essence The gel nail polish top coat

essence The gel nail polish top coat
The gel nail polish top coatThe gel nail polish top coatThe gel nail polish top coat

4.3

29 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

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on 11/15/2018 7:20:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I personally love this topcoat. It adds a nice thick layer on top to smooth out any bumps/ridges and makes my nails look SUUUUPER shiny. I didn't experience any bubbling like some other users here, nor did I need to wait a long time for the polish to dry (within a few minutes it was dry to the touch, and within 20 was totally dry). The way I like to apply topcoats like this is I apply a thicker-than-average layer on top and i flip my nail upside down to let the polish level itself out. Seche Vite doesn't even give me shine as this does - love it!

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on 11/8/2018 12:19:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I tried this with the line's "Dream On" nail polish. I find usually items perform best with their own line-up of product formulations. This one was a flop. The polish did provide shine, but it never managed to set properly. On a later attempt with drying drops, the polish chipped off quickly. There are better top coats that are much easier to work with.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

Looks great and keeps polishing from chipping for ever at a great price.

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on 2/8/2018 6:26:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

For me, this is one of the best top coats out there. For someone who changes nail colour every few days, I just don't want to spend a lot of money on something that I run out of very fast. It completely erases all the mistakes I've done with regular nail polish, it doesn't bubble and it lasts on my nails for one week. I usually use it with other essence gel nail polishes.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Black

Not sure what the big fuss is. In my view, the main pro here is its regular price point and wide brush. But it doesn't perform like true gel polish. I've used it three times so far, twice with the Essence nail polishes, all times with the Seche Vite Ridge Filler base coat. My manicure stayed pretty much chip-free for 5-6 days, which I would think is what standard top coats do. But my nails get scratched and scuffed easily, unlike with a professional gel manicure. I can't remember whether standard top coats get so scratched up.


on 3/20/2017 4:27:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is a good top coat but not great. I love the shine and long wear I get with this but this creates bubbles so bad in nails. I've tried everything to keep the bubbles from forming but they always show up after 5 min of drying. I give up, I'm on the search for a better top coat now.

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on 3/14/2017 5:11:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

As someone who hates saying "good for the price", I just don't like this top coat. It takes over an hour for it to dry properly on me, and I am not that patient. However if you are - go for it. It doesn't strip of the past coats like some topcoats do and helps the lasting power. But for me, the incredibly long wait for it to dry is way too much.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is a very good top coat although I think Seche Vite and OPI's RapidDry are still my top favourites.
The formula is rather thick and it takes a bit longer to dry than my aforementioned favourites but the results are still good. There's no shrinkage (ahem, Seche Vite) once the top coat dries which is great.

I don't think it compares to having a proper gel polish manicure and I haven't tried the gel polish kits from the drugstore so I can't compare.
For $4.99 CAD, I won't complain about the price.

A good alternative to the more expensive top coats out there.

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on 1/24/2017 11:54:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

Going to edit my comment and say that while I do still think this is a good cheap topcoat that lasts long and duties pretty quick, it has an insane amount of bubbling. Not sure if it's just the way I'm applying but I like my manicures to be perfect and the high amount of bubbles in the polish ruin it for me, I will still be on the hunt for the perfect topcoat.

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on 12/10/2016 12:22:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I use this 1 day after I do my mani. It seems pretty bomb the past 2 times I've used it. Keeps it shiny and keeps polish from chipping. I use Nailtiques as a base or I still have revlon color stay base coat, 2 coats color, top coat. Next day I put this on.

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