1 coat of OPI Pink of Hearts with 1 coat of China Glaze White on White + striping tape
For this design I used one of the holograph polishes from the China Glaze New Bohemian Collection. It’s called “Rare and Radiant”, and is a beautiful green with a gold aspect to it. On the ends I sponged Brucci “Coco Netty” and then, when that was dry, Wet N Wild “435E” which is a very faint gold color with gold glitter. (I am 99% sure they no longer manufacture these colors.) Then I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM-316 and the Konad Special Stamping Polish in “Black”.
In response to a co-worker’s question about 1) using gel top coat on RNP and 2) the wear time of that vs. RNP top coat, I conducted a wear test on these products for one week. Here are the results, and they’re pretty much what you would have expected…
On my right hand (left hand in the above pic)-
On my left hand-
I gave myself a manicure with RNP per the above and allowed it to dry overnight. Approximately 10-12 hours after the manicure I applied RNP top coat to the nails on my left hand and gel top coat to the right. As you can see, I experienced no crinkling or warping of the RNP under the gel top coat. I believe application was successful because I allowed the RNP to cure sufficiently before applying gel top coat. I did not do any maintenance to the manicure for 1 week. Note that, early on in the week, I had an unfortunate run-in with a Tupperware container and bent but did not break the pointer and middle finger nails on the right hand. This caused some chipping on the right middle fingernail that otherwise would not have been so pronounced. Also, I broke the Tupperware container lid!
As you can see, wear was slightly worse on the nail tips on my right hand, though there was tip wear on both hands. This was to be expected since I am right-handed. Overall both manicures were durable with minimal tip wear for the 7 day test period. Gel top coat appears to have performed only slightly better than regular top coat would over RNP.
To answer the questions posed at the beginning of this post: 1) Yes, you can apply gel top coat over and RNP manicure, provided that you allow the RNP to cure for several hours first. 2) Gel top coat performed slightly better than regular top coat did (especially if you take into consideration the Tupperware container incident). Gel top coat is also more flexible than RNP top coat. I wonder if the chipping caused by the incident would have been as bad if the whole manicure on my right hand had been gel.
If you don’t want to stop using RNP or are interested in getting slightly longer wear with your RNP, I would recommend trying a gel top coat with it. However, you can’t expect it to be as good as the wear time you would get with a gel manicure. For that reason I would suggest that, if you’re not heavily invested in RNP, start transitioning to gel polish… unless you like changing your RNP every couple days to match your outfit, mood, occasion, etc. If you’re looking for 1 week+ wear time, gel is the way to go.
This is Dashing Diva Design FX in Precious Metals on the middle nails + China Glaze Magnetix II Gold Fusion on the others. I used the grid pattern on Magnetix II magnet.
I’m conducting a wear test on the Dashing Diva Design FX, and this is day 1. On day 1 I did some typing, light cleaning, and cooking/cleanup. Dashing Diva claims that you can get up to two weeks of wear from these if you use their gel topcoat. I applied the decal then one coat of Gelish Foundation followed by one coat of Top It Off, and I want to see if I can get through at least a week with these.