Ah, the top coat. So important, yet so underrated. A manicure without one is like spending an hour styling your 'do and not setting it with hairspray. But thanks to the obsession Jennifer Lawrence's American Hustle character had with the top coat ("Like flowers, but with garbage!"), it seems everyone's been reminded about the need for one. Here are 10 worthwhile top coats that will add shine to your nails and lengthen the life of your mani.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat
Professional manicurists and nail bloggers alike swear by this quick-drying, glossy finish.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat, $4.75, amazon.com
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed Top Coat
For the impatient gal on the go, one coat of this somewhat pricey product and you’re ready to go.
Addicted To Speed Ultra Quick Dry Topcoat, $20, nordstrom.com
Orly Matte Top Coat
Instead of spending money on buying matte polishes, you can invest in this amazing top coat instead, which transforms any mani into a matte finish.
Orly Matte Top Coat, $10.30, soap.com
CND Speedey Top Coat
Fans of this product love that this top coat immediately adds shine and protects chips on their manis.
CND Speedey Top Coat, $8.50, ulta.com
OPI Top Coat Nail Lacquer
This tried and true top coat is a drugstore favorite that definitely delivers.
OPI Top Coat Nail Lacquer, $7.50, overstock.com
Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat
This highly rated top coat not protects your nails from chips and breaks, but also promises to make them stronger.
Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat, $7, ulta.com
Essie Good to Go Top Coat
This top coat dries almost instantly. What more could you ask for?
Essie Good to Go Top Coat, $10, dermstore.com
Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer
For those gals who feel like splurging, this top coat strengthens, protects and reduces white spots.
Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer, $26, chanel.com
This top coat is made with UV protection, helping to reduce sun-related fading and discoloration.
MAC Overlacquer, $16, macys.com
China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat
This top coat helps lengthen the life of your top coat and dries super-quick.
China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat, $5.50, sallybeauty.com