Friday, February 8, 2013

KBShimmer Clearly On Top Review

As promised here is my second post reviewing products from KBShimmer. This post took a bit of time because, really, it's hard to review a top coat. Hopefully it's informative though! ;)
See what I did there? ;)

Before I jump into this review I wanted to share the information that KBShimmer lists about this top coat. From KBShimmer: "When searching for tops coats, we here at KBShimmer wanted one that dried quickly, was super shiny, did not cause shrinkage with glitter nail polish, and did not yellow.  When we found this top coat, it felt like finding the holy grail and we made the decision to offer it. Our Quick Dry Top Coat does not contain Toluene or Formaldehyde"
When I was trying to think of a universally known gritty polish the first one that came to my mind was Nailventerous Floam, or any matte glitter for that matter. Even if you don't have this exact polish in your collection, I tried my best to take shots showing off the finish.

I did try comparing Clearly On Top against Seche Vite, Milani Glossé Top Coat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in photos and quite frankly it was too hard to tell the differences in each. You will just have to take my words instead of photos for the rest of the review. ;)

The good:

  • It dried pretty quickly, taking approximately a minute and a half for it to be touchably dry and approximately 3 minutes to be completely dry. 
  • When compared to 2 coats of Seche Vite , Clearly On Top was only slightly grittier feeling. It was a little smoother than Milani Glossé Top Coat in 2 coats. To be fair any matte glitter polish likes to drink up top coat. ;)
  • Not figuring in shipping it is cheaper than Seche Vite. Seche Vite retails for about $6.48 and up, Clearly On Top is $5 for the same 15mL amount.
  • The 7mL travel bottle is nice, if you travel a lot. It helps free up a bit of space so you can stash more polish on a trip. ;)
  • Doesn't "shrink" your polish like Seche Vite does.

The bad:

  • The smell is stronger than any of the top coats I compared it to. After awhile I got used to it, so it's not horrible but it is stronger. The smell did not linger after it dried though.

All in all, I am happy with Clearly Top. I cannot say how it fares in the long run, I just change my polish too often to comment on that. For the price though, it's worth it to try a bottle on your next KBShimmer order! 

Clearly On Top can be purchased through KBShimmer's online store found here. Also offered in their online store is a variety of other products like nail polish, scrubs, soaps, lip balms and more! Find KBShimmer on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.

This product was sent for review, all opinions are my own.
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