Enter gel topcoats. Unlike those weird, at-home kits that have been all the rage lately, these new toppers do not involve any sort of at-home UV light. They're just a simple topcoat, infused with polymers or an epoxy resin, that you brush on over your polish and they claim to keep your digit decor in place for double the time of a regular topcoat. It's the Holy Grail of manicures, people.
So far we've found three different brands who have released their own gel topcoats — Dior, Deborah Lippmann, and Julep — but we're certain that once the word gets out that we're going to start seeing plenty more. We mean, what's not to love about a manicure that lasts for a full week, won't damage your nails, is mega-shiny, and comes off with a few swipes of polish remover? Providing they actually do all that, of course.
Don't worry, we'll be investigating these babies in a Product Smackdown soon, so stay tuned for more in-depth intel.
Photographed by Erin Yamagata