I've used Poshe, Seche Vite, Sally Hansen (in the red bottle) and Dazzle Dry, (great product, but difficult to find and thickens too quickly, although you can order a thinner for it) among many others, but this one is my favorite. It gives me more shine than SH, it dries far quicker than Poshe or SV, it's easy to find and it thickens more slowly than all the others (except SH, but that added no shine). I can't seem to find it at Walgreens or CVS anymore, but the local beauty supply store carries it. I'm on my second bottle and will repurchase.
I have just used this product once but will update my review if things change. This top coat is very nice! It really does dry the polish much more quickly than my previous Sally Hansen "no chips", although I am still careful with my nails. This is fairly thin in consistency, which I like. It gives amazing shine which lasts much better than the SH in my opinion. I used "first base" base coat, 3 coats of "very cranberry" and topped up with this. I have only got some tip wear but no major chipping in 3 days – and I have to say for me that is an improvement. Normally my nail polish chips the next day. Those of you luckier than me may have even better results. I did top up once after 2 days as the gloss faded a little bit (though it was not too bad). So yes, I would absolutely buy this product again.
You cannot go wrong with this top coat. It dries super fast and leaves amazing shine. Just bought my second bottle this year!
My current HG topcoat. Dries most of my polishes in about 5 minutes, and manage to last around at least 3 days with no chip or dents from polish not dried properly on the inside. As long as I wait the few minutes between applying coats it always turns out well. Although I do notice the polish somewhat shrinks along the tip of my nails even though I didn't touch anything... something that never happened with Sally Hansen quik-dry top coat, but it's not really noticeable. If it has a wider brush, it would be THE perfect topcoat for me.
I bought this as an alternative to Poshe, which I didn't like because of its brush and how quickly it would make my polish chip. I was hoping after reading all the positive reviews that this would be HG for me but nope unfortunately.
The one advantage Good to Go has over Poshe is its brush, which is much easier to use. However, it also gets thickened close to halfway down the bottle and becomes completely unusable without thinner. You get 0.46 oz as opposed to Poshe's 0.5 oz. It is more expensive as well at $10 vs $6.99 for Poshe.
The thing that ticks me off the most about Good to Go is its longevity. Yes, your polish will dry pretty quickly with no shrinkage (as long as you apply Good to Go when it's not too wet or too dry) but my manis on average last just a day or 2 before it begins cracking or chipping in chunks. For a long time I didn't wear any top coat whatsoever and my manis would usually last 4-7 days. (My nails are naturally strong and grow fast by the way.) I guess there's a trade-off when it comes to fast-drying top coats? This is perfect for a person who paints their nails every other day but for someone like me who wants manis to last nearly a week it just doesn't work. I've tried all kinds of brands with Good to Go, from Orly to OPI to China Glaze to Zoya to Essie itself, they all had the same results. I thought maintaining the mani by fixing tipwear and reapplying the top coat over a coat of clear nail polish (I use Sally Hansen Invisible) to minimize risk of shrinkage would help it last longer but the chips continued to occur.
I'm going to give both Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat and Sally Hansen Anti-Chip Top Coat a try and see if either of those works better for me.
I'm really loving this product. I received this as a freebie with an Essie Color Cube and honestly forgot about it until recently. Thus far, I love this product. It applies nicely, not to thick and not too runny, and dries super fast!! I'm thinking this may be my new HG topcoat.
I painted G2G on my nails then walked back to my bathroom. I hesitated before diving into my makeup bag, thinking, "There is no way this stuff is dry in under a minute". I gently tapped a finger against my nail and it was STONE HARD DRY!! Unlike those oils that claim to "dry" nails quickly (spray PAM cooking spray on your nails? Really??). My only question is, why cant ALL nail polishes dry this fast??
It dries quickly and goes on smoothly - which are very important for quick drying top coats.
I also like the fact that it's readily available - I don't have to make a special trip to a beauty store or online order. I can just go to local drugstore (cvs, walgreens, etc) to pick one up easily. Having that said, Essie in general is "pricey" for drugstores and they never goes on sale at these drugstores. But overall, I don't mind purchasing them at their full price (I've seen them priced at anywhere between $8 - 10 depending on the store) because I like them.
One actual "negative" about the product - it starts to get thickened and gunky about half way down the bottle. It's still usable (but application suffers) but I end up buying new ones after about 1/2-2/3 way down.
Make no mistake, I am a die-hard Seche Vite user BUT I borrowed this from my sister and it is really good stuff. I will highlight its advantages over Seche Vite:
-Does NOT make your nail polish chip. SV users feel my pain here. While it adds fantastic luster and dries all the nail polish layers thoroughly and rapidly, SV does kill the lifespan of your mani.
-Does not cause shrinkage (to my knowledge)
-Thinner product- for me, this is a con. I like gooping on my SV because I find that it smooths imperfections but I am sure others can appreciate the thinner texture of GTG.
Overall, I will probably continue to purchase Seche Vite as I find it has a far shorter drying time and I am lazy. My sister snagged these bad boys at Big Lots for $1(!) but I would recommend this topcoat even at full price.
Definitely the best top coat I've ever used! I always stayed away from Seche Vite because it seemed overrated and a little sketchy with the chemicals, but I think it has met its match. Essie Good to Go goes on like a dream, and the brush is the perfect size for smaller nails like mine. It dries super fast and is incredibly glossy, with no bubbling or shrinkage. Manicures remain perfect for days after a coat of Good to Go. The price is reasonable; not cheap by any means, but it's still not as pricey as some others, such as the Sephora by OPI top coays. My only complaint is that I wish it came in a bigger bottle since I use it so much!