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Rated 3.03 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.
MsDi2u from Union, NJ
I read the negative reviews before adding mine and find it hard to believe they are reviewing the same product. I have used Poshe, Seche Vite, Julep, Sally Hansen, KB Shimmer Clearly On Top and Deborah Lippman's Addicted to Speed; just to name a few. Essie Speed Setter is THE BEST of the bunch! (Cheaper than some of them, too.) I usually do my manicures in the evening, and this topcoat has been a life saver. I never get sheet marks when I use this topcoat, and I never get tip recession or bubbling like I have with most of the others. My daughter turned me on to this, and the two of us won't use any other topcoat now. I have new bottles of quick dry topcoats from some of the above named brands, and I can't bring myself to use them anymore. Essie Speed Setter is miles above the rest in this department!
Sheffield from Charlotte
This top coat has changed my life! I was over getting my nails done at the salon due to the expense and damage, but nail polish chipped hours after application for me. A friend told me about this prodigy and it has changed my life! I put the nail strengthener than two coats of polish, let it dry for a minute then put two coats (essential) of this speedsetter and let my nails dry for 15 minutes and I am good to go. Depending on the quality of the color polish I use beneath it, my nails will last between a week to two weeks. It is has caused me to enjoy using my nail polish again. I have already finished one bottle and just ordered my second!!! This really is the best.
Don't buy this from Honolulu, HI
Two hours after this top coat dried I ironed clothes. All the nails that touched the warm fabric melted and smudged!! I usually use Seche and have never melted nail polish from touching freshly ironed fabrics. This top coat is not worth the price. It's not shiny and shows brush strokes when dry.
Jenny from Honolulu, HI
I love Essie nail polishes! This top coat was disappointing because it is not super shiny and shows brush strokes. It is comparable to Sally Hansen top coats. I usually use Seche gel effect or dry fast top coat, both are super shiny and do not show brush strokes.
Ginna from Tulsa, OK
I was skeptical - especially after using the Essiest product which does NOT dry quickly as touted. THIS product is a game-changer for home manicures! It dries hard and fast - I could touch my nails in one minute after application and they were hard and dry.
Sunnie from Pittsburgh, PA
I have been doing my own nails for over 25 years. I have used every top coat introduced for natural nails. Speed Setter outperforms them all! Nail prep is the key and avoidance of water for 5-6 hours after helps set the polish. The drying speed is superior and allows me to do light tasks quickly after polishing. A fresh coat every 2-3 days really provides a grea of security to my nails, protecting them when i hit them because they are long. Yes the formula thickens when the bottle reaches half full, however, this is a minor inconvenience because the formula is so superior. If this product ever leaves the market, I will be so sad!!! On another note Essie, please bring back the product FILL THE GAP (Keratin and Bamboo Treatment). This is another superior Essie product and it works!! Put simply, it really works!!! I hope you are listening Essie!
DraeJ from Chicago, IL
I'm amazed at all the bad reviews, but I guess they were from a few years ago. Maybe they've changed the formula since, because this is the best quick-dry top coat around. I use it with all my polishes, it leaves my nails shiny and set, and my manicures can last for nearly two weeks. I used to be a big Seche Vite fan, but this blows it out of the water for durability. If you haven't tried it lately, give it another go. It's an A+ product.
Kckc from NY
This works great. Quickly dries to the touch. No peeling or chipping. Very happy with it!
MStr7 from Madison, WI
I'm so glad I got this. I'm always doing something else no matter what I'm doing and this really does dry FAST. maybe give it a good five minutes. I do a double coat too and my nails will last about a week (with a few minor chips). So impressed with this.
Pandemic taught me nails from New York
This stuff somehow turns every color yellow and dirty looking. I thought it was just me on some colors, but then I put it on white and it was definitely this top coat. I threw it away.
Franny from Los Angeles
This product did dry really quick even without a UV lamp. I had low expectations but I was surprised it work. I am sure that this may NOT work on all kinds of nail polish but this product did work for I did have. I do physical labor at work so of course the nail polish did start chipping a little bit after a day but the product didnt claim to COMPLETELY protect nail polish lol. This is perfect for anyone working in the office or stay at home person, or even college students. I also believe this would be great to use when you're in a bind like rushing to get your cosplay ready the night before or a few hours before your date.
Lois from Florida
There is nothing great about this product. Comes off in sheets 3 days after applied. The people who gave this product more than one star obviously don't do anything with their hands.
Miamisands from South Africa
The speed setter chips. Not worth the money spent. Really disappointed
Maggie from Kissimmee, FL
Dries fast without lamp. Nice shiny finish.
emilyrob from Louisville, KY
I bought this before the holidays so I have used it maybe 4 or 5 times now and I don't understand how people keep saying it drys in under a minute! Mine takes FOREVER to dry and when it does "dry" it stays tacky for a long time so my nails are ruined because I don't have 45 minutes to not do anything at all with my fingers.
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 .