. This top coat will cause any polish that is not glitter based to crack. Yes, crack! It’s so frustrating to have a lovely looking manicure but to have cracks on the nail.
This happened to me many, many times. I wanted to test this top coat with every finish of polish I could. Over cremes this is particularly a problem. But metallics and shimmer finishes aren’t much better.
I will say this is a great top coat to use over glitters. I’ve not experienced the cracking issue and since it’s inexpensive and not super thin it’s a great top coat to layer over those glitters that just eat top coat.
I’ll be keeping this around for swatching and glitter polishes but otherwise it won’t be getting much use.
Below the jump there are photos of a 24 hour old manicure. I used Essie Smokin’ Hot and added a glitter accent nail using Lex Cosmetics Dying Embers. Dying Embers has a glitter base and therefore did not crack. The rest of the nails show obvious cracking.
I do want to point out I’m not banging my nails around to make the top coat crack. The cracking occurs no matter how careful I am with my nails!