Sally Hansen • Mega Shine Top Coat • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||60%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Blue
In one sense I like because this topcoat can amazingly transform lumpy manicure disasters like streaking or bubbling into an perfectly even smooth surface. Probably because its a thick gel-like formula. But on the other hand it does cause a manicure to become brittle and lift or chip off in very large bits the next day. I like the gorgeously thick brush cause it makes application quick and easy to control but I wouldn't buy this formula again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've read many bad reviews about this product, but it really works well for me. I use this and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, the latter for Konad purposes, and this one for solid colors. It's the brush that smears nail art, not this product, so if you have a clean, natural hair nail polish brush, you can use this to apply over Konad, too.
I don't use this for drying my wet polish, I just apply a coat after my nails are moderately dry, but still dentable. The coat shouldn't be thick, a thin coat normally does the trick. My nails become very shiny and I've never had any chips or tip wear even after three days and an hour of dishwashing. If applied after moderately dry polish, I don't experience shrinkage, and even dollarstore polishes stay for at least 3 days. I haven't tested the product for 10 days as it claims, but all the negative feedback was definitely not in question for me.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I got this in a gift pack. This top coat is so bad that it made me able to peel the whole nail polish coating off in one good piece. Fun, yes. Functional, no.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I got this from a friend who no longer needed it. It applied on very smoothly and was shiny, but I found it did nothing to prolong my manicure. It is not an 'extended wear' top coat as it advertises. It was only around 2 days when my manicure started to peel off in large chunks. Once I was playing around with my nails and the ENTIRE manicure peeled off in one piece lol.
My bottle of this now sits on my shelf unused. I only do French manicures now and even my $2 BYS base coat (very very poor quality) works better than this in prolonging my manicure.
EDIT: I tried to give this another chance, really. It's so expensive in the shops so I figured that it must work, and it was just having a bad day the last time I used it. So I used it on one nail over my Rimmel Posh Trash just to test it out. Nope, it didn't have any effect whatsoever. That nail still chipped within 2 days like all the others. If anything, this *dulled* the manicure (Posh Trash doesn't require a top coat to look good). So this polish is going back to retirement.
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Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I much prefer Double Duty over Mega Shine. I didn't really notice that much of a difference in shine level, but my nails chipped much faster using the Mega Shine. Would not repurchase.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
More shiny than Sally Hansen's Double Duty. It makes my nail polish look great. If you need a base/top coat, buy the Double Duty one. If you're looking for shine, try out Mega Shine.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Black
I only used this once before I returned it. I expected up to 10 days wear as it says on the package. Instead my polish peeled quicker than it would without a top coat. I notices this polish likes to peel in huge pieces and takes the polish with it. Horrible.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I was really happy with my first use of this product, I thought it went on well enough and it did give great shine and dried fast. So it gets a couple of points for delivering on that end. As far as protecting your manicure or preventing chipping? No go. I didn't find that it protected my nails any better than any other top coat. After giving it another try I found it to be a bit too thick and hard to apply and my nail polish just went gloppy. It states that you can apply to damp or dry nails, but if my nails were damp then it really ruined things. I think it's worth trying, but I won't be buying it again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine Eyes: Black
This is my standard top coat. It dries quickly and has a great brush.
My major complaint is that it doesn't protect manis ALL that well. I've definitely had manis chip on me w/in the first couple days.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This product is great. Works just as well or better than more expensive brands.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
this product is great if you love your polish to chip.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
This top coat dries really fast (the fastest I've ever come across) but it makes my nail polish start chipping within just a matter of hours! I'm normally able to get 5 days out of my polish without any chipping if I wrap the polish and top coat around the ends of my nails and underneath the tips initially and then do one top coat touch-up on about day 3, but with this it's literally chipping significantly within 2 or 3 hours. It's horrible! Also, it's the worst I've come across so far for smudging/smearing nail polish. My nail polish looks perfect until I swipe this across over it and it smears it around (also causing the top coat in the bottle to turn pink from the red polish). I would not recommend!
Update 05/11/2009: About 36 hours after I had done my nails with this top coat on top, I noticed all the heavily chipped ends of my polish were lifting off of my nails because of this stuff, and I was actually able to rip the polish off of each nail in one big chunk. This is probably the worst nail product I've ever come across! I think the problem with this product is that it likely contains a lot of alcohol (which causes it to dry so quickly) so it dries out your nail polish underneath and makes it really brittle, causing it to chip and lift up off of your nails because it's so dried out. This is my theory, seeing as how the quick drying products tend to usually chip the worst.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is the ultimate in smooth shine. Unfortunately, it chips horrendously and unless it's used on its own, has horrible lasting power.
But I am such a sucer for shine, and this is the best I've encountered for that, so.... will most likely repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
This makes any botched polish job look wonderful. I'm always messing my nails up and after a few swipes of mega shine my manicure looks perfect! It also dries faster than I expected. I use this a few days after a professional manicure to freshen up. Mega Shine's been a go-to for me for years.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Ah ha! After reading many of the reviews, now I know what's wrong here.
I have used this top coat for 2 manicures - once over a Wet & Wild polish, once over a China Glaze. Both times - my nail color was coming off in chunks within 2-3 days. I see that others have complained of this.
I've used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails clear polish as a top coat in the past & had pretty good results, so I thought this stuff would work well.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
What I love about this:
It truly does give nails a high shine finish, which I love.
It also dries my nail polish so fast. Faster then any other quick dry top coat I've used. Other I've tried (even out the door) appear dry, but I still manage to nick them, or get nasty sheet marks if I paint before I go to bed. Last night I used this over wet nail polish, It was rock solid within a few minuets. I also like being able to freshen up a manicure or make my natural nails look shiny if I am in a hurry to go somewhere.
It fails it's claims to help keep polish chip free. The next day I saw chipping.
Will I buy again?
Yes, because I do my nails so often, and being an on the go college student while being fully employed, I need something that is quick drying every now and then, but it wont be something I use for every manicure.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
really great for when you paint your nails one colour. if you do a french manicure it cause the color to bleed and you don't get the crisp white line.
i tend to paint my nails dark colors so the brush has dark paint all over it and the bottle is not longer clear. not really a problem since i almost always paint them dark but if you switch a lot between dark and light then you will definately since the tint on your nails.
has its limitations but makes nials ohhh so shinny
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I like how this product dries quickly, and gives my nails a nice glossy sheen. It also helps to strengthen my nails a bit.
Overall, it's a good product which lives up to its name. The only problem I've had with it is that I tend to apply too much of it accidentally. You really have to swipe it on the inside of the opening of the bottle for a little while to drain the polish, because if not, little drips and drops of polish will drip down from the stem of the brush while you apply it. Applying too much of this will also cause the it to peel after it has dried.
The brush is also a little too long for my taste, making the application of the polish a little challenging for my shaky hands. You can try cutting off a portion of the brush.
Overall, this is a safe product to stick with. It does it's job well, and there's no major flaw. I can live with the packinging flaws, and I think I'll continue using this until I find a better product.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Black
i returned this after the first use... exchanged it with Revlon's clear top coat, which looks and works so much better.
God i hate this product... after i finished my white tips, i put a layer of this mega shine coat over... and it totally "melted" my white tips and streaked them over my nail... so now i have little lines coming out from my tips onto my bare nails. Looks hot.. not! horrible formula messes with the chemicals in the polish... don't buy, i think the packaging was what attracted me at first.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Black
It did gives super shiny n glossy shine , dries under 60seconds, but it somehow made my nail polish peel off very soon after. I thought it's my nail color, but when i read about the reviews of some users, i'm afraid i have to agree... Of course, not all products will work for Everyone. u just gotta give it a try... :)
I think tis works great if u are in a hurry and not expecting yr nail color to last u days. it will do great as overnight top coat, definitely not if u want yr polish to last more than two days.
Go for the complete all in one if u keen to try any sally hansen product. It makes my nails last well and effect is similar to mega shine.