Where do I begin? This stuff blew my mind! I got a wonderful package from this company upon asking about the possibility of receiving a sample for blogging purposes, they were so generous, they sent three full sized products, and this formula in Rio, was one of them. I am in love! This stuff goes on pretty thick, but it is very difficult to actually make a mistake that can not simply be smoothd over with another coat! I love that you do not need a topcoat for this polish because it has one built in! Okay, the feature that really blew me away is how quickly this stuff dries, I am talking about the kind of dry that allows you to be able to go back to every day activities with your hands in just a couple of minutes without ruing your nails!! I had been using my Red Carpet Manicure LED set in the past, and I have to say that the overall outcome that I loved from that system can also be achieved with the Nailtiques lacquer, and Formula 2 Protein that I used prior to applying. I applied these a day before starting my new job as a bartender, and working on the house that I am renovating, at least 3 loads of dishes, with not a single chip or scuff, no joke! The claims that this will strengthen your nails is 100% true, my nails feel as if they have a full manicure, yet they are not at at bulky, they can still breathe! I would strongly suggest giving this brand a whirl before buying ANY of your usual brands again!