Wow, I remember when this product was about the only option there was for all day wear; I didn't even think it still existed! First of all, you HAVE to use the set. You can't use the color alone without the topcoat because it dries to a super tacky/sticky finish. There is nothing lasting whatsoever about the topcoat, so you're reapplying all day anyway which defeats the purpose. Might as well just buy a regular wear lipstick that has a comfortable feel. I almost forgot to mention the smell.... Together with the feel, its like having half dry nail polish on your lips.