I've never used this on its own, but it is excellent as glitter food! Apply a coat of it over a glitter that dries bumpy, add Seche Vite on top and it ends up smooth as glass!
This is part of their gel line -- I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use it with a UV light, otherwise it won't set properly. I only realized after watching Essence's youtube video.
I don't know why I didn't look up the reviews for this product before purchasing.. But I pretty much share the same thoughts as other reviewers this product. I used this top coat last night and now my nails are covered with bubbles and creases.
Why does Essence insist on making this product?
I am finally throwing this little polish away. I've used it long enough (about 5 months) to get a pretty good read on it. After carefully applying my nailpolish -- my nails are consistently ruined by this top coat. Without fail, the top coat makes my polish bubble up. I've experimented with heavy, light and ultra light top layers, but it always bubbles my polish. It doesn't make them last. Yes -- they do shine. But for a few more dollars, I can get a much better product. Pass on this.
This is an ineffective top coat . It does apply smoothly and easily but does not aid in drying my polish faster .
I actually kind of liked this Product. It made my nails look very shiny and glossy. And it's $2 like, let's get real. $2. You can't go wrong. On the other hand it only lasted 2 days. And my mani chipped super easily. If you need a clear nail polish for a dance completion or just for everyday. If go with this one.
I was really disappointed with this Essence product. I have a ton of their cosmetics and they are fun, affordable and pretty good for such a low price. The gel top coat isn't up to par, though. The bubbles drive me nuts! The brush isn't as nice as their usual polish brushes. Will not buy again. I'll stick to the ESsence Colour and Go/Nude Glam lines of nail polishes.
Worst top coat EVER. I have never tried such terrible product on my nails. This top coat makes you really wait for it. It gives you bubbles and never dries, though if you leave your nails to dry without a top coat for about 24 hours and then apply it the bubbles will not appear. But, the top coat will NEVER dry. even after a week I can place my nail over it or something hard and it just will get destroyed. I really expected more from Essence.
There is no dry time for this gel-look topcoat. It is non-existent. It just never dries. You think it does. You can sit with your perfectly manicured nails, apply this topcoat, they look great with a wonderful shine and wait and wait, and wait some more. Then about an hour later you think your nails are dry, but they really aren't. You can run ice-cold water over your nails, or put them in the freezer, do whatever you do to make sure their done. It doesn't matter. Wake up the next morning even if you had your hands in a sling and your manicure would be ruined somehow. Believe all the reviews below.
I put this on, waited over an hour and went out. My nails looked good. Within two hours, I noticed these little wrinkles on my manicure. I was horrified. All the work we put into our nails, and then it's ruined because of a topcoat? Do not bother trying this unless you want to see how long it will take to ruin your finished nails.
Obviously, I'm not repurchasing.
Wish i could rate it 0 stars. Shrinkage. The fact that it dries only to the touch but never hardens can ruin ur beautiful mani. And it bubbles. The shine isn't XXXL either. Buy sally hansens hard as nails cuz it's cheaper.