China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat

China Glaze No-Chip Top CoatMy relationship with China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat did not start off well.

I’ve heard people talk about this top coat and believe it or not I’ve never tried a top coat from China Glaze. My curiosity got the best of me and I threw it in my shopping cart. Unless I’ve stated otherwise in a post, this is the top coat I’ve been using almost exclusively for the past 2 months.

The first time I used this top coat was with OPI I’ve “Red” The Script. I’ve “Red” The Script is just a normal polish that requires two coats. I topped that manicure with this top coat several hours before going to bed. I woke up the next morning with a seriously bad case of bed nails. I was pretty shocked/confused about the entire situation.

After the bed nails incident I decided to actually read the directions on the box (what a novel concept!). I found it odd that this was labeled as a treatment. Top coats don’t touch your nails…how can this be a treatment! The directions also say to apply two coats of this top coat. Um, that’s never going to happen. EVER.

I felt even more confused about the situation at this point. I came to the conclusion I was going to continue to use this as just a normal top coat and see what happens.

So after all that it turns out my issue with this top coat and I’ve “Red” The Script was an anomaly and I actually quite like this top coat. It’s a thinner top coat and dries quickly (though it’s no super fast drying Seche Vite like top coat…). If you like Essie Good to Go!, Rush 60 Second and inm Out the Door you will like China Glaze No-Chip. They’re all very similar.

This is a top coat I would definitely recommend and would consider repurchasing.

China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat retails for $9 at places like Ulta but it can be found for much less expensive on Amazon.

Below the jump are a few more pictures of the box and bottle (including those very odd directions…).


China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat box China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat bottle China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat directions


  1. So, it’s one coat of base coat, two (sometimes three) coats of polish, maybe one coat of glitter (or anything pretty), two of China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat and another of Fast Freeze Quick Dry? Nope. Not going to happen in my house.

    1. The Fast Freeze Quick Dry is actually a quick dry oil product. Most brands recommend using their version of the oil drops though I’ve never found them to be particularly helpful.

      But anyway, like I said in the post, I just use this as a regular top coat (meaning one coat of top coat) and have really enjoyed it.

  2. My favorite top coat by far is Revlon Quick Dry. It’s as shiny and fast drying as Seche, minus the nasty formaldehyde. Dries smudge proof in 30 seconds, nick proof in 10 minutes, and dig-in-your-purse dry in 20. So no bed nails ever!

What do you think?