The Best Top Coats: 594K Reviews

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Isn’t a manicure much more amazing when it's done professionally? You get an arm massage, nails are filed, and base and top coats are applied. Guess what–these aren't difficult things to do. You can do them yourself; all you need are a few items. One of the most important being the top coat. A manicure is only worth it if it lasts. If it chips five minutes after finishing it, then you just wasted your time. 

Not all top coats are created equal according to Influensters, so check out this roundup of the top coats they deem most worthy.

Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, 05 ozBY Seche
4.6 / 5 (2990 reviews)
Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, 05 oz
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Yukie S.said...
I have yet to find a dry fast top coat that dries as fast and leaves as glossy of a finish. I've used dry fast top coats from pretty much every drugstore brand, as well as multiple indie brands and higher end brands. The seche out performs them all. I would also recommend wrapping your tips so that the top coat doesn't end up shrinking back your edges. That's the one issue with this polish - it doesn't shrink on me but I've seen it shrink pretty terribly on a lot of people. The key I think is to make sure you cover the full surface of the nail polish on your nail, and do it while your nail polish is still wet. If you try to apply this over dry polish it will really really shrink back your manicure. It does smell a little stronger that your standard polish but it's not too bad. Also, it does tend to get really thick by the final third of the bottle, and that's because every time you open the product, you end up letting it dry out as well (which I never thought about until somebody pointed it out to me). So it may take some practice, but make sure you apply that top coat quickly to minimize the time the bottle is open and being exposed to open air. The Seche brand makes a thinner called "Restore" that you can purchase on Amazon if you wish to revive your bottle of Seche Vite. You can get a whole-sale size on Amazon and online nail suppliers for cheaper than in phyical stores.
I have yet to find a dry fast top coat that dries as fast and leaves as glossy of a finish. I've used dry fast top coats from pretty much every drugstore brand, as well as multiple indie brands and higher end brands. The seche out performs them all. I would also recommend wrapping your tips so that the top coat doesn't end up shrinking back your edges. That's the one issue with this polish - it doesn't shrink on me but I've seen it shrink pretty terribly on a lot of people. The key I think is to make sure you cover the full surface of the nail polish on your nail, and do it while your nail polish is still wet. If you try to apply this over dry polish it will really really shrink back your manicure. It does smell a little stronger that your standard polish but it's not too bad. Also, it does tend to get really thick by the final third of the bottle, and that's because every time you open the product, you end up letting it dry out as well (which I never thought about until somebody pointed it out to me). So it may take some practice, but make sure you apply that top coat quickly to minimize the time the bottle is open and being exposed to open air. The Seche brand makes a thinner called "Restore" that you can purchase on Amazon if you wish to revive your bottle of Seche Vite. You can get a whole-sale size on Amazon and online nail suppliers for cheaper than in phyical stores.
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Start to Finish Base Coat, Top Coat and Strengthener – 05 fl ozBY OPI
4.5 / 5 (6247 reviews)
Start to Finish Base Coat, Top Coat and Strengthener – 05 fl oz
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Janessa R.said...
When used in conjunction with OPI nail polish and OPI top coat, you will have the most resilient manicure/pedicure you've seen. It goes on thin and clear and dries within a minute or so which is nice when you're in somewhat of a hurry but still want to protect your nail from the OPI nail polish color or normal wear and tear. Occasionally when I don't have enough time to paint my nails completely, I'll paint my nails with just the base coat and immediately they look healthier because of the slight shine that comes when the polish dries. If you're looking for a product that allows your nails to be protected and remain healthy, look no further than OPI base coat. You won't be disappointed!
When used in conjunction with OPI nail polish and OPI top coat, you will have the most resilient manicure/pedicure you've seen. It goes on thin and clear and dries within a minute or so which is nice when you're in somewhat of a hurry but still want to protect your nail from the OPI nail polish color or normal wear and tear. Occasionally when I don't have enough time to paint my nails completely, I'll paint my nails with just the base coat and immediately they look healthier because of the slight shine that comes when the polish dries. If you're looking for a product that allows your nails to be protected and remain healthy, look no further than OPI base coat. You won't be disappointed!
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Out The Door Top CoatBY INM
4.7 / 5 (343 reviews)
Out The Door Top Coat
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Heather C.said...
I purchased this from Sally's Beauty Supply when I was looking for a new quick dry top coat several years ago.......and I have never, will never buy another brand of top coat. This changed my entire nail game! I always LIKED having my nails done, but despised doing them. Waiting on my nails to dry was like torture. But Out The Door changed my life (I'm not even kidding.) I always have a cute manicure now, and haven't paid for one since first buying Out The Door. Really the price isn't too bad either. My last trip I went ahead and purchased the bigger, round bottle. (Which is cute!) It looks nice sitting on my vanity, and it has lasted me eons longer than OTD in the smaller bottle. I do my nails about once a week, and this stuff seriously keeps them looking great. I have way, way, way fewer chips with OTD and when I do, it's usually my own fault for committing a nail no-no!
I purchased this from Sally's Beauty Supply when I was looking for a new quick dry top coat several years ago.......and I have never, will never buy another brand of top coat. This changed my entire nail game! I always LIKED having my nails done, but despised doing them. Waiting on my nails to dry was like torture. But Out The Door changed my life (I'm not even kidding.) I always have a cute manicure now, and haven't paid for one since first buying Out The Door. Really the price isn't too bad either. My last trip I went ahead and purchased the bigger, round bottle. (Which is cute!) It looks nice sitting on my vanity, and it has lasted me eons longer than OTD in the smaller bottle. I do my nails about once a week, and this stuff seriously keeps them looking great. I have way, way, way fewer chips with OTD and when I do, it's usually my own fault for committing a nail no-no!
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Gel Shine 3D Top CoatBY Sally Hansen
4.3 / 5 (496 reviews)
Gel Shine 3D Top Coat
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This top coat is absolutely amazing, but there are a few tricks you should know before you use this. First the silver on the bottle will come off on the wand and get silver chips on your nails. Take makeup remover on a pad and wipe off the neck of the bottle to remove all the silver. Secondly, it takes FOREVER to dry and nobody has time for that. After adding the top coat of 3D shine, follow with another top coat of Seche Vite dry fast top coat. This will quickly try the polish and give you a gel manicure at home!
This top coat is absolutely amazing, but there are a few tricks you should know before you use this. First the silver on the bottle will come off on the wand and get silver chips on your nails. Take makeup remover on a pad and wipe off the neck of the bottle to remove all the silver. Secondly, it takes FOREVER to dry and nobody has time for that. After adding the top coat of 3D shine, follow with another top coat of Seche Vite dry fast top coat. This will quickly try the polish and give you a gel manicure at home!
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Wild Shine Nail Color-Clear Nail ProtectorBY wet n wild
4.2 / 5 (2640 reviews)
Wild Shine Nail Color-Clear Nail Protector
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Kristy I.said...
I originally bought this so I could use it as a base to make my own sheer matte black polish and it worked beautifully. It mixed easily, applied smoothly and has decent longevity. I have purchased it several more times to make other customized nail polishes and to use as a clear coat for making nail art. Not all my attempts are successful, but because it is so affordable, I can keep playing and testing it's limits without breaking the bank.
I originally bought this so I could use it as a base to make my own sheer matte black polish and it worked beautifully. It mixed easily, applied smoothly and has decent longevity. I have purchased it several more times to make other customized nail polishes and to use as a clear coat for making nail art. Not all my attempts are successful, but because it is so affordable, I can keep playing and testing it's limits without breaking the bank.
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Gel Couture Top CoatBY essie
4.6 / 5 (4196 reviews)
Gel Couture Top Coat
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Gehna C.said...
I would highly recommend this top coat! You can use it with any nail polish not just the essie gel couture line! If you mess up your nail polish underneath all you need to do is put a thick layer of this top coat and it works perfectly! This is also very quick drying which I love because I am a very fidgety person that always messes up her nail polish! My only problem is that sometimes when applying this over a dark color the color sometimes transfers to the clear top coat, but this isn’t that big of a deal because the color does not show up the next time.
I would highly recommend this top coat! You can use it with any nail polish not just the essie gel couture line! If you mess up your nail polish underneath all you need to do is put a thick layer of this top coat and it works perfectly! This is also very quick drying which I love because I am a very fidgety person that always messes up her nail polish! My only problem is that sometimes when applying this over a dark color the color sometimes transfers to the clear top coat, but this isn’t that big of a deal because the color does not show up the next time.
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