Borghese • Clear Fast Drying Top Coat • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||92%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Fine Eyes: Green
An excellent top coat!! Makes my polish last for up to 1 week (with 1-2 re-applications) without chipping or "cracking". The shine is also beautiful and long lasting. I've tried a lot of top coats, and this is the best.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Absolutely AWESOME top coat. Dries fast, gives great shine, and helps my mani last forever. As previous posters have mentioned, it does drag, occasionally. But if I use the application I use with Seche Vite (put a dollop of the polish in the middle of the nail and work from there), this top coat works GREAT. I'm a nail polish junkie, and do my nails twice a week, so I've tried just about every top coat out there, including Seche Vite, Out the Door, OPI, Revlon no chips, etc, and each one seems to have one or more drawbacks. The Borghese is honestly as close to perfection I've found: it's super shiny, wears really well, dries super fast, and it doesn't thicken to a mess like Seche Vite.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is my favorite top coat so far. It isn't too thin or thick, super shiny, long lasting, and the packaging is pretty. Im not big on the brush though.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I adore this top coat. It is the perfect finish to any manicure, leaving your nails glossy and shiny and making them look professionally done. I also love the double brush that Borghese does, because it allows for optimal speed of application. This top coat also dries insanely fast and makes my polish last over a week! The only downside is that where I live it costs $13.99 (kind of expensive when you think that OPI costs $9.99).. so thats really the only con. But whatever, I'll still buy it! LOVELOVELOVE
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
I got it for a really good deal at TJ Maxx. I love the professional look I get when I'm done doing my nails at home since it dries so fast! Perfect for fidgety DIY manicures. :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I am just getting into nail polish. I am African American and have a tendency to have oily hands which have to be washed constantly. All my life all the female family members wore polish, but I could never get it because it would chip on me the same day. I never knew that there were steps one needed to take to keep polish looking good. I used sally hansen double duty as a base because I see so many reviews saying it takes forever to dry as a top coat. I then used to coats of the polish, and then this top coat. I couldn't believe it, the difference was amazing. I will not lie I did chip in three places, but did not really put a good coat of the top coat, and I was overly rough with my hands by sticking them into a purse that needs to be cleaned out so bad that it probably has living creatures in it. I cannot stand chips, I think it looks tacky as hell (just my opinion). When I say chips, I mean like the polish is damn near off the finger, you have more natural nail showing then polish.
I cannot compare this to a more expensive brand because I have never used one, but for 9 dollars at rite aid, I thought it was worth it, because I know this will last better then I have ever had nail polish last. If I can get 3-5 days out of a polish I am happy because I know I used to cheap the same day.
I liked the brush, when I did the touch up I made sure to put a lot on it because I know it can drag, but my personal experience has been whenever I use a clear coat it will drag if not enough is on the brush. This also dries like in 5 minutes. I am not saying go and start zipping up a multitude of zippers, but it is pretty hard in 5 minutes.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other Eyes: Blue
This is the best top coat that I have used yet. It dries incredibly quickly and I had my color last for at least 5 days before I got a tiny chip on one of my nails.
The only thing that compares to this is the topcoat that I get at the salon! Drying time was at 5 minutes, and a second coat gives a good thick shiny wet appearance. This topcoat dries very hard and it protects my manicure.
The trick to not dragging the polish is to let your nails dry to the touch, and then dip the brush into the jar, allow a bead to form and spread it on quickly WITHOUT touching the brush to the nail. Takes some getting used to, but I have done all of my manicures without dragging my polish.
Any topcoat would drag if you pressed down on it with any topcoat nail product, so its not the fault of the product, its the method of application.
If you do accidentally press down on the nail with the brush and your polish drags, make sure that you get some nail polish remover and wipe it off the brush by dabbing some polish remover on a cotton ball and cleaning your brush on it. You dont even have to hold the cotton ball in your hand, just lay it down and brush your polish brush over it. It's not hard to do and it will save you from messing up your bottle with colors.
I am very satisfied with results and I will keep using this topcoat for as long as it is available.
Reasonably priced, and the brush design is genius.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I love this! Dries considerably fast compared to other top coats. Makes nails super shiny and usually doesn't chip for a number of days. Only concern is that it does tend to drag on nails so you have to make sure there's a good amount on the brush before coating each nail.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
This top coat is very shiny, but that's my only plus. It drags over polish-- my bottle is now tinted pink from it picking up color-- it doesn't dry particularly quickly, and causes shrinkage. It's not terrible-- but it's nothing special, either. I'm not sure how I feel about the double-wide brush-- it's ok, but I'm not in love with it. If I sound "meh" about this top coat, then that pretty much sums it up. Meh.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I still don't know if I would do the switch from Seche Vite. But I decided to try it because it came free with another polish. The double brush it comes with takes some getting used to & make sure the coat dries before applying the new one. Otherwise you will leave brush lines.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
It works! Dries quickly, nice shiny top coat. I love the Borghese brushes, they're kind of wide and flat and it seems like they just coat the entire nail better.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have tried some of the more popular top coats, including Seche Vite and Poshe. I would say these are a bit shinier and faster drying but I experienced shrinking at the tips and, sometimes, peeling of the polish. This may be due to the fact that I am not an experienced manicurist and don't go through the steps of the manicure fast enough. SV, as an example, directs you to apply the product IMMEDIATELY without waiting for the polish to dry at all. I think this makes me nervous, as I am afraid that I will drag the polish when applying the top coat.
With the Borghese top coat, I do not have the issues of shrinking and peeling, even at the slower rate that I complete the manicure. The Borghese top coat dries very quickly to the touch but I have the feeling that the underneath layers of polish do take longer. But this is not an issue to me, as I do my nails the last thing before I go to bed. I do allow about 1/2 hour before I go to bed to eliminate any possibility of sheet marks. If you do your nails before going out, this may not be a good choice for you. I'm not really sure about this because I have never tried it.
I find this to be quite durable and I have gone as much as 5 days with no chips but at that point, I got tired of the polish color and changed it anyway. I am now on my third day with another polish (no chips) and I will see how long I can hold out before changing the color!
Even if it is a bit less shiny, it doesn't appear to dull as fast as some of the others, so I feel it is overall equal. And using a second coat makes it much shinier, if that's what you prefer. It can also be used for refreshing your manicure without problems.
I highly recommend this product and the other Borghese nail products that I have tried, including the polishes and Magnetico base coat. I think Borghese is the "dark horse" of nail products. The quality is fantastic but I think not enough people know about it. No doubt, OPI is excellent and the application is unsurpassed. But Borghese even sems to last a little longer on me and with the second coat (and sometimes, the third with very sheer colors), it looks just as good as OPI. However, the first coat of polish can be a little streaky. Borghese products are my HG and I will definately buy this again! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
Update-10/09/09: Having used this product for a while now, I have found that several times it dragged my polish with it. So it seems that you have to be very careful with the application. I have deducted two lippies for this, as it bothers me. I am now trying to find another fast drying top coat with less problems. I don't think I will buy this product again.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is the top coat that came with the polish. Not a bad deal for $6 for the both of them at Walgreens. This top coat is awesome. It has the same kind of brush as the polish. It went on very quick, dried very fast, and left my nails looking wet and shiny. Just what a top coat should do. Now to see how long it last. I will up date later on if need be, but if it last even 5 days that will be a good thing with me. I am always doing too many things around the house and in my garden to expect many more days than that from any polish.