This is the BEST top coat ever!! I love it with cream finish polishes the best because it seriously looks like I had gel nails done. It dries really fast and I don't have to worry about my nail polish getting all over the place. You have to let your actual nail polish to sit for at least 5 minutes then you can go ahead and put this top coat on. The other reviews I just don't believe any of them at all I've already repurchased this twice and my sister is also hooked on this too so I can tell you for sure this stuff works!
I wanted to like this product but honestly every drugstore top coat I've tried has worked far better then this overpriced option. It comes out very thick on the nails which actually causes the polish to chip easier. Worse then that it strips nail polish while being applied even after waiting as much as 10 minutes before putting it on.
Like others, I wanted to love this, but it totally disappoints.
This is great if you're in a time crunch and you need your nails to be dry in 5 minutes and look good for one day.
After that, you can forget it. It causes MAJOR shrinkage and it didn't even go 24 hours without a chip.
Not only that, but you have to apply it in a super thick coat or you will see brush strokes in it after it dries and hardens completely.
I was so ecited to use this. Thought it would be great and it was for a few hours. My nails looked nice and shiny and it dried nice and hard but my nails started chipping at the very top within a fe hours. I feel like my polish would have lasted longer without this.
Doesn't live up to promises or hype. It looks great at first but hardly lasts a week let alone a couple of days. I have used it as a topcoat for all my Julep polishes (10 different types/consistency/formulations) and it definitely seals the manicure of the thinner brighter polishes better, the ones that glide in easily, than it does for a thicker creme formula where I have found it to easily nick. Still on the hunt for the perfect topcoat to replace my old fave SV but thinking Butter London hardware is next to try! Overall 3 lippies.
This is crazy expensive at $18 so I would never buy it myself but I got it as a gift.
I like the look of the Julep bottles and the brushes are good too, as far as shape and density. However you need to scrape off the brush on the bottle rim a lot with this topcoat or it will go on way too thick. It's a really thick formula as it is and it gets even thicker/glop pier after a few uses.
This dries pretty fast to a hard/durable seal and a nice glossy finish. No bubbles, smooth look. Makes polish look like gels. However, it does cause shrinkage.
This is a great top coat. It is super super shinny and make my mani last a long time. BUT, and it's a really big BUT, i get major shrinkage. Like, the polish come of the tip on my nails, shrink and wrinkle. Every.time. It is really annoying, because my mani last a super long time but wrinkled and shrinked :(
It is also self leveling, and dry super quickly. I would really like to love it, but with the shrinkage and the price tag of 18$, i will not repurchase.
Oh and after maybe 2/3 of the bottle, it become really really goopy, and it cannot be saved with a thinner.
I will not repurchase.
I've been super impressed with this top coat. Granted, I only paid like $6 for it and apparently list is $18. My nails haven't chipped at all, and I'm constantly adding keys to key rings, opening sodas, and other stupid things that usually destroy my mani in a few hours. If you can get it on sale, it's the best top coat I've ever used. But seriously, $18 is so much money for this - the applicator is kind of shitty, so it puts WAY too much on your nail. All of the Julep polishes have the same bottle/brush design. It looks pretty, but it's not the best.
I really wanted to love this stuff. And I did when I first received it. The shine was the best shine I've ever seen from any top coat and it dried amazingly hard and fast, especially under a 60 watt bulb like the directions state. Many people thought I had gel nails due to the shine alone, that's how amazing it was. But this polish quickly started to annoy me. It lasted a few days and disappointed me that it seemed to have only average longevity. But what really annoyed me is how horribly thick this stuff gets after just a few uses, not even half way through, even when capped tightly! And thinner takes away from the shine and drying process. Also, the cost is outrageous. $18 for a 0.27 ounce bottle? You have got to be kidding me. This stuff is more expensive per ounce than Chanel polish!
This definitely gives your nails the look & feel of a gel mani. Compared to a gel manicure, it's very cost effective; compared to a plain old topcoat it's expensive. However, it definitely doesn't give you the durability of a gel. I've had my polish on for about 4-5 days and it's chipping; I did touch it up once. However, removal is easy and there's no need for a UV light or to go to a salon. So for all those pros and cons, I give a solid middle grade!