I’m giving this product 5 stars because I know with practice, I’ll get the hang of it and I hate the top coat. The system itself is very easy to use and the directions are super clear. It’s just finding the right technique to get them perfect. This is my second attempt and it’s starting to look better each time. Don’t put the base on too thick or else you’ll have a clumpy mess (my first mistake). The top coat is horrible. Dries super patchy and half matte. I use the Sally Hensen Miracle Gel top coat and Seche Vite quick dry top coat and that seems to work great. I’ve purchased No Drama Mama and Top Billing (color in the photo). Definitely go with darker colors on your first few tries, the lighter ones show mistakes much clearly. I used purchased a nail drill to help file and that helped a lot as well. Removal was painless and easy. Just soak a cotton ball and place it on your nail and wrap in foil for 30 minutes. Take them off one at a time and scrape off with the wooden stick. No damage to your nails! It also dries super hard and lasts for weeks!