Decoding Top Coats: Which one goes where?!

When it comes to nail art, choosing the perfect top coat is like putting the cherry on top of a delicious dessert—it adds that final touch of gloss and protection that elevates your manicure from good to great. However, with an array of top coat options available, each boasting different finishes and properties, it can be a daunting task to know which one is best suited for your nail art. Fear not, in this blog we will try and help! Exploring the uses and benefits of gel top coats, water-based top coats, and shine top coats.
1. Water-Based Top Coat
You've just spent ages triple-stamping a masterpiece on to your nails... Don't risk destroying them with your top coat! A water-based top coat such as 'Smear Not' will protect and prevent any smuging of your artwork but is not super shiny. 
Made with water as the primary ingredient instead of harsh chemicals, these top coats are non-toxic and with minimal odor make them a preferred choice for individuals with sensitivities or those seeking a more natural nail care routine.
Clear Jelly Stamper 'Smear Not' Smudge Resistant Top Coat and CJS-348 'Wing It'
2. Shine Top Coat: Instant Gloss Finish
When you want to add instant shine to your nail art without the hassle of curing under lamps, shine top coats come to the rescue. Quick-drying, these offer instant gloss enhancement, that accentuates the beauty of your manicure. Apply Clear Jelly's High Shine Top Coat over a water based top coat for optimum results!
Shine top coats are perfect for those moments when you need a swift touch-up or desire a glossy finish on the go. Whether you're sporting a simple coat of nail polish or intricate nail art!
Clear Jelly Stamper High Shine Top Coat
 3.  Gel Top Coat: The Ultimate Protector
Gel top coats are renowned for their durability and long-lasting shine, making them a popular choice for nail art enthusiasts seeking a salon-quality finish. Typically cured under UV or LED lamps, gel top coats create a hardened barrier that shields your nail art from chips, scratches, and fading.
Shine gel top coats provide a glossy, glass-like finish that enhances the vibrancy of colors and designs however, if you're looking for a different style of finish for your manicure there is an array of gel top coats to choose from!
The benefit of gel top coats is the quick drying time under lamps, ensuring that your nail art stays flawless without smudges or imperfections.
 In conclusion, selecting the right top coat for your nail art is essential for achieving the desired aesthetic and longevity of your manicure. Whether you opt for the durable protection of a gel top coat, the smudge resistance of a water-based top coat, or the instant gloss enhancement of a shine top coat, each formulation offers unique benefits to suit your preferences and needs. So, the next time you embark on a nail art adventure, remember to choose your top coat wisely—it's the final flourish that completes your masterpiece with flair.
@allpaulishedup using a shine gel top coat to finish this gorgeous design off perfectly!
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