Top Coat Showdown Part 2 – Durability

People seemed to like and appreciate my first edition of Top Coat Showdown – Dry Time. So I decided to do round 2 – Durability! In other words, how easily and quickly do these bad boys chip? Since in the first edition, the Sally Hansen took so long to dry, I have taken that out. It has been replaced by KB Shimmer Top Coat which I received as a press sample.

Now it’s not fair to throw KB Shimmer into the mix without assessing the dry time in some way. I didn’t do it as scientifically as I did the first round, but I did touch check it in comparison to the others multiple times.  I can tell you the KB Shimmer Clearly On Top is definitely in league with the others. It passed the touch test just as quickly as the others. So, if you’re in the market for a new quick drying top coat, you should consider KB Shimmer among your selections.

Another warning about this post…since I’m testing durability, I have to wear this mani for more than one day. But I love doing nail art every day! Therefore, I decided that my right hand would do the testing. That way, I can continue to do art on my left hand. :) The only problem is…my right hand isn’t nearly as pretty as my left! LOL Also, it’s much harder to cleanup and photograph since I have to do all the work with my non-dominant hand. So I hope you can forgive a little polish that’s out of place and weird hand poses. :)

From Pinkie (Right) to Pointer (left) here are the top coats I’m reviewing:

  1. HK Girl
  2. KB Shimmer
  3. Out the Door
  4. Seche Vite

Here are pics from day one – just about an hour after I applied the polish. I put Seche Vite on my pointer AND my thumb because it wouldn’t be fair to just have it on my pointer. That is the finger that always chips first since I use it the most. Therefore, I’ll average out the chips between the pointer and the thumb as the real test of SV. :)







You can see significant chipping in the Seche Vite and the Out the Door Fingers. Now I’ll admit, those are the fingers I use the most, but I don’t usually see this much chipping. You can see quite a bit of tip wear on the KB Shimmer but it’s really only noticeable up close. There’s a small amount of tip wear on the HK Girl nail.





I have quite a bit of chipping on all nails. The nail with the least amount of chipping is the ring finger with KB Shimmer on it. Usually, my pinkie chips the least, but I have a massive chip in that one. This is all the chipping I can stand so this is the last day of testing.




I would have to say that KB Shimmer came out on top in this comparison and HK Girl is second. They both have chips, but SV and OTD also have a lot of tip wear.

Have you tried any of these four top coats? What do you think?

Author: Anne

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