gel•setter™ top coat - nail care solutions

gel•setter™

gel.like color and shine

jet-setters need solid, go-getter shine that works as hard as they do. essie gel•setter™ tops any of your favorite essie colors with all the cushy, rock-hard shine of a gel, in a foolproof formula for at home manis and pedis. DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free


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gel•setter™ is rated 3.354961832061069 out of 5 by 262.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Shine - Quick Dry Time I have had this product for almost three weeks now and love it! The shine is fabulous, and the dry time is amazing. My home manis can last 4 to 5 days with minimal wear and chipping. Considering I'm on a keyboard all day and have two six year old girls to take care of at home, that's pretty amazing in my book. I would say people who are complaining of it peeling off may not be prepping their nails correctly and/or putting on the top coat too soon while color lacquer is too wet. Make sure nails are free of oils and you've applied a good base coat prior to color. Let color dry for a few minutes before applying top coat and you can't go wrong.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing topcoat
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. The first time I used this top coat, I did not pair it with Essie nail polish. It chipped the next day. The second time, I used all Essie products and I got 6 days of chip free, high shine color. I used two coats. I applied the initial coat to finish manicure and then a second coat the next day. I typically would have added a third coat by 4th or 5th day but decided to see how long it with last before it chipped. As a top coat, I feel that it is comparable to Good to Go. It just maintains a nice shine.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! I had gone to get a professional mani/pedi before our vacation. Paid $70. It was horrible. I left the shellac on for a day and then took it off. Went to CVS to buy nail polish before our trip and saw this product. I used Essie base coat, 2 coats of Essie nail polish and then 2 coats of Essie gel setter. Let the nail polish dry for 5 minutes before applying the gel setter. It lasted 10 days! It would have lasted longer but my nails grow out so fast, it was time to redo them. It looks just like shellac. But much cheaper!!!
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite top coat I love essie colours, but have been loyal to seche vite top coat for 15 years+. However gel setter has now knocked seche off the top spot and has become my favourite top coat. It doesn't dry quite as quickly as seche, but the other results are amazing:Super shine that lasts for daysYou can reapply over several days to refresh polish (and it looks freshly painted)It makes my polish last for over a week with no chips!!A trick I've been using if I do get kicks and chips after a few days is to lightly file down my nails with a soft nail file and repaint with gel setter. My nails look amazing and just done after this.Thanks essie for creating this amazing topcoat!
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm never using gel with a light again! After over a year of gel manicures, my nails suffered from peeling and breaking. I gave them a month with just repair polish and they finally healed, but I wanted the look and durability of the gel polish.When I heard about Essie gel.setter, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Essie never disappoints, and I had high hopes for this product. I'm still not disappointed.I applied Essie Fill the Gap and waited for that to dry. While it dries quickly, it was almost an hour before I applied my color (I was busy cleaning, cooking and caring for my one year old). I put on two coats of color, waiting about five or so minutes between coats. After my polish dried (I did the tapping of my two thumbs together test to see if they stuck together). I applied the gel.setter. A couple things about application.Use a thin coat. It doesn't need to be super thick in order to work, and actually, thinner is better as it dries fasterWhen applying gel polish, I learned I had to "cap" my nail which means you have to run the brush along the free edge of your nail to apply the gel product. This creates a nice seal so that the polish doesn't chip as easily. I did the same with this and I think that helped a lot.If you happen to knick your color coat, when you apply the gel.setter, it actually smooths it out! (bonus!!)I got almost two weeks out of my manicure which is exactly what I would have gotten from a salon manicure or one I did myself. Here are the pictures- day 1 and day 9. I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures before I took my polish off. There was chipping on my index, middle and thumb, but that didn't happen till day 11. By day 9, the luster had vanished, but I didn't reapply gel.setter at all after the first day, so I'm not too surprised about that.Overall, I'm thrilled with gel.setter. My nail polish didn't chip till day 11 but even better, my actual nails didn't chip AT ALL which always happens once the polish chips away.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheelchair User Approved! The mixed reviews about this stuff perplex me. This is a solid 5 star product for me. I am a wheelchair user. I literally walk with my hands, all day, every day. For miles. I never make it more than a day or two with my usual manicure routine (Stickey, 2 coats Essie or OPI, Seche Vite) before chips set in. I'm on day four with Chinchilly (brand new bottle) and Gel Setter. Not one chip, and believe me I've tried to chip it. I didn't even use a base coat because I'm out. This stuff is the real deal. Be patient when applying and re-apply every other day or two. I've no doubt that I will make it a week with Gel Setter. Fellow Ladies on Wheels you need this stuff in your life. It may just well be a holy grail nail product. Picture is of day four nails.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long lasting shine and no chips I bought this on Sunday and today is Tuesday. I don't have a single chip, never smudged, no peeling, long lasting shine! My nails feel so hard too! I have many Essie polishes and coats, this is the best one out there. The polish dried very fast, no bubbles, no chips, no tacky/sticky feeling. I am very impressed with this top coat! It has a very gel-like look to it! I recommend this to anyone. So much cheaper than a gel mani and now I can do it at home as much as I want!!
Date published: 2015-06-10
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