Product Review: China Glaze No Chip Top Coat

Name: No Chip Top Coat
Brand: China Glaze
Size: 14ml
Price: €15.70

From China Glaze’s website:
No Chip Top Coat provides a protective shield, which prevents lacquer from chipping and peeling. Offers chip control for maximum protection. Provides glossy. Doubles the life of lacquer.

What I liked:
– helps your manicure last longer
– gives nails a great shine
– pretty packaging

What I didn’t like:
– texture is very runny so application can be messy
– doesn’t dry quickly

China Glaze No Chip Top Coat seems to be one of those products that people either love or hate. Where do I stand? Somewhere in the middle. This is a top coat that does what it promises, but not so well as to justify its hefty price tag (I could rant endlessly about how outrageously and unfairly expensive China Glaze products are in Europe, but I’ll spare you this time).

Let’s start with the consistency. That’s quite runny which can make application very messy if you don’t carefully remove the excess product from the brush. The brush itself is quite small and glides easily on the nails, leaving behind a protective film that provides a very shiny finish to the nails, which I love. But does it really prevent the colour from chipping too?

Yes, but not for as long as I had hoped. Nail polishes usually last about 3 days on me, but a coat of China Glaze No Chip Top Coat prevented chips for 5. If you are gentler on your nails than I am on mine, then this top coat could easily make your manicure last up to a week. But still I found this to be pretty average for a top coat.

But what made me decide not to repurchase it is that it takes forever to dry, so you can easily ruin your newly-applied manicure if you’re not careful. Overall, it’s not a bad top coat at all, but there are better products on the market such as Mavala Colorfix Top Coat that do the exact same thing at a cheaper price and dry a lot faster too!

Available at: ulta

Overall, China Glaze No Chip Top Coat is an average top coat that prevents chip for at least 5 days and makes nails very shiny too. However, it takes forever to dry and is expensive.

Rating: 3.5/5

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  1. Janessa says

    Aw, I expect all clear polishes to dry in a snap. I love that top coats make my nail polish dry quicker. I usually pick up nail polishes based on color (without testing it sometimes) and China Glaze is hit and miss for me! I do really like some of their colors so I’ll still keep buying their polishes but I seem to pick more lower-performing ones than other brands at their level.

    Such as nice way to start a morning- with your blog! I really really love it, as you can probably tell hahaha.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I agree with you that China Glaze products are very hit and miss, which is really a shame. This unfortunately is one the misses. It does what it claims, but takes ages to dry, which is really annoying.

      Aww thank you! :)

  2. Eyegraffiti says

    Yeah china glaze is expensive and if it’s on top of that a not very good product then…. Why??
    I thought the standard on their products were really good but long lasting dryness and messy application is nothing for me!!/Azure

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Azure, I agree. China Glaze makes some nice products but this is not one of them. Way too overpriced for what it does. Although I love how shiny it makes my nails, I’m not willing to put up with the long drying time for that.

  3. says

    omg the price! o.O I just paid $9 for a bottle of China Glaze the other day and was shaking my head slightly because you can sometimes find it for $4-5 at other places. But I guess that markup is nothing compared to Europe, I didn’t know it was so extreme. Shiny nails are good, but for the price I would expect a quick dry time as well. Thanks for the review :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, the mark up in Europe is outrageous and it’s not only China Glaze that costs so much. Zoya, Opi, Orly… they all do too. It’s so unfair as they cost so much less in the States, even though I believe they’ve been raising their prices there as well lately…

      I agree. For €15.70 it should dry straight away! lol

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