The first photo is after 2 coats of top coat. The 'after' photo has an additional 3 coats for a grand total of 5 layers of top coat. It may not be so apparent in the photo, but you can see a slight difference in the elevation of the star nail deco & the gold hex glitter. The face of Keroppi is also a bit smoother than in the first photo.
Usually after adhering the star nail art deco, the points of the stars can easily snag on fabrics, scratch, etc. An easy fix is adding several coats of your favorite top coat especially if you do not have the ability to encapsulate your design with acrylic.
Here, I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat that I received as a prize from MissTiffanyMA's recent subscriber contest on YouTube. On EBAY, you can purchase a 0.5 oz bottle at $6.74, free shipping. Click here for the ebay listing. It saved me so much time as I did not have to wait too long in between applications of each layer of top coat. It amazingly took less than 1 1/2 minutes for each layer to completely dry v.s. about 15 minutes for each layer to dry. Seche Vite leaves your nails with an incredible shine and added protection against chipping.
My only concern with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is the 'warning' on the side of the bottle. Apparently, in the state of California, there is a chemical that the state safeguards against that is present in the top coat. It claims that it may cause 'birth defects or other reproductive harm.' I found it funny that it singles out Callifornia...so does that mean it's safer in the other 49 states of the USA? Just an FYI...:)
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