Here’s a great post about Top Coats! She tried 10 different top coats and judged them based on:
-Thickness: score 1-3★ (1 being thin and 3 being as thick as Seche Vite)
-Dry time: score 1-5★ (1 being not dry and 5 dry to the touch), each top coat was allowed to dry for 1 minute, then I lightly brushed over it with my finger to test how dry it was
-Smearage: score 1-5★ (1 being lots of smearing and 5 being none) for 3 dots of Sally Hansen Black Out, a stripe of Milani black nail art polish and a dot of China Glaze Liquid Leather (each will get their own score), these were allowed to dry for a minimum of one minute before the top coat was applied
-Shrinkage: score 1-5★ (1 lots of shrinkage, 5 no shrinkage)
-Shine: score 1-5★ (1 not so shiny, 5 very shiny), each was scored at the beginning and again at the end
-Overall wear: score 1-5★ (1 poor with lots of wear and/or chipping, 5 excellent wear with no chipping)

Top Coat It

I hate when you buy a top coat and it’s awful.  It seems like each of them has their own drawbacks.  There are so many different options out there it’s hard to figure out which is the one for you.  The worst is when you do some cool nail art and the very thing that is supposed to protect it, smears it.  That makes me so mad!  I’ve tried out several different ones for that reason alone.

I decided to do an experiment.  I took 10 different top coats, put one on each finger and took some notes.  I used a generous coat of Cult Nails Get it On base coat on each nail and painted two coats of China Glaze White on White.

Here are the categories I judged each on:
-Thickness: score 1-3★ (1 being thin and 3 being as thick as Seche Vite)
-Dry time: score 1-5★…

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