Product Type: Boots No.7 makeup
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Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Top Coat
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Top Coat
Advantages: Doesn't chip
Disadvantages: Dulls quickly
When it comes to looking after my nails I do try and ensure they look as nice as possible especially as I see clients on a regular basis and don't want them to see nails which are chewed and look damaged. Therefore, I do have gel nails as my own break easily. To ensure that they look good in between going to my friend who does them for me it is essential to use the proper products especially when wanting to change nail polish colours. One of these essential products is a top coat.
I have previously reviewed Boots No7 Smooth Nail Base Coat and it is now turn to review the No7 Perfect Nail Top Coat. I bought them both at the same time and at £5.50 it is priced reasonably and as I regularly use No7 products which I really like I didn't have any concerns about this at all. If you don't know the brand No7 is a cosmetics range by Boots and is only available at Boots stores and on their website. They make a higher end of high street cosmetics but not ridiculously expensive.
What is it?
The No7 Perfect Nail Top Coat is quite literally what is says on the bottle. It is quite simply a top coat of clear nail varnish which goes on top of your chosen nail colour. It is designed to not only protect your nail but also the colour underneath. It is often used as a varnish which gives a shiny finish although a clear varnish will give the same effect.
The top coat comes in exactly the same sort of bottle as the other nail polishes in the collection. A clear glass bottle which is slightly curved at the sides with a black plastic screw on top. The No7 gold logo is on the top and the product name is written in gold font around the bottle itself. Now, due to the simplicity of the gold font this can of course easily be mistaken for a clear nail varnish so you do need to be careful when you pick it up off the shelf that it is indeed a top coat!
The top coat is completely clear in colour and is the same consistency as any decent nail polish so not too thick and not too runny either. The top coat should be applied to completely dry nails whether applying over a colour or even just on natural nails, the nails have to be completely dry even more so with coloured nails as you don't want the colour to run which would stick to the applicator brush and then ruin the whole bottle.
It is applied using the small black applicator brush which I find quite a good size and it doesn't seem to hold excessive polish which is ideal as there is nothing worse than applying a nail varnish and having too much of it on the nail. The top coat blends quickly and gives a natural finish. Best of all it dries within a minute or so which is even better. I hate waiting around for nail varnishes to dry but this dries incredibly quickly and it is completely bone dry.
Now, I have used it both on coloured and natural nails and seem to get the same effect. The top coat will only stay shiny for one or two days and then you need to re-apply which is a slight downside. However, on the plus side it doesn't chip so the nail varnish underneath (if you've chosen a colour) stays completely in tact with no horrible chips. It is also incredibly easy to remove and takes one wipe of a cotton wool pad with a bit of nail varnish remover and it comes off completely.
A nice top coat which does leave your nails nice and smooth for a few days although ideally I'd like it to last longer the fact that it doesn't chip makes up for it. I guess a clear nail varnish could do the same job but a top coat is specifically there to protect a nail colour where as a clear varnish isn't. For me I give it 4 stars, knocking 1 star off simply because it dulls down quite easily.
Availability: Boots only
Summary: A budget top coat