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Essie's Gel Setter Top Coat

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Essie's Gel Setter Top Coat

Hello darlings!! Hope everyone's having a great weekend! For all my American readers...Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

A friend of mine told me about this new gel top coat she was loving and told me to give it a try. So of course I did and now I'm sharing the secrets with you all as well. 

I love getting my weekly manicures. Over the years I've changed the type of nail treatments I do at the salon. At least I used to get acrylic and then I switched to gel manicures and now I just get regular manicures. I personally feel like acrylic and gel manicures do too much damage to my nails and if I didn't continue with treatment, my nails were totally broken, thin, and weak. So after 12 years of damaging my nails, I decided to go natural. (Eeeekkkk!) It wasn't easy and it took a long time for my damage nails to grow out and be replaced with "strong" nails but they did and I'm so happy I'm nicer to my nails. I still go back to the salon for weekly manicures but there's no damage and if I skip a week at the salon, my nails still look good instead of damaged and broken. 

So when Marisa told me to try Essie's Gel Setter Top Coat, I was intrigued. She told me that I should bring this top coat to the salon with me and ask them to use it as my top coat instead of their regular nail polish. Also, about three days into my manicure, I should reapply one top coat and my manicure will definitely last an entire week or a bit longer. No lamps needed and use just like a regular nail polish. Well she was right!!!! I picked up a bottle at Target for $10 and it was money well spent. 

The first time I applied the top coat, it made my nail shine, strong, and super chic. My nails look super smooth and they dried fast. I think it's also important to be realistic about this top coat. I wash my hands a few times a day but I work mostly on my computer and my nails aren't softened by staying in water for long periods of time. So if your hands are in water for long periods of time or if your day job is extremely hard on your hands, I am not sure if you'll get the same results as me. Just be realistic about your expectations. Also, make sure to apply the top coat correctly. By this I mean...

1. Wash your hands thoroughly and make sure your nails are dry before you start your manicure.

2. Apply Essie's base coat and make sure it dries completely before you start applying color.

3. Apply two coats of your fave Essie nail polish but also make sure you take time to dry before you apply each coat.

4. Wait 10 minutes and apply the Gel Setter top coat.

5. Wait 3 to 4 days and then apply another thin layer of top coat.

6. You should have a manicure that lasts 7 days!

So this may be up for debate but my salon said that it's important to use the same brand for your base coat, nail polish, and top coat. They said that each brand use chemicals that work for their own products so they can last the longest. Honestly, I'm not sure if I really believe this and I just use whatever nail polish I like and use the Essie base and top coat. I personally can't purchase multiple top coats to match brands. So far my manicures are still lasting even though I am "mixing brands".

Have you tried Essie's Gel Setter Top Coat? What's your favorite products to use for a manicure?


  1. I haven't tried this top coat, but Essie's "Good to go" is my favorite top coat of all times. I think that it really does make a big difference when it comes to making my mani last longer.

    Thirteen Thoughts

    1. Totally! OPI and Essie are two of my faves!! xoxo

  2. I need to find this because I love gel manicures but like you, I've stopped getting them done.

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed