Take it to the Top: How a Top Coat Can Transform Your Signature Polish!
There's nothing more frustrating than putting on a few perfectly painted coats of your favourite nail polish only to watch it smudge mere moments later! Skipping out on a top coat is a mistake many make once - and then never again! If you've ever made the mistake of calling it quits before using a top coat, you know how crucial this finishing step is! What you might not have known is that top coat can not only protect your polish, it can also transform it entirely! By default, most nail technicians have probably topped off your manicure with a glossy top coat. A staple for a reason, a glossy coat beautifully enhances a gel manicure and adds a look of luxury to any traditional nail polish. The slightly less common alternative is a matte coat! Instead of adding shine, a matte coat takes away the glisten and imparts a dramatic chalk-like effect! This trendy nail topper can transform your polish and make your staple shade feel brand new! Let's have a look at the world of difference glossy and matte can make!
GLOW WITH GLOSS
What better colour to compare than white! Whether it's clothing, blankets or nails, we've all been warned that white shows all! The photo above shows OPI's popular bright white gel Alpine Snow. With a gorgeous glossy top coat, this shade looks dewy, smooth and sweet like candy! A traditional glossy finish is amazing for creating smoothness and hiding small flaws in your gel or nail lacquer. The high shine formula has a smoothing effect that can distract from small slip-ups or uneven applications. Glossy coats can also hold up a bit better to chipping or scuffing, making them low maintenance and highly durable. The main disadvantage of a glossy top coat is simply it's popularity! Glossy has become the go-to, and for ladies looking to switch things up, you may consider this top coat too traditional! Stick with glossy if you enjoy the signature shine of gel and easy application. Glossy top coats create a smooth and subtle finish that flatters all of your favourite shades!
MIX IN A MATTE
Have a look at the same shade in matte! The photo above shows OPI's Alpine Snow, again in gel colour, now finished with a matte top coat! The look is totally transformed from candy like shine to sandy chalk like chic! Matte top coat is a trendy way to take your nails from dewy to diva! We love matte for it's ability to transform your favourite shade into a brand new look! Matte is perfect for toning down a bright bold shade or perfecting your favourite shade of pastel! The main disadvantage of a matte coat is it's inability to hide flaws. Compared to gloss, this chalkboard inspired look might be more suceptible to chips, colour transfer or smudges. Be extra careful to give your matte top coat enough time to dry or cure to keep it looking flawless! Choose a matte top coat if you need a new twist on the shades you've been rocking! If you're not afraid of a little more drying time and TLC, a matte coat can make your old staples feel brand new again!
Pro Tip: For a little extra fun, combine both! We love the look of a single glossy accent nail or a glossy free edge over matte nail.