never experienced bubbles, dries fast and made polishes last at least a week with no chipping. i went on a 3 day hike that including crawling my way up through rocky trails and none of nails broke off. was also carrying a 50 lbs backpack that is a pain in the rear to put on and would somehow make my nails feel like it would snap off but didn't. great product if used religiously,let the base dry first, then polish, let it dry, then this top coat to prevent bubbles. love it!
Very disappointed, this topcoat somehow reacted with my polish and stained my nails. I use OPI base coat and colour and I didn't change anything else about my manicure except using this topcoat - my nails have never been stained by OPI before but when I removed the polish this morning my nails were completely stained red. I heard good things about Zoya and was looking for a less chemical-y alternative to Seche Vite, and I really wanted to like this product, but it was actually the worst topcoat I've ever used, I wouldn't even give my once-used bottle to a friend because it's that bad. (To be fair, it worked fine as a topcoat for me, I did get some tip wear but overall it had a shiny look without bubbles, but ruining my nails post manicure is a dealbreaker for me. Maybe if you used it with only Zoya polishes it would work better? But I am not going to get rid of all my other favourite polishes just to use one topcoat. Luckily I got this bottle on sale so I don't feel too bad about the money.)
I have been looking for an amazing top coat for such a long time. I have tried many different types - including many by Sally Hansen, Essie, Seche, etc..This one is THE best. I used it with my Zoya nail polish..On the 3rd day I added another coat, and I am on day 7 and my nails still look really good! very minimal chipping! And I work at a computer and type all day, wash my dishes by hand, and have been cleaning and getting ready for a move! Such a great product! I wish I could purchase it in stores though, not just online.
I LOVE ZOYA!! Love love. I have mostly Zoya polishes but I never tried the top coat for some reason, probably because it's never on sale and I always get my Zoya polishes when there's a special and don't want to waste a polish on a topcoat if I can choose a color. I ran out of my current topcoat SpaRitual's fast dry top coat, and am trying not to use SecheVite because of the stronger chemical composition (I know some of you are thinking that all nail polishes are full of bad chemicals, which is partly true, but I still try my best). I really liked the SpaRitual, but it's real expensive and is hard to come by. So I got the Zoya Armor and I don't really care for it. For one, it takes forever to dry, if you are used to fast drying nail polishes. I messed up my toes and three fingers, even after waiting 15 minutes. The shine is okay, but definitely not very shiny. The good, however, is that it does seem to last as long as the SpaRitual and SecheVite...and it does seem to be a high quality polish (trust me you can usually tell if its cheap). I don't know if I would repurchase because I hate the wait time, but I do like it enough to keep using it.
The only top coat that works well with my Zoya nail polishes. I did not experience any bubbling issues as mentioned by others but that could be because I take care not to apply my polishes in direct sun or under direct air vent. I change my manicure once in 2-3 days so I cannot vouch for the wearability but at the end of 3 days I usually can only see minimal tip wear which is of no major concern.
I definitely like this top coat. Favorite along with poshe. I am rough with my nails and this makes my polish last a week or so.
Great topcoat! This is definitely my favorite so far. Keeps my polish from chipping and I'm pretty rough with my nails. Would definitely repurchase!
This is the best top coat I've ever tried. Typically I get my nails done at a salon and then follow up with this top coat every day or every other day. I know it's a lot however I do it because it gives them this high gloss amazing look. Truly incredible. Right now, I am using the Zoya Armor over the OPI A Ruby for Rudolph and it looks rich like the paint on an expensive car. I can't tell you how many compliments I get on my nails. I have been doing my nails almost 40 years (started young because I have naturally long nails) and this is the highest gloss finish I have found.
I used Armor and Anchor together and I had a manicure that lasted for over seven days. With minimal tip wear. I did four manicures/pedicures total. It definitely works well in conjunction with Anchor. But I'm still confused.
The directions say, Clean nail thoroughly, apply one coat of Anchor followed by polish, and one coat of Armor. Helpful. Sarcasm intended. The box's brag panel says, Armor protects nail color, UV blocking topcoat keeps polish glossy, flexible, and prevents yellowing. Use with Anchor basecoat and Zoya lacquer to dramatically extend polish wear on natural nails. Oh but there's MORE! If you buy the Color Lock kit, you get this lovely little statement, Zoya Armor Topcoat & UV Block. Super brilliant, ultra strong and flexible with a chip-free coating. Blocks polish yellowing UV rays and protects nail color. Ok, the Color Lock kit has MORE instructions over and beyond the box! They say, Apply one coat of Armor over Zoya Lacquer; reapply every 2 days for extended color wear.
Here's the reality after about 6 or 7 uses. Armor feels like most non quick-drying topcoats, and it's just as glossy. Sally Hansen Maximum Shine applies the same way, nice and wet and glossy with good movement over the color. However, I did have polish bubble on me four or five times I have used Armor. I began to wonder if I was using it too thickly, if so, whether I should have waited for nails to dry before using Armor. How much education do you need to use this product to its maximum potential? I'm not getting much out of the box and Color Lock system's instructions. I feel at this moment I'm not there yet, and there's still room to grow if I can learn more.
Anyway, a manicure lasting for over a week on me is a miracle, and although some manicures had pinpoint holes in about all the nails, I just didn't look too closely. I still felt awesome in my gorgeous Zoya nails. And there's still Zoya's thick color to check into, which I believe is prone to bubbles. Yet it was just as bubbly over a nice thin OPI I was dying to try.
The bottom line is the directions stink but the product was honest in providing long wear to bubbly manicures. No yellowing was observed and no chipping. The only white I saw was tip wear and an unfortunate duo of peels. I must suggest waiting for the color below to dry... if one has time. continued >>