07/02/2014 07:00 am ET

The Best Top Coat Polishes For Any Manicure

A great manicure depends on more than just your color choice. A strong top coat, from formulas that can nurse nails back to health to ones that yield the shiniest of finishes, will perfect any desired look.

It may seem like all top coats are created equal (after all, they basically look identical), but there are major differences that can help your manicure and care for your nails in a variety of different ways. And many times, it's worth bringing your top coat of choice to your manicure appointment.

So say goodbye to chipped varnish and hello to fresh-looking nails with the best top coats that exceed all of your manicure expectations.

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    You can do the whole DIY situation with corn starch, but this Essie formula is perfectly mixed, so why even bother?
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    If you notice your nails are looking a little dull and brittle, give them some TLC with OPI's 3-in-1 treatment.
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    Your nails will shine bright like a diamond with this Julep gem.
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    We get it -- you're late for work, but your nails are looking a little rough. Before you head out the door with a fresh, red paint job, take the extra couple minutes to swipe on this quick-dry potion.
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    Glossy nails? Check. Protected nails? Check. All hail Seche Vite!


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