Essie • No Chips Ahead • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||39%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I have really, really mixed feelings about No Chips Ahead. On the one hand, I feel like it does what it's "supposed" to do: prevents chips in my nail polish for several days. It even does a good job with preventing tip wear.
But in every other respect, it's probably the worst topcoat I own. As many other reviewers have noted, it takes FOREVER to dry, and it always dries with visible bubbles. It also doesn't really add much in the way of shine. I can't recommend this product at all, unless you're ONLY concerned with prolonging the wear of your nail lacquer. If you do end up investing in No Chips Ahead, expect to use it in conjunction with a shinier, faster-drying topcoat such as Seche Vite or Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I must have gotten a different formula than a lot of people. I really don't have the drying issues people are talking about. Sure, it takes longer than Good to Go to dry, but I just added my Essie Instant Dry Oil and it was completely dry after 5 minutes. It is also pretty good against chips. I've been wearing my nails for 5 days now and no chips. And I'm a notorious chipper.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I used this top coat when I ran out of my "Good To Go" top coat (also by Essie) and was so disappointed. I let my manicure dry for an entire movie that was 2 hours long, went to sleep, only to find the next morning my nails totally ruined. Pillow marks were stamped all over them as if I hadn't given them enough time to dry!
During the day, my nails started chipping without having done any kind of strenuous work. Total fail.
The next day I went out and bought a new bottle of "Good To Go" instead which never fails; dries fast, stays shiny, and doesn't chip right away!
Keep away from "No Chips Ahead" unless you have a half a day to kill waiting for your nails to dry...and even then they may still need another 12 hours.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Brown
I haven't had much luck with top coats, so I bought Essie's No Chips Ahead on a whim. Normally I do some research before buying nail polish, since such products can be hit or miss...should have done that this time!
I didn't have the issue of the really long dry time like some people, but that's about the only good thing about this top coat.
The first day, I had no chips. I was impressed, because my job is pretty rough on my hands.
The second day, despite it being a pretty light day on my nail, the chips started. By the third day, my nails were so chipped, it was as if I never even had a top coat on.
Not buying this again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue
This was so disapointing to me. I love Essie nail polish, Love that they are light and smooth and quick drying. This no chips ahead however is aweful. My nail polish chips more and sooner with this on than when I have no top coat on. It doesn't dry, EVER. I've tried it many times with Essie polish, with other polish, with no polish. Its been aweful every time. Very sad to say
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
Wow, did I get the same formula as everyone else? This stuff has been awesome so far. I'm only on my second manicure with it, but the first was chip free for a good five days (without re-application) and my current is on day seven (reapplied every third day) with only one chip that I fixed. This is by far the longest I've had a nearly wear-free manicure. It takes longer to dry that my other fast-dry top coats, but it felt good enough to go after maybe 20min of being careful. Have not had the hours after sheet print problem. Maybe I really do have a newer formula, but I would recommend it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is going back to Target - it just won't dry. I am not going to sit around an entire day waiting for this to dry.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Dark Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Sorry, there were chips ahead. I had high hopes for this. I knew that it probably wouldn't last 10 days, but I was hoping for at least 7. Well, I made it to day 3. The formula is very thin, but I didn't find that it took long to dry at all. I applied a coat across the tips of my nails and then a thin coat. It took the average time to dry. It seemed like it would work, but alas, one of my nails started chipping today. Also, it doesn't provide a strong shine like Out the Door or Wet as Nails does. I wonder if I can take it back...
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I usually use SH Diamond Flash, but since I've been on an Essie kick lately, I decided to give this stuff a try. I'm glad I did, and I'm glad I forgot to check reviews on it before buying otherwise I might have passed on it.
I'll just get to the point, then explain - this stuff is working like crazy for me - no chips so far and I'm on day three.
Ok, three days may not seem like a lot, but I type for a living and usually after about 24 hours of a new manicure, I start chipping. So on day three today, I've done my usual crazy typing, dishes, housework, lawnwork including mowing and pulling weeds, and peeling labels off new stuff and not a single chip - YAY!
I should also note that I'm very methodical in how I do my nails - I wait about an hour between thin coats of polish, and then another hour before I finish it off with top coat. I think maybe some of the reviews here suck because most of the reviewers talk about doing their nails before bed. Ladies, this is a lose lose situation no matter WHAT you put on your nails. Do them in the morning, and I think you'll change your opinion of No Chips Ahead. I LOVE it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
As many have stated this top coat takes FOREVER to dry. On top of that, it does not consistently protect my nails from chips--sometimes they chip just as quickly as if I wasn't wearing a top coat at all. Would not repurchase.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue
Really disappointed by this top coat. I used to use OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat but after a few month it started to get really thick and was making tiny bubbles on my nails.
I went to the beauty store wanting to buy Good To Go, as it really seems to do a great job but it was out of stock. I then decided to buy No Chips Ahead as I like my manicure to stay put for at least a week.
I tried it as soon as I got home and was totally amazed at how bad it is! It just doesn't dry, period. You shouldn't have to wait 10 hours before going to bed after applying a top coat, this is rubbish. I wish I could return it but here in Belgium you can only return product if those haven't have been opened or used, so too bad for me, I'll just stick to reading carefully each and every review here on make up alley before buying anything!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Grey
I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this product. The first week I used it about 8 hours before I went to bed and woke up with sheet prints in my new manicure. This week I put it on 14 hours prior to going to bed and I still had sheet prints. This stuff will not dry. I even think I had new sheet marks the next day. It is without a doubt the worst topcoat I've ever used.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Okay, well. TO BE FAIR, it does prevent chipping. But what good is that if it NEVER DRIES! Every time I've used it, it doesn't dry for hours and hours and when I go to sleep, since it's still not dry, it will take the texture of the fabric. This will also take away any shine. So frustrated! Don't buy! Ever!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This top coat does prevent chips in my opinion, but it takes way too long to dry! Sometimes I want to paint my nails and just get on with my day or night, but I can't with this formula! So frustrating! If I paint my nails a few hours before bed, I still wake up with imprints on my nails from my sheets. BAH!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
The best top coat I've ever used. Seche Vite has obvious warnings on the label and I would get shrinkage on the tips. This does not shrink my polish and as far as I know, doesn't cause birth defects. I get no chips whatsoever for several days. It's the only top coat that actually helps me keep my manicure intact with all my motherly duties. I love the Brand Essie as a whole & this was just the cherry on the top. It was easy to find and $5 some odd dollars. I will definately continue to buy this top coat over any other.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is the worst top coat I've ever used. Doesn't dry fast, doesn't dry properly, leaves it feeling tacky or sticky, bubbles up, and it DOES chip! what a waste of $8.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
One of the worst top coats I have ever tried. A brand new bottle and it leaves my nails tacky and smudgy. I could let it dry for hours and will still be tacky. I'm so disappointed that I wasted good money on this garbage top coat. I'm sticking with Seche Vite.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
Have to agree with most here--this was awful--left sheet marks in AM even though I had done nails HOURS before bed--expensive for such a poor product--I LOVE Essie polishes so I don't know what's up here--my Sally Hansen Diamond Shine and Double Duty are better AND cheaper. Returned mine. AWFUL!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I love essie. I buy a lot of their regular nail polishes. But I have never been happy with any of their nail treatments. I thought I'd give this one a try, when I was in a seche vite drought.
It gave a fairly decent shine to my manicure, I'll say that for it.
But as far as the chipping goes?
I totally admit that I am a seche vite addict. So maybe everything I write needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but when I can wear a manicure finished with seche vite for 4 days (and maybe longer, but I got bored) and do normal things with my hands after only 8 minutes, there is a pretty high standard set.
I do nail art, not just manicures. And I tend to do a new manicure every night. So maybe chipping is not that high on my list, but when a product called 'no chipping' chips after not even 8 hours, there is a problem.
I used this twice, just to give it a real try, and with different brands of polish each time. Once with essie, once with OPI. The results were the same each time.
When I used it on top of Konad nail art, after waiting 15 min, it caused feathering. (using white Konad 'special polish' for the stamping)
When I used it on top of nail art done with regular nail polish & brushes, it caused feathering. (I'm not sure how long I waited for this one, but it was at least 20 min.)
After not even 12 hours, my manicures were chipping both days, and not even on my index fingers, which I find tend to chip the quickest because they're the nails that are used the most. When I used it with essie polish, I noticed chips while I was getting ready in the morning, after doing my manicure the night before! In my books, that is unacceptable.
I think the fact that I used this topcoat with the same brand polish, then another one, and with 2 types of manicure gives a pretty good idea of its quality. Don't bother!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
- I've never had a regular (non-shellac) home manicure last this long -- it really does protect against chips!
- Its super shiny finish is long lasting -- I've had people ask if it's shellac.
- Does not seem to dry my fragile, brittle nails like other products can
- Takes for-flippin'-ever to dry. Basically, you cannot apply it after 2 p.m. or you will have sheet marks. For nighttime manicures, apply your colored polish in the evening and then apply No Chips Ahead just before you head out of the house, with some dry drops. Your nails will be dry enough for the office after a 20-minute commute and thoroughly dry by bedtime.
- Very pungent nailpolish scent.
Overall, I don't think this product deserves the low ratings it's received -- you just need to know when and how to use it to get the great results it's capable of delivering.