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10 Best Nail Top Coats in 2022 (OPI, Essie, and More)

If you enjoy wearing nail polish, top coats make your colors pop and last longer. There’s also a bunch available that’ll change the texture of your finish, making each polish more versatile. These include matte, high-sheen, and tinted coats. Top coats can also moisturize and protect your nails, and some are even quick drying.

So let’s figure out which top coats best suit your needs. We’ll look at leading brands like OPI, Essie, Sally Hansen, and many more. By using different top coats, you can easily change the look of your polish and create even more style options. We recommend Sally Hansen's Complete Care as our number one choice for its versatility in use and its protective and moisturizing properties. Check out our list below for more!

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  • Last updated: 08-16-2022
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How to Choose a Nail Top Coat – Buying Guide

Top coats don't just make polish last longer by protecting against chipping and increasing intensity of color—they can also care for your nails. In order to choose the right top coat, let’s take a look at the types available and how they work.

Pick Between a Quick Drying or Glossy Top Coat

Pick Between a Quick Drying or Glossy Top Coat

There are two main types of top coats, the fast dryers and the glamorously glossy. Choose one based on your needs. If you’re always running late for dates, go for one that dries in a few minutes. This will prevent your polish from getting dirty or smeared, even if something brushes up against your freshly painted nails.

A quick-drying top coat is also handy for repairs to small chips and cracks. However, if you have a few minutes to spare, go for a glossy coat. They make your nails beautiful.

Choose a Top Coat Based on Finish

Choose a Top Coat Based on Finish

Recently, there’s been a surge in top coats that change the finish of your polish. You can turn a matte polish glossy or a glossy polish matte. An old polish can come back with a whole new look.

There are also top coats that give your standard polish a gel-styled finish, without you having to cure it with light. Then there are your metallic and holographic coats. Depending on your style and where you plan to go to show off your new manicure, you may want to choose more than one top coat, so you can experiment with all these different looks.

Use Tinted Top Coats to Add New Hues to Old Colors

Use Tinted Top Coats to Add New Hues to Old Colors
There are your typical clear coats; then, there are your artsy tinted coats. These tinted top coats do not have to be used with a separate nail color underneath. You can use them on their own to provide a slight hue to the nail, while maintaining a neutral look, or use them together with a polish to create a new look.

Because top coats can be applied quickly, tinted ones are also great as temporary, one-day-only looks. And you can use them to paint over your current polish to enhance them or change the color ever so slightly.

Look for Moisturizers and Extra Nail Care Ingredients

Look for Moisturizers and Extra Nail Care Ingredients

Top coats can moisturize and care for the nail. Even when they’re not smothered by polish, nails dry out, thin out, and break easily. Prevent this by applying a moisturizing top coat. While adding shine and elegance to naked nails, it'll also care for your nails.


Some ingredients you can look for proteins or botanical oils, such as sunflower oil and tea tree oil. And when all else fails, look for a nail polish package that is labelled clearly as being moisturizing or strengthening. 

10 Best Best Nail Top Coats

Below are some of the best and most interesting nail top coats. Exploring new top coats can give your manicures a more refined look and help you boost your nail health. They’re also a great way to make old polish look fresh again!

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Sally Hansen Complete Care 1

Sally Hansen

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Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish Total Two-in-One Glaze 1

Dr.'s Remedy

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Probelle Ultra High Gloss Top Coat Sealer 1

Probelle

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Top Coat 1

Sally Hansen

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INM Out the Door Top Coat 1

INM

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INM Looks Wet High Gloss Topcoat 1

INM

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Sally Hansen Treatment Big Matte Top Coat 1

Sally Hansen

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OPI Gel Break Polish Protector Coat 1

OPI

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Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat 1

Seche

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Essie Good to Go Top Coat 1

Essie

Name

Complete Care

Enriched Nail Polish Total Two-in-One Glaze

Ultra High Gloss Top Coat Sealer

Miracle Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

Out the Door Top Coat

Looks Wet High Gloss Topcoat

Treatment Big Matte Top Coat

Gel Break Polish Protector Coat

Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat

Good to Go Top Coat

Features

Nail Growth, Strength, and Style in One Product

Transforms Your Nails and Fights Fungus

Thick Barrier for Nail Protection

Gel Look and Durability Without the UV Light

Ultra Fast Drying for Girls on the Go

Get Rosy-Tinted and Vibrant Nails

Gives Old Polish a New Look

Improve Nail Health Between Manicures

An Easy Gel Look for Gorgeous Nails

High Shine With a Fast Finish

Price$11.95$19.95$8.50$7.46$4.99$16.33$5.49$13.95$5.49$8.33
Volume0.5 oz.0.5 oz.0.5 oz.0.5 oz.0.5 oz.2.3 oz.0.4 oz.0.5 oz.0.5 oz.0.46 oz.
FinishGlossyGlossyGlossy, high shine, wetGel-like finishGlossy, high glossGlossy, high shine, wetMatteGlossy, high glossGlossy, high shineGlossy, high shine
Duration7 - 10 days5 - 7 daysNot provided, recommended to reapply per week8 days7 daysNot provided10 days7 days14 daysNot provided, recommended to reapply every 2 days
ExtrasMoisturizing, strengthening, restores flexibilityBase and top coat, anti-fungal, hydrating--Quick dryingSlight rose-tintQuick dryingBamboo extract, vitamins, sodium hyaluronate to protect and preserveQuick drying, cruelty-free, paraben-free, veganQuick drying
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Sally HansenComplete Care

$11.95

Volume0.5 oz.
FinishGlossy
Duration7 - 10 days
ExtrasMoisturizing, strengthening, restores flexibility
2

Dr.'s RemedyEnriched Nail Polish Total Two-in-One Glaze

$19.95

Volume0.5 oz.
FinishGlossy
Duration5 - 7 days
ExtrasBase and top coat, anti-fungal, hydrating
3

ProbelleUltra High Gloss Top Coat Sealer

$8.50

Volume0.5 oz.
FinishGlossy, high shine, wet
DurationNot provided, recommended to reapply per week
Extras-
4

Sally HansenMiracle Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

$7.46

Volume0.5 oz.
FinishGel-like finish
Duration8 days
Extras-
5
Volume0.5 oz.
FinishGlossy, high gloss
Duration7 days
ExtrasQuick drying
6

INMLooks Wet High Gloss Topcoat

$16.33

Volume2.3 oz.
FinishGlossy, high shine, wet
DurationNot provided
ExtrasSlight rose-tint
7

Sally HansenTreatment Big Matte Top Coat

$5.49

Volume0.4 oz.
FinishMatte
Duration10 days
ExtrasQuick drying
8

OPIGel Break Polish Protector Coat

$13.95

Volume0.5 oz.
FinishGlossy, high gloss
Duration7 days
ExtrasBamboo extract, vitamins, sodium hyaluronate to protect and preserve
9

SecheVite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat

$5.49

Volume0.5 oz.
FinishGlossy, high shine
Duration14 days
ExtrasQuick drying, cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan
10

EssieGood to Go Top Coat

$8.33

Volume0.46 oz.
FinishGlossy, high shine
DurationNot provided, recommended to reapply every 2 days
ExtrasQuick drying

More Nail Goods

There are a lot of different tools and types of nail polishes you can use to make your nails beautiful for any occasion. But there are so many on the market, and without understanding how to choose the best tool that's long-lasting, it can be difficult to make a purchase. We've prepared buying guides and top 10 lists to help you through this process!

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