Beauty Quickie: Top It Off


A question I get on almost a daily basis is ‘what kind of top coat do you use and recommend?’. I've trialled and tested many top coats and they're definitely something I prefer and use more frequently than, say – a base coat. However, I've found three truly excellent top coats which come with a bonus – one of them is a base & top coat, 2 in 1!. All three are amazing but very different and serve different purposes as well as providing different results/effects. The most famous guy from the bunch is the Seche Vite Top Coat (14ml). This little guy is extremely popular and for a good reason – it's one heck of a multitasker. It dries any nail polish which lies beneath it in seconds. I've never used a top coat that works as fast. They key is to apply Seche Vite over a nail polish which is almost dry but not entirely – it's just a tad sticky on the touch. Seche Vite corrects any minor flaw, evens out the surface of the nail and gives that gelled nail effect. The downsides? Perhaps the fact that it adds a bit to the thickness of your nails. I don't mind as my nails are quite thin but some find it a bit annoying. Finally, the only downside is the eventual shrinkage it makes. It's not as noticeable on any nail polishes I own but it's there whether it be near the nail base or along the tips. I can handle it but have it in mind prior to purchase. Second top coat I'm loving as of recently is the China Glaze Patent Leather Top Coat (14ml). I find that it doesn't dry as fast as Seche Vite but it's quite decent. What it lacks in drying time it compensates in the fact that it really does provide beautiful liquid effect, patent leather if you insist. It makes every nail polish very glossy – even more so than Seche Vite. Yet, it doesn't make nails thicker, therefore providing a more elegant appearance. It doesn't make any bubbles, it's smooth and prolonges longevity of any nail polish. Just like Seche Vite – CG Patent Leather gives additional 2-3 days of wear. Finally, we have the most affordable yet most versatile option – Revelique Base and Top Coat (8ml). Usually such products aren't really a two-in-one but this one truly is. It's fast drying, adheres well to the nail and helps the nail polish last longer. It makes an ideal ‘sandwich’ beneath and over nail polishes, protecting them from chipping. It's on the middle ground – Seche Vite is thicker while CG Patent Leather is just a tad thinner. Dries faster than CG but Seche Vite beats it for about a minute. All three have strong scents which evaporate after drying. Regarding the thickness of their brushes – SV has the thickest one, than comes Revelique and finally CG. You cannot go wrong with either of them. It's only up to you to decide which one fits your bill the most. I'm curious – which one would you choose?

Pitanje koje cujem cesto u posljednje vrijeme jeste ‘koji nadlak koristis i preporucujes?‘. Isprobala sam i testirala dosta razlicitih nadalkova te su nesto sto licno preferiram i dosta cesce koristim od, recimo, baznog laka. Pronasla sam tri izvrsna nadlaka uz bonus – jedan je multiprakticni bazni lak i nadlak u isto vrijeme. Sva tri malisana sa fotografije su jako dobra ali i dosta razlicita medjusobno te sluze u razlicite svrhe i pruzaju drugacije rezultate. Najpoznatiji nadlak iz odabrane grupice je Seche Vite nadlak (14ml, cca 13KM). On je izuzetno popularan, rekla bih opravdano jer je apsolutni multipraktik. Brzina kojom susi svaki lak koji mu se nadje na putu je fascinantna. Nikada nisam koristila nadlak koji je tako efikasan na tom polju. Idealno nanosenje Seche Vite nadlaka jeste preko laka koji nije osusen u potpunosti vec je blago ljepljiv na dodir. Ispravlja manje nesavrsenosti manikira, zagladjuje povrsinu nokta i pruza efekat geliranih noktica. Zamjerke? Nekome ce mozda smetati sto dodaje na debljini nokta. U mom slucaju to nije primjetno jer su mi nokti jako tanki no shvatam zasto bi to nekome smetalo. Jedina stvarna zamjerka koju bih ja uputila se odnosi da suzavanje ivica laka. To suzavanje tj.‘skupljanje nije bilo previse upadno niti na jednom laku koji posjedujem ali se neupitno desava (vecinom uz bazu nokta ili tik uz rub). Ta sitna mana me nece odvratiti od ponovne kupovine ovog nadlaka no osobe koje ga nisu prije koristile bi trebale taj detalj imati na umu. Drugi nadlak koji mi se dopao je China Glaze Patent Leather nadlak (14ml, cca 8KM). Iako se ne susi bas jednako brzo kao Seche Vite, ipak nije ni puz sporac. Ono u cemu kaska po pitanju susenja kompenzira fantasticnim ‘mokrim efektom koji mozete prevesti i kao efekat lakirane koze, ako zelite. Jedan premaz ovog nadlaka cini fantasticno sjajnim svaki lak –  mnogo je veceg sjaja od onog koji pruza Seche Vite. Ne dodaje na debljini noktiju, samim time pruzajuci i elegantniji efekat. Zagladjuje povrsinu nokta, ne stvaraju se mjehurici i efektno produzuje trajanje lakova za nokte. Kao i Seche Vite – CG Patent Leather nadlak mi omogucava 2-3 dodatna dana kada je trajnost manikira u pitanju. Za kraj imamo nadlak povoljne cijene koji se moze koristiti na vise nacina – Revelique bazni lak i nadlak (8ml, cca 6KM).Obicno proizvodi koji tvrde da cine vise stvari istovremeno ne uspijevaju jednako efektno da izvrsavaju sve svoje zadatke. No ovaj put, 2u1 zaista znaci 2u1. Brzosuseci je, lijepo prijanja za nokat i izvrsna je baza za ostale lakove kojima takodjer pruza zastitu kao nadlak. Ja ga koristim kao ‘sendvic‘, ispod i preko lakova. Mogu vam reci da je dosta efektan. Po pitanju teksture je u sredini – SV je gusci dok je CG Patent Leather nesto rijedje konzistencije. Revelique se susi nesto brze od CG ali ne i od SV. Sva tri nadlaka su intenzivnog mirisa koji nestaje nakon susenja. Sto se cetkica za nanosenje tice – SV cetkica je najbucmastija, potom ide Revelique pa tek onda CG. Mislim da su sva tri nadlaka izvrsna a samo preostaje da odaberete onaj koji ce najvise odgovarati vama i vasem ukusu. Znatizeljna sam – kojeg bi vi odabrale?


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