Nail HQ | Gel Top Coat

After trying out, and being thoroughly impressed with Nail HQ's Base Coat (read review HERE), I was super excited to put Nail HQ's Gel Top Coat with Optical Brighteners* to the test!

Prior to receiving the base coat, I had never heard of the brand. Nail HQ is a line of nail care treatments that have recently been brought from England to Canada. The line focuses on using special ingredients and formulas to create stronger, and healthier nails.

After finishing my [what feels like] 100th bottle of Seche Vite top coat, I decided to give this a shot. The top coat is described as being a fast drying Gel Top Coat that seals in colour, and protects against chipping and extends wear time. The formulation is designed to leave an ultra glossy smooth finish, without the need of a UV lamp. Nail HQ also included optical brighteners to the formula to add a high gloss finish. Compared to Seche Vite, I do not find that this top coat is fast drying.. but to by fair, Seche Vite does mean "dry fast" ! On average I find that this top coat has a chip-less wear time of 2-3 days, which is nothing spectacular, but not horrible! My biggest issue with this product is that the optical brighteners change the actual colour of the nail polish I apply - it turns red polish to pink, and orange polish to coral.. I photographed the bottle outside, as it is easier to see the blue tinge in the formula when it is in the sun. To be honest, I think that Nail HQ got a little carried away with those optical brighteners!


This top coat isn't an award winner in my books, but it does get the job done! You can pick up this top coat online for $7.99 at Farley Co. (HERE) and NailPolishCanada.com or in stores at select Pharmasaves, and select IDA's.

*PR Sample

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