I got the gel shine top coat but I don't know if there is a difference. Overall this is a good topcoat. I use my hands a lot as I work in retail so I have a hard time making polish last. However I do have two major complaints.. The first is that it is very slow drying. When I put it on hours later I wake up with sheet marks. I also find it gets dented easily days later. My other complaint is that if your polish isn't completely dry it pulls the color. I tried to seal my tips and it worked but the polish got into the bottle of topcoat and I had let the polish dry for 20 minutes before applying the topcoat. Not the best but not bad for the price.
This is the top coat that goes with the "gel" base coat.
I haven't used this without the base coat but it's awesome when it's paired together. I can go 5 days without chips or tip wear. Very impressive
NOT A QUICK DRY TOP COAT!!
I got the Gel Shine top coat to try with the Gel Smooth base coat. This is just as great! I use this and then top with a quick dry top coat. Amazing!! Super shiny! Dry time is slow if you don't have a QDTC to put on top. But it is great otherwise! Love love love!
This should not be confused with a quick dry top coat. It is not! I use this top coat after I put my last coat of nail polish, but before I put on my quick dry top coat. Doing it this way, seals the polish and prevents shrinkage from the quick dry top coat. In my experience, it significantly prevents chipping. I have noticed that if I don't use this product out of laziness, my mani doesn't last as long, regardless of the base coat or top coat used. The consistency stays smooth and does not thicken with time, the brush is excellent and covers the nail well. Overall, highly recommend this!
This top coat is actually not that bad at all. Itz not fast drying, so it does take a bit longer to dry. But I adore the shine it provides, people thought I had a gel manicure when I used this. It also doesn't chip easily, itz like it puts a shield on your nails. There's no strong scent to it either! However, when it comes to nail art, if you aren't extremely careful with this top coat, your nail art will smudge. Because of that, I only use this top coat on my toes or to clean out my stained nail art brushes (since it not fast drying).
I so badly wanted to love this top coat, but it just doesn't work with my nails, no matter how many chances I give it. It never fully dries, causing the polish to constantly dent. It applies sticky and bubbles like crazy. The price is great compared to my all-time favorite polish, Seche Vite, and the packaging is excellent, so sleek, glossy looking and eye catching. I've never had a problem with any of Revlon's products, my nails just don't like this top coat's formula.
This along with colorstay base coat has been great for my nails. They are stronger and growing long. The only negative I see is it takes longer for my nails to dry with this. Considering every other top coat has dried my nails and made them peel, I'll take a little longer for them to dry. Will keep buying this product.
I'm a bit of a top coat junkie, I like to try out different brands so I doubt I'll repurchase this. It's ok and does the job, makes my nails shiny but takes a while to dry and gets thick in its bottle over time.
I am crazy about the Colorstay base coat. It's my Holy Grail. Since CVS was having a sale, I gave this a shot. Eh. Nothing special. It doesn't dry quickly, and it doesn't dry my polish, and it didn't make any difference in the endurance of my manicure. Will not repurchase.
Interesting reviews on this! I use Nicole by OPI drying drops whenever I paint my nails and I haven't noticed a difference in the drying time while using the colorstay top coat. No matter the top coat I use, I always wait about 15min after using the drying drops before I do anything with my nails.
Anyway...I really like this top coat and feel it does a good job of keeping the polish (whether colorstay or another brand) on my nails with minor tip wear. I feel like my nails look good for about 3/4 days before big chips start to appear, and for me that's great!