If there was a prize for "Shortest Time Lapsed Before Ruining Nails," I'd get first place. Unless it's straight-up gel (which I don't like to get too often because it's kinda brutal on my nails, taking it off is a pain in the tush, and IDK if it's just me, but my nails feel like they're burning under the curing LED lights!!), nail polish doesn't last on me. Period. Whether I get regular polish applied at a salon or at home by myself, it starts cracking and peeling within a day or two — I'm constantly using my nails throughout the day, but the ultimate bearer of blame is my hair-washing routine, since I use my nails to comb through my very tangled hair and massage a bunch of products into my roots. And note: my nails are generally quite healthy (I let them breathe sans polish a lot, apply cuticle oil, and I even take biotin/keratin gummies), I always apply base coat and top coat (and sometimes even reapply top coat!), etc.
OK, that was a long intro! I just want you to know why I'm so impressed by this top coat I'm about to get into. I basically got a "gel-like" mani (like mimicking gel, but NOT actually gel) with Gel Genius Base Coat, Londontown Lakur Nail Polish in the shade "Ring Me," and the Gel Genius Top Coat to finish. A few days later, I was impressed that my mani still looked pristine, but I was wary that it'd last through my hair wash. The Londontown rep (Hi, Emily!) told me to reapply the top coat every few days, so I did the day *before* I washed my hair. I did my usual hair scrubbing and whatnot — not going easy on my nails at all — and my polish came out STILL PERFECT and untarnished. Wizardry? I think so.
The top coat dries surprisingly fast the second and third time around, but make sure to let the top coat **fully dry** the first time around — like 20 minutes (unless you have a cooling fan handy). Londontown also has an Accelerating Drying Oil that speeds up the process further! Y'ALL, long story short, I've never had regular nail polish look this good — let along pretty much new and perfect — after a few days, let alone over a week! As I'm typing this review it's been 13 days, I've stopped applying top coat, and washed/scrubbed my hair again, and while the edges look a little ragged, my nails look almost the exact same as the day 9 photo. Mic drop, that's it.
Get the Kur Gel Genius Top Coat from Amazon for $20, Londontown Lakur Nail Polish for $16 (available in 81 colors!), and Kur Gel Genius Base Coat from Ulta for $20.