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High-shine, quick drying top coats. Yuh just gotta love 'em. I mean what's not to love? Oh yeah, they shrink my manicures.

I thought I was alone in this plight until I saw Veronica in Jennifer's What's Up In Makeup App mention the same thing. Months later while talking to my fellow makeup obsessed compadre Sharalee, she expressed having the same issue. So it's officially a thing I thought, I'm not crazy.

When I say that these top coats cause my manicures to shrink I mean that somehow it causes the polish to 'draw away' from the free edge, almost instantly. Thereby making a fresh manicure look like you have tip wear.

Zoya Pixie Dust 'Liberty' -

Chanel 'Blue Satin' -

This might be a miniscule thing to some but to us #nailpolishaddicts it's no bueno.

Here's what I've done to rectify the situation: 

apply a quick drying top coat that's thinner in consistency then go in with the super glossy one. Examples: butter London Hardwear then NYC In A Minute 'Grand Central Station' or Orly 'In A Snap' then Seche Vite.

butter London Hardwear and NYC In A Minute 'Grand Central Station' -
Orly 'In A Snap' and Seche Vite top coats -
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Yes, this additional step does get a lil high maintenance but if you bout that #maniMonday Instagram posting life yuh gotta do what yuh gotta do. Please note, I'm not saying any and all high-shine, quick drying top coats make manicures shrink but I have found that the thicker ones, especially those claiming to give a "gel like finish", are the main culprits.

If you've tried this technique let me know your results in the comments.

#ShamelessPlug there's a NYC In A Minute 'Grand Central Station' available in The Marketplace.

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