Review | Ettusais Gel Top Coat

June 19, 2012

True to its name, this clear polish gives my nails a glossy, jelly-like finish that makes them appear as if they’ve been freshly-painted. It dries incredibly quickly too – a huge plus point, given the fact that I am always having to nurse or guard my little one!

It preserves a pedicure for weeks, making my toenails look like they’ve just been lacquered. I won’t horrify you with a photo of my toes (somehow pedis often don’t look as nice as manis!) but when I met with my friends Sara and Monika some time back, both exclaimed at how new and fresh a 2½-week-old pedi of mine looked with this on.

I use my press sample consistently and love the laminated look it gives my tips and toes. Unfortunately, fine cracks will appear on my tips after a while. I never see them on my feet, so I’m attributing this to the amount of washing that I do and the water immersion I subject my hands to (I hand-wash all my delicates and Baby’s clothes).

Case in point: The holo nails that I did a few days back. See the cracks? They do make for a genuine crackle/shatter appearance, though! ;)

The unintentional crackle effect is better than Sally Hansen Mega Shine which literally lifts off my nails in complete pieces after a bit. Like the Ettusais, it is perfect on my toes. Poshe dries in a flash and doesn’t seem to have side effects but it doesn’t have the wet and shiny finish of the previous two. If you have any recs for a good top coat that’s shiny and lasting on a mani, do send them my way!

In Singapore, this top coat retails at S$24.

Image source: Ettusais Singapore

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10 Responses to Review | Ettusais Gel Top Coat

  1. June 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    It really did make your pedicure look so fresh and perfect even after over 2 weeks!

    • makeupmag
      June 22, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Hey Sara dear,

      Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment, despite your busy schedule! *hug*

      I have it on my fingernails again and it’s so lovely, that laminated look. :)

  2. June 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I have this gel top too and I thought the cracks only happen to me!

    • makeupmag
      June 25, 2012 at 3:15 am

      Hi Dean,

      Does it crack on your toes? It shatters on my fingers but is practically pristine on my toes!

  3. June 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Hi Mag, it does crack on my toes too… :(

    • makeupmag
      June 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Dean,

      Sorry to hear that. I wonder if allowing the polish to dry completely before applying the top coat helps…

  4. June 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Mag, It’s ok. I still think that the gel look is worth the 2-3 days before they start cracking =) Maybe next time I will try your suggestion of letting the polish dry completely before applying the top coat. :)

    • makeupmag
      June 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Dean,

      Let me know if it works! The shatter effect can actually be quite pretty; it recently cracked on my nails with a symmetrical design, haha! I still think it’s related to water immersion, though, so perhaps no swimming with it on?

  5. Mary
    August 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Where can i buy ettusaias gel top coat in the philippines.? Or website please where i can buy it online

    • makeupmag
      September 7, 2012 at 1:21 am

      Hi Mary,

      I really don’t know, sorry.

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