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No manicure is complete without a slick, finishing layer—and the best top coat nail polish will extend the life of your rainbow French tips, your checkered nails, and your retro florals by actual days. On top of keeping your best nail polish from chipping prematurely, a single swipe will also enhance the color and deliver the high-definition gloss (or matte texture) needed to take your DIY mani to the next level.
Whether you want high-shine lacquer or velvety matte finish, we’ve tried tons of new and innovative top coats this year—and found options for every budget, brush, and finish preference. From Essie’s gel polish-like wonder to Sally Hansen’s vegan formula, Glamour editors weigh in on the best top coat nail polish of 2021.