Average Rating 3.6/5
Review by robin218
I bought a passel of base and topcoats because I've been looking for products that dry hard and fast, yet offer the protection and coverage I'm looking for. Maybelline's Express Finish Base & Topcoat is just... meh. I used it as a basecoat, and while it seemed to dry relatively fast (probably 1 - 1 1/2 minutes), it still had a soft texture that lent itself to dents, even though the coverage was relatively thin. A second coat for good measure increased the goo factor and dent-ability, even after waiting a few minutes between coats. To me, this negates the label of being an "express finish" i.e. fast-drying product. It also created some issues about applying polish over it as a basecoat, since I wasn't convinced the base was dry enough, and applying polish on top would create a never-dry scenario. I would use it if I had nothing else, but even for the low price, it doesn't deliver what I'm looking for. It would probably be fine to wear alone on natural nails, but I'm not overly wowed by it. Certainly not awful, but not great. Just meh.