step 1 - gel couture color

Top Coat

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Top Coat

ultra-glossy top coat

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quick drying top coat that seals and helps protect, to magnify shine for an ultra-glossy finish.


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step 1: lust-worthy couture color
step 2: gel-like shine

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Top Coat is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very glossy and long-wearing. I was able to try this color in the shade "The It Factor", and found it to have a smooth application that was opaque in one coat (though I did two just because it's what I prefer.) The topcoat was very glossy and retained its shine over a full week of wear. I had only minor wear at the tips after a week - no major chips. I did find that this polish dried down to a softer finish than I'm used to - it didn't get dented through normal use, but I am used to a harder dry-down. This stayed a little bit flexible, which may have contributed to the longer wear time. I received this product for free through PinchMe.com
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skip the salon with this new GelCouture formula! This is an excellent top coat! It dries super fast and it is super shiny. I was given a sample to try from PINCHme, which I used along with the Essie Luxurious Couture Color in a coral shade called "On The List." (#210). Because this process does not require a UV or LED light, in just 5 minutes you can have a fabulous gel manicure! Save your money honey, and skip the salon this week...The results are that good! I did not use any base coat, and I used 3 coats of color (directions say to use only 2) followed by 1 coat of the GelCouture top coat and I could not be any happier with the results. The formula of the polish lays down nicely on the nail and also fills in ridges and bumps very, very well ensuring that you get a smooth glass-like look when you are done. The top coat dries really fast, reducing the change of the dreaded smudge. I am so impressed with this system and I will be checking out all the colors in this line next time I am shopping for nail colors.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Polish I received this as a sample from PinchMe in exchange for my honest opinion. I am a nail polish horder and I was very excited to try this combo out. I received the duo and my first impression was slight dissappointment at the color. It was a baby blue color with a slight pearl shimmer. I did my usual routine, clear base coat, 2 coats color & the top gel coat that came with it. It went on nicely but was chipping in about 3 days. I type mostly for a living so this can cause issues with some polishes but I expected more from this set. I give it a 3 because I wasn't fond of the color at all & the chipping started quickly.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't knock it till you try it I'm a huge Essie fan, so I was excited to try out Essie's new gel polish. Applying the color was a breeze with the wide brush. The blue/purple color was not flattering on my skin tone, but I was still curious as to how the polish would hold up, so I decided I would wear it as long as possible. The topcoat looked promising as it was shiny and dried pretty quick. It started chipping on day 3. Darn. I must mention that I'm hard on my nails. I type, garden, use household chemicals daily, and use my nails to pry things open often. Most polish starts to chip on the edges by day 2. I would recommend this polish for those that are not so hard on their nails. I received the polish and topcoat as a sample in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love IT! I got this as a sample from PinchMe to review. I received a lavender color and this top coat. I wasn't crazy about the polish color but I was very impressed at the shine and staying power of this polish. I used two color coats and one top coat. I work with computers all day so I type a lot but this polish withstood the abuse. I wore it for 6 days before I noticed any chipping. I was also amazed at how easy it was to remove. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No different than a regular top coat Was very disappointed in the gel couture top coat and the accompanying colors. It was no thicker than regular topcoat, and started peeling the day after application. I tried a second time with the same results. While it does have shine, I will stick to the original colors and top coats, since they work just as well. I am a loyal Essie wearer, and was really looking forward to trying this gel solution. Unfortunately, it fell short.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Won't Use Anything Else! I literally won't use another top coat. I've been doing my own nails for about a decade now and have become somewhat of a nail expert in my circle of friends. This is the only topcoat that I recommend and I get compliments all the time about how my nails look professionally done. You can make the coats as thick as you want without the polish bubbling and it always comes out with a beautiful shine. You can use the gel polish or regular polish underneath, and it lengthens your manicure by days.I do agree with the one review about her brush being cut badly, it's always a mystery what this brush will look like. I will say that I always check the brush before purchase to make sure that it was cut correctly. Probably won't find a better topcoat for the price short of going to the salon.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Had solar nails for years but retirement and travel prohibited getting them done. Having had manicured nails for years I hated not having pretty nails. My daughter told me about gel nails with the UV light. I liked them except after about 5-6 applications I started to tear up my nails again. I read about the Essie no light gel polish and decided to try. I tried it while on vacation (no work) and it lasted 2 weeks. I've used it since being home and I still love it. Might chip a little but it's ok. I was wondering if putting a 2nd coat of the top coat after a day or so would help?
Date published: 2017-08-22
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