Recently I have been testing out two new nail products from Milani: Smoothé Base Coat and Glossé Top Coat. Does adding an extra “e” to the end of these make them better? Maybe! 😀
Smoothé Base Coat – “A ridge-filling base coat designed to prime your nails for the perfect color application. This formula was created with a combination of Okoumé AE and Botanical Extract of Bamboo to fight ridged weak and aged nails.”
Glossé Top Coat – “A quick drying, high gloss clear coating that accelerates the drying time of nail enamel while also providing sunscreen protection for your manicure. This product contains UV obsorbers to help protect the color from fading, and acrylic that provides a hard & chip resistant coating for extended wear.”
The base coat goes on milky white and dries pretty quickly to a smooth velvety finish. I like that it dries quickly and it’s a nice base coat. Nothing THAT amazing, but solid and good.
The top coat is where the magic happens.
First off it is ultra-shiny, as shiny as Nubar Diamont or Seche Vite. It is thick, but not as thick as the previously mentioned ones, and it’s easy to apply. It’s also self-leveling, which is a must for me.
As far as dry time, it is very quick, but takes maybe a couple minutes longer to be dry to the touch than Diamont or Seche Vite. But still you can lightly touch it within 3-4 minutes I would say, then it’s fully dry in about 30 minutes.
When it comes to wear I am getting on average my usual, 2-3 days max out of this combination. For me that is standard though, so I can’t say it makes my polish last much longer than any other base/top coat.
The only negative I have had with this (and this can happen with all top coats) is if you put too much on the side of your nail, it can run down a bit onto your skin creating this annoying situation where you want to pick it off, but if you do you will also pull the polish color itself off. So just go slow and careful when applying, that’s all.
For me, this is a great alternative to my normal favorite which is Diamont. I think it’s easier to get, less shipping cost (at least for US) and less expensive, though only 0.45 oz (Diamont is 0.5). I like Diamont a tiny bit better because it is a little thicker and dries a few minutes faster, but really those are small things.