Are These New Topcoats The Manicure Miracle We've Been Waiting For?

gel-topcoat
We have a love/hate relationship with at-home manicures. On the one hand, they're awesome because they are cheap, we can do them while sitting on our couch in PJ pants, and they allow us to play around with the billion polishes we currently have in our collection. On the other hand, it seems like they just never last, smudging and chipping mere days (or in some of our cases, minutes) after completion. Topcoats promise to keep them in place, but outside of Seche Vite, we've never been able to find one that can make our polish paint jobs last longer than a few days.
Advertisement
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.
Advertisement

More from Nails

Orange and black isn't our first choice of color combination. Or our second. Or our tenth. But we love a challenge, and Halloween presents the perfect one...
Beautiful @feifeisun #backstage at @verawanggang with the nail look using #JINsoon Risque and Matte Maker. #nyfw #nyfwss17 #ss17 #fashionweek #...
If you’re looking for a nail polish that will take the place of your perfume, you’re in the wrong place. (And, uh, why are you looking for that?) The ...
Remember back in November when we reported on Nail Inc.'s new spray-on nail polish and our entire office, along with the rest of the internet, proceeded ...
In the grand scheme of new beauty-product releases, nail polish is, undoubtedly, the most overwhelming. The top brands flood the market with several ...
There are two main strategies we use when shopping for nail polish (or picking a color at the nail salon under pressure). You're either the person who ...
Some claim the nail-art trend is on its final legs. We beg to differ. It wasn't dying last season, and all signs backstage at the spring '17 shows point to...
(Paid Content) We're all on the constant hunt for the perfect manicure. It's the stuff of legends: a perfect, shiny coat of opaque paint that won't chip or...
We don’t mean to brag, but New York City is the birthplace of a very important institution: the nail salon. Back in 1878, an entrepreneurial woman opened ...
False eyelashes, hair extensions, and acrylic nails — the fun additions to a beauty routine may not actually be the best things to be gluing to our bodies...
In-demand nail artists know what the biggest manicure trends for each season are going to be long before the rest of us. How? Well, they're the ones who ...
With summer winding down, we can't help but shudder at all of the distress we've put our feet through this season. From gallivanting across sandy beaches ...
So far, 2016 has been looking pink — specifically, millennial pink. But while days of swimsuits and sunscreen may invite a peachy flush, the upcoming ...
If you’re familiar with the name Kendra Scott, then you’ve likely purchased or browsed the brand's gorgeously dainty — and affordable! — line of jewelry, ...