The key to achieving a long-lasting manicure often comes down to applying a good top coat. It will help prevent nails from splitting, seal in color and keep your manicure looking shiny and fresh. If you have acrylic nails, look for a top coat that also works for gel nails, since you’ll likely be using a curing lamp to create a hard, sleek finish. Ahead, we did a bit of research and rounded up some solid options on the market. Find them all ahead.
1. Beetles Gel No Wipe Top Coat
This toxin-free option, which also works on gel nails, is flexible, shiny and should last for several weeks.
Pros: It comes in a sizable 15-milliliter bottle.
Cons: Some may not like the smell.
2. Eternal Acrylic Top Coat
This stuff builds a shield that prevents nails from splitting and chipping.
Pros: It's offered in a pack of one or two, with .46 fluid ounces.
Cons: It may not last as long as its competitors.
3. Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat
This polish also offers a high-shine finish that shields and protects nails.
Pros: The .45-fluid ounce bottle should provide numerous coats.
Cons: It may need a few drops of thinner at the end of the bottle.
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