I almost never use nail polish thats not gel anymore since I have 2 small kids and don't have the time to wait for my nails to dry. I also don't enjoy spending the time painting my nails only for them to get smudged or chip off the same day. This one step polish was good, but I wouldn't compare it to gel. It applied easily and smoothly but you still need to wait for it to dry. My favorite thing about this was the brush though because the shape made it really easy to apply evenly and neatly. I received this item complimentary for testing purposes.