So I got this because it was cheap and I was in need of a top coat. It doesn't really do that great of a job as a top coat but it does protect it somewhat. I like how it makes the nails look after applying it and there is a good amount of polish for the price you pay for it which is amazing must I add. Although it doesn't do the best job as a top coat it doesn't do the worst either.
I'm spoiled by super fast top coats now. Alas, there is no going back. This is a more old fashioned kind we just used to call "clear nail polish," back in the day when doing your nails meant alloting half of that day immobized so the dang stuff would finally dry.
But this still serves a purpose. I like to use it to thin out too goopy thick polishes. It leaves the polish less opaque, more like a "jelly" type look.
Works well for that since its cheap and easy to find
This is horrible. Top coats are supposed to seal and protect nail polish, but this causes my nails to chip far more than what they do without any topcoat.
Worst top coat I've ever tried.. It bubbles up during application and takes literally 3-4 hours to try completely.
So I bought this because, i wanted a top coat that would help make my nailpolish last longer, but nothing to expensive because i don;t really care about my nails (weird since i like them to be painted all the time)
BUT ANYWAYS OVERALL:
First time I used this, i thought i loved it, because I didn;t notice any cracks in my nails and it lasted about a week without chipping.
Second time i used this there was some cracks in it, still lasted long
Third time i used it, terrible! cracks, it chipped easily, etc
so i was thinking, why was it that, the first time it was perfect? but the other times it began to crack and chip. And thats when i noticed it was because how I applied it.
The best way to apply this is if you are using two coats of nail polish, wait till it is COMPLETELY DRY and then apply it.
I gave it 3 because well...its shiny, inexpensive, and if you apply it right, it will be useful.
I could summarise this top coat in one word: AWFUL.
It applied perfectly fine for me and looked lovely until the next morning when I put on my gloves and bits of my (lovingly applied) nail polish started falling off just as I was leaving for work.
It has also left hairline cracks in the polish and my nails now look a mess.
It would probably be better not to use any top coat than this one. It's a waste of money.
hate this topcoatt...its so stringy and goopy and thick and takes forever to dry and when it finally does dry, it chips right away... it is super shiny though.. thats why i gave it 2 lipsies
When I first put this on I thought I would really like it; sure, it makes your nails look super shiny but after a day or so I noticed that my nail polish was cracking. Threw this out right after I noticed it.
I thought this was a steal. I don't *usually* do my nails, and when I do they always chip anyway because of doing the dishes and everything else, so I didn't think this caused chipping any more than I would without. I think it's really shiny and cheap and dries fast. For me, that's good enough. (I didn't get any cracks.) I suppose if I really do my nails more often that a better top coat would be worth it, if it really keeps polish on, but I feel that's an impossible task and definitely not worth tons of money to try to achieve. So for me, for now, this works.
Update: I had since bought Setche Vite and use this for my kids manicures. I can't even paint my nails anyway. They just break. :(
I purchased this when the WalMart I visited did not carry my NutraNail top coat that I normally swear and since it was only like $0.93 I figured I wouldn't have anything to lose. I will say the first manicure I did with this product, I did see the hairline cracks and ridges after about an hour and was extremely disappointed. However, while reading reviews o found that most people who used it and actually like it, usee this product in conjunction with drying oil. I decided to try it with my Sally Hansen Insta-Dry oil and it worked great! I just applied the topmcoat, waited for 1 minute and brushed the oil on. No ridges, no cracks. It leaves a beautiful shine and dries very fast and hard. The bubbles people are mentioning are either from shaking polish excessively or applying thick goopy layers and not letting them dry.