Hi everyone! I’ve been having troubles lately with quick dry top coats just not working out – Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That was my main squeeze, which stopped working; then Darling Diva Polish PETC became my love and it stopped working for me. I thought I’d do a little QDTC challenge between 4 brands: Dreamland Lacquer, KBShimmer, Paint Box Polish, and Top Shelf Lacquer. I’ll show you the results after 5 days of wear in just a moment but let’s talk about ship times, then application, then wear time.
Keep in mind that every person’s body chemistry is different, and your mileage may vary – this is only a reporting of how these top coats worked with me.
Dreamland: Ordered on a Saturday, received the following Saturday
KBShimmer: Ordered on a Sunday, received on Thursday
Paint Box Polish: Ordered on a Saturday, received on Thursday; my order also included a mani bomb, which was a nice touch
Top Shelf Lacquer: (Older order but I’m sure I received my order within 3 days of purchase.)
I used each top coat over a layered manicure: 2 coats of China Glaze Midtown Magic, 1 layer of Baroness X Opulent Oddity, 1 layer of Baroness X Dulcinea.
1 minute test
Dreamland: No fingerprint left
KBShimmer: Fingerprint left
Paint Box Polish: Fingerprint left
Top Shelf Lacquer: Fingerprint left
5 minute test
KBShimmer: No fingerprint left, bumpable
Paint Box Polish: No fingerprint left, bumpable
Top Shelf Lacquer: Faint fingerprint left, bumpable
10 minute test
Paint Box Polish: Not as bumpable
Top Shelf Lacquer: Bumpable
20 minute test
Dreamland: Not as bumpable
KBShimmer: Not as bumpable
Paint Box Polish: Same as 10 minute
Top Shelf Lacquer: Same as 10 minute
60 minute test
Dreamland: Still dent-able but would feel comfortable getting ready for the day
KBShimmer: Still dent-able but better than the Dreamland
Paint Box Polish: Still dent-able
Top Shelf Lacquer: Still fairly bumpable, would not feel comfortable getting ready for the day
5 day wear
At the end of 5 days (which is pretty much my limit for a mani!), I took a picture of each nail. My left hand index finger (Dreamland) chipped first in the 5 days, I think because there was glitter right at the edge that lifted. My right hand middle finger (KBShimmer) chipped the next day. At the end of 5 days, each finger had tip wear but there were no additional chips.
Paint Box Polish:
Top Shelf Lacquer:
In terms of which top coat actually performed under the category of “quick dry” best, I’d have to give that to Dreamland; worst was Top Shelf Lacquer. In terms of which top coat had the best shine & not as much tip wear at the end of 5 days, I’d give that to Top Shelf Lacquer.
The differences though between how each top coat performed was so minimal that I think a customer purchasing any of these would be happy.
If you’ve had any experiences with these top coats, I’d love for you to comment with your experience!