Butter London • Hardwear PD Quick Topcoat • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||60%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green
This is a very expensive quick dry top coat. Now, if it did wonders for me, I would give it a high rating, but as it is, it isn't worth the expense - you can find quick dry top coats at a drugstore that are as good if not better than this one, for far less money. I used this topcoat exclusively for a couple of months to give it a real test drive. The butter london variety has a thin, watery consistency, rather than being more gel-like. I am pretty hard on my nails - I type a lot and also refile books, microfilm, etc., so I am always using them and get tipwear within two days no matter what. This topcoat didn't perform any better than what I had been using before, which was Revlon's quick dry top coat; in fact I got tipwear a little faster with the butter london than with Revlon or Seche Vite. It did dry quickly but not any quicker than Revlon. I got a decent amount of shine from it. Nothing out of the ordinary, though, on any count. Given how expensive it is, it is not worth the price to me. Buy one of butter london's nail polishes instead if you must, and leave the top coats to Seche Vite, Poshe, essie, Revlon, Sally Hansen, or virtually any other company.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is pretty standard topcoat. It adds some shine, but doesn't really prevent chips or make manicure last longer. I won't be buying this again, as there are better alternatives. I gave this one extra lippie, because it's non-toxic.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I absolutely love this topcoat and will continue to purchase it despite the steep price. Normally, I would have been deterred by the price but, when I was stuck at the airport for 8 hours with no topcoat, I purchased it at a store that carried BL nail polish. Although I wish I could have those 8 hours of my life back, I'm still glad I found this top coat.
I've been looking for my HG topcoat for some time now, but nothing fit the bill. Poshe did try smooth or shiny enough, SV gave me shrinkage and I hated using all those chemicals. For awhile I used NailTek Moisture Balancing Top Coat, which gave me the smoothness and shine I like, but would start bubbling once I got to about half the bottle.
The BL has everything though - it's super shiny, very smooth, not super chemically and doesn't bubble as it starts to thicken. Which brings me to its only, albeit inevitable, downside...it does thicken over time, but nothing that a little thinner won't cure.
I should note that I can't really comment on chipping because I tend to change my polish every couple of days.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
WHY on earth are people complaining about this?! I adore it! My nails last for days and days when I use this topcoat! Not to mention the amazing SHINE it gives my nails! Definitely my new HG top coat!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Y'all. BUY THIS. I was a Seche Vite girl for YEARS but the shrinkage and tipwear drove me crazy and now I'll never look back. I love doing my nails, but on MY terms...not because "I don't have time but going to work with chipped/worn polish the next day will stress me out." This stuff makes manis last almost a full week with the tiniest bit of tipwear and ZERO chips (and I'm constantly typing)! The consistency is definitely a little thin, so you have to work kind of fast to avoid drips and it probably wouldn't be good over glitter, etc. It also doesn't dry as fast as Seche, but it's clack-your-nails-together dry within about 30 minutes, which is good enough for me. I've tried it with BL Nail Foundation (came in the set) and with Nail Envy as a base with no discernable difference. Love it!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Black
i should have listened to the previous reviews. i thought since the top coat was so expensive that it had to be good right??.... wrong. using butter london polishes and the topcoat my nails still chipped within 2 days. id rather use a drugstore top coat instead. waste of money.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I purchased this because my Butter London polishes were chipping like crazy and I had read that they would last longer with the BL base and top coat. I do think that is true, but this top coat does not work well for my other polishes at all. My nails look dull and in no way does it provide the ultra glossy finish the bottle touts.
It does seem to dry and set my nail polish pretty well, which is quite nice.
Overall, I'm going to keep searching.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I bought this product in the Tops and Tails collection that came with the Nail Foundation. I followed other reviewers' advice and did two coats of the nail foundation and finished with the top coat. It would chip in two hours, no joke. When I use the base and top coat with other polishes my manicure would last about three days. I don't see anything special about this product. It is expensive and I wouldn't buy it again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Butter London makes some great nail polish colors, but please don't waste your money on their top coat.
It dries polish to the *touch* decently, but the polish is still dent-able ages later.
The consistency is SO thin. This makes application a breeze, which is nice, but once it's dried, it basically looks like you don't have top coat on at all. Even with creme finish polishes, you can see brush stroke marks and it just doesn't leave your nails looking glossy whatsoever.
My polish also chips rather quickly when I use this top coat.
The bottle is chic looking, and like I said, I'm a big fan of some of their polish colors, but the topcoat is absolutely less than mediocre. It's just bad. And as it's on the expensive side, that's just unacceptable in my opinion.
I'll stick to either Poshe, Seche Vite, or Nubar Diamont (my HG).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
so frustrated with this product!!! I change nail polish about every 3 days (obsessed I know!) and I've been using this topcoat for about a month since my sister stole my seche vite!! I figured for $18 this has to be a superior product.....massive...FAIL. the consistency is thin and dries my polish fast but bubbles like crazy!! I thought maybe it's because I was using cheaper nail polish at first but used with OPI and Zoya and it was just as bad. It doesn't chip but you can see all the indentations on my nail after about a day and the bubbling gets worst. Can't make this work for me at all, so disappointing for the price, what a rip off!
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Fine Eyes: Green
Amazing wear power. I have natural nails. No manicure has ever lasted for me a week without major chipping until I started using this topcoat. I always thought a quick dry formula would not last as long. This stuff is HG for me. It does a great job of preventing yellowing as well. I find it works better and my nail polish feels harder if I do not reapply it during the week.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
In my opinion DONíT WASTE UR HARD EARNED MONEY ON THIS.. There is nothing special about this Top Coat and for 18 dollars I expected better results. I will say I have not tried this Top Coat with Butter NP. If ur going to spend 18 dollars for a Top Coat You would think it would work for any NP. On the positive side I have polished this over an existing manicure and it dries fast and very thin. So its perfect for reapplying shine if u need in the middle of the week because it wont thicken ur manicure. But thatís the only use I have for it. Not a fan of this Top Coat. But I do love their NP colors
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Yes! My new favorite topcoat! I've used Seche Vite for years, and always hated how it gets thick and goopy SO fast. It also made my nail polish peel off like crazy. I'm so glad I discovered this, the entire Butter London line is just outstanding. Love how you get more than the standard 0.5 oz. Will definitely repurchase when I run out
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is a great top coat. It dries quickly to a beautiful shine and when combined with ButterLondon's fabulous base coat my manicures last for days. I usually remove after a week or so, but that's because I'm bored - my nails still look great. It doesn't have any of the shrinkage I've experienced with Seche Vite and doesn't pull back from the tips. In fact, I haven't experienced any tip wear when wearing it and I have short nails that I'm not particularly careful with. I dig in my purse, make up beds, fold towels, do all manner of things that could cause tip wear but I haven't had any. It works with ButterLondon polishes and also with other brands. It is pricey but is available in a set with the basecoat which gives a little price break. Also look for sales and coupons at Ulta. Very highly recommended.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
This has become my HG top coat. I'm hooked! I've always been a loyal Seche Vite Top Coat user but I hated how thick it was and how it bubbled up occasionally. This BL top coat is everything I could ask for, I'd pay double for it. I have the kind of nails that chip a mani after two days no matter what precautions I take. Using this gives me 5-6 days totally chip free and even reduces nail wear at the tips. Unlike the BL Nail Foundation Base Coat, it works with any nail polish, which is great since most of the polishes I own are Essie and OPI.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I wanted to replace my Seche Vite because it was damaging my nails and always peeled so badly.
This is a very good replacement. It dries very quickly (which was what I liked best about Seche Vite) and provides a nice shiny finish. It doesn't peel badly. I don't find that it necessarily makes my manicures last any longer than if I hadn't used a top coat at all though...when I'm doing desk work during the week my manicure lasts no more than 2-3 days. When I go to my retail job, it's destroyed in a day with this top coat or without it.
The packaging is very nice, and for the price you get quite a large bottle, much larger than the usual Butter London polish bottle.
Overall, I'd recommend it but don't expect it to make your mani last any longer than it normally would.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I love this topcoat. It dries quickly and well. Colour is not 'smudged' by its application. Gives a good gloss finish.
I do however wish it had a slightly thicker brush, but the thin brush is no hinderance at all. Definitely will purchase again. Well worth it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is a great top coat. Normally my nail polish barely lasts a day without flaking off (and I have short nails!) but with this topcoat I can go almost a week with no chips. I bought mine in a set with the basecoat ($29 from ebeauty.ca) and combined they both help my polish look great for days and days. And super shiny too!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Love this top coat. It goes on great, dries very quickly and leaves a wonderful shine. I've had bad experiences with Top Coats (and nail polishes in general) smelling terrible, However this polish does not smell. I am incredibly pleased, and this will definitely now be my new favourite top coat. Yes, the price is expensive, but it is worth it as you don't have to paint your nails every second day due to chipping (as you would with other leading brands).
CORRECTION on this review:
Like some of the other reviews, the top coat does chip easily if you don't have a base coat with it. So, if you want a quick coat of clear, know that it will chip. My coat chipped literally in a couple of hours.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
Easily the best top coat I've ever used. Don't wear this alone, however; it peels a bit if used as a clear polish with no base. It makes neons shine and glitters smooth, and its my go-to product for almost every single polish I own.