I learned at GeekGirlCon that far too many of you aren't using top coat and this is just straight-up NOT OK! Top coat is amazing. It smooths out glitter, makes your nails super squishy and shiny, and helps your mani last a lot longer without chipping off. In a word, it's magic. And not enough of you are taking advantage of this readily-available magic!
This is a serious enough issue that I did some science for you and took pictures of my nails without top coat. I am forever shamed, but it's worth it to prove a point!
Oh, by the way, those polishes in the pics? Uhh, don't worry about them for now :D
So please, do yourself and your nails a favor and invest in a top coat! More expensive doesn't always mean better, too, but definitely spend more than a dollar or two on a bottle.
From a totally unbiased standpoint I do like Elemental Ward the most out of the top coats I've tried. I used to only use Butter London's Quick Dry top coat but it didn't dry nearly as fast as Elemental Ward does (and it's like $18 a bottle, ouch), but even if you don't use EW please spring for at LEAST Sally Hansen brand or something similar. And I do mean real top coat, not just clear coat!
So there, now you have no excuse not to use top coat! The more you know ミ☆