You’ll hardly catch me without a manicure. And I’m very much a DIYer. Painting my own nails is relaxing, and it’s fun to admire your handiwork for a week.
Although I’m a patient person, when it comes to the dry time, I’m rooting for the Usain Bolt of nail polish! “Quick dry or die!” is my motto. Okay, that was slightly dramatic, but you get the picture. I don’t like slow-drying polishes that have higher chances of getting nicked or the dreaded sheet marks.
That’s why I always use and highly recommend the Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Topcoat. It’s Ole Faithful!
Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Topcoat Pictures
√ Seals polish for extreme wear
√ Non-yellowing (has UV protectors)
√ High-gloss shine
- Name: Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Topcoat
- Amount: 15mL
- What I Paid: $4.50 CAD (bought from salon-supply store)
- Where to Buy: eBay & some nail-supply stores
Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Topcoat Review
Whenever I paint my nails, this top coat is a must not only because it extends the wear of my polish for days, but it adds a beautiful shine that enhances whatever color I’m rocking.
My previous favorite was Seche Vite, but that formula gets goopy too fast and it always seems to shrink my polish immediately after I apply it. Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine top coat, on the other hand, has never caused shrinkage for me.
What’s shrinkage? Sometimes when you put on a fast-drying top coat, it dries the top layer of the polish and pulls it back so it exposes the tips of your natural nails. It looks very much like tip wear (i.e. your natural nails peeking through after you’ve been wearing polish for a few days).
I’ve had impressive results using Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine top coat. Without a hint of exaggeration, I’m telling you that I can easily wear the same color (chip free!) for at least 6 days. If I don’t get bored of the color, I can often wear the same one for 1.5 weeks! With Seche Vite, my average chip-free record was only 7 days (still good, but not as good as Nubar).
The formula’s on the thinner side, which I usually prefer. The only time this is a downer is when you have gritty polish textures (think glitter disco-ball finishes) that require a thick coat to smooth out the roughness.
And because it’s clear, you can layer this over any hue without drastically altering the color. If anything, you enhance it and make it look better. Try it layered over even a suede or matte polish to bring out some oomph!
As for the bottle, I think it has a very sleek, sophisticated shape. The handle is flared near the bottom, which makes it comfortable (and easier) to grip. And I love the size of the brush – wide, but not too wide for my smaller nail beds. It delivers just the right amount of product so you don’t have to go dipping in multiple times for a single nail.
This top coat dries fairly quickly, although I’ve never purposely pressed my nail to see if it’s dry or not. You see, I tend to paint my nails a few hours before I hit the sack so my polish has a longer time to cure, and while it’s drying, I’m extremely careful not to touch it. When I wake up in the morning, I don’t get sheet marks, so that’s a good sign!
(Update: Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Topcoat is no longer my favorite since they’ve changed their original formula. Read my Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat review to see why I’ve gone back to it.)
Final Verdict: 10/10
As far as I’m concerned, this is a beauty must-have. If I were stranded on a nail-polish island, this is something I would have to bring! It makes giving yourself manicures so much easier, and it preserves your hard work for longer. It’s a very small investment that makes the biggest difference.
Are you going to give it a try? What nail-polish top coats are you currently using?