“ Brand: Rimmel / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Coat „
Being quite lazy when it comes to my hand and toe nails I soon realised I needed to apply a protective top coat to make my colour last longer and with less chips occurring and visible! I go through phases of having nicely painted nails and then leaving them to their own devices for a few months. The Rimmel Pro Superwear Top Coat sounded exactly what I needed for a long lasting colour.
I managed to find this in Boots on a half price offer, making it about £2 which I was more than happy to pay. It normally retails for about £4.20. The polish number is 2467 Pro Super Wear Topcoat. This comes in a small glass bottle, with a white lid and clear container, the Rimmel branding is written on the front along with the polish name and details on the back in black and purple font. The cap screws off and inside this is attached the nail polish brush applicator. The brush is quite thick and flat which make application very easy. This sits in the polish when shut and screws back on tightly to protect the contents of the bottle.
The appearance of the top coat is clear and very shiny unsurprisingly, to allow you to see your base coat colour underneath after application. It is quite runny in consistency to allow for a swift and easy coating, I find only one coat is necessary for a nice strong coating on your nails. You must ensure that your base coat is completely dry before applying this top coat layer or it can strip the colour off your nails and taint the top coat bottle contents.
The Rimmel product advertises this as a '3Dsuperior shine topcoat' and I would definitely agree, it is very shiny and almost glitters in the light which looks really pretty. It also states that this is 'Chip resistant for up to 10 days, prolongs intensity and Wear', this I would not wholly agree with. Ten days is a long time for my polish not to chip, in fact I am usually lucky if mine lasts a day without showing signs of wear. I would say this definitely prolongs the intensity of the colour and does protect my base coat for longer than if I were to go without but nowhere near ten days! Though it says up to ten days so I cannot take too many marks off for this!
I do not paint my nails now without applying this on the top, I feel it strengthens them and gives them a great shine. There is 12ml in this and I can see it lasting a good long while, I would definitely re-buy once it has all gone.
I bought this product a couple of weeks ago, as it was on offer at boots and the range of nail polishes were 3 for 2. I got it as I was going away for a weekend and wanted a bit of extra security so I wouldn't have to take nail polish with me.
It costs £4.49 for a small bottle.
The polish is a clear one, that boasts lots of positives, the blurb from the boots website reads :" Pro Superwear Topcoat provides a 3D superior shine topcoat which dries to the touch within 60 seconds. This adds a protective shield to the nail polish, helping to improve shock resistance and long lasting wear. The contained UV protector will lock in colour to prolong intensity and shine and prevent fading and chipping for up to 10 days"
The nail polish goes on very easily and has quite a thick texture, yet it's very quick to cover an entire nail with a glossy top coat, and it does give polish a bit of extra shine, so I do still use it for that purpose. The brush is very soft and easy to work with, and it does dry extremely quickly.
The 10 days prevention from chipping part that is also quoted on the bottle though is a complete load of rubbish. I used this over a nail polish that I was confident would last a couple of days and it made no difference, after 2 days it started chipping. So the whole 10 days thing was very optimistic.
I have also tested this theory on my toe nails, which I find chip a lot less regularly than finger nails anyway, but this top coat made them worse, and caused the polish to chip earlier than before.
I used this over 2 coats of colour and it made no difference to the chipping, and actually made toe nails chip quicker. However the glossy finish that it leaves is really nice, and does add an extra shine to polish, which for a night out would look great. So I would recommend this to add extra shine to colours but not to prevent chipping.