I always wanted to find a good top coat for my nails. Some of my friends who are nail polish fanatics recommend Seche Vite Top Coat, but warned it was pricy. What derailed me from purchasing it was this cute little warning on the side of the box that read, “This product contains a chemical known in the state of California to cause birth defects.” Um…okay. No. Not trying to have a kid but I ain’t trying to use a potentially harmful product either.
The first top coat I bought and used in this series was Essie’s All In One 3-Way Glaze. It cost $10 at Ulta. I used it with Color Club’s Baldwin Blues, a polish I got in my November .
I followed the instructions to the letter, applying one coat of Essie’s 3-Way Glaze, two coats of my polish, and topping it off with another coat of the glaze. I did this all about 45 minutes before I was supposed to leave for work, so I admit that the picture looks a bit sloppy.
I would also like to note that I did my nails on Friday, November 22, and it was humid and in the 60s. (Yay, South Carolina weather…) It took longer to dry than if it were cold outside. This is something I noticed after getting manicures for awhile, polish dried much faster in colder temps than in warmer ones. I also work at a computer most of the time, so my nails can take a beating.
The photo to the left depicts the polish bottles – first is the Essie 3-Way Glaze and second is Color Club’s Baldwin Blues. The photo to the right depicts my nails on the first day. Yes, they are sloppy. I left the polish on for a week. I chose to only do a week long application for each because of time constraints. I noticed it did get a few nicks here and there, and it lost some sheen. After 7 days, and cooking for Thanksgiving, this is how it looked:
My conclusion? Although the shine seemed to dull, the polish held firm. Even after a flux in the weather and using my hands all day for a week, I noticed minimal chipping. So in this one dog race, Essie is the winner. I really liked it. We’ll see how this top coat holds up against the other two I’m testing – O.P.I Top Coat and Sally Hansen’s Strengthening Top Coat.