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Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars
This is the result I wanted but didn't quite get when I bought Gel Setter: shiny and hard, very fast drying time, no noticeable shrinking, and effective smoothing of uneven application or layered nail art.
I've noticed that while tip wear tends to happen quickly, my polish stays near-perfect for up to a week as long as I don't deliberately peel at the edge (which might not sound like very long, but I'm not super careful with my nails and they do tend to chip much faster than that). I've tried all the popular quick-dry top coats and this is the one I'm most satisfied with so far.
My only real complaint is the brush, which I find to be too wide and flat to avoid hitting my cuticles (and I've got astoundingly wide nails, so it might be a bigger problem for people with narrow ones)
I used the essie speed setter and it ruined my nail color. I now have cloudy tips. I will never buy this again. Waste of my time and now I have no time to fix them before a big event today.
Ash222 from Los Angeles
This product is awful. It peels off immediately. Shocked they are still selling this.
Mani Mondays from Los Angeles
Still on my search for the best topcoat, I guess, because this is Not It. The biggest problem is that while it dries to the touch quickly, it doesn't cure into a hard, protective layer. It also doesn't seem to adhere to the nail color underneath very well. As other people said, I found that it would do a decent job for a day or two, but it starts to chip right around the 48-hour mark. And then you're in danger of the whole layer peeling off, like a piece of clear vinyl, leaving bits of the nail color behind. If you switch out your nail color like, once every two days, this might never be a problem. But if you're more of a once-a-week mani type like me, then I can assure you this topcoat is going to drive you nuts.
Katles from Manassas Va
Best top coat I've ever purchased!!! Nails were completely dry in 5mins and lasted 2wks or so... highly recommended
Marina from TN
I have a ridiculous nail polish collection (around 500 bottles) so I paint my nails at the very least weekly to justify this. I can never sit still long enough for them to try and inevitably ruin one or more nails and just deal with it. This top coat dries the coat under it and itself within 3 minutes. It is phenomenal. I do suggest another top coat to set it if you want long lasting (past about 4 days) but it definitely delivers on speed!
Penaynay from Las Vegas, NV
They're not kidding when they say this is fast drying! Dried my polish within a couple minutes. You have to work fast with it too.
ajmn from MN
I came on here just to write a review (and to purchase more!). I was surprised to not see a 5/5 rating for this. It dries SO quickly; I also always wash my hands with cold water once it's dry to really set everything, and from there, I can go about my day without any worries. I have tried other topcoats (Essie's included), and with two coats of polish + the topcoat, I'm waiting 30+ minutes for them to dry, only to all smudge the minute I try and do something. I don't know how this dries and protects so well, but it works!
Living Life from Jarrettsville.Md
Use as a quick drying top coat. Makes a beautiful shine. My polish lasts longer and are stronger.
Optimistic_Grandma from WA
I've used it as a top coat for my Essie manicure
ET from Richmond VA
This is for sure my new favorite top coat, my nails were dry in no time and had absolutely no smudging!
Rizzo from New Jersey
Unfortunately the next day the clear coat started to come off like little pieces of transparent paper . I was very disappointed since I use many Essie products . I will not be buying again .
Essie Fanatic from Lancaster, PA
I got this product because I needed a top coat to do my nails. Normally I use Essie's Good To Go topcoat but there were none in stock at the store I went to so I thought I would try this one. It does the complete opposite of what it claims on the bottle. It took about 10 to 15 minutes to dry, it smeared the design that I did on my nails and the top coat was thin (I could still feel the design through the polish and I added a super thick layer so it wouldn't be smudged). So I redid the design and I got another bottle of Good to Go top coat and tried it and it worked perfectly. There was no smears, it dried really fast and I can't feel the design underneath. When picking any top coat I would highly recommend Good to Go from Essie. I wouldn't even bother buying this one.
Redd from IL
Quick to dry as promised and thin.
mzflda from Jacksonville, FL
I thought the Essie speed-setter would be exactly what I needed, because I don't have much time to fuss with my nails. I loved it at first, but before the bottle was half used, it got so thick that it just gave a thick, gooey coat--impossible.
neisey from New York
This top coat dries quickly and adds a beautiful shine.
Alexandra Astr from Thessaloniki, Greece
I have been using essie products for many years, my previous top coat was goodtogo, but this one has poor quality.Thr next day my nail colour pulled off.why?and it is a expensive as the other products.The company should check this.
Roe from Kansas
So this does what it claims, sets your polish really fast. The set back with it, is that it also peels your polish. I tried this with a polish that I wear all the time, and within a few hours after initial application, it was already peeling. I couldn't even wash the dishes before it started to peel. So I tried it on its own, just to see if it had to do with my regular nail polish. And nope. It started peeling again within the first 2 hours. Maybe I got a bad batch though.
Laura21 from undisclosed
Once this top coat is fully dry, it looks very shiny and nice. Unfortunately, it stays tacky for quite awhile. I was used to quicker results with Seche Vite but wanted to try this out since I love Essie polish. I have a ton of little marks already, so I'll stick to SV.
red2000 from Los Angeles
Just as so many others have mentioned, this product looks great initially, but then causes the polish to peel off after only a day or two. What a disappointment. I will definitely go back to an OPI top coat.
Sushilover from South africa
I bought this because my normal top coat always takes so long to dry and before it finishes drying, my manicure is ruined. I'm really glad I did! In just under a minute, my whole manicure is dry and looks amazing.
Tremoughgirl from Beaufort, SC
I bought this hoping it would just do what it said, provide a shiny top coat and dry quickly. It did both for the first day and by day 2 (the next morning actually) most of my nails were flaked off at the tips, and some were completely peeled off! For the record I used Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat applied to clean, dry nails first, and have short nails that do not extend beyond the tips of my fingers. I use my hands for normal activity, not more than that. I'm very disappointed with this product which is quite expensive compared to other brands generally available. I won't purchase it again.
Sar13 from Boston
I used this in conjunction with Essie base coat and polish — like others have stated, my nails ended up chipping within hours. I also had multiple nails end up peeling off completely within 1-2 days of applying. I'm a loyal Essie gal but would not consider purchasing this particular product again given that my nail end up looking like it's been weeks since I polished them after just a few days.
ericam from undisclosed
Maybe i didn't use as intended, but it peeled off the very next day after applying. I used the 'Here to Stay' base then this topcoat, no color polish. It dried very fast, within 5 minutes, but the next day when driving I noticed the topcoat had peeled off but the base stayed. Maybe it bonds better to color polish. The same day I painted my toes with the same base, then 'Take it Outside" and have had no issues for 4 days.
Hmh40 from Ohio
I have been using speed setter for a while and have turned on all of my friends to this great life changing top coat. I would use Essie first base, Essie color and then this top coat. My mani would last at a minimum 9 days but sometimes two weeks, depending on the amount of cleaning I'd do! This last time I bought a bottle, it looked different. I thought maybe just a packaging change but something must be different with the actual product. I painted my nails Saturday and by Sunday I had three peel off. Almost the whole color peeled at once. I redid those and the next day two more peeled ! I'm so sad because this was my go to top coat!!!
VanillaMum from Beverly Hills, CA
This is one of my favorites!
It dries super fast and protects my nail polish.
Nails from Minnesota
I typically like Essie nail polish. This exact one peels at the tip and down the nail shortly after applying it. I tried it alone and on top of other Essie nail polish.