I’ve tried a lot of top coats. Nine different ones in total.
Some of them have been completely awful; some really great. And until very recently, I thought I’d found my perfect top coat.
And then I tried Glisten & Glow HK Girl.
And I can now say with absolute certainty that I will never use another top coat again.
These are all the top coats that I have previously bought and tried:
- No. 7 Stay Perfect
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
- Seche Vite
- Essie Good To Go
- Nina Ultra Pro
- No. 17 Double Gloss Top Coat
- W7 Diamond Top Coat
- NYC Grand Central Station
- Tip Perfection (not sure if that’s the brand or the polish name – it came with some Myleene Klass nail wraps)
I used to love No.7 Stay Perfect. It dries quickly and has a good shine.
Then I read about Seche Vite and bought a bottle or three. I loved how it dries even faster and is almost instantly touch-proof. But I hate how it often shrinks my polish and goes gloopy towards the end of the bottle. OK, so there’s Seche Restore, but it’s all a bit of a faff and more money spent too.
My longest-loved top coat has been Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip. It’s the top coat in the red bottle. It’s quick to dry and lovely and runny at first. But it too goes a little thick towards the end of the bottle and needs some polish thinner to keep it going.
The others on my list are nothing special. I know lots of people swear by Essie Good To Go, but I don’t like it much. It takes longer to dry than Seche Vite, Sally Hansen and No.7.
The same can be said for Nina Ultra Pro.
No.17 is quite good – fairly similar to No.7 really, although my bottle has yellowed a little.
The final three on my list – W7, NYC and Tip Perfection – all take an age to dry and are not worth buying when there are other, much better top coats to be had.
But, I’ve finally found my perfect top coat. I had been reading about it for months on US blogs. It’s called HK Girl and is by Glisten & Glow. It seemed really expensive to get it shipped from abroad, so I held off buying it, despite the glowing reviews I read. And then the Royal Mail started destroying inbound parcels of polish anyway, so I didn’t ever get around to buying it.
Then, last month, Rainbow Connection began to stock it. I immediately snapped up four bottles and I will never look back.
HK Girl is the perfect top coat. It dries to the touch really quickly. It’s almost – but not quite – as quick as Seche Vite. I’d say it’s about 30 seconds slower, although I haven’t timed it exactly. And that’s acceptable to me. It’s certainly rock hard MUCH faster than Seche Vite, and it doesn’t shrink my polish. It’s beautifully shiny, and apparently – although I haven’t got that far yet – it doesn’t go gloopy at the end of a bottle. It’s wonderful and I absolutely love it.
The base coat has equally good reviews, but I’ve not bought it as yet.
I’m so glad I bought four bottles of the top coat. It costs from £6.55 from Rainbow Connection – but please don’t buy it all, as I’ll be back for more at some point!