You may have seen in my January fashion and beauty haul post (see here if not) that I picked up the Maybelline Superstay 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat, sheesh how long is that name? Now if you know me, you'll know I love nail products and I love a really shiny top coat, I have tried a few top coats from the high street/drugstore that claim they can give the effect of a gel manicure, I used to have regular salon gel manicures and love the shine they give so I am always on the look out for a super shiny top coat. My favourite top coat of all time is the Orly glosser, I have used it for years and years and love it but it is quite expensive at around £13.00 bearing in mind it does last me and my daughters a long time but still it's nice to try something else and if I can find an equally good top coat as the Orly glosser for less money then it's a bonus.
I spotted the Maybelline 3D topcoat on the Boots website in January and thought I'd give it a whirl and since then I've used it every time I've painted my nails and today I'm going to let you know my thoughts.
The first thing I noticed about the top coat was the brush, it has a wide brush which I like but it is curved and at first I thought I had a dodgy brush, but on googling images of the brush I found it is meant to be curved.
I hate the brush, I cannot see why it needs to be curved, I have been painting my nails for years and years and so far have never had the need for a curved brush, I love wide brushes but the curve for me is just really unnecessary, I found it made the application more difficult and think it would be much better if the brush was wide without the curve.
The consistency of the top coat is quite thick and I have noticed now I've been using it it has got thicker since my first use so I am hoping it isn't going to go gloopy since I have most of the bottle left. Aside from the curved brush the top coat wasn't an issue to apply, it gives a lovely shine to the nails and my polish lasts well when I use it, I don't get quite as long out of my polishes as I do with the Orly glosser top coat but that's ok, my polishes look lovely and have a great shine to them with the Maybelline and I do really like it.
My nails after using the Maybelline 3D top coat
I like the Maybelline 3D top coat, is it going to replace my beloved Orly glosser? No unfortunately not but for the price it's not a bad top coat at all and gives a lovely shine to my nails and my polish lasted well, I don't think it necessarily has a "gel effect" but it gives a lovely shine, my polishes look nice and for the price I think it's worth a try if you're looking for a new top coat to try.
If you would like to try the Maybelline 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat, you can find it on the Superdrug website HERE for £4.99.
Thank you for reading, much love as always