12 top coats of nail polish that deliver salon-level shine and longevity
When it comes to painting my nails, I am a perfectionist. I can’t stand an uneven texture, dull complexion or imperfect lines, and there is nothing – I repeat, nothing – more annoying than smearing my nails when they are almost dry. That’s enough to make me throw in the towel and look for the nail polish remover. I don’t know what it is, but there is clearly something about an at-home manicure that brings out my Type A personality …
If there’s one thing the nail paint perfectionist taught me, it’s that the real key to perfecting a manicure isn’t in the polish you choose – no, it’s in the coat. finishing. A topcoat, after all, is what seals in color, prevents chipping, and especially for me, gives a glossy finish (oh, how I love a shiny, reflective manicure). Keep scrolling to see the best nail polish top coats for salon-level shine and longevity. If shine is your thing, you’ll love these 12 picks.
1. Olive and June gloss topcoat
Olive and June Shiny Top Coat ($ 8)
This super shiny topcoat is my all time favorite. Not only does this make my nails reflect light like no other (trust me when I say shine is unreal), it also keeps chips at bay for up to seven days. I can always count on this one to preserve my nails for a just painted look.
2. Quick-drying topcoat Coast
Coast Quick Dry Top Coat ($ 21)
Sure, this topcoat is expensive, but it’s worth it if you paint in a hurry or tend to smudge your nails after painting them. Quick-drying formula seals in under 3 minutes. The formula even includes a “UV absorber” to prevent nail discoloration. How cool is that?
3. Essie Gel Couture finishing coat
Essie Gel Couture Finishing Coat ($ 8)
This topcoat provides gel-like shine and longevity without the need for a UV lamp. Just paint it on your nails in even strokes (don’t forget to go over the tips of your nails), and your manicure will last for days, days, and days.
4. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat
Sally hansen Insta-Dri Finishing Coat ($ 4)
Here’s another quick-drying option, but this time around it can multitask as a base coat as well. It dries in 60 seconds, provides a glossy finish, and costs just $ 4 a pop. Think of me as a fan.
5. Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat ($ 8)
What I like most about this topcoat is its fine formula, which is a refreshing start from other softer formulas. It dries quickly and also provides a glossy finish.
6. Weekly top coat CND Vinylux
CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat ($ 8)
This topcoat is part of CND’s Vinylux line, which is a collection of long-lasting nail polishes. It stays shatterproof for up to seven days and offers the glossy gel-like finish I’m looking for.
7. Dior Top Coat Apricot
Dior Apricot Top Coat ($ 28)
Granted, $ 28 is a lot for a top coat, but it’s understandable when that top coat comes from such a high-end brand as Dior. This formula, which sets and dries nail polish quickly, is a bestseller. Pair it with an equally premium Dior nail color for a luxurious at-home manicure experience.
8. Chanel Le Top Coat Quick Dry and Shine
Chanel The Quick Dry and Shine Top Coat ($ 28)
Speaking of premium top coats, this one from Chanel is quick-drying, super shiny, and fortified with vitamin E for a nail nourishing bonus. Plus, it looks pretty, okay?
9. Static Nails Liquid Glass Top Coat
Static nails Liquid Glass Top Coat ($ 16)
As the name suggests, this top coat provides an ultra-glossy finish to any underlying nail color (it makes even the fastest at home manicure expensive). Plus, it can actually benefit your nails with nail strengthening extracts of rosehip, coconut oil, and green tea.
10. Smith & Cult Finishing Coat
Smith & Cult Top Coat ($ 18)
Smith & Cult is one of my all-time favorite nail polish brands, thanks to its range of vibrant shades – Kundalini Hustle ($ 18) and Lover’s Creep ($ 18) are two personal favorites. Whatever shade you choose to paint, seal it in with the brand’s topcoat, which adds a high-gloss shine. This is the icing on the cake.
11. OPI Infinite Shine ProStay gloss topcoat
OPI Infinite Shine ProStay Gloss Top Coat ($ 13)
This list wouldn’t be complete without an OPI topcoat. After all, OPI is one of the most classic nail brands. When it comes to choosing a top coat from the brand, I prefer this one as it provides up to 11 days of gel-like shine and longevity without any UV lamps.
12. UV Butter London Hardwear Shine Top Coat
London Butter Hardwear Shine UV Top Coat ($ 18)
Don’t sleep on Butter London. Her nail colors are trendy, smooth, and highly pigmented – yell at the CEO of the shade ($ 18), which is the prettiest cherry red, but let’s get back to the topic under review. This topcoat does a bit of everything. It dries quickly, very shiny, non-chipping and protective (it prevents UV light from discoloring the color of the nails).
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