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I Never Have To Get My Nails Done Because Of This $8 Top Coat

Why I canceled my standing manicure appointment to paint my own nails with Revlon’s salon-quality gel top coat.

We’ve already divulged our favorite $2 eyeliner for sweaty summer days and our go-to spot to score affordable fashion for every size, but this week I’m here to share my secret for the ultimate at-home manicure: Revlon’s ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat. The salon-quality top coat is the sole reason I canceled my long-standing appointment at my local strip mall salon of choice. And for good reason.

Though Revlon recommends pairing this gel top coat with other ColorStay gel polishes, I’ve had just as much success layering this clear coat over my favorite summer shades from Essie, OPI, and even my drugstore knockoff of Cajun Shrimp. After a week of wear, no chips, cracks, or weird changes in color to my money-saving mani. And more than once I get the complete satisfaction of someone asking me if I got my nails done while saving hundreds by skipping out on my nail appointment. Mission accomplished.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat

But I’m not the only one who swears by this $8 at-home method. Manicurist and nail artist Chelsea King has even done the #GelEnvyChallenge, showing her Revlon mani topped off with this super tough top coat five days later with no visible difference.

She’s shown off some of her more detailed nail art using the Revlon Gel Envy nail polish collection as well. Is there nothing this top coat can’t hold down? From this photo evidence, we think not.

Take a break from the salon and spend some quality time mastering the art of painting your dominant hand. Trust me, it’s well worth the chunk of change you’ll save when you’re spending it on the concert of the summer, that flirty frock you’ve been eyeing, or a boujee weekend getaway with the girls. You’ll thank me later.

Shop the $8 top coat that single-handedly funded my summer social calendar.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat, $8, Walgreens

Taylor Borde

Taylor is an Editor at and an alumna of Iowa State University. Aside from her sartorial love, she considers herself a documentary enthusiast and Frenchie aficionado. She is also shamelessly addicted to predictable rom coms and anything by Drake.

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