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the Lipstick League wants to know about our favourite top coats – we took the opportunity to ask our ManiGeek Karen for her favourites too
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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, Nails Inc 45-Second Top Coat, Chanel Mat Top Coat

This week the Lipstick League wonders about our favourite nail polish top coat and how long we've been using it. 

I'm a UV-gel devotée, so since about 2010, my top coat has been Gelish or Entity or Artistic Colour Gloss, all clear, strong, super-shiny gel that needs to be cured in a UV lamp and soaked off with acetone. But this was the perfect opportunity to ask ManiGeek Karen about her topcoat preference – we get asked about that a lot. And it turns out she has more than one. Here's our ManiGeek Karen's list of the best nail polish top coats and why.

the best shiny nail polish top coats

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, Nails Inc. 45-Second Top Coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat ($9.34 at and $9.99 at– Stupendous. Dries nice 'n quick in full-on sunshine. Been using it since June 2014; it's now my go-to.

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat ($6.99 at and $6.49 at– Longtime favourite for easy coverage, drying time and durability. Been using Revlon Quick Dry for years. Many of them.

Nails Inc 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar ($17 at and $15 at– A quick-drying squishy 'n plushy lookin' deal. Been using it for about a year or so.

the best matte nail polish top coats

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L'Oreal Paris Matte Top Coat, Chanel Mat Top Coat, Nicole by OPI Matte Top Coat

L'Oreal Paris Matte Top Coat ($6.99 at The brush, the matte – they make me so happy. Been using it maybe a year.

Chanel Mat Top Coat – Not because it costs a crapload but because it's a good, solid matte. Been using it three years. Musta been limited edition though -- can't find it online.

Nicole by OPI Matte Top Coat ($10.99 at drugstores and $6.99 at – That brush makes matting easy. Too bad about the #dumbbottle. Been using it a couple of years.

So, beautygeeks, what's your favourite nail polish top coat? How long ya been using it?

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