We all love a long lasting manicure, but depending on your lifestyle you can probably manage to get your manicure to last for anything from 4 days to a week at best. So those of us that don’t have the time to visit a nail salon on a weekly basis can try these salon worthy ‘gel effect’ top coats.

1. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
Paired with the Miracle Gel Nail Polishes, this is an easy two-step process to beautiful manicures. It is easy to use, it is lightweight and keeps your manicure protected for days. This top coat retails for £9.99 available from feeluniqe

2. Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat
The Gel Envy range comes in 38 different shades, so there is a colour for everyone come rain or shine – perfect for any season and occasion. This top coat is extremely pleasing to use and is apparently dubbed as Revlon’s toughest top coat yet! The process is easy and provides a very shiny layer on top of your polishes. Besides that, this top coat has a quick drying process as well, which is perfect for people like me who are always on the go, or just can’t sit still  😜 This top coat retails for £7.99 available from boots.com

3. Ciate London Gelology Top Coat
This product is fairly new in the market. The Gelology range offers 13 other shades besides the top coat, and is best paired with one another. The formula adhesive polymer makes your manicure last longer and provides a really pretty shine too. This is an overall pretty decent product with a shiny silver bottle that mirrors. The brush is perfect as it is tapered so it fits in beautifully with the shape of your nails. This product retails for £12 available from ciatelondon.com

4. YSL La Laque Couture Gel Top Coat
The packaging for the YSL La Laque Couture is just simply gorgeous. The bottle itself is a sleek glass bottle and an elegant golden cap with the logo imprinted on it. It’s extremely lavish looking and it wears beautifully as well! Not only does it dries down quickly, it has a classic shiny finish! The custom-made brush also allows for easy application, allowing all the product to be evenly and smoothly distributed with just one swipe. This product retails for £19, albeit a little on the high side, I believe you get what you pay for. No muss, no fuss. Available from selfridges.com

5. Chanel Le Top Coat Velvet (Matte Effect)
This is a special one as there are not many top coat with matte finishes out in the market. So if you fancy having matte nails, this will mattify ANY nail polish base and colour, as I’ve tried it on a glossy nail polish, and it dried down completely MATTE after applying this. This would definitely look so good on a matte black polish with a glossy black tip finish – interestingly enough, just like the packaging! Sort of like a French manicure, but black… This retails for £19, but I guess the interesting ceramic finish justifies the price …and it works 😍 Available from houseoffraser.co.uk


May 😘