The 5 best finishing coats
It can be difficult to know how to choose the best top coats, because let’s be honest here: all clear nail polish looks exactly the same in the bottle. To narrow things down, Bustle spoke with four professional nail artists to find out which top coats they prefer to use on clients. Below are their top picks for top coats that give long-lasting shine (with the exception of a matte topcoat), provide chip and break protection, and in some cases even help. to dry faster. On this list, you’ll also find options for all budgets, including a $ 5 drugstore classic and a professional grade topcoat / basecoat duo.
Sealing the polish of your choice with a top coat will greatly protect your manicure, but for best results you can also apply a base coat. Remember to frequently moisturize your nails and cuticles with cuticle oil or hand cream, especially after washing your hands, to keep your nails looking great.
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1. Expert’s Choice: Best Topcoat Overall
Two experts, famous nail artist Britney Tokyo and Stacey Lomascolo of the Mirbeau Inn & Spa, both pointed Bustle to Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat as their top coat of choice. Tokyo tells Bustle that the topcoat dries quickly and doesn’t blur the nail art, while Lomascolo says they use this topcoat on all of their spa clients because “It helps your manicure or pedicure dry quickly,” it has a nice glossy finish. , and lasts 1 [to] 2 weeks with minimal flaking and peeling. Amazon shoppers are fans too: this top coat has received over 20,000 five-star ratings, as well as 7,000+ five-star reviews.
2. Expert’s choice: best drugstore topcoat
Nail Affair owner Rebecca Jayne tells Bustle that many of her clients swear by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for how this drugstore classic speeds up drying time, which eliminates the need to sit at wait for your nails to dry. The brand claims you’ll get up to 10 days of shine and chip protection with this top coat that makes nail polish tactile in just 30 seconds. Not only is this a proven formula with over 13,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, it costs just $ 5, which also makes it one of the more affordable top coats.
3. Expert’s choice: best base coat / top coat duo
Celebrity nail artist Chaun Legend tells Bustle that OPI’s ProStay Base Coat Primer and Gloss Top Coat duo is her top choice. The primer protects your nails and allows the polish to glide over a smoother surface, giving your manicure a crisp appearance, while the top coat helps prevent chipping and gives nails an incredible gel-like shine that lasts up to 11 (!!!) days. For best results, pair it with one of OPI’s Infinite Shine polishes, available in a wide range of reds and neutrals, in addition to hundreds of other shades.
4. Expert’s choice: best topcoat / varnish combo
Jayne says she “loves the look” of the Vinylux nail polish paired with the brand’s Top Coat Longwear. The polish, which contains nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, keratin and jojoba oil, has a base coat built into the formula, which saves you a step, while the top coat gives nails a strong, shiny and shatter-resistant finish. Topcoat is another extremely popular choice among Amazon buyers, and varnish comes in. so many colors including pinks, reds, neutrals, purples and blues, to name a few.
5. Best matte topcoat
If you prefer the look of matte nails, Essie’s popular Matte About You topcoat will turn your polish from glossy to velvety in one swipe. You can use it with any nail polish (essie brand or other) to eliminate the shine effect and protect your nails from splinters. This topcoat is free from eight common chemicals found in nail polish, including DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde.
Rebecca Jayne, Owner, A Nail Affair
Legend of Chaun, celebrity nail artist
Stacey Lomascolo, Nail Technician, Mirbeau Inn & Spa Skaneateles
Britney Tokyo, famous nail artist