A couple of weeks ago I mentioned on Facebook I was giving a new top coat a test drive. There are several top coats I truly love, including inm Out The Door and Rush 60 Seconds top coat. But I can’t help it….I’m always looking for something even better!
This top coat comes with quite the list of lofty claims. It is supposed to be quick drying and help prevent smudging, chipping, fading and peeling. The finish is supposed to be “glass like” and UV absorbers are supposed to prevent fading and yellowing. And the best part? It dries in seconds!
The most notable thing about this top coat is the directions. It clearly says on the back of the packaging to apply over dry nail polish. Uh, what? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a top coat?
Anyway, the first polish I used this top coat with was OPI In The Cable Car-Pool Lane. I was really impressed by the super shiny finish and wear time. Despite the directions, I applied this top coat as I normally would. It was fine except I found that the brush picked up alot of color off the nail. Not too good.
My next manicure, which was deborah lippmann She Bop, I gave the polish a bit of time to dry before applying the Dries Instantly top coat. I found that the brush didn’t pick up much if any color and still left me with quite a shiny manicure.
I continued using this top coat and found it was really good for some things and not so good for others. This is a thin top coat (which I prefer) so it’s not great over glitter. I also found it wasn’t great over nail art or polish where many (read 4+) coats were required. But, as I continued to use it, I found I quite liked it over just regular polish. It’s also a stellar top coat to refresh a mani or pedi that’s gotten a little dull.
Overall, I do like this top coat and will continue to use it. It’s 3 free and I can see it becoming part of my normal top coat rotation.
That being said, this isn’t going to be your go to super fast dry top coat when you’re late and just need to get your manicure done. While it does dry fast (not so sure about 30 seconds…) it does require letting the polish dry for a couple minutes prior to applying the top coat.
Below the jump are things that might be helpful! Including the ingredients list, directions, claims, what the bottle looks like, etc.
I’d love to know what top coat you’re loving! I’m always on the market for a new top coat to try 🙂