Rated 1.97 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review It works like a charm if you don't mind the wair
I have never being fan of Essie nail polishes, I love the color selection but the formula always chips on me the next day. So when I got this as a preset from my friend, I was really skeptical and never used it.
However a couple of weeks ago I found myself at my parents home and without a top coat and there it was the forgotten Essie bottle. I decided to give it a try and I was amazed.
The formula is really watery and as people say it takes forever to dry, so if you are not a patient person, this is not for you. However if you don't mind the wait, this is a great top coat. My manicure used to last me a week with my precious topcoat, with this it last me up to 2 1/2 weeks without chipping or with minor chipping.
I love this top coat but I just wish it could dry faster.
Most Helpful Critical Review Worst EVER!
I buy a ton of Essie nail polish and I love it! So when I saw this top coat I had to have it. I just used it and it's AWFUL! I now have to do my nails over again because it smudged my polish! It also transferred polish all over my Uggs. So my nails and my boots are ruined!!! Glad I kept the package because I'm returning this! I let my nails dry for TWO HOURS before I even touched anything.
Reviewed by 305 customers Never dries; do not buy
amh5 from Seattle, WA
Unfortunately I bought this in store without reading online reviews first. I love all the Essie products that I've previously purchased, so I figured it would be a good top coat, even if it didn't deliver on the "no chips" promise. This really is one of the worst top coats, and I can't believe that it's still on the market after so many years of poor reviews. I have tried it twice, both times letting it dry for hours. I also tried some drying drops and even those do not harden this top coat. I'm throwing this in the trash after giving it two attempts.
jnails33 from CA
I have been using this product under coat and top coat. Dries fast and my manicure has lasted for a solid week. This includes washing dishes and providing a bath to my little bear everyday. Great product!
Tea from Virginia, USA
I use this after I apply base coat & 2 coats of polish but I apply Essie Speed Setter on top. Works like a Dream and last me over a week!
Nessa from Wisconsin
Ruined my manicure. I put a top coat on after letting my nails dry at least one hour. This was at around 2 p.m. The next day when I woke up there were scratches and marks all over my nails. I threw this product in the trash where it belongs.
Vanessa from Wisconsin
The negative reviews are true. Don't waste your money. I put this on at about 2 p.m. yesterday after my I let my nail polish dry for over an hour. I woke up this morning with imprints and scratches all over my nails. I'm literally throwing this in the trash right now so I don't ruin another manicure with this garbage product.
Christina from Anchorage, AK
A week later and no chips! I use it as a base coat before applying color and then as a top coat.
ktdesigner from undisclosed
I love this product. I had no problem with it drying at all. My nails look great.
terrible top coat ):
nalt from Sumter, SC
i had high hopes for this product. without top coat my nail polish chips within 3 days and i'm on the third day WITH this top coat my polish is already chipping!!
Dia stratt from Chicago
I just used this and it ruined my nail polish! Will not dry!! My nails look awful, like they have dents and smudges all over the polish. I have to re do them. This product should not be sold anywhere.
Sarah P from Nevada
I've been very disappointed in this product. At first I thought it was me...but no. This does not dry. When I used it as a regular topcoat, it sealed so much that my polish would bubble. So frustrating. So I downgraded it to a midweek touch up coat. It literally stripped color off in chunks, dented, and smudged. I just downgraded it again...to the trash can where it belongs.
Does NOT DRY!
mh1223 from New York, NY
I was really excited when I red no chips ahead, as I like my nails to last as long as possible without chips. I have been sitting here for 30 minutes for it to dry has is still wet. DONT BUY, it doesn't work.
Do not buy this!!
Larissa from Texas
Purchased no chips ahead in effort to keep my polish on longer with not being able to go to the nail salons right now. (Covid-19) I let it dry for 3 hours! Woke up from a nap later in the afternoon with a huge smudge and imprints in the polish. I googled to see if I was doing something wrong and found that so many others have had the same problem! Also a problem with bubbling. Very disappointed in this product!
Ksta12 from Sea cliff NY
Was excited to try this top coat, but was sticky and didnt dry. Left prints in my nails from all things my nails came in contact with. I expected more from the essie name.
bubbles and dents
Aliekia from Nashville TN
I've tried this with several different polishes and base coat combos, but nothing works with this. It bubbles as it dries and takes so long to dry that it's impossible to avoid damage and dents in your manicure.
This is top count is really bad
PrincessAlltheWay from Brooklyn, New York
Top count takes too long to dry and it makes the nail polish dull --- absolutely no shine and smudges.
elena19 from Germany
I don't know why people are saying that it doesn't dry? Maybe wait for all of the nail polish layers to dry before you apply the top coat? I had no problems, the top coat dried quickly, it adds nice shine
Use with Speed Setter
Paisley from Montana
Yes, No Chips Ahead doesn't dry for hours, but it does dry in minutes using Speed Setter top coat on top. The combo is magnificent! After a week, my nails are still glossy & look freshly painted. I don't mind the extra step for perfect nails.
Ev05 from CT
Just bought this polish two days ago. Was excited to try because I love Essie. It literally doesn't dry. I painted my nails at 11:00 this morning . It's currently 8:25 pm. I'm sitting on the couch and realized the blanket I'm wrapped in is not imprinted in my polish. It looks horrible! I've never seen anything like this....
Never dries and bubbles
Stephyf from Massachusetts
Worst top coat ever!!!! Please Essie discontinue this product... I'm usually a fan of everything essie but this is so horrible
No Chips Ahead
Iona from Wells Maine
Very dissapointed. First time in years I have not been satisfied with Essie. This top coat smudges and leaves nail very dull. Even had my manicurist use the product on my nails and she agreed and had to redo my manicure. Does not dry.
No chips ahead
SkyM from undisclosed
I am so disappointed in this top coat! I love essie nail polish but this top coat doesn't dry at all! I hate that I paid so much for it and now I can't even use it!
Never Dries = The Absolute Worst
cait026 from undisclosed
I bought this top coat after falling in love with Essie's regular color nail polish. I wanted something that would make my manicure last because I was so tired of buying top coats and a day later my nails were all chipped up. After applying my color polish and letting it dry completely I added this top coat. I made sure to be careful with my hands for a couple hours after applying and then went to bed. I woke up with my nails completely messed up from sheet imprints! I thought maybe it was a fluke and I did something wrong, so I tried it again a couple weeks later. Lo and behold, after even more drying time this time around, I still woke up the next morning with completely ruined nails. The only positive I can give is that my manicure does seem to last longer, but I have to accept that my nails look bumpy and weird and not shiny at all. I really wish I had read the reviews for this prior to purchasing, because I never would have bought this had I known. I can't believe after YEARS of bad reviews this product is still the same. Crazy.
Never dried properly
danalorraine from CT
Not happy with this product at all. I purchased to replace my "good to go" top coat as it was running out, and the "no chips ahead" never fully dried after application. I tried it a few times, and I do not think I can continue to use it. Might as well have lit my money on fire because now I will need to purchase another top coat. I thought the "good to go" top coat was awesome! It kept my nails looking good all week with reapplication and I was expecting the same from the "no chips ahead" as I have always found Essie products to be consistently good. Do not purchase this product.
Nightshade from Oregon
This top coat fails to deliver the very thing its title promises. I very carefully painted my nails and waited till they were completely dry to add the top coat. A mere 6 hours later, after working with my hands only minimally, an accursed nail had chipped. For something so expensive, and from a usually reputable brand, this product is trash.
MaryLouiseE from Tennessee
I got this to see how long a basic enamel manicure could last. I used all Essie products Here To stay base Enamel color and this. I did nothing to it for M-F and on the weekend worked cleaning out an old house. I didn't remove polish to see how it held up to scrubbing, hauling, etc. Well I was super impressed - I'm sold and telling everyone along with showing them this - day 7 after 5 typical days and a day of hard work. You be the judge.