I am a firm believer that any nail polish -from the $1.99 drugstore finds to the $20 Chanel bottles- can look awesome with a good top coat. When the OPI Shatter collection first came out I loved the effect but hated the nasty melted-tractor-tire finish! Shame on people (especially nail techs!) who wear that with no top coat!!! Anyway, I went on the hunt for the shiniest top coat. Also, I wanted one that would help my nails stay strong and not chip, because believe me, I’ve rocked the chipped black or red polish before, but it’s not the look I’m currently going for. After trying several different kinds (including but not limited to: Sally Hansen Diamond Shine, OPI “top coat,” and Ulta clear) the best top coat is…. XXXXdrumroll please!XXXX…..
Sally Hansen Mega Shine
I love this stuff!! In fact, I love it so much that I always keep an extra bottle handy. As soon as one starts getting low and I’m thinking about opening my back-up bottle, I run to the store and use my $1 off coupon that almost always seems to be in the Sunday newspaper and get a NEW backup bottle. I can not live without this stuff. Well, I’d live, but not as prettily.
Why it’s the best:
SH Mega Shine is the best because not only is it super shiny (it’s way shinier than OPI!) but on the back of the box it comes in, it says it fuses all the layers of your nail polish together to form one tough, shiny layer… and it really does. It seems to melt all your polish together into one hard-as-glass beautiful shiny manicure. The only tip I’d give you concerning it’s ability to fuse together layers of polish is, if you are using it over nail art that includes fine lines I’d slap a normal (OPI, Ulta, whatever) topcoat on first because Mega Shine can sometimes cause a fine line to smear a tad. Another good thing about this is that wearing this top coat will keep my manicure PERFECT (minus the slightest edge wear) for at least 5 days. I’m a substitute teacher so after school I don’t have grading to do, so I do whatever the teacher asks me to which often includes cleaning students’ desks. Have you SEEN a kindergartener or first grader’s desk?? It’s as if they just swipe the glue stick over the entire surface, then grind some sandbox sand into it and harden it with a blow torch… they are NASTY!! And I will sometimes scrub those bad boys down with a Clorox wipe, using my nails to scrape the gluey residue from Hell off. With this top coat, my nails stay awesome all week. The kids are always complimenting me on my nails, and let me tell you, they look GREAT on the document cam! Haha. Now, I usually re-coat my nails after about 3 days because I’m obsessive and want them to keep looking fresh, but this stuff is seriously armor for your nails. The other great thing about it is if you put a nice solid layer (don’t be shady, now, give your nails a good coating!) they will be dry to the touch (watch out for imprints) in a minute or two. I would give up the drying time and even the wear-ability of it if it was just as shiny as it is, but luckily it has all three. I know I’m sounding like an advertisement, and trust me, if I could get my hands on a lifetime supply and not have to run to the store for it every couple of weeks, I’d love it, but you don’t have to take my word for it… get the $5-7 dollars it costs and try it for yourself!!
If you use something different, tell me what it is and why you think it’s the best! I’m always looking for the next best thing! :)