Trying to move away from Gel manicures and tried this top coat. Very happy and surprised! Dried very quickly TO TOUCH but still give it some time before putting on gloves.....lasted much longer than any other manicure I have had.....really good product. Worth the mine!
Utter disappointment. 2 days! Chipping on 5 fingers. I will redo tonight and see what "take two" does. They are still glossy looking, but pretty badly chipped. :(
Update: after 4 attempts at making this work, I have to say it doesn't. Chips in 1 day. It's just not working for me. I've tried it with 3 different brand of high end polish.
The first reviewer for this product experienced "shrinkage" the day after using this product over her manicure. I did too. I noticed some premature tip wear and a few layers near some of the cuticles had pulled away, leaving the nail polish shade looking uneven. My routine was base coat- two or three shades of polish - Manicure Extender - Seche Vite for quick dry. Next day, this top coat was applied.
I tried it again but this time applied it over dry nails, before using any other top coats. The following day I had no shrinkage or tipwear whatsoever. Maybe that's the key. So, it's base coat - two or three shades of polish - let dry several hours (or overnight) and then use this topcoat. Voila! No next day Seinfeld experience with shrinkage.
The result was a manicure with depth, if that is the right word to use. I noticed high shine too on all of the colors I tried with it. The overall look is the squishy one you get from gel manicures, but this one removes with no extra fuss; it comes off like any topcoat when acetone hits it.
If you use this exclusively, then you won't need Seche Vite anymore. Normally, I use Barielle's Manicure Extender the day after a manicure and then again every other day. That extends the life of a manicure plus it re-invigorates a color. I tried ME over this Dior and frankly, didn't see that it made the nail polish any shinier. It stayed shiny without any assistance.
I have gotten at least 5 full days without a chip, nick or tipwear with this product. I have gone as much as 8 days with it looking pristine, but by then I'm either tired of the shade or it has grown too far from the cuticle; I can't stand a huge gap there.
Bottom line: if you are willing to cough up the outrageous sum of money required to own this product, it does perform admirably, that is, if you figure out how it will best work on you. I have for me, but we're all different. Try it my way if you're getting tip wear or shrinkage.
HG topcoat. Quite expensive, but it was worth hunting it down among several Sephora locations scattered throughout the city to get my hands on a bottle. I was lucky enough to find 1 bottle left in 1 store, the box a little frayed but product unused.
The consistency is viscous & a bit thick, so application needs to be more mindful than the usual quick-dry topcoats I use. I apply this over a fully dry manicure (I think that's what's instructed?) rather than wet polish. Over dried polish it dries faster than I expected (about 10 minutes rather than waiting an hr or more), it dries to a rock-hard durably-shiny finish that doesn't dull & it doesn't bubble as long as I apply it unrushed - any bubbles that developed have happened b/c I rushed the application & yet still they were surprisingly tiny enough not to visibly ruin my manicure (however, visible with 10X magnifying lens, lol). Nails Inc Gel Effect & SH Hard As Nails Powerful Acrylic Gel & SH Triple Strong all have the kind of good thickness that I prefer but they bubble massively & ruin my manicures, so I can't use them.
The brush looks ordinary in the bottle but it flares out nicely on the nail - it is flat but not giant like Dior Nail Glow. The finish is amazingly shiny, incredibly durable, surprisingly scratch-resistant, chip-resistant, dull-resistant, yet easy to remove. It makes ALL my manicures, so far, last many days longer than usual. My typical 3-day manicure experience now extends for a full wk w/o chipping, at which point I'm ready to remove my aged manicure due to nail growth. What I really wanted was the reliable LOOK of a shiny gel manicure (happily, that's what I get w/this), but this product also makes my polish WEAR similar to a gel manicure (I'm not the kind to try to wear it out for 2 wks however). The durability is really happily surprising, I generally don't expect any regular polish to behave like salon gel w/o a difficult removal process. This is so easy-peasy, I'm still kind of waiting for this bubble to burst.
Except for the smaller size bottle (1/3 oz vs. the traditional 1/2 oz ...seems like everybody's offering less & less these days) & the higher price ($26 after tax), I'm in love w/this new topcoat. For me it's worth expense (though of course I wish it cost less) & will absolutely buy again. While I've tried many many brands, I never thought I'd buy something as high end as Dior, but item sucked me in - I've always been on the hunt for the look of shiny gel nails w/o actually getting a gel manicure. (Now I just have to get my hands on the sold-out Dior Nail Glow.)
It's a great top coat and although someone said that it doesn't dry fast..I find that it does! And my nails look shiny and beautifully thick as if They were professionally done! It's a little pricy though And having tried sèche vite I would say this last one is a better bargain! But since sèche vite is hard to come by where I live..I am sticking to Dior's Gel Coat for now!
Love this stuff! I went to purchase another bottle (for my mom) and the salesgirl at the pharmacy couldn't believe how shiny it was. She had remembered me purchasing it for myself 8 days earlier and that's how long it's been on my nails-still shiny, no chips! It is not a fast-dry topcoat that you apply over wet nails like Seche or Essie Good To Go, but for me the extra drying time is worth having great-looking nails for this long.
Woot! I'm first-- yea!! So on to the review. Just had to try this after reading bloggers and other reviews. I have used this on many different brands such as Chanel, Zoya, Essie, OPI....tons. Although this does not claim to dry fast, I find it does. Definitely slower than SV but still pretty quick. It's thick but not unmanageable and smoothes out bumpy glitters really well. But-- and it's a big one-- major shrinkage. Day 2 of any mani with this and the tips have totally peeled back looking like I'm a professional typist or dishwasher. Just can't recommend this due to that. But it does give great shine and does leave your nails with a kind of thick look. I think I'll try this next as a glitter tamer followed by a different QDTC and will let you all know the results. Bummer though, right?!?!